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WCA #290 with Joe Chiccarelli – Frank Zappa, Producing, Psychology, Budgets, Learning From Others, Sharing Knowledge, and The Tonelux Mic Collaboration

Joe Chiccarelli is a ten-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer whose credits include such artists as Tori Amos, Beck, U2, The Strokes, The Killers, Elton John, The Shins, The White Stripes, Morrissey, Alanis Morrisette, Jason Mraz, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, The Raconteurs, Cafe Tacuba, and My Morning Jacket. Other projects through his twenty-year career have included music supervision of films such as Suicide Kings and Men with Guns, the TV series Cracker and Robert Altman’s The Gun. Joe is the studio designer for the state-of-the-art Royaltone Recording Studios (now Sphere) in Burbank, CA, and has served as an A&R consultant for several major and independent labels.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Matt & Joe’s Connection
  • Frank Zappa
  • Roy Thomas Baker
  • Joe’s Approach to Producing
  • Inexperienced Managers
  • Psychology
  • Handling Disagreements
  • Fresh Perspectives
  • Working in Multiple Genres
  • Mix with the Masters
  • Getting the Most Out Of a Budget
  • Learning From Others
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • The Tonelux Mic Collaboration
  • Planning the Year

Links and Show Notes:


  • Guest: Joe Chiccarelli
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab