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WCA #301 with Ryan Freeland – Bob Clearmountain, Making Things Better In The World, The Artistry Of Engineering, and Beepers At The Beach

My guest today is Ryan Freeland. Ryan is a producer, songwriter, engineer, and mixer based in Los Angeles. He’s also a five-time Grammy award winner, and he’s best known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Mann, Grant-Lee Phillips, one of my favorites, Rodney Crowell, as well as Loudon Wainwright III. He talks to us from his Stampede Origin studio located in Culver City, California, and we have a fantastic conversation. And I’m really looking forward to having him on. Ryan Freeland coming up here on The Working Class audio podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Studio Building
  • Recording at Age 12
  • Working For Bob Clearmountain
  • Lessons Learned From Bob
  • Working with Mixing Clients
  • Leaving The Nest
  • Handling Slowdowns
  • Beepers At The Beach
  • Budgets
  • The Artistry Of Engineering
  • Useful Gear Designs
  • Tape Is Not Your Savior
  • Making Things Better In The World
  • The Importance Of The Engineer

Matt’s Monologue: Perspective

Links and Show Notes


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