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WCA #315 with Paul Fig – Punk Rock Ethics, Handling Crashes, Mailbox Money, Managers, and Getting Out of the Chair

My guest today is engineer, musician Paul Fig. Paul has worked with Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Bush, the Def Tones, Rush, Stone Sour, The Mars Volta, and Johnny Cash. Paul’s also worked alongside Joe Barresi, Matt Hyde, Don Smith, Matt Wallace, David Bianco, George Drakoulias, and Greg Fidelman. He’s a former member of the band Amen. And when he’s not working on other people’s records, he’s working on music for television and film, including the HBO documentary series Sonic Highways, Fox Sports, and MTV. Great guy. We hit it off immediately, and he comes to us via Joe Barresi. Once again. Thank you, Joe, for the referral.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Eddie Van Halen
  • Dantes Jazz Club
  • Punk Rock Ethics
  • Assisting
  • Falling Budgets
  • Acquiring Gear
  • Video People
  • Mailbox Money
  • Handling Crashes
  • Getting Gigs
  • Low Overhead
  • Managers
  • Getting Out of the Chair

Matt’s Rant: Gear Chat

Links and Show Notes:


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