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WCA #336 with Val Garay – Making Hits, Teaching Others, Coaching Assistants, and The Stanford School of Medicine

My guest today is producer, engineer, mixer Val Garay. Val has had an incredible career working with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Kenny Rogers, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Pablo Cruise, Queensrÿche, Santana, and many others. Val has garnered 5 Grammy wins, over 100 gold and platinum records, an Emmy nomination, and over 125 million worldwide record sales. In 1982, he shared a Grammy Award for Record of the Year with Kim Carnes for the iconic song, “Bette Davis Eyes.” We catch up with Val at his home in Los Angeles. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Vals Dad
  • Frank Fillipetti
  • Stanford School of Medicine
  • Songwriting
  • Lou Adler
  • Dave Hassinger
  • Studio Work
  • Bill Schnee
  • Dissecting Mixes
  • Making Hits
  • Teaching Others
  • Niko Bolas
  • Royalties
  • Business
  • Choosing Representation 
  • Working with Avid
  • Coaching Assistants
  • Do-overs
  • Work-Life Balance

Matt’s Rant: Getting Back Out in Person!

Links and Show Notes


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