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WCA #350 with Leslie Brathwait – Island Culture, The Craft of Recording, Taking Pride in Work, Valuing Peace, and Salads for Whitney Houston

My guest today is recording and mixing engineer Leslie Brathwait, who has worked with Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Björk, TLC, Jay Z, Madonna, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Akon, T.I., Monica, Michael Jackson, Cher, Mary J. Blige, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G just to name a few.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Virgin Islands
  • Calypso Music
  • Birth of Hip Hop
  • Drum Machines
  • Island Culture
  • Making Dubs
  • Leaving The Island
  • Full Sail
  • The Craft of Recording
  • Dallas Austin
  • Salads for Whitney Houston
  • Apple IIE
  • Taking Pride in Work
  • Good and Efficient
  • Building Relationships
  • The Cup Test
  • Turning Work Down
  • Valuing Peace
  • Mixing in the Box
  • Money Talk
  • Mix Philosophy

Matt’s Rant: Revisiting Habits

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Leslie Brathwaite
  • 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