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WCA #458 with Matt Hennessy – Radio Shack, The Legendary Traxster, Chicago Basements, Cognac, and Being Locked into the Studio, Literally

My guest is Grammy-nominated mixer/engineer Matt Hennessy. Matt has worked with R Kelly, Jay Z, Kanye West, Twista, The Legendary Traxster, Jamila Woods, PJ Morton, and G Herbo. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • Illinois Upbringing
  • Radio Shack
  • The Walkman
  • Playing Alto Sax
  • Eye of The Tiger
  • Berklee School of Music
  • Interning
  • The Reality of the Music Biz
  • Changing Direction
  • The Grind of School
  • Back Street Boys Studio
  • In Over His Head
  • Cabrini Green
  • Chicago Tracks
  • Assembling Frankin-takes
  • Transitioning to Pro Tools
  • Being in Touch with RnB and Hip Hop
  • Drug Dealers Washing Money
  • Safe-Guarding Clients Work
  • Thug Labels
  • The Legendary Traxster
  • Being Literally Locked into the Studio
  • Rebuilding the Client Base
  • Being in Control of Your Building
  • 6 Feet of Sewage
  • Cognac
  • Chicago Basements
  • Albini and Tape
  • The Village Business Model
  • Financial Philosophy

Matt’s Rant: Discovery

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Matt Hennessy
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith