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WCA #420 with Hugh Padgham Part 2- Approach to Production, Gearbox Records, The Analog Sound, The Excess of the ’80s, and Not Cutting Corners

My guest is Grammy Winning Producer Hugh Padgham who has worked with Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Genesis, The Police, XTC, and David Bowie. He’s also well known for THE Gated Drum Sound on “In The Air Tonight.” This is Part 2 of a 2-part interview.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Approach to Production
  • Steve Lillywhite
  • Trust in Management
  • Producer Differences
  • The Excess of the ’80s
  • Comparing Eras of Recording
  • Superior Drummer
  • Budgets of Old
  • Mixing Workflow
  • Hugh’s Jazz Label
  • Gearbox Records
  • The Analog Sound
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Buddy Rich
  • The Momentum of Recording
  • Digital Recorders
  • Recording Sting
  • The iPod’s Effect
  • Home Studio Phase
  • PIL Metal Box
  • Not Cutting Corners
  • Finances for the Future
  • Divorce
  • Giving Back

Matt’s Rant: Saying Yes

Links and Show Notes


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