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WCA #426 with Pete Droge – Seattle Punk Rock, Boombox Multitracking, Investing in Career, Diversifying in all Directions, and Staying Mellow 

My guest is Producer/Engineer, Singer-Songwriter & Media Composer Pete Droge. Pete has had a diverse career as a solo artist and producer, working with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam and Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America. He’s had movie cameos and hit songs. Produced, engineered, and mixed national broadcast ads. Composed, produced, engineered, and mixed scores for three feature films and several shorts, including Sam Jones’ “Miles to Go Before I Sleep” for Showtime. He’s also had Film and TV placements, including Dumb & Dumber, Zomblieland, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, and many more. He’s also a member of the band The Thorns with Matthew Sweet and Shawn Mullins.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Cassette Machines
  • Moving Around
  • Dad’s Group Homes
  • Washington State
  • Piano Lessons
  • Guitar
  • March of Crimes
  • Seattle Punk Rock
  • 25th Hour
  • Mellow Vibe
  • Going Solo
  • Boombox Multitracking
  • Mike and Stone from Pearl Jam
  • Brendan O’Brien
  • Comping
  • Learning Recording as an Artist
  • Southern Tracks
  • Surviving
  • How Music is Made
  • Playing to the Venue
  • Doing Well
  • Producing
  • Building a Studio
  • Investing in Career
  • Moving into Audio
  • Arrangement vs. Mixing
  • Working on Commercials
  • Diversifying
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Meditating

Matt’s Rant: Automation

Links and Show Notes


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