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WCA #465 with Chris Athens – Mastering, Burning Out, Health, Outworking Others, Remote Rigs, and a Girl From Texas

My guest is a Grammy-winning Mastering engineer, Chris Athens, who has worked on projects for Coldplay, Blink 182, Coheed and Cambria, Drake, Rick Ross, and the Beastie Boys. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • New York Upbringing
  • Listening to Music
  • Songs in the Key of Life
  • Playing Instruments Badly
  • Wasn’t a Joiner
  • Primitive Electronic Music
  • Working at Sony
  • Discovering Mastering
  • Keeping His Mouth Shut
  • Tape Librarian
  • Learning in Reverse
  • Reissues
  • Fit for Mastering
  • Moving into Mastering
  • Working at Sterling Sound
  • Tom Coyne’s Assistant
  • Heavy Hitters
  • Chris Muth
  • Regional Gear
  • Starting Late
  • Outworking Others
  • Attended Hip-Hop Sessions
  • Getting a Room at Sterling
  • Tom Coyne’s Influence
  • A Girl from Texas
  • Burn Out
  • Moving to Austin
  • Working From Home
  • Building at Home
  • Health
  • Balance
  • Refusing Attended Sessions
  • Shootouts
  • Having a Remote Rig

Matt’s Rant: Saving for Retirement

Links and Show Notes


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