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WCA #397 with Bryan Cook – Recording as An Exit Strategy, Chillin with Tom Dowd, Landing at A&M Studios, and Doing Non-Music Things

My guest is Grammy Nominated Mixing engineer Bryan Cook who has worked with U2, One Republic, Jeff Goldblum, and Switchfoot. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Early life in Philly
  • Studios – A thing that people did
  • Love for Jazz 
  • Saxophone
  • Recording as an exit strategy
  • Bluejay Internship
  • Chillin with Tom Dowd
  • Ryan Hewitt 
  • Deciding on a move to LA
  • Landing at A&M Studios
  • Moving up in the industry
  • Professionalism – Egos working together
  • Moving up the engineering ladder
  • Sensing upcoming burnout
  • Michael Andrews 
  • Nobody likes the bad vibe guy
  • Walk Hard 
  • Transitioning to flying solo
  • One Republic
  • How artists find an engineer
  • U2 project
  • Push them into the pool
  • Mixing from home
  • How to do pricing?
  • Handling disappointment
  • Ease with setup
  • Bounce Factory 
  • Doing non-music things

Matt’s Rant: Audio File Management

Links and Show Notes


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