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Navigating the World of Recording With a Working Class Perspective

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Navigating the World of Recording With a Working Class Perspective




WCA #175 with Adam Muñoz

Working Class Audio #175 with Adam Muñoz!!! Adam Muñoz has been an engineer in the Bay Area since 1991. Having joined the Fantasy Studios team as a full-time House Engineer in 2008 Adam has had the opportunity to engineer sessions for many local and national recording artists. Adam has worked with artists like Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, Jason Moran, Lisa Fisher, Joanna Newsom, Ambrose Akinmusire, Bruce Cockburn, Jerry Granelli, Etienne Charles, Neal Schon,...


WCA #174 with Jack Endino

Working Class Audio #173 with Jack Endino!!! JACK ENDINO is a Seattle-based record producer, engineer, and musician who has made over 500 records in his 30-year career. Jack helped create what became known as "the Seattle Sound" of the early nineties, having recorded or mixed 44 out of the first 100 releases on the legendary Sub Pop record label, including debut records by Nirvana ("Bleach"), Soundgarden ("Screaming Life") and Mudhoney ("Superfuzz Bigmuff"). Some of his international...


WCA #173 with Jonathan Wyner

Working Class Audio #173 with Jonathan Wyner!!! Jonathan Wyner is the Education Director at iZotope in Cambridge, MA, Chief Engineer at M Works Mastering, and Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He's mastered and produced more than 5000 recordings during the last 34 years. Mastering, recording and mixing since 1983, he established M Works mastering studios in Cambridge, MA in 1991. Among the artists’ projects he has worked on are: James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te...


WCA #172 with Mark Needham

Working Class Audio #172 with Mark Needham!!! Mark Needham is a mix/recording engineer and producer with 40+ years experience in the music business. Originally from Eureka CA, Mark moved to San Francisco, co-founded the Blue Bear School of Music and taught music recording. Also, he built Bear West Recording, and his first client (in studio) was blues great Taj Mahal. During this phase of his career in SF, he worked with notable local acts, including platinum selling artists Cake & Chris...


WCA #171 with Lucy J Mitchell

Working Class Audio #171 with Lucy J Mitchell!!! Lucy started out in the industry as a runner at Envy Post Production straight after graduating with a Classical Music degree from the University of Nottingham with no idea of what a .wav was or even what ‘5.1’ meant. After hours of training outside her work hours and during lunch breaks, she quickly progressed to being an audio assistant in the machine room. She became an Audio Assistant Manager, being the go to person for overseeing large...


WCA #170 with Kevin Army

Working Class Audio #170 with Kevin Army!!! Kevin Army is a legendary Bay Area producer, engineer and mixer best known as producer of the classic punk album Energy by Operation Ivy and for engineering Insomniac by Green Day. He is also known for his work with The Mr. T Experience, Pinhead Gunpowder, American Steel and Jawbreaker. 14 years ago Kevin stepped away from the recording world and concentrated on being a record dealer. After dipping his toes back in the water for a few select...


WCA #169 with Ryan Worsley

Working Class Audio #169 with Ryan Worlsey!!! Ryan Worsley is one of Canada’s most sought-after music producers, with a growing track record of discovering, capturing and elevating the unique sound of countless bands and artists. With over twenty years of experience in the music industry, Ryan has become the consummate producer, providing his clients with world-class songwriting, audio engineering, and mixing capabilities. He works across pop, rock, indie, and folk genres, always...


WCA #168 with James Ivey

Working Class Audio #168 with James Ivey!!! James Ivey is not only the Technical Editor for Pro Tools he's also a producer, engineer, drummer and Dad. Pro Tools Expert is one of the most popular and highly regarded hi-tech audio blogs on the Internet. In his role, James reviews some of the latest equipment which means quickly learning how to get the best out of it then taking part in their weekly podcast which is regularly listened to by over 27,000 people around the world....


WCA #167 with Billy Decker

Working Class Audio #167 with Billy Decker!!! Billy Decker was born on August 28th, 1967 and raised in Nebraska. He got a BS in criminal justice at the University of Nebraska and then went on to be Salutatorian at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in 1992. In 1994, Decker moved to Nashville where he’s been working ever since. He was the first engineer in Music City to mix a Billboard Country Chart #1 exclusively in Pro Tools. He’s mixed 8 #1s to date - most recently, Parmalee’s...


WCA #166 with Ken Sluiter

Working Class Audio #166 with Ken Sluiter!!! Ken Sluiter is an American recording engineer/producer/mixer from Chicago, IL now based in Los Angeles, CA. Ken grew up in a small town called Wilmington, IL, about an hour outside of Chicago, IL. He was obsessive listener of 70’s AM radio and what is now called “classic rock”. One day while walking through a department store with his mother, he spotted the cover of “Rock and Rock Over” by Kiss. From that point on, he was hooked. Every dime he...


WCA #165 with Dave Collins

Working Class Audio #165 with Dave Collins!!! Dave Collins is an Grammy Award winning mastering engineer located in Pasadena, California. Dave has worked with artists of many genres include Sting, Metallica, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna as well as many major film soundtracks. Dave makes a point to work on projects of all sizes from aspiring artist demos to major label releases. After over 30 years of experience, Dave built a new state-of-the-art facility “from...


WCA #164 with Steve Albini

Working Class Audio #164 with Steve Albini!!! Steve Albini needs no introduction really. Musician, engineer and studio owner known for his work with Nirvana, Page and Plant, PJ, Harvey as well as thousands of other bands. Yes, thousands. Steve is well known for his long term practice of sticking to analog recording methods and his dedication to the bands he records with regards to respecting the band dynamic. He also has played in the bands Big Black, Rapeman as well as his current band...


WCA #163 with NAMM 2018

Working Class Audio #163 with NAMM 2018!!! NAMM 2018 was a fantastic experience this year. The crowds were massive, the activity was electric and there was sooo much to see. In this episode I give you a recap from not only my perspective but also from the viewpoint of my friends Chris Selim from Mixdown.Online and Lij Shaw from Recording Studio Rockstars. There's also interviews with Universal Audio and Whitestone Audio. It was a great time and the amount of cool people and products was...


WCA #162 with John Karr

Working Class Audio #162 with John Karr!!! John Karr is well regarded as one of the top sound engineers in San Francisco, with a professional career spanning over 30 years, engineering shows and albums for over 20,000 bands, in every genres you can imagine. From recording studio's to local house gigs to national tours of theaters and large music festivals, across the United States, Japan and Europe. John has worn the hats of F.O.H. and monitor engineer, studio producer, session musician,...


WCA #161 with Matt Donner

Working Class Audio #161 with Matt Donner!!! Matt Donner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Penn State) and a Masters in Music Technology (NYU). While developing his Producer and Engineering chops in NYC, he went on to perform for various TV studios and John Cale (Velvet Underground) that included 3 feature film scores. After signing his band to an indy record deal, his cross-country tour brought him to SF where the drummer exploded - how typical. Matt quickly...


WCA #160 with Joe Costable

Working Class Audio #160 with Joe Costable!!! Joe Costable started his career in Houston, TX, at Studio 7303; the largest studio in the area, and at that time the hub of Hip-Hop. Starting as an intern, Joe eventually moved up the ranks as an engineer working with many prominent artists and producers, such as Mike Jones, Scarface, Mannie Fresh, Gerald Levert, and many others. A few years later he moved back to his native New York for a short stint at the Island Def Jam Music Group, where...


WCA #159 with Matt Allison

Working Class Audio #159 with Matt Allison!!! Matt Allison started Atlas in 1996 with a vision to fill a void in Chicago’s Punk Rock scene, offering bands a refuge to bring their music to life. 21 years later, Atlas has become a Chicago staple. Matt has worked with an extensive list of artists including Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, and The Menzingers, to highlight a few. Matt continues to record at Atlas but focuses most of his time on mixing and producing artists. Enjoy! About...


WCA #158 with Eddie Kramer

Working Class Audio #158 with Eddie Kramer!!! After moving to London from South Africa, Eddie Kramer began his recording career working at three of the most legendary studios in rock, Pye Studios, Regent Sound and Olympic Studios, where he recorded Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Traffic and a myriad of other major recording stars. In 1968 Kramer came to work at the Record Plant in NYC, engineering Hendrix’s “Electric Lady Land” LP, and also worked with The Vanilla...


WCA #157 with Dana Jae

Working Class Audio #157 with Dana Jae!!! Dana Jae's career as an audio engineer spans 34 years since the first day she began to record and mix songs on her Tascam PortaStudio in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. She formed several of her own bands performing and recording until 1988 when she discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to her liking. Dana then began a career as a live sound engineer and has toured extensively throughout the U.S....


WCA #156 with Justin Perkins

Working Class Audio #156 with Justin Perkins!!! Justin Perkins has been recording music since his mid-teens. It all started in his father’s basement then progressed to recording studios around the state of Wisconsin including the renowned Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin before relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he now has his own mastering studio called Mystery Room Mastering. Justin's clients include Tommy Stinson, The Replacements, The Figgs, The Gaslight Anthem, Daryl...


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