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Navigating the World of Recording With a Working Class Perspective

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 #148 with Bill Smith

Working Class Audio #148 with Bill Smith!!! Bill Smith is a recording engineer & producer wIth over thirty years experience in the music industry. He's worked with YES, John Fogerty, Steve Lukather, Trevor Horn, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Queen Latifah and many more. He's been involved with numerous Gold, Platinum and both Grammy winning and Grammy nominated records and film soundtracks. Simultaneous to his own career he also spent eleven years as the personal recording assistant,...

Duration: 01:06:03

WCA #147 with Brett Bullion

Working Class Audio #147 with Brett Bullion!!! Brett Bullion is a mixing engineer and producer based in Minneapolis, MN. Born 1984 in the suburbs of MN, Brett Grew up on 90s Warp Records and the Ornette Coleman box set. Brett's recording path started with playing drums in studios and eventually led to getting a Roland a digital multitrack as a kid. Brett earned his BA in theology from St Olaf College and eventually moved to Seattle where he spent his time drinking coffee, eating noodles,...

Duration: 00:52:27

WCA #146 with Rene Coronado

Working Class Audio #146 with Rene Coronado!!! Rene Coronado graduated in 1999 with with an AAS in audio engineering from South Plains College and jumped straight into the working world as an audio engineer at Dallas Audio Post where he does audio post and mixing, sound design, field recording and voice production. He also builds and releases sfx libraries at and is the co host of the tonebenders podcast along with Tim Muirhead. About this Interview: I interviewed...

Duration: 00:54:29

WCA #145 with the MWTM Attendees

Working Class Audio #145 with the MWTM Attendees!!! This week WCA features the 2017 attendees to Mix with the Masters with Tchad Blake. Noam Levinberg, Rishi Bradoo, Eduardo Molina Goigoux, Jeremy Glover, Chris Brandes, Brett Bullion, Peo Hedin, Horacio Bolz, Ryan Worsley, Matthias Ortner, Guillaume Charret, Manuel Egger, Vincent Bonanno, Oded Davidov, Bas Kennis and Gilles Olivesi all join me for short conversations about their experience learning from Tchad Blake at Mix with the Masters...

Duration: 00:49:26

WCA #144 with Jack Shirley

Working Class Audio #144 with Jack Shirley!!! Jack Shirley is a record producer, audio engineer, musician and owner of The Atomic Garden Studio located in Palo Alto, California. He is best known for his work with Deafheaven, Loma Prieta, Bosse-de-Nage, Punch, Whirr, La Bella, State Faults and Frameworks. Jack is currently one year into building a new studio in Oakland, California that will become the new Atomic Garden and has been designed by Wes Lachot . About this Interview: I visit...

Duration: 00:55:26

WCA #143 with Rocky Gallo

Working Class Audio #143 with Rocky Gallo!!! Anthony “Rocky” Gallo is a producer/recording engineer based in NYC. Rocky has worked with artists such as John Legend, Tycho, Carrie Underwood, Cat Power, Yeasayer, Mos Def, Carly Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Perry Farrell, Warren Haynes, Travis Barker, Robert Randolph, Andrew Bird, KRS1 and Talib Kweli just to name a few. As the former Chief Engineer at The Cutting Room studios for years, Rocky has worked on platinum award-winning and many...

Duration: 00:51:28

WCA #142 with Tim Randolph

Working Class Audio #142 with Tim Randolph!!! Tim Randolph is a musician, songwriter and record producer. After producing for several indie bands in a variety of studios across the U.S., Tim co-wrote and produced Nico Vega's debut album in 2007. Since then, he has gone on to produce for and co-write with international stars such as Imagine Dragons, including two tracks from their 2017 album Evolve, reaching number two on billboard charts. Along with a thriving career in production, Tim is...

Duration: 00:59:20

WCA #141 with Chris Selim

Working Class Audio Session #141 with Chris Selim!!! Chris Selim is a musician, music producer and recording/mixing engineer. Chris is renowned for his work in the French Christian music industry. Having produced and mixed artists globally in Canada, USA, France, Belgium and Switzerland, Chris has been working remotely with many of these artists using today’s technology. Out of his recording studio near Montreal, Canada, Chris has mixed and produced more than 75 albums over the past...

Duration: 00:53:07

WCA #140 with Robert Scovill

Working Class Audio Session #140 with Robert Scovill!!! Robert Scovill is a modern day renaissance man with interests and activities spanning a wide breadth of professional audio. Robert is a 35-year veteran of professional concert sound and recording and has mixed over 3500 events in his career. His engineering and production talents have been enlisted by a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of marquee music acts including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbox Twenty, Jackson Browne, Rush, Def...

Duration: 00:55:32

WCA #139 with Langston Masingale

Working Class Audio Session #139 with Langston Masingale!!! Langston Masingale has been working in recording studios for the last 24 years, starting at age 16 in his uncles studio in New Jersey. Langston helped start JJ Audio Mics in 2009 and in 2014 invented what would become the core technology of Zulu. He formed Handsome Audio in 2015 with his partner Tod Levine and Zulu was released this year. Langston still owns a recording studio called Narrative Audio based in Syracuse, NY where...

Duration: 01:08:23

WCA #138 with Ryan Massey

WCA #138 with Ryan Massey Ryan Massey is a musician, recording engineer/producer, and is the co-owner of Sharkbite Studios and Jack London Rehearsal in Oakland, CA. Ryan has spent a lifetime in music- singing with the SF Opera as a choir boy, belting out punk rock anthems with his band American Steel (Lookout Records/Fat Wreck Chords), doing the pop thing with Communiqué (Lookout), rocking with The Sunset Shipwrecks (Lugosi Records), touring the world, running both studios and a very...

Duration: 00:56:48

WCA #137 with Anthony Gravino

Working Class Audio Session #137 with Anthony Gravino!!! Anthony Gravino is an independent musician and record maker in Chicago, Illinois. He primarily works as a producer, recording engineer, mixer and mastering engineer out of his private studio,The Drake in Chicago, IL. In addition to his music production background, Anthony also plays guitar, bass, percussion and sings as a backing musician and a solo artist in both live and studio settings. His work includes an eclectic variety of...

Duration: 00:51:41

WCA #136 with Kevin Becka

Working Class Audio Session #136 with Kevin Becka!!! Kevin Becka has worked as a recording engineer for over 25 years, working with the top names in music including Kenny G., Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, George Benson, George Lynch, and more. An experienced educator, Kevin is currently the co-director and instructor at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville. He has also taught advanced recording at Belmont University, surround recording and lecturer at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory...

Duration: 01:01:53

WCA #135 with Jacquire King

Working Class Audio Session #135 with Jacquire King!!! Jacquire King is known for his work with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, James Bay, Modest Mouse, You Me At Six, Buddy Guy, Norah Jones, Of Monsters and Men, Josh Ritter, Cold War Kids, Punch Brothers, City and Colour, Moon Taxi, Robert Ellis, Amber Rubarth and Dawes. Our interview takes place at Jacquire's private studio outside of Nashville, Tennessee where he graciously invited me over to have a chat and discuss our common connection to...

Duration: 01:00:00

WCA #134 with Andrew Oswald

Working Class Audio Session #134 with Andrew Oswald!!! Andrew Oswald is a recording engineer who is based out of Oakland, CA who makes records almost everyday. He co-owns and operates Secret Bathroom, a recording studio in West Oakland, where he also does a monthly live in studio podcast called Live From Secret Bathroom, that features new and upcoming bands. Andrew started recording bands in high school while growing up in San Diego where he also took a series of Pro Tools certification...

Duration: 00:54:00

WCA #133 with Alan Evans

Working Class Audio Session #133 with Alan Evans!!! Alan Evans is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, studio engineer, record producer, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk,jazz,reggae and the psychedelic. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Evans often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and percussion himself on his solo recordings. Alan Joins Matt for a discussion about his musical side, family, living in a small town...

Duration: 01:10:16

WCA #132 with Ian Shepherd

Working Class Audio Session #132 with Ian Shepherd!!! Ian Shepherd is a mastering engineer owner of Mastering Media Ltd, host of The Mastering Show podcast as well as the founder of the website Production Advice. Over the last twenty years he's worked on literally thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for all of the major record labels, TV stations and independents, including several number one singles and award-winning albums. Ian has been a fierce critic of the so-called “Loudness Wars”...

Duration: 01:15:42

WCA #131 with Ronan Chris Murphy

Working Class Audio Session #131 with Ronan Chris Murphy!!! Ronan Chris Murphy works around the globe in the wide extremes of music and in the last 20 years has amassed a discography spanning several hundred albums including work with international pop stars to some of the most respected virtuoso musicians in the world. As a producer, engineer and/or mixer, Ronan Chris Murphy has worked with the likes of King Crimson (several albums), Steve Morse (Dixie Dreggs Deep Purple), Terry Bozzio...

Duration: 01:00:17

WCA #130 with Andy Reed

Working Class Audio Session #130 with Andy Reed!!! Andy Reed purchased his first guitar when he was 18 and by the time he was 21 he started a band with his brother called The Haskels. They signed a small record deal and ended up recording with Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs. This is where Andy initially got the recording bug. Fast forward through touring, experimenting with 4 tracks and you'll arrive at Andy acquiring his first Pro Tools rig at age 23. Andy would spend every second he...

Duration: 00:54:05

WCA #129 with Brad Smalling

Working Class Audio Session #129 with Brad Smalling!!! Brad Smalling is an audio professional with a passion for music and for making great records - records that connect the artist and the listener emotionally. From the creative to the technical, Brad is passionate about all aspects of the record-making process. Brad’s creative ear and his ability to connect with the artist combine to present the artist’s music as they envision it and often in ways they never considered. Brad’s desire...

Duration: 01:03:21

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