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Jason Lehning

RSR074 – Jason Lehning – Growing Up Producing & Mixing In Nashville

RSR074 - Jason Lehning - Growing Up Producing & Mixing In Nashville

My guest today is Jason Lehning, a musician, songwriter, producer, and twice Grammy winning engineer. He was even nominated for Best Engineer Grammy in 2008. Jason grew up in Nashville spending his childhood in and around studios as the son of the successful country producer Kyle Lehning, who produced nearly every record by Randy Travis. So Jason has always been at home in the studio, and immersed himself in bands and recording projects full time from a young age.


I have had the pleasure of recording Jason’s band The Silver Seas here at The Toy Box Studio. We recorded their album Chateau Revenge! And then later an all acoustic version of the same record for vinyl release called “The Blue Edition.” The sessions were a lot of fun tracking the whole band live through the MCI console to analog tape and then into Pro Tools to be later mixed by Brad Jones.


In The Silver Seas he writes and records with Daniel Tashian, and has also worked with other Nashville artists David Mead, and Josh Rouse. I have known Jason for 20 years as someone who is constantly making records. Some of Jason’s credits include: George Jones, Erasure, Mat Kearney, Guster, Bill Frisell, and Alison Krauss.

I have a criteria for what work I take. Theres three things, music, money and people. If it meets two of those things Ill take it.

Jason Lehning

The best mic, on the best singer singing a shitty song, is still gonna sound like a shitty song. @JasonLehning

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The band is only as good as the weakest listener in the room. @JasonLehning

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Some stuff we mentioned on the show:
FabFilter Pro Q 2

FabFilter Pro Q 2

Box.com

Box.com

The Hay Bale Studio at Bonnaroo with Lij Shaw

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Ken Stringfellow

RSR073 – Ken Stringfellow – The Posies, Big Star & REM

RSR073 - Ken Stringfellow - The Posies, Big Star & REM

My guest today is Ken Stringfellow, a musician, songwriter, producer, arranger who formed the power pop band The Posies in 1988 with Jon Auer. Notably he was an important part of reviving the band Big Star, one of the most acclaimed and legendary groups of all time. Ken also spent ten years on the road, and in the studio with R.E.M, and continues to record and release his own records, and has recorded and produced many other artists like: Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, China’s Hanggai, Snow Patrol, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Death Cab For Cutie, The Head & The Heart, and many others.

Sometimes production is trying to equal a song. But a song can survive any kind of production and its essence would still come through.

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The fact that I never have made a million dollars is a good thing. I need to keep working.

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Trust yourself. If you feel it say it.

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Some stuff we mentioned on the show:
TweetDeck
FabFilter
KenStringfellow.com

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Chris Graham

RSR072 – Chris Graham – How To Grow An Online Mastering Studio Business

RSR072 - Chris Graham - How To Grow An Online Mastering Studio Business

My guest today is Chris Graham, a mastering engineer, who works from his own mastering studio, Chris Graham Mastering, in Columbus OH.


Chris came across my radar one day when I was looking for Youtube video about a new plugin, and before the video started an ad popped up. Of course I’m used to seeing ads about cars, or plugins, or whatever trendy item Google thinks I should know about. But this one was unexpected. It was a normal looking guy talking to me about the frustrations of trying to master my own record, how he understood, and how he could help.

Even walking starts with a mistake - Chris Graham

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So out of curiosity I clicked through and landed on his website Chris Graham Mastering. I was so impressed with how he had laid everything out, and how he presented his before and after player for mixing, and mastering examples that I decided to send him an email and introduce myself.

The producers are the ones that know how to get along with people and capture that magic moment. - Chris Graham

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Chris and I talked on the phone I knew right away that he was someone you needed to meet, Rockstars! Chris has figured out how to build a thriving mixing and mastering business that really over delivers by offering coaching, mentoring, and video tutorials to help his clients get the best mixes possible before the mastering process. And he does all this from the heartland of Ohio, not from NYC, LA, or Nashville.

No one wants to listen to perfect music. no one cares that you spent 10,000 hours editing your drums. If theres not a magic grab you buy the seat of your pants make you want to cry when you listen to the song.

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He has built a smart, effective marketing, and business strategy that allows him to help as many people as possible using the internet to connect with his clients. I am really excited to dig deep into mixing and mastering, and find out what makes an effective marketing strategy for you Rockstars.

Ill never forget when strangers started hiring me for the first time. It was bonkers. - Chris Graham

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If you listen to the great recordings throughout history they're dirty and imperfect. - Chris Graham

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Check out ChrisGrahamMastering.com

Chris designed his own custom audio player to show before and after examples of his work. Something we might take for granted today, but he was actually the first guy on the web to do this!

Chris Graham Mastering

Chris Graham Mastering

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Chris Graham Welcome video on Youtube. Click through and check it out!

Trying to impress people with your work can cause you to be a bad engineer. - Chris Graham

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The secret to a successful studio business is to under promise and over deliver. - Chris Graham

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I alway prioritize my day. One get healthy. Two prioritize. And three, do the number one thing. - Chris Graham

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Here are the great books we talked about to inspire you in your business!
The Emyth Revisited
How To Win Friends And Influence People
The Go Giver
$100 Startup

The goal for any mastering engineer is to be a telepath and read someone's mind. Give them that master back, and have someone say "Oh my gosh thats perfect!" - Chris Graham

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Don't let your schooling get in the way of your education - Mark Twain via Chris Graham

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Good To Great
Integrity
The Lean Startup
Berry Gordy

Integrity is the ability to eat reality for breakfast without getting sick. - Dr Henry Cloud via Chris Graham

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The best advice I got was that I could do this for a living. - Chris Graham

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You can't build a business on swindling people in 2016. If you do, everyone will know! - Chris Graham

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Chris King

RSR071 – Chris King – Poetry Scores & Field Recording With Lij Shaw

RSR071 - Chris King - Poetry Scores & Field Recording With Lij Shaw

Chris King is a songwriter, music and film producer, and award winning author. He also happens to be the singer in my St Louis bands, Enormous Richard, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Three Fried Men.

Chris has produced or co-produced musical adaptations of the poetry of Gertrude Stein, Pulitzer laureate Paul Muldoon, Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell, Australian poet laureate Les Murray and Connecticut Poet Laureate Leo Connellan. He directed two feature silent films for Poetry Scores "Blind Cat Black," which scores the Turkish poet Ece Ayhan, and "Go South for Animal Index," which scores the Salt Lake City / St. Louis poet Stefene Russell.

He co-produced "No Dark in America" by legendary jump blues musician Rosco Gordon (Dualtone, 2002). He served as executive producer on St. Louis raconteur Fred Friction's "Murder Balladeer" and on "Just Piping" by All-Ireland piper Michael Cooney, and he produced "Memory Music" by Merchant Marine songster Pops Farrar, the father of Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo / Son Volt).

And he has done all this while working daily as the managing editor of The St. Louis American, the largest weekly newspaper in Missouri.

You can reach Chris King at: Brodog@hotmail.com

Check out David Greenberger - The Duplex Planet​

"Poetry Scores comes out of a hunger to put other words to music that are deeper than mine." @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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Chris gives us a personal tour of The Skuntry Museum!

"To be over committed is to be uncommitted. If you always say yes, just always say no." @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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Photos from Hoobellatoo travels:
Enormous Richard

Enormous Richard

Chris King and Nymah Kumah in front of the church where we recorded.

Lij Shaw and Nymah Kumah

Road Food - Crab Shack in Maine.

BAND VIDEOS:

"I always had more gigs than practices." @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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"As a front man. One of my signatures was always to have a long mic cord and get off the stage out into the audience." @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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Rosco Gordon

Rosco Gordon, Chris King, and Lij Shaw.

Chris, and Nymah by Walden Pond.

POET VIDEOS

"He was right, and she was right." - Leo Connellan via @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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Leo Connellan at Curbstone Press.

Writing Skuntry tunes by the water with John Minkoff and Matt Fuller.

The original selfie stick!

PRODUCTION WORK:

Rosco Gordon

Fred Friction

Michael Cooney

AND OF COURSE A GREAT RECIPE:

Nymah Kumah taught us this recipe for Jolof Rice the African precursor to Jambolaya on our first field recording expedition. http://confluencecity.blogspot.com/2008/08/recipe-for-african-precursor-to.html

Jolof Rice

Jolof Rice

"Man... Pizza is not fooood." Nymah Kumah via @ChrisKingSTL @MeganGohil @Nick_Barbieri

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Roger Moutenot

RSR070 – Roger Moutenot – Producing Yo La Tengo & Paula Cole

RSR070 – Roger Moutenot – Producing Yo La Tengo & Paula Cole

My guest today is Roger Moutenot, a multi platinum Grammy nominated producer and engineer here in Nashville. Roger started out in Cliffside Park NJ with a view of Manhattan recording bands in his basement studio before attending the Institute of Audio Research in New York and landing a job at Skyline Studios in 1975.

During his time at Skyline Roger recorded many important artists including Laurie Anderson, They Might Be Giants, and 10,000 Maniacs. Making the inevitable shift to freelance Roger began working at Chung King House of Metal with Run DMC, Heavy D, and Stetsasonic, and also recording greats from the the NY jazz scene John Zorn, Bill Frisell, and Don Byron.

Moving to Nashville TN in the 90s I first met Roger when he was mixing Jill Sobule at Woodland Studios where I was interning. And then we got a chance to work together at Alex The Great studio owned by Robin Eaton and Brad Jones recording a cool indi band Toy Bean.

In 1993 Roger produced Painful, for the college radio favorites Yo La Tengo, which began a long relationship with the band going on to record seven full length albums. These included the critically acclaimed albums I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One in 1997, and 2000’s And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out.

Roger continued to make records in both Nashville and NY until building his own Haptown Studio, where we are today. He has a long list of credits which include: producing Paula Cole’s double platinum, Grammy Nominated album, This Fire, Joseph Arthur, Lambchop, Josh Rouse, Jefferson Airplane/ Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, John Cale, Jeff The Brotherhood, Son Volt, Mindy Smith, Cheap Trick, Gillian Welch, and John Mayer. The list goes on…

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You can reach Roger at: haptown491@gmail.com

Here’s Roger with his recommended reading for the studio:

Roger Moutenot

The Edison wax cylinder.

Brand New Noise – cool noise boxes!

The Advent Cassette Deck

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Matt Mahaffey

RSR069 – Matt Mahaffey – The Band sElf & Composing Music For Cartoons

RSR069 – Matt Mahaffey – The Band sElf & Composing Music For Cartoons

My guest today is Matt Mahaffey, probably the most talented multi instrumental song writer, composer, and producer I know. Matt formed his own successful rock band, sElf and then cofounded Spongebath records an imprint of Zoo records. From 1995 on sElf and Spongebath became a shining beacon of hope for indi bands in middle TN wanting to shake the stereotype of country music.

After a decade in Nashville Matt moved to LA to be closer to his next label Dreamworks where he developed his production career continuing to write and record for his own band. He has a long list of artists in the studio including: Pink, Beck, Liz Phair, Tenacious D, Lupe Fiasco, Phantom Planet, Beyoncé, Butch Walker, Hellogoodbye, Forever the Sickest Kids, Miranda Cosgrove, The White Tie Affair, Keith Urban, The Sounds, L.E.O. and Smash Mouth. And recently Matt just played on Beck’s Grammy winning Album of the Year 2015, Morning Phase.

Matt has also created music for many filmmakers including Ivan Reitman, Michael Mann, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Andrew Adamson, and Hans Zimmer. And he also wrote music for Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shrek 4. And contributed music for the cartoons Ni Hao Kai-Lan and Sanjay and Craig. And other TV credits include: CSI Miami, DanceLife, Entourage, MTV, E! Entertainment, Weeds, and 60 Minutes.

He has even spoken at TEDx Nashville, and notably created the famous jingle for Expedia.com, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the Muppet character “Animal” in a drum off with Blink 182 drummer, Travis Baker.

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 Cool stuff we talked about on the show:
  • Matt’s studio Fresh Imperial Studio in Franklin TN.
  • Rehearsing in his parents basement and recording his first multi tracks with a dual cassette deck.
  • Shooting signs in WV and a pop up coffeeshop concert with Beck Hansen.
  • Jeff Turzo and the Overstayer Master and Servant. Using 808 in a rock band.
  • Composing for cartoons and film & producing bands in the studio.
  • Lots of other cool stuff! Including a the plugin Lethal for creating EDM.

Lij Shaw & Matt Mahaffey

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Pat Sansone

RSR068 – Pat Sansone – Recording with The Autumn Defense & Wilco

RSR068 – Pat Sansone – Recording with The Autumn Defense & Wilco

My guest today is my good friend Pat Sansone, a prolific, and talented multi instrumentalist, songwriter, and Grammy nominated producer.  Pat’s early bands included playing guitar with Beagle Voyage and Stretch Armstrong, a rock band influenced by Black Sabbath and the Butthole Surfers, and then his own power pop band Birdy. In 1999, Pat formed The Autumn Defense, in New Orleans, with his friend John Stirratt of Wilco.

They went on to record four full-length albums: The Green Hour in 2000, Which I helped record at Alex The Great in Nashville, and then Engine in Chicago, and then Circles in 2003, which I recorded right here at The Toy Box Studio when it was in my house, with cables running all over the place. In fact it was Pat who aptly named my studio The Toy Box Studio after recording here while surrounded by my collection of toy instruments. The Autumn Defense then went on to make their self-titled album The Autumn Defense in 2006, and Once Around in 2010.

While living in both Nashville and New York, Pat working as a producer and studio musician. He contributed to albums by Joseph Arthur, Andrew Bird, Josh Rouse, Mavis Staples, Swan Dive, Jenifer Jackson, Ryan Adams, The Clientele, and others.

In 2004 Pat joined Wilco following the departure of multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach. And now Pat plays guitar, keyboard, maracas, and several other instruments, as well as singing backup vocals with Wilco. He was also involved in the writing and recording of Wilco’s albums: Sky Blue Sky, Wilco, and co producing The Whole Love in 2011.

Pat has also created a book of photography called 100 Polaroids, a collection of polaroid photographs taken with an SX70 camera, from his travels with Wilco and The Autumn Defense. And he has worked with many great musicians and artists along the way including: Dawes, Jamie Lidell, Phil Selway of Radiohead, The Future Monarchs with Josh Shapera, Elizabeth Cook, Garrison Starr, Richard Julian, and Will Kimbrough.

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 Cool stuff we talked about on the show:
  • Pat’s musical beginnings in Meridian MS.
  • Peavey headquarters.
  • Recording Heartbreaker with Ryan Adams.
  • Recording at the Wilco loft, at Easley Studio, and with Josh Shapera at the Mixin Administration.
  • How to record fantastic drums on your record.
  • Recording Wilco acoustic guitars with an iPhone.
  • Why Freddie Mercuries sound great in the mix.
  • Working with Richard Dodd
  • Recording Hammond B3, Leslie, piano, and Wurly.
  • Why Jeff Tweedy prefers recording his vocals with an Shure SM7.

This is the great video showing you how a Shure SM57 sounds on electric guitar in 7 different mic positions!

Here is Brand New Song from Americanitis by Will Kimbrough and co produced by Lij Shaw using the iPod mic for vocal and acoustic guitar.

Jeff Tweedy Sukierae with more demo guitars recorded on iPhone that became part of the record.

Here is Jack Ashford from the Funk Brothers of Motown showing us how Tamborine is really done right!

Tack Piano

Autumn Defense performing at East Side Manor, a beautiful studio in East Nashville.

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Carl Nappa

RSR067 – Carl Nappa – Producing and Mixing Hip Hop with Nelly & The Hit Factory

RSR067 – Carl Nappa – Producing and Mixing Hip Hop with Nelly & The Hit Factory

My guest today is Carl Nappa with over 30 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records as an engineer, mixer or producer. He has worked with a long list of high profile artists in Rock, Hip Hop, R&B & Pop. In his 20+ year career Carl is credited as engineer or producer for more than 50 million records sold.

He has been a staff engineer at The Hit Factory in NYC, owned and operated “Hell’s Kitchen Recording and Social Club” In NYC for 4 years, is a voting member of NARAS and now also teaches in St Louis at the Ex’Treme Institute by Nelly.

Carl’s extensive discography includes many names that you will recognize like: Nelly, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, N’SYNC, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, NRBQ, Blondie, Moody Blues, John Mellencamp, Mariah Carey, Prince, Wyclef Jean, Run DMC, Pet Shop Boys, Alan Parsons, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Madonna, and the Manhattan Transfer. And the list goes on and on…
 Cool stuff we talked about on the show:
  • Stealing donuts to make a big impression on the studio as an intern (we don’t recommend this!)
  • Recording with Extreme
  • Mixing on various consoles

  • Working with Prince at The Hit Factory.
  • How to mix from careful notes.
  • How to know when your mix is done.

  • Recording Sean Pelton on drums.
  • How to soundcheck drums like a pro!
  • Setting up Nelly’s Home studio.

  • How to get great Low End in a mix.
  • Sample level bass management.
  • How to get better fast at recording and mixing when you are just starting out.

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Carl’s mixes:

 

 

Carl Nappa

Executive Director & Campus Director EI

Vatterott College ex’treme Institute by Nelly

800 North 3rd Street St. Louis MO. 63102

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Danny Wyatt

RSR066 – Danny Wyatt – EDM and Mix Master Wyatt Academy

RSR066 – Danny Wyatt – EDM and Mix Master Wyatt Academy

My guest today is Danny Wyatt, a multi-platinum, Grammy and Emmy nominated audio engineer with credits from Ultra Records to Old Dirty Bastard to Norah Jones, and one of the most influential mixing and mastering instructors and course designers. In the last decade he taught over 1,000 producers and audio engineers how to mix and master modern styles of music from deep house, minimal techno, and trance to hip hop, trap, dubstep, and drum’n’bass. Many of his students have had their tracks hit the iTunes and Beatport charts.

After teaching at SAE and DubSpot, a school for budding DJ producers, he went on to launch his own school, the Mix Master Wyatt Academy, where you can learn everything about composition, production, mixing, and mastering from the basics all the way to advanced. 

If you are ready to get serious with your EDM production then check out: Mixmaster Wyatt Academy

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Cool stuff we talked about on the show:

  • Recording with Gladys Night, Steve Windwood, Curtis Mayfield, Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springstein, Eric Clapton, The Isley Bros, Branford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, BB King, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John.
  • Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Sound Bombing records.
  • The origins of BackPacker Hip Hop
  • Why organic sounds will make a comeback in production.
  • The evolution of Hop Hop production and mixing.
  • Why Hip Hop sounds different today.
  • “Once while mastering I accidentally made someones jazz album mono. And it got released like that!” Danny Wyatt
  • How what we aspire to in production is a bit like being in middle school.
  • Why getting rid of the bad is the best way to get to the good in mixing.
  • Big Room is the new one and its replacing Progressive House. But then theres minimal and theres Techno. And theres Tech House, and theres Deep House. Theres Tropical House…
  • Why Dubstep sounds like Transformers having sex!
  • How to get big bass in EDM
  • How to get loud mixes in EDM
  • How to get the pumping breathing sound for EDM.
  • Beset practices for multiband saturation.

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Meghan Gohil

RSR065 – Meghan Gohil – From Live Sound to Studio, Recording with Lij Shaw

RSR065 – Meghan Gohil – From Live Sound to Studio, Recording with Lij Shaw

My guest today is Meghan Gohil, a producer, engineer, musician, studio and record label owner in Hollywood CA. He has been recording for longer than I have and the reason I know is that Meghan was who recorded my first college band in St Louis called Dr Seuss. When I first got started recording with my four track Meghan was the expert that I turned to for advice and microphones. He recorded many projects with me over the next couple of decades. Our first big release was for my band Enormous Richard, “Enormous Richard’s Almanac” a twangy alt country band from St Louis. We recorded 30 songs live to cassette in a basement in Granite City IL and went on to sell and distribute several thousand copies, nearly landing a record deal in the process.

That was followed by Enormous Richard “Answers All Your Questions” our first CD release. Then later we renamed ourselves Eleanor Roosevelt and made “Walker With His Head Down”  with Meghan for his college audio program at Webster University where he studied under Barry Hufker, and Bill Porter who recorded Elvis, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers.

After that was another basement record. “Warm Milk On The Porch.” on 8 track cassette. And finally our band break up record aptly named “Crumbling In The Rain” which was live to two track digital tape, known as DAT tape, without headphones from the livingroom of his big old wooden house. (Like many band break ups we got back together later to make more records) I’m sure I am forgetting to mention many other sessions, but we can get to that during the interview.

Meghan moved from St Louis to Hollywood in the 2000’s to further his recording and music career, and has gone on to record with many greats including: Cure co-founder Lol Tolhurst’s band, Levinhurst, Trey Anastasio of Phish, Jack Johnson with the Animal Liberation Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Joan Osbourne, Digable Planets, and Michael Frante to name a few.

For 20 years Meghan has maintained a dual career in radio promotions, and career development & management working with many independant artists. He worked as the Project Manager at Contemporary Productions in St. Louis, SFX Entertainment, and Clear Channel Concerts.  And He’s also consulted for AEG Live and Emery Entertainment.  

Currently, he records from his home studio which you can check out at HollywoodRecordingStudio.com,  and works as a Strategy and Analytics Manager at Live Nation Entertainments Amphitheater division..

Cool stuff we talked about on the show:

  • The benefits of starting out in live sound.
  • Why you should keep a two track running during the whole session!
  • How not to setup a PA…
  • How to use scene changes to make your mix more interesting.
  • The single most important thing to learn starting out in a studio?
  • Why you should always copyright your songs!
  • The importance of release forms.
  • How to use speakers instead of headphones for overdubbing.
  • My first band house was a mortuary! Hear the stories.
  • How a recording session can be more important than a stolen car!
  • How to break into touring with your band.
  • Which plugin is like having a Dalek mix your song?
  • What are the sweet spots for mixing levels: kick drums & speaker volume.

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