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RSR088 – 4-Track Grammy Production With Van Hunt

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Van Hunt is a Grammy awarded musician, producer, songwriter, and recording artist originally from Dayton, OH but now living in Los Angeles. His writing and production has been featured on recordings by diverse artists, such as Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer as well as the platinum-selling soundtrack, Love Jones. He has released 5 of his own records over the past 15 years, also touring alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, and Dave Matthews Band.

Van has released five albums of his own over the past 15 years, and draws his inspirations from a wide variety of musical influences. His last record The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets, draws inspiration from The Delfonics, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, and Billie Holiday, and was praised by The Boston Globe for bringing together a fusion of original funk and old soul. Van achieves “...the kind of heated, raw sound that has virtually disappeared in too much of today’s overly manicured R&B, never losing sight of the past as he progressively forges his own way forward.”

"It isn't about the guitar, it's about those ideas that are in your head. It's about those fingers." @vanhunt

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"Don't erase or dismiss that thing that everyone in the room is feeling." @vanhunt

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Van Hunt's Bio

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RSR087 – Chris Selim – 9 Tips For Recording, Mixing, And Producing Clients Remotely

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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 mixed and produced more than 75 albums over the past fourteen years. And remarkably works remotely with many of these artists over the internet from his home recording studio near Montreal, Canada.

Chris’ credits include: Canadian Christian Artist, Lianna Klassen, a Covenant Award winner (Canadian version of the Dove Awards) and Juno nominee. and French Christian Artists Impact, Seb Demrey, Luc Dumont, Andreanne, and Peggy Polito to name a few…

Chris is also the creator of Mixdown.Online , a resource website and Youtube channel designed to help you with your music production, recording and mixing skills through cool tutorial videos and blog articles.

"Always think of the mix when you're arranging, and when you're recording." @iamchrisselim

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"Don't spend on equipment based on your emotions." @iamchrisselim

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Important Links:
FREE CHEAT SHEET - 9 Tips For Recording, Mixing, And Producing Clients Remotely

Mixdown Online
Mixdown Online YouTube
Mixdown Online Facebook
Mixdown Online Twitter

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Chris Selim's Twitter


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RSR086 – Jesse Cannon – Processing Creativity: The Tools, Practices And Habits Used To Make Music You’re Happy With

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Jesse Cannon is a musician, engineer, producer, and multiple author. His new book, which you can now find on Amazon & Kindle, is called Processing Creativity: The Tools, Practices And Habits Used To Make Music You’re Happy With.

Over the past two decades, Jesse has worked in nearly every aspect of the music business. Most notably, recording bands like Animal Collective, The Misfits, The Menzingers, Man Overboard, Basement, Transit, Thank You Scientist, Somos, Leftover Crack as well as mastering records for acts like Brand New, NOFX, Bad Books, Real Friends and over a thousand more.

He received his pedigree under producers like Ross Robinson and Steve Evetts with groups like The Cure, Limp Bizkit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves The Day, Senses Fail and A Static Lullaby, and spent years working under esteemed mastering engineer Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

"We find emotional connections in authentic expressions and vulnerability." @JesseCannon

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"Ration your listens." @JesseCannon

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"What makes good music is emotional reactions and tying things together." @JesseCannon

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Jesse's Site
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Things We Talked About:
Darkglass BK7X Pedal
Flux Alchemist Plugin
Flux Epure Plugin
Flux Syrah Plugin
Josephson E22S Mic (Designed for Steve Albini)
Massenburg Design Works Plugins
Omnifocus App



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RSR085 – Cowboy Keith Thompson – How To Start a Record Label From Your Home Studio

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Cowboy Keith Thompson is a record producer, live sound engineer, tour manager, and record label owner. Inglehood Records is a boutique label based out of east Nashville, that makes classic style recordings of vintage hits from the 40s to 60s with its hip rhythm and horn sections.

Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keith was a bar owner, children's TV show host, radio host, record producer, and live sound engineer. He moved to Nashville 20 years ago to pursue pro- live sound engineer, doing live sound for the likes of Peter Cetera and even Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter.

Some of Keith's credits include managing the Original Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper, Blue Lou Marini, Tom Malone, John Tropea , Murphy Dunne and Leon Pendarvis.

When he is not running his label, producing records, or touring, he records and mixes all the music performances for the hit CMT TV show "Sun Records".

"You can always make a big room sound small, but you can't make a small room sound big."

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"Basically, the microphone is an extension of your ear."

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Important Links:
Nashville Soul Music Podcast
Inglehood Records
Inglehood Records Facebook


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RSR084 – Kevin Killen – Recording Peter Gabriel, U2, David Bowie, and Yo-Yo Ma

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Kevin Killen is a multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer. Kevin is the recipient of many Grammy Awards, and has recorded some of the most important albums of the past four decades.

​His extensive discography includes: U2 Unforgettable Fire, Peter Gabriel SO, Elvis Costello Spike, The Commitments, and a long list of amazing artists like Tori Amos, Prince, Laurie Anderson, Stevie Nicks, Brian Ferry, Paula Cole, and Patti Smith

Just this year Kevin took home a few Grammys for mixing Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble’s Sing Me Home, and for best engineered album, and best alternative album for David Bowie’s last record, Blackstar.

"You do what you do, and you have a particular affinity for how you want to present a piece of music." @JDAmbrosioMGMT

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"Keep listening." @JDAmbrosioMGMT

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Jeff Turzo

RSR083 – Jeff Turzo – Overstayer Recording Equipment, Fusing Rock with Techno

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Jeff Turzo is a musician, producer, and founder of Overstayer Recording Equipment, a company that designs cool audio gear for the studio. Jeff started out as a musician and spent a decade producing and touring with his band, God Lives Under Water. His band was signed by Rick Rubin to American Recordings in 1993. GLU went on to record multiple albums with a heavy guitar, synth, loop driven pop sound that landed them a movie soundtrack hit for the Keanu Reeves film, Johnny Mnemonic, and airtime on alternative rock stations and MTV. This led to years of touring for his band sharing the stage with other heavy pop bands like KMFDM, Korn, Filter, Deftones, No Doubt, and Sublime.

In the studio Jeff was a multi-instrumentalist and producer with synthesis/sampling knowledge, sometimes producing with Matt Mahaffey (episode 69), but also with his GLU partner David Reilly, staying busy with remix projects that included Skinny Puppy, Rob Zombie and Messiah. He also organized For the Masses: A Tribute To Depeche Mode in 1998, and released Up Off The Floor with GLU in 2004.

"When the mystery starts to go away, you start to figure it out." #OverstayerInc

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"There are character flaws that allow people to dig in to places and create emotional songs." #OverstayerInc

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Important Links:
Overstayeraudio.com
Overstayer Audio Instagram
Overstayer Audio Twitter
Overstayer Audio Facebook
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RSR082 – Dane Myers – Custom Tracks & Online Production

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Dane Myers is a producer and owner of Custom-Tracks.com, a recording studio in Orlando FL that offers online recording and production services to artists anywhere in the world.

Several years after founding local singer/songwriter recording studio, Wholehearted Productions, and producing numerous tracks for aspiring local artists, Dane realized a big obstacle all of his artists faced in getting the quality of music they wanted was a lack of access to professional session musicians. Now after leaving university, Dane is bent on changing the way people think about recording, putting the focus on quality performances, and putting top-shelf musicians back in independent music production through Custom-Tracks.com.

"The fact that there are limitations to the medium creates beauty in and of itself with the production process." @danemyersmusic

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"Art is not about being efficient." @danemyersmusic

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Custom-Tracks.com
wholeheartedprod.com
Custom Tracks Facebook Video
Custom Tracks Facebook Page
Custom Tracks Instagram

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Asana
Flat.io
NiceCast
Slack
Source Connect


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RSR081 – Jamie Tate – Multi Grammy Winning Mixer At The Rukkus Room

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"It doesn't matter where you record it. I did an album in a storage shed. It turned out great!" @TheJamieTate #studio

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Jamie Tate is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer, mixer and producer. Jamie has worked on many popular recordings including dozens of hit records and chart topping songs, making him a highly sought-after mixing engineer and producer.

Jamie earned his chops recording legendary artists such as Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Marty Stuart and others. More recently, clients have included major Country artists such as Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Billy Currington, major labels such as Big Machine and Broken Bow Records, up-and-coming Nashville artists Jordan Rager, CJ Solar, RaeLynn and Smithfield and professional country & pop songwriters from publishers such as Ole, SeaGayle, Dan Hodges Music, Starstruck and many more.

"I'm just a music fan, I study it. I know every sound on every Yes and Beatles record." @TheJamieTate #studio

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"There's something about an analog console. Hitting it hard going in has this light fuzz and sheen of distortion." @TheJamieTate

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http://www.rukkusroom.com/
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jamie-tate-mn0000213469/credits

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Stewart Eastham

RSR080 – Stewart Eastham – Learning Pro Tools

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Stewart Eastham Shares tips on learning Pro Tools as an artist, songwriter, and producer in East Nashville TN. His recent Americana album, Dancers In The Mansion, was recorded at The Toy Box Studio, through the famous MCI console. The album brings together a rock band rhythm section with piano, organ, pedal steel, horns, and real strings to create an energetic album that sounds great. Stewart talks with us on the podcast about his experience in the studio, and as an independent artist. We dig into what it means to write, record, and release an album living in Nashville, and then take it out into the world.

"Be your biggest fan. Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. And follow your vision." @SEasthamMusic #EastNashville 

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Stewart generously shared some examples of mixes from his record, Dancers In The Mansion. The playlist includes mixes of two songs. You will find the rough mix, the final mix, and the mastered mix. This is to give you some insight into the differences. You can hear that the rough mixes are louder because they were mixed through a loudness plugin. And The final mixes are lower level probably mixed at a nominal -12 or -18 dbfs. But this leaves lots of headroom for the mastering stage. Finally the mastered mixes are at full volume and sound great!

Teaser trailer for the upcoming album

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Bobby Holland

RSR079 – Bobby Holland – Nashville Producer & Mixer

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"Be nicer and work harder than everyone else and you will succeed." @Bobby_Holland #Nashville #Mixing

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Bobby Holland is an indi rock and pop musician, producer, and mixer from Nashville TN. He also loves recording Country, Americana, Jazz, and is a big fan of fresh fruit and good bourbon. He is very active on the local music scene playing guitar, keys, singing bvs, and drums. His rock band is called Milktooth, and his new pop band is The Daybreaks.

He's worked on over 15,000 songs and hundreds of albums since he started recording in 1998. Bobby’s credits include artists like: ZZ Ward, Drake White, Meghan Linsey, and Sean McConnell to name a few.

"Don't mix with your eyes mix with your ears. Screw rules just listen." @Bobby_Holland #Nashville #Mixing

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Stuff we talked about on the show:

Important links:

Personal website: http://bobbyholland.net

Studio website: http://pentavaritstudios.com

Milktooth: http://milktoothmusic.com

The Daybreaks: http://thedaybreaks.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/bobbyholland

Instagram: @bobby_holland

Twitter: @bobby_holland

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