RSR289 - Adam "Atom" Greenspan - Producing & Mixing IDLES, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Veils - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR289 – Adam “Atom” Greenspan – Producing & Mixing IDLES, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Veils

Are fake plants really ok in the studio? Adam "Atom" Greenspan breaks down studio vibe, how to mix in Pro Tools but sound like a console, the secret to recording drums and cymbals separately, and mixing with a sub for great low end, plus lots more!

My guest today is Adam Greenspan A Grammy-nominated engineer, mixer, and producer who had a pretty good start to his career engineering Faith No More’s “Album of the Year” at age 20. He later spent time at two world-class studios, Westlake Audio and The Village Recorder, working with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Bono before going freelance in 2000.

As a consultant for setting up home studios, he met Nick Launay and began collaborating on albums by Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Refused, while at the same time taking on more and more producing and mixing gigs of his own for the likes of The Veils, INVSN, and French Style Furs (featuring members of Cold War Kids.)

More recently Adam has seen great success receiving a Mercury prize nomination for IDLES “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.” also nominated for Best Album at the UK Music Producers Guild Awards and won the Ivor Novello award for writing. In 2019 Adam was Grammy-nominated for Thomas Dybdahl “All These Things” and he just had his first #1 in the UK with IDLES “Ultra Mono” and a top 10 with Cliff Richards.

I have really enjoyed listening to Adam’s discography which we have put together in a special playlist for you in the show notes. Thanks so much to Adris Evelis at JZ Microphones for making our introduction.

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