RSR333 – Bryan Cook – Producing and Mixing Tips – Jeff Goldblum, U2, One Republic - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR333 – Bryan Cook – Producing and Mixing Tips – Jeff Goldblum, U2, One Republic

Mixing is like Taekwondo! Bryan talked about finding the right balance in the studio, producing Jeff Goldblum's jazz album, how to record piano and organ, mixing U2, and how to create awesome vocal mixes, and how EDM tricks are great for folk bands.

My guest today is Bryan Cook a Los Angeles based mixer working in the studio world for the past 20 years. 

Bryan grew up just outside of Philadelphia, playing the saxophone. A book of Charlie Parker solos became the initial inspiration to pursue music on a deeper level experiencing the studio for the first time in high school and he went on to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering, where his first studio job was interning at Blue Jay studios outside of Boston. 

Upon graduation, Bryan headed to Los Angeles, where he landed at the legendary A&M Studios, which has since been renamed Henson Recording Studios.  He worked with artists like Rod Stewart, The Wallflowers, Korn and +Live+, and producers such as Brendan O’Brien, Roy Thomas Baker, Jerry Harrison, Richard Perry, and Trevor Horn. 

He then headed out on his own in 2002. He worked for many years recording and mixing for composer/producer Michael Andrews doing music projects including Inara George and Gary Jules, alongside film projects like Walk Hard and 40 year old virgin. He now mixes on his own full time with the rare tracking or production session sprinkled in. He enjoys all kinds of music, except klezmer and polka.

Bryan is best known for his work as a mixer for artists like U2, One Republic, the tv show Songland, and Allie Sherlock produced by Ryan Tedder. He has recorded the Raconteurs, Fleet Foxes, Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stoneage, Cold War Kids, Damien Rice, The Eels, and Autolux for Nigel Godrich’s well-received “From The Basement” series. His recent work includes producing, recording, and mixing Jeff Goldblum’s latest album, “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.”

Thank you to Howard Willing for the introduction.

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