RSR343 – Brian Charles – 8 Alarm Fire Destroys Zippah Studio… What You Need To Know - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR343 – Brian Charles – 8 Alarm Fire Destroys Zippah Studio… What You Need To Know

Zippah Recording Recovery Fund

Icicles were literally hanging from the NS10s! Brian talked about losing 30 years of recording gear at Zippah studio to a devastating fire, what to do about insurance, why you should follow your dreams, and how to record guitar like Mick Ronson!

My guest today is Brian Charles a producer, engineer, plugin designer for Rare Signals from Boston Massachusetts. Brian has been a fantastic guest on the podcast before on episode RSR174 to talk about working with indie rock bands. He’s worked with thousands of artists over the years and has made albums in almost every genre imaginable. 

Some of Brian’s many credits include The Vatican Commandos featuring a young “Moby” as the lead singer, Dispatch, pop artist Marina and the Diamonds, Weakened Friends, and his longtime work as a producer and touring member of the band “The Sheila Divine”. 

Brian is also an educator working with Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, The Walnut Hill School for The Arts, and The Recording Workshop. And he is the creator of the “Transatlantic Plate Reverb” at his plugin company Rare Signals where he digitally recreated the iconic plate reverbs of Zippah studio.

Tragically in December 2021 His Home base studio, Zippah Recording (of 33 years), was destroyed in an 8-alarm fire. Incredibly the music community has come together to fundraise in support of Brian’s studio and family recovery after the devastating loss of many decades of instruments, recording equipment, and musical history. 

Thanks so much to Mark Rubel at Blackbird Academy for making our original introduction.

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