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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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RSR003 – Joe Gilder – HomeStudioCorner.com

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My guest today is Joe Gilder. He is songwriter, producer, engineer, teacher and innovator in the online world of music production, blogging, and podcasting. Joe’s focus is the home studio owner, to help you create the best recordings you can. He has created a fantastic resource and website called HomeStudioCorner.com

Check out Home Studio Corner Production Club​ a 19-Part Online Course Walking You Through the ENTIRE Home Studio Production Process From Song Idea to Finish Mastered Recording


In his own words:

“Home Studio Corner (HSC) exists to help home studios excel. It gives you LOTS of ways to expand your recording knowledge, hone your recording skills, and make better recordings.”


Joe offers articles, videos, podcasts, and training products so that you can start learning for free now and dive in for much more in depth training when you are ready.


Here are some of the topics we discussed on the show.


Dueling Mixes

  • Dueling Mixes is for users who are comfortable with their DAW and want to go deeper into what the program can do. The site offers alternate mixes of the same song so the user can compare the two and see how differently a single track can be mixed. They can also download the original track to mix the song themselves. Joe and his co-host Graham Cochrane show you how they mix the songs to give you insights into the process.


Home Studio Corner” & “Simply Recording” Podcasts. (These links will take you straight to iTunes)

  • Joe talks about the production of one of his albums from 2010. He brings up the 80/20 rule which states 80% of your results comes from 20% of the inputs given. He talked about how he was going to write 50 songs in 12 weeks to create at least 10 that he was super proud of!


Predicting The Cost of a Record:

  • Joe talks about how to plan out how long and how much time it will cost to complete a record. This goes back to knowing how long it takes you to accomplish something in order to accurately predict how long the process will take. Joe talks about the value of salesmanship when quoting a client on how much his services will cost. This is a great lesson for us all in matching our rates to the high value of our service.


Recording Advice - Q&A:

  • Q- “What is the most important advice you have?”

    • A - “Getting it right at the source.”

  • Q - “What was an important failure or setback that became an important learning lesson for you in the studio or in your musical journey?

    • A - “The more I learned about the proper way to record music, the less time I spent creating it.”

  • Q - “Tell us about a moment of success in your recording career.”

    • A - “Listening back to old recordings and noticing how the emotion of the songs are still coming through, even after so much time.”

  • Q - “Where can we find your album “Better This Way?”

  • Q - “Tell us about something you’re excited about right now.”

    • A - “I am most excited about writing more music, especially in the studio with my drummer and bassist.”

  • Q - “How do you imagine capturing that writing process with a group of people like that?”

    • A - “I think it would be let’s just set up a recording session and jam until we come up with something or jam to a click to build a track that way.”


The “Jam Session” Q&A:

  • Q - “What was holding you back from getting started in recording?”

    • A - “Feeling like I had to do everything myself.”

  • Q - “What was some of the best advice you received about recording?”

    • A - “Get it right at the source.”

  • Q - “How about a tip hack or secret sauce that you would like to share from your experience?”

    • A - “Committing to time-based effects at the time of the recording.”

  • Q - “Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?”

  • Q - “Can you share a favorite hardware tool of the studio?”

  • Q - “How about a favorite software tool?”

  • Q - “Would you like to just drop a reference to one favorite new feature that exists in it that you’re liking a lot right now?”

    • A - “I like the feature that lets you to route the plug-in chain on any channel and split the signal, and do different things on each part of the signal”

  • Q - “How about a great resource for the business part of the recording studio?”

  • Q - “If you were dropped into a strange city and you could only take a simple setup for recording, what would you choose, how would you find people to record, and how would you make ends meet right away to continue recording?”

    • A - “The rig - a laptop with Presonus, an interface, and a mic. People to record - you have to go to where the musicians are and find them.

  • Q - “What if someone is in a town that doesn’t have many musicians?”

  • Q - “How can our listeners follow you?”

For more about Joe go to

HomeStudioCorner.com

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RSR001 – Mike Purcell – 6Minor Films

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Intro:

Mike purcell has a long list of recording, mixing and mastering credits including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Ray Cyrus. He is a recording artist himself, and has a passion for indie rock. He is also an entrepreneur with many business ventures.

He grew up in Nashville, and started playing guitar when he was 14. He began recording with 2 cassette decks and a Radioshack mixer, and his first recording studio experience in 1988 solidified his passion for recording.


Early Career:

Mike attended Belmont University from 1990-1994. He interned at The Castle recording studio and was offered a job there for $150/week. He later went to LA for a six month trip to record Lionel Richie.

When he returned to Nashville, he got a ProTools rig and was very into digital audio. He did a lot of vocal tuning work at this time. He would also often record using the Otari RADAR II digital multitrack recorder.


Demo Recording:

A demo recording is done for songwriters who want to pitch something to a recording artist. These songs are often done with session musicians who do not rehearse extensively before the session, because they can sight-read the charts.

At County Q studio, Mike would record a high volume of demos in a single day. Because of his ability and experience as an engineer, and the quality of the session musicians, they were able to record songs very quickly and efficiently.


Philosphy/Advice:

-What comes next in the recording industry is what you invent. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes.

-Mike Purcell prefers to find music he loves, and capture it, rather than finding music that he kind of likes and reinventing it.


-Take every job you can if it has anything to do with music. Take the gigs that you’re uncomfortable taking; you’re probably uncomfortable because you don’t know much about it, so you’ll probably learn from the experience.

-Don’t have an ego as an engineer. Try to fulfill the client’s vision rather than your own.

-Get hooked up with someone who is successful and doing something that you want to be a part of. Do the best job out of anybody there, and confess to your mistakes, and you’re likely to be successful.





Jam session:


-what was holding you back at the beginning of your career?

-lack of resources to and access to the good studios. That’s different now, because you can buy ProTools.


-what was some of the best advice you’ve received?

-do it right and do it once.


-What is your favorite recording trick?

-Sidechain compress the bass, using the kick drum as a key input, and squash it down half a dB. It helps keep kick punch through the mix.


-Do you have any book or magazine recommendations?

-Abbey Road book.

-Tape Op magazine.


-Favorite piece of gear that you have?

-SansAmp gt 2.


-Favorite software tool?

-I use an old standalone version of T-RackS (version 3) for mastering. You can get stuff really loud with it.


-Favorite internet resource?

-Facebook


-If you were dropped in a strange city, and could only take a simple recording setup, what would you take? How would you find people to record? How would you make ends meet?


-Take a simple m-box setup with a couple of mics.

-Go to shows to meet bands.

-Deliver pizzas or something like that to make ends meet.


Links to Check Out:


-Mike’s current project, 6minor Films, which creates documentary films about the music creation process:

-Website

-Facebook

-Youtube


-Mike’s facebook

-County Q website



So if you have any questions or suggestions for the show please email me

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