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Warren Huart

RSR064 – Warren Huart – Produce Like A Pro

RSR064 – Warren Huart – Produce Like A Pro

My guest today is Warren Huart, a producer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Warren is the creator of a highly prolific Youtube channel, and audio learning website called Produce Like A Pro, where he teaches you how to record and produce music through tutorial videos, interviews, studio tours, and a dedicated membership site.


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Warren has been a part of many platinum selling and billboard charting albums over his 20 year career, and has participated in the development of a number of successful artists’ careers. Some of Warren’s credits include: Ace Frehley, Areosmith, James Blunt, Marc Broussard, The Muppets, The Thrills, The Fray, Better Than Ezra, and Vintage Trouble.

Cool stuff we talked about on the show:

  • Growing up with A Sailboat.
  • iPhone vs. Android for music making, and portable recording.
  • The value of limitations in the studio, and what we can learn from the Bauhaus school of design.
  • What we can learn from Malcolm Gladwell’s best selling book, Outliers.
  • How to get the best drum sound ever in your small room studio.
  • The secret snare sound of The Fray, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Mettalica, and many of the great hits from the 90s era records.
  • We discussed the great drummer, Dave Mattocks of Fairport Convention, recording with Glyn Johns.
  • Warren listed some top drum kits you might consider for your studio.
  • ADATS, SMPTE, and MIDI the all caps hat trick!
  • We also talked about many great bands and their production strategies: Aerosmith, Nirvana, The Fray, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jack Douglas, Metallica.
  • Slate Virtual Microphone System, and Mesanovic.

’@WarrenHuart @producelikeapro”]

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RSR063 – John Jaszcz The Yoshman – Recording Funk with Bootsy Collins & Funkadelic

RSR063 – John Jaszcz The Yoshman – Recording Funk with Bootsy Collins & Funkadelic

My guest today is John Jaszcz, aka the Yoshman. He is a multi Grammy and Dove awarded mixer, engineer, and producer. He is well known for his work in Nashville with gospel, country, Christian contemporary, and rock artists and will sometimes have multiple songs on the top of the charts at the same time. His mixing credits have included Billy Ray Cyrus, Roberta Flack, Donna Summer, Wynonna Judd, John Michael Montgomery, and Collective Soul to name just a few.

But Yosh got his start far north of Nashville in Detroit MI where he learned how to record and mix under the gurus of funk like Bootsy Collins, Parliament/Funkadelic, George Clinton, Roger Troutman, Sly Stone, and Zapp. And it was through his work there with Gospel great Fred Hammond of Commissioned, and the legendary Thomas Whitfield that Yosh ultimately made his connection to Nashville and then moved here to grow his career.

I met Yosh recently through our mutual friend Carl Tatz, who was also a guest on the show in RSR050.

Cool stuff we talked about on the show:

  • Recording Bootsy Collins with an Ovation acoustic guitar.
  • Recording Atomic Dog, George Clinton, Sly Stone, and Funkadelic.
  • The origin of the Talkbox with Pete Drake and the Talking Steel.
  • How Bootsy Collins would record his bass and why they used three tracks!
  • Sly Stone and the most challenging sessions of Yosh’s career.
  • How to get a funky kick and snare in your mix.
  • The importance of bass pocket, and the important difference between Meters style funk, and Funkadelic groove.
  • Pro and cons of multing microphones for live recording.
  • Neve, Summit, Fab Filter, and plugin chains for your stereo mix buss.
  • Using Invoice Pro, and what can we learn from financial guru Dave Ramsey in the studio?

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Robin Eaton

RSR062 – Robin Eaton – Alex The Great & Club Roar Studios

RSR062 – Robin Eaton – Alex The Great & Club Roar Studios

My guest today is Robin Eaton, a songwriter, producer, poet, and artist from Nashville TN. He owns his own studio, Club Roar, and is also co-owner of Alex The Great recording with Brad Jones who was my guest on episode 34.

Beginning as a songwriter and artist signed to Warner France and then Ze-Island records in NYC, He was also in the original Broadway production of Hair. After moving to Nashville in the 80s and building Alex The Great, Robin went on to co write and produce Jill Sobule’s self titled record with the hit single “I Kissed A Girl” about ten years before Katy Perry’s song of the same title.

In 2005 Robin and I co produced The Spinto Band’s Nice And Nicely Done, and then later KS Rhoads Dead Language. Some of his other credits include: Butterfly Boucher, Tim Easton, Tommy Womack, Lion Limb, Swan Dive, and Mary Kate Oneil. But more importantly Robin is my mentor. He took me in and showed me how to make records at Alex The Great, and has been a creative inspiration and friend to me for 20 years. He even officiated at my wedding!

Cool stuff we talked about on the show:

  • Getting a record label deal in France and NYC in the 1970s.
  • Mixing at Trident Studios in London.
  • Mixing at Electric Ladyland in NYC.
  • Advice for writing songs and keeping notebooks.
  • Cowriting with Jill Sobule.
  • How to get simple cool drums sounds in the studio.
  • Recording prepared piano.
  • The changing music scene of Nashville TN.

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Daniel Grimmett

RSR018 – Daniel Grimmett – Songwriting Team

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RSR018 - Daniel Grimmett - Songwriting Team

How To Make Money Producing Music - Virtual Recording Studio

My guest today is Daniel Grimmett, founder of, a songwriting and production company serving over 200 artists/brands in more than 20 countries. Daniels works with clients worldwide and has built a 6 figure online studio and music production business that redefines what it means to be a recording studio in the age of internet.

Taking the SongwritingTeam to the next level Daniel has also created a curated collection of high quality, customizable tracks from top producers to help make your song writing experience painless and professional.

And finally Daniel has created one of the coolest things I know of in the world of online courses. It’s called How To Make Money Producing Music - Virtual Recording Studio

Daniel took all of his success with and turned it into a detailed How To course that takes you step by step from just getting started with no clients at all to potentially making over $100k a year as an online recording and music production studio.

Now I know that a lot of you are recording yourselves, but if you are interested in recording for other people or building a business for studio then you will want to check out How To Make Money Producing Music - Virtual Recording Studio.

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For a limited time Daniel has setup a special discount code just for you Rockstars! If you use the link below to check out the course you can enter

RSRockstars in the coupon code box at checkout to get 40% discount.

In fact the code is good for a discount on all products at Songwriting Team.

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(I can't say how long this discount will be good for so take advantage of it while you can)

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." @raybradbury

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Jam Session:

Q - What was holding you back at the start?

A - When I was a teenager and first started getting into recording, I was having trouble holding on to my gear because of my substance issue. I would work and make money but then sell off my gear to keep my addiction going.

Just keeping gear around to actually get my job done was the unfortunate thing holding me back then. I hope that not a lot of other people relate to that, but it’s the truth.

“I was neglecting the promise I made to myself as a teenager. I wanna make music with my friends as an adult” - Daniel Grimmett

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Q- What was some of the best advice you got early on?

A - I started working at Old House the commercial studio in Charlotte NC. And coming from being a home recording guy I was ready to get my hands on all the gear.

So one of my first sessions I did the LA thing and had like 400 mics on the drums! And it sounded like crap…

And my mentor told me “Hey man I know you like the gear and all that but don’t forget the song. Do what’s best for the song.”

“I know you like the gear and all that, but don’t forget about the song…” - Daniel Grimmett

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Q- Share with us a recording tip, hack, or secret sauce.

A - This is not actually a recording tip but more of a business tip…

Follow up! What’s the biggest thing that you do on a daily basis that allows you record for a living? Following up!

So use a CRM software like Insightly

Q - Share a favorite hardware tool for the studio

A - I love the Universal Audio stuff! It sounds so great. We sold all of our outboard gear and we now have one box, one laptop.

Q - Are there any favorite plugins from UA?

A - I love the classic stuff the LA-2As, the Urei 1176. But the coolest thing are the Unison Pres! The pre amps that emulate vintage mic pres so that you can record through the sound on the way in. Also the Moog filters for drums or the Ocean Way room reverbs.

Q - Share with us a tip for the business side of the recording studio

A - There is a software tool called Trello for list based project management. It's like that episode of Silicon Valley where they move the post it notes across the board (Agile Scrum) to keep track of the project development.

When your company gets bigger you have so much stuff to do and you’ve got to keep up with it. I find that lists help me keep track of what’s going on.

“Just make a decision!” @vancalot as quoted by Daniel Grimmett

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Q - If you had to start over what gear would you need? How would you find people to record? And how would you make ends meet while you got started?

A - I would start with a guitar, midi controller, 2 channel interface, computer, and headphones, and maybe a Shure SM57. Then I would hang out where the musicians go and meet people because an online studio takes a while to build so it’s best to start locally while you build up your business. Then build the website and go from there.

Q - What is the single most important thing a listener can do right now to become a rockstar of the recording studio?

A - Going back to my earlier quote, make a decision on what you want to do. Are you going to do this or are you not going to to it? Make a decision and go for it!

Whatever “Rockstar” means to you, whether it’s to become a better engineer, or make a better living just decide what it is that you think you need to do next and go for it.

That’s the difference between two indie rock bands that are both great, and one makes it and the other doesn’t. Just having some kind of plan or strategy. The band that made it made it had a better strategy. They just did a couple things right accidentally because they were on a path and kept going.

“Just do what you were built do, what you were put on this earth to do (Music)” - Daniel Grimmett

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