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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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