Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

May 25 2022 • 1 hr 9 mins


Today’s guest is Los Angeles based musician, producer, engineer, and mixer Alex Crescioni. Alex currently works out of his studio, Stygian Sound, which is located in the legendary Sound City Center complex. Focusing on heavy and dark genres in the metal world, Alex has worked with artists on Cleopatra Records, Pavement Music, Metal Assault Records, and Nuclear Blast Records as well as collaborated with Meegs Rascon, Chris Collier, and Tim Palmer. We have a great chat about the subgenres of metal, the strategy behind creating a selected discography, niching down to focus on music that you are passionate about, and how being a prepared client brings the best out of everybody involved. In this episode we'll dig in on... Learning from your failures Studio etiquette Having a studio in the Sound City complex The importance of finding people that will give you their honest opinion Putting technical metal riffs under the studio microscope Niching down to make music you love Studying guitar and recording at Musicians Institute Classical piano and The Suzuki Method The art navigating of Los Angeles traffic Getting a loan and jumping head first into owning a studio Word of mouth referrals How marketing can lead to transaction temporary clients Separation of work and life DSP guitar amp simulators vs real tube amps Guitar string guage Learn More About Alex Crescioni... Website: https://www.alexcrescioni.com/ (https://www.alexcrescioni.com/) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexcrescioni/ (https://www.instagram.com/alexcrescioni/) Stygian Sound IG: https://www.instagram.com/stygiansound/ (https://www.instagram.com/stygiansound/) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network https://www.completeproducer.net/share/z_LJhc8M_GtKZ1OX?utm_source=manual (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process https://knowledge.completeproducer.pro/bapwaitlist (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process http://mixaccelerator.com/ (HERE)! Other Links: Join my https://app.studiocast.io/member/studio/travis (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! https://www.travisference.com/coffeecup (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on https://www.patreon.com/progressionspod (Patreon)! Sign up for the https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Progressions Mailing List) https://kit.co/travisference (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/progressionspod (https://twitter.com/progressionspod) Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/) Credits: Guest: Alex Crescioni Host: Travis Ference Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference