Working Class Audio

Working Class Audio

Peel back the glamour of the professional recording world. Guests from the world of audio for music, film, games, restoration, and more share their insights on how they made their journey, how they survive, their advice on the real things including wins, losses, working with other people, money, and career advice.  Hosted by audio engineer Matt Boudreau. The Working Class Audio Podcast - Navigating the World of Recording with a working class perspective. read less
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WCA #500 with Catherine Marks - From Architect to Producer, Fearlessness, Supportive Mentors, Managing Creative Conflicts, and Capturing the Immediacy of a Moment
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WCA #500 with Catherine Marks - From Architect to Producer, Fearlessness, Supportive Mentors, Managing Creative Conflicts, and Capturing the Immediacy of a Moment
My guest today is Grammy-winning London-based producer and mixer Catherine Marks, who has worked on projects for boygenius, Wolf Alice, and The Mysterines.   In this episode, we discuss Upbringing in Australia Early exposure to music through parents' record collection Participation in a Yamaha piano course at an all-girls school Development of interest in songwriting and record production Studying architecture at the University of Melbourne Taking a year out to work in Dublin Introduction to Dublin's music Immersion in live music and DJ nights in Dublin Discovery of interest in music production and reverb Transition from architecture degree to music production career Learning about music production while working for Flood Recording a song with Elastica, gaining Flood's attention Fearlessness and willingness to take opportunities Early advice from her father and Support from the Dublin community Early experiences in the studio, Multitasking in various roles Learning via observing, asking questions, and reading manuals Development of skills and studio efficiency Mentorship from Alan Moulder Working with producers like Dmitry Tikovoy, Ben Hillier, and Flood Importance of capturing the immediacy of a moment over technical perfection Discipline to let go of awareness and move forward in projects Managing creative conflicts and rising from unknown engineer to sought-after producer Establishing connections with key individuals in the music industry Importance of mutual understanding and communication in the recording process Working with Alan Moulder and Flood, enhancing her career Mutual respect and high expectations foster professional growth Importance of enjoying projects and respecting colleagues Prioritizing a balanced lifestyle over immediate success Pressure to maintain career momentum and need for self-care to prevent burnout Consistent commitment and passion for work Experiences and reflections on winning a Grammy award Highs and lows of industry recognition Challenges of being away for extended periods during album work Anticipation for future projects and collaborations Matt's Rant: 500 Episodes and Pressing On Links and Show Notes Catherine's Site Catherine on Instagram Credits Guest: Catherine Marks Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith
WCA #498 with Jacob Winik - Gillman Street Experiences, Improving Live Sound, Tiny Telephone, Improved Quality of Life, and Cosmic Standard
Jul 1 2024
WCA #498 with Jacob Winik - Gillman Street Experiences, Improving Live Sound, Tiny Telephone, Improved Quality of Life, and Cosmic Standard
My guest today is Jacob Winik, the COO, Technical Director, and Sound Designer at Cosmic Standard, an audio production company he co-founded with his wife, Eliza Smith, in January 2020. Jacob has collaborated on projects with TED, Patagonia, Dropbox, KQED, Samantha Crain, Meernaa, Doe Eye, and Steep Ravine. He previously worked as an audio engineer at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. In this episode, we discuss Bay Area Upbringing Parents' Musical Influence Early Punk Music Divorce Sparks Punk Interest Gillman Street Experiences Technology at Home Early Instruments School Band Reluctance Discovering DIY Punk College Band Experience House Shows in College Obsessed with Music Making Improving Live Sound Early Recording Awareness DIY Recording at Gillman First Demo Recording College Film Studies Pursuit of Music Recording Internship at The Compound Learning Basic Recording Skills Building Client Relationships Internship at Fantasy Studios Analog Tape Recording Challenges Journey Recording Experience Interning with Magic Magic Orchestra John Vanderslice Studio Setup at Tiny Telephone Transition to Professional Engineer Hands-on Learning with Tape Podcast Company Formation Balancing Overhead Costs Scalable Team Structure Remote Work Adaptation Handling Pandemic Challenges Client Training Remotely Improved Quality of Life Building Client Relationships Matt's Rant: Moving Through Your Audio Career with Blinders On Links and Show Notes Cosmic Standard John Vanderslice on WCA Credits Guest: Jacob Winik Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith
WCA #497 with Danny Reisch - Dallas Childhood Memories, Back to the Future, Daytrotter Sessions, Austin Music Scene, Moving to LA, and Making Records on Cassette 8 Tracks.
Jun 24 2024
WCA #497 with Danny Reisch - Dallas Childhood Memories, Back to the Future, Daytrotter Sessions, Austin Music Scene, Moving to LA, and Making Records on Cassette 8 Tracks.
My guest today is Los Angeles-based Producer/Mixer/Engineer/Drummer Danny Reisch, who has worked on projects for Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Khruangbin, Barns Courtney, White Denim, Other Lives, Shearwater, Sun June, Tele Novella, Intocable, Halo video game ( last 3 seasons), The Green Knight score (a24), Disney Peter Pan score, Interview With The Vampire score, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, The Zombies, Counting Crows, Jimmy Cliff, Father John Misty and many more. In this episode, we discuss Dallas Childhood Memories Early Band Experiences Four Track Beginnings Michael Jackson Obsession Back to Future Influence Supportive Creative Family Unique School Experience Discipline College Music Degree Early Audio Awareness Atmos Mixing Insights Texas State University Touring and College Life Sound Design Job Band Experiences Takeaways Respect for Bands Working with Passionate Clients Good Danny's Studio Journey Early Studio Challenges Austin Music Scene Daytrotter Sessions Impact South by Southwest Frenzy Live Recording Skills Move to Los Angeles Pandemic Mixing Shift Film Score Mixing Financial Ecosystem Differences LA Studio Setup Challenges John Congleton's Advice Matt's Rant: What If? Links and Show Notes Danny on Instagram John Congelton on WCA Credits Guest: Danny Reisch Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith
WCA #496 with Don Zientara - Historical Significance, Studio Relocation, Curated Gear Choices, Surfing, and Staying Young, and Back to the Basement Where It All Started
Jun 17 2024
WCA #496 with Don Zientara - Historical Significance, Studio Relocation, Curated Gear Choices, Surfing, and Staying Young, and Back to the Basement Where It All Started
My guest today is the return of producer/engineer/mixer Don Zientara. Don has been highly influential in the D.C. hardcore music scene for over 30 years for his work with iconic punk and rock bands, including Fugazi, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Jawbox, and The Evens. His contributions have been pivotal in shaping the sound of many Dischord Records artists. In this episode, we discuss Studio Relocation New Basement Setup Historical Recordings Studio Gear Changes Analog to Digital Shift Compact Studio Space Recording Challenges and Success Microphone Selection Strategy Digital Console Benefits Outboard Gear Preferences Lower Overhead Costs Promotion and Clientele Reflection on Studio History Neighborhood and Noise Management Surfing and Staying Young Selective Project Choices Client Reactions Control and Live Room Setup Communication in Studio Evolution of Punk Scene Consistent Studio Rates Historical Significance Industry Perception Matt's Rant: Beginning the Journey Links and Show Notes Don on WCA #106 Don Zientara's Biography: Wikipedia Inner Ear Studio: Inner Ear Studio Official Website Rights of Spring: Rights of Spring - Wikipedia Credits Guest: Don Zientara Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith
WCA #493 with William Garrett - Stereo Under the Stairs, Tossing X-Rays, After Hours Recording, Producing for Spotify, Hugging Smokey Robinson, and Burt Bacharach's Jacket
May 27 2024
WCA #493 with William Garrett - Stereo Under the Stairs, Tossing X-Rays, After Hours Recording, Producing for Spotify, Hugging Smokey Robinson, and Burt Bacharach's Jacket
My guest today is Producer, Engineer & Mixer William Garrett. William has worked with a LARGE amount of people! That's includes Esperanza Spalding, Grouplove, John Legend, The Head and the Heart, Migos, Zara Larsson, The Shins, Max Richter, Sting, Ed Sheeran, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, TLC, Arcade Fire, Miley Cyrus, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, The National, Greta Van Fleet, St. Vincent, Iron & Wine, Luke Combs, Jack White, The Raconteurs, Cyndi Lauper, John Cale, Conor Oberst, New Kids On The Block, Michael Monroe, Jennifer Lopez, John Waite, Slayer, Brandi Carlile, Def Leppard, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Shawn Mendes, Mac Miller, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Jon Batiste, Vampire Weekend, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alicia Keys, The Lumineers, Alanis Morissette, Black Pumas, James Blake, Finneas, Arlo Parks, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Samara Joy, Molly Tuttle, and Margot Price........to name a few!  In this episode, we discuss Winston Salem, North Carolina Tobacco Leaves  A Great Childhood Stereo Under the Stairs Early Musical Influences Wipeout! Playing Coffee Houses Tossing X-Rays Sound on Sound Recording Boarding School in Maine The World of Jingles Nashville Sessions Political Science and Economics Berklee College of Music Networking Working as a Janitor Driving Cabs on the Side Burt Bacharach's Jacket Tape Copy Guy Alpha Media Records After Hours Recording House Sound Guy Recording band Demos The Norah Jones Story Changing Technology Presence and Perseverance Jolly Automatic Slayer The Black Crowes Rick Ruben Ed Stasium George Drakoulius Hugging Smokey Robinson Producing Artists for Spotify Getting Laid Off Going back to Freelance Being Grateful Matt's Rant: Going the Extra Mile Links and Show Notes William on Linkedin William on Instagram William's Linktree Credits Guest: William Garrett Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith
WCA #483 with Lars Deutsch - Impact Mixing, Composition, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Soccer, and Brute Force Networking
Mar 18 2024
WCA #483 with Lars Deutsch - Impact Mixing, Composition, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Soccer, and Brute Force Networking
My guest today is composer, producer, and engineer Lars Deutsch. Lars has worked with 88 Rising Accura Adidas Amazon Anthony Anderson (Transformers) Blacklist (Trailer) Brett Gelman (Stranger Things) Budweiser California Energy Upgrade CBS Conde Nast (featuring BTS, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Rihanna, Black Pink, Alicia Keys, ASAP Rocky and Dolly Parton, Chris Hemsworth, David Schwimmer, Jessica Chastain, Malin Akerman, Idris Alba, Hillary Duff, Scotty Pippen, Dwayne Haskins, Danielle Brooks, Kendrick Sampson and Billy Eichner) Epson FOX Flying Theater Mexico City Generali Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan) Intel IRKO Higher Brothers Honda Hyundai Ian McKellen (Lord Of The Rings) James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) Joji Kate Micucci (Scrubs, Big Bang Theory) Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid's Tale) Katie Melua Keith Ape Keke Palmer (Hustlers) Lewis Hamilton Magic Wands MBL Mercedes Neckermann Niki Nowness (Louis Vuitton) Oreos Palm Springs Film Festival Patrick Williams Paul Alexander Juutilainen Philip Rivers (NFL quarterback) Philips Rachel Shelley (Deep State) Red Bull Rich Brian Ruinart Stephen King's The Passenger Tencent The Martian (trailer) The Masked Singer Toyota Voices for Children VW Wink Martindale (Tic-Tac-Dough) In this episode, we discuss Heavy Metal and Soccer Classical Music Excited About Guitar Studying in London Composition Audio Branding Impact Mixing Berlin German Stereotypes Love of Los Angeles Brute Force Network Working with Irko Mixing on His Own Prodixing Development Cash Flow Always Working Flagship Projects Pricing Voice Doubles Credits Revisions Matt's Rant: Always Be Learning Links and Show Notes Lar's Site Credits Guest: Lars Deutsch Host: Matt Boudreau Engineer: Matt Boudreau Producer: Matt Boudreau Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith