Rank #1: WCA #164 with Steve Albini
Working Class Audio #164 with Steve Albini!!!
Steve Albini needs no introduction really. Musician, engineer and studio owner known for his work with Nirvana, Page and Plant, PJ, Harvey as well as thousands of other bands. Yes, thousands. Steve is well known for his long term practice of sticking to analog recording methods and his dedication to the bands he records with regards to respecting the band dynamic. He also has played in the bands Big Black, Rapeman as well as his current band Shellac. Steve is part of a program called the Letters to Santa Program of Chicago with his wife Heather Whinna and Jeff Tweddy of WIlco known for it's work raising money for poverty stricken individuals and families in the Chicago area.
About this Interview:
Steve Albini joins me to chat about fascist haircuts, analog longevity, the strengths and weaknesses of digital recording, structuring your studio business for the longterm, reusing analog tape, surviving 20 years running Electrical Audio, The Letters to Santa program, poverty and the cycle of money. Enjoy! -Matt
Show Notes & LinksElectrical Audio (Steve's studio): http://www.electricalaudio.com/Letters to Santa Program: http://www.secondcity.com/second-city-24-hour-improvOnward Neighborhood House: https://onwardhouse.wordpress.com/Why I Haven’t Had a Conventional Christmas in 20 Years: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-albini/why-i-havent-had-a-conventional-christmas-in-20-years_b_8614568.html Current sponsors & promos
Feb 05 2018
Rank #2: WCA #115 with Kurt Ballou
Working Class Audio Session #115 with Kurt Ballou!!!
Kurt Ballou is a musician and producer, best known as the guitarist from Massachusetts-based band Converge. Aside from his role in Converge, Ballou is a prolific producer, recording and producing out of his own GodCity Studio. Kurt has worked with numerous bands over the last 25 years in a producing/ recording role including High on Fire, Nails, Russian Circles and Code Orange. Kurt and Matt talk over Skype discussing health, retirement, drugs, family, money and Asperger's syndrome. Enjoy!
Feb 27 2017
Rank #3: WCA #200 with Tchad Blake
Working Class Audio #200 with Tchad Blake!!!When I asked Tchad if he had an official bio he said..."Probably, It's just not written down. " :-)Tchad has worked with many artists including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, Brazilian Girls, Gerard Way, Sheryl Crow, November 2nd, T-Bone Burnett, Travis, Marike Jager, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, Liam Finn, The Pretenders, Bernard Fanning, Los Lobos, The Bad Plus, Sam Phillips, Suzanne Vega, The Bangles, Stina Nordenstam, Phish, Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Germano, Fishbone, Al Green, Tracy Chapman, Phantom Planet, Gomez, The Dandy Warhols, American Music Club, Jed Davis, Blitzen Trapper, Cibo Matto, Haley Bonar, David Rhodes, The Black Keys, U2, Nico Vega, Halloween, Alaska, Cheese People, Kula Shaker and Soul Coughing, Delta Spirit, The Sheepdogs, Clarance Bucaro, Charlie Mars, The Van Jets, Indy Grotto, RZA, Nive Nielsen, Mutemath, Max Gomez, Living In Question, Justin Townes Earle, Luella And The Suns, Aṣa, Nina Violet, Tracy Bonham, Little Fish, Blackroc, Gary Myrick and The Figures, among others.
Tchad has a long running partnership with producer Mitchell Froom, and the two formed Latin Playboys with David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos. Tchad of course is known for his unconventional recording and mixing technics and his use of binaural recording. He has won a number of Grammy Awards, beginning with a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998). He won another Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime (2007). Blake won two Grammys for his work with The Black Keys on 2010's Brothers.
About this Interview:Tchad joins me to talk about his journey starting in Baytown, Texas shooting Armadillos and riding motorcycles to Los Angeles buying ribs for Keith Richards while working at Wally Heider's studio. We also cover his work with Mitchell Froom, surviving cancer and yes......a little discussion of mechanical filters and the Sans Amp.Enjoy! – Matt
Show Notes and Links
Oct 15 2018
Rank #4: WCA #033 with Joe Barresi
Working Class Audio Session #033 with Joe Barresi!!! Joe Barresi has produced, engineered and mixed some of the most important hard rock, metal and punk bands of the last 15 years including Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bad Religion, The Melvins, Skunk Anansie, Turbonegro and Clutch. Although widely respected for his abilities as an […]
Aug 03 2015
Rank #5: WCA #009 with Andrew Scheps
Working Class Audio Session #009 with Andrew Scheps!!! Andrew Scheps has worked with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Metallica, Grace Potter, Jay-Z, U2, Justin Timberlake and Green Day…just to name a few. Just home from a European trip that included a week in France conducting a seminar at Mix with the Masters, Andrew shares his views […]
Jan 15 2015
Rank #6: WCA #106 with Don Zientara
Working Class Audio Session #106 with Don Zientara!!! Don Zientara is a musician and recording engineer as well as the owner and chief engineer at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia located outside of Washington DC. Don has a varied background that is part art, part military, part electronics and ultimately all music and recording. While Don records many kinds of music, he is best known for his work with Dischord Records and DC Hardcore bands including The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, Fugazi and Bad Brains as well as many, many more. Matt stopped in to Inner Ear Studios while on a recent trip to the Washington/Virginia area to interview Don in person. Enjoy!
Dec 26 2016
Rank #7: WCA #220 with Butch Vig
Working Class Audio #220 with Butch Vig!!!
“Artist” is the single word which best describes producer, mixer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Butch Vig. Born in Viroqua, Wisconsin, his parents Doc and Betty exposed Butch to a variety of music and fine arts culture during his youth.
While attending the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he received a degree in filmmaking, Vig focused on experimental music composition – an area that would serve him well into the future. While at the UW, Butch jumped into the local music scene and joined the band Spooner as its drummer. Unlike most drummers, content to bang out the rhythms, Vig pursued music composition with the band and stepped behind the studio glass to shape the recorded sound as a producer.
After graduating from the UW, Butch co-founded Smart Studios and began producing and mixing albums. His perseverance as an independent producer in Madison carried far beyond Wisconsin’s borders, as artists from around the country began to hear the clear, edgy, hard rock sound shaped by Butch’s productions. His work with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and Soul Asylum in the 90s has been hailed by music critics and authors who have placed his work at the top of the decades best recordings.
Additionally, Vig has created many exciting remixes for such prominent artists as U2, Beck, Korn, Alanis Morrissette, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. In 1995 Vig returned to performing and writing with a band he formed that goes by the name of Garbage. The multi-platinum, Grammy Nominated band has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as it ushered in yet another new direction for rock music. Recently, Vig has produced critically acclaimed albums for Against Me, Green Day, and The Foo Fighters, winning a Grammy for their album “Wasting Light.” He was recently ranked #9 on NME’s Top 50 Greatest Producers Ever. In 2014, Butch produced The Foo Fighters HBO documentary “Sonic Highways.” In 2016 Garbage released their acclaimed sixth album “Strange Little Birds”. In 2018 Butch produced the soundtrack for Puppy Love, and he recently wrapped up production on the new Silversun Pickups album.
About this Interview:
Butch joins me to talk about growing up in Viroqua, Wisconsin, the trajectory of Smart Studios, one band leading to another, being diverse, vibe crushers as well as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage.
Show Notes and LinksButch on Twitter: @butchvigWCA Patreon Subscriptions: https://goo.gl/iSPLTSAudio-Technica Samples:https://goo.gl/xnHHD7UA Deal for WCA listeners: https://www.uaudio.com/workingclassaudioAEA Ribbon Mics: https://www.aearibbonmics.com/Audio Life on Gearslutz: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/audio-life/WCA on Youtube: https://goo.gl/g5nsWGJessica Thompson site: http://www.jessicathompsonaudio.com/CreditsHost: Matt BoudreauWCA Theme Music: Cliff TruesdellAnnouncer: Chuck SmithEditing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt BoudreauAdditional Music: The License Lab
Mar 04 2019
Rank #8: WCA #135 with Jacquire King
Working Class Audio Session #135 with Jacquire King!!!Jacquire King is known for his work withKings of Leon, Tom Waits, James Bay, Modest Mouse, You Me At Six, Buddy Guy, Norah Jones, Of Monsters and Men, Josh Ritter, Cold War Kids, Punch Brothers, City and Colour, Moon Taxi, Robert Ellis, Amber Rubarth and Dawes. Our interview takes place at Jacquire's private studio outside of Nashville, Tennessee where he graciously invited me over to have a chat and discuss our common connection to the Bay Area. We discuss his time there coming up as someone trying to make his mark in the studio scene and the changes that eventually convinced him to move to Nashville. We follow that up with his transition into Nashville and the struggles that followed and of course the success that followed that. Jacquire is a thoughtful and low key person who shares his views on what inspires him and how he works to inspire others. I have to say this interview really inspired me and got me thinking about my own career and what I can do to move it forward. I hope you have the same experience. -Matt
Jul 17 2017
Rank #9: WCA #230 with Chris Shaw
Working Class Audio #230 with Chris Shaw!!!
Chris Shaw is a four time Grammy Award winning American producer, engineer, mixer, and musician. Beginning his career at Greene Street Recording, he quickly worked his way from his start as an NYU intern, to assistant engineer, to a position as a staff engineer working with influential hip-hop artists such as Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Run-DMC, and LL Cool J. In 1991 he played bass with LL Cool J on his famous performance on MTV Unplugged (along with De La Soul, MC Lyte, and A Tribe Called Quest). He went independent shortly after and has since made records with Weezer, Wilco, Bob Dylan, Ween, Jeff Buckley, Soul Asylum, Sheryl Crow, Super Furry Animals, Death Cab For Cutie, Lou Reed, Bad Brains, Ric Ocasek, Cheap Trick, Neon Neon, Elvis Perkins, Guillemots, Joss Stone, The Meat Puppets, Nada Surf, Dashboard Confessional, and The Derek Trucks Band. He has worked on six of Rolling Stone's "500 greatest Records of All Time".
Originally based in New York, Chris relocated to the Austin, Texas area in 2013.
About this interview:
Chris joins me to talk keeping your mouth shut, staying humble, always be learning, making mistakes and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Enjoy! -Matt
Links and Show Notes:
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP
Chris Shaw's Site: https://www.chrisshawmix.com
Credits:Host: Matt Boudreau Guest: Chris ShawWCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell Announcer: Chuck SmithEditing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt BoudreauAdditional Music: The License Lab
May 13 2019
Rank #10: WCA #099 with Rob Schnapf
Working Class Audio Session #099 with Rob Schnapf!!! Rob Schnapf has been making critically-acclaimed records for the past two decades. He first gained recognition by producing (with his then-partner Tom Rothrock) Beck's debut album, "Mellow Gold," including the breakthrough single, "Loser." Rob and Tom produced three albums for Elliot Smith, including "XO" and "Figure 8." After Elliot's death in 2003, Rob was asked by Smith's family to help sort, compile and complete the tracks that Elliot had been recording. This was released as "From A Basement On The Hill," and became Elliot's highest charting album in the US.Rob went on to produce albums for Guided by Voices, Saves The Day, The Vines, Powderfinger, The Whigs and Tokyo Police Club. In 2009 he produced Booker T Jones' "Potato Hole," which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2011 he produced "The Road From Memphis" with Booker, which again won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In addition to his work as a producer, Rob is an accomplished mixer. He mixed the debut album by the Foo Fighters (with Rothrock), and has mixed tracks for Fidlar, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones and a Grammy-nominated album for Mavis Staples. Rob produced and mixed tracks for Kurt Vile's latest release, including the single, "Pretty Pimpin." Rob is currently producing a new album for Cass McCombs. Rob and Matt chat over Skype about business, artists, kids and the art of disguising your voice when using the talkback.
Nov 07 2016
Rank #11: WCA #095 with Brad Wood
Working Class Audio Session #095 with Brad Wood!!! Brad Wood grew up in Rockford, Illinois, the home of Cheap Trick- the greatest band alive. He played the saxophone well enough to go to college and study jazz performance. When Brad moved to Chicago in 1987, it didn’t take long before he built Idful Music Corporation- a small […]
Oct 10 2016
Rank #12: WCA #047 with John Vanderslice
Working Class Audio Session #047 with John Vanderslice!!! John Vanderslice (born in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer. He is the owner and founder of Tiny Telephone, and Tiny Telephone Oakland, Bay Area analog recording studios. In 10 full-length albums, and 5 remix records and EPs, Vanderslice’s songwriting is characterized by deeply personal and political lyrics […]
Nov 09 2015
Rank #13: WCA #063 with Joey Sturgis
Working Class Audio Session #063 with Joey Sturgis!!! Joey Sturgis is an educator, speaker, and fixture in the emergent modern rock music pantheon producing, engineering and mixing bands such as Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Blessthefall, and The Devil Wears Prada. He took his passion for drums and guitars and combined […]
Feb 29 2016
Rank #14: WCA #174 with Jack Endino
Working Class Audio #173 with Jack Endino!!!
JACK ENDINO is a Seattle-based record producer, engineer, and musician who has made over 500 records in his 30-year career. Jack helped create what became known as "the Seattle Sound" of the early nineties, having recorded or mixed 44 out of the first 100 releases on the legendary Sub Pop record label, including debut records by Nirvana ("Bleach"), Soundgarden ("Screaming Life") and Mudhoney ("Superfuzz Bigmuff"). Some of his international clients include Brazil's Titas (5 albums from 1993 to 2005) and Grammy winner Nando Reis (4 albums), Mexico's Guillotina (3 albums), Ireland's Therapy?, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson (UK), and The Ganjas and Yajaira from Chile. Recent clients include Zeke, Windhand, and High On Fire. Jack still maintains his workaholic pace, having produced records in 14 countries and continuing to play in bands as guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Journalists have called him "Chief Architect of the Seattle Sound" and "Godfather of Grunge" but Jack says "I'm just a guy who likes to make rock records." He currently manages a recording studio in Seattle called Soundhouse.
About this Interview:
Jack joins me to talk about baking tapes, audio formats, operating with a low overhead, forensic re-mixing, producer malpractice and his life of recording, mixing, mastering and playing in 4 bands. Enjoy! - Matt
Show notes and links:
- Personal website -- http://jackendino.com
- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Endino
- Allmusic -- http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p12876/biography
- Soundhouse Recording -- http://www.soundhouserecording.net
- Tape Baking using the Nesco Snack Master Pro: https://goo.gl/YxiitU
- Linux resources #1: https://itsfoss.com/best-linux-beginners/
- Linux resources #2: https://www.slant.co/topics/6067/~daws-for-linux
- Linux resources #3: https://blog.macsales.com/40603-linux-on-a-recycled-mac-trying-to-make-it-work
Apr 16 2018
Rank #15: WCA #250 with Vance Powell - Business managers, assistants, not working at home, Grammys and cleaning up dog shit.
Vance Powell is an old friend to Working Class Audio. His first appearance was on episode #007 almost 5 years ago. Vance is a 6 time Grammy Award-winning record producer, engineer, and mixer and has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, and Martina McBride, among many others. I join Vance at his studio in Nashville, Sputnik Sound for the second interview. We are also joined in the room by mastering badass, Chris Athens (Blink 182, Drake, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj ).
In this episode we discuss,Respecting your past.Business managersNot working from home.Jumping through hoops.Sedentary life. Taxes.The Stray CatsFame.Grammys. Cleaning up dog shit. Links and Show Notes:The first Vance Powell interview: https://bit.ly/2mdbYeXSputnik Sound: http://www.sputniksound.com/Mastering Engineer Chris Athens: http://chrisathensmasters.com/Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFwWorking Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TPConnect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/Credits:Guest: Vance PowellHost: Matt Boudreau WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell Announcer: Chuck SmithEditing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt BoudreauAdditional Music: The License Lab
Sep 30 2019
Rank #16: WCA #102 with Frank McDonough
Working Class Audio Session #102 with Frank McDonough!!! Frank McDonough has worked in the music industry since 1988. He worked at Arista Records for four years, then worked for various producer management firms, eventually starting his own company in January 2000. McDonough Managment has a small but impressive client roster including former WCA alumni Andrew Scheps, Matt Wallace, Joe Barresi, Ross Hogarth and Rob Schnapf as well as Mike Clink, David Bianco, Nick Didia, John Fields, Paul David Hager, Matt Hyde, Alain Johannes, Pierre Marchand, Nick Raskulinecz, Garth Richardson and Phillip Steir. Frank joins Matt for conversation over Skype and takes us through the realities of what a manager does and what he or she does not. Enjoy!
Nov 28 2016
Rank #17: WCA #217 with Tony Maserati
Working Class Audio #217 with Tony Maserati!!!
Tony Maserati is a Grammy Award winning mixer, and record producer / engineer. He was involved in the development of the New York R&B and Hip-Hop scene in the 1990s, working with Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, and Queen Latifah. Since then, he has worked on Grammy nominated projects with Beyonce (who he won “Best R&B Album” in 2003 with “Dangerously In Love”), Jason Mraz, Robin Thicke, Usher, and Selena Gomez. Tony has been nominated for a total of 10 Grammys, with four in the “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical” category.
About this Interview:
Tony joins me to talk about his 90’s New York history, early adoption of technology, setting goals, contracts, not working for free and hip hop. -Enjoy
Show Notes and LinksTony’s site: http://tonymaserati.com/WCA Patreon Subscriptions: https://goo.gl/iSPLTSOneMic Series: http://www.johncuniberti.com/onemic/Current Sponsors and Promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw
Feb 11 2019
Rank #18: WCA #202 with Mixerman
Working Class Audio #202 Mixerman!!!Mixerman, professionally known as Eric Sarafin, is a producer, mixer, and recordist with multiple gold and platinum sales awards to his name. After 25 years of operating out of Los Angeles, Eric currently resides in Asheville, NC, where he produces and mixes acts from around the world. Eric has worked with numerous National and International acts including The Pharcyde, Tone Loc, Spearhead, The Brand New Heavies, Ben Harper, Amy Grant, Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies, Hillary Duff, Foreigner, and Australian phenom Pete Murray, just to name a few.
Mixerman gained notoriety as an author from his first work, The Daily Adventures of Mixerman, a satire of a Major Label recording session from the early aughts that delighted and surprised well over 150,000 unique visitors. In 2008, Hal Leonard picked up his Adventures, and since 2010, Mixerman has written 5 books including Zen and the Art of Mixing, Zen and the Art of Producing, Zen and the Art of Recording, followed by another music business satire #Mixerman and the Billionheir Apparent.
His latest book Musician's Survival Guide to a Killer Record (the only gear you’ll need) is written specifically to help today’s musicians get the engineering out of the way so that they can focus on what’s important–the music itself.
About this Interview:Mixerman joins me to discuss his journey in recording from New Jersey to California to North Carolina. We discuss his time at Capitol Studios, advocating for yourself, early internet forums, the creation of Mixerman, trolling, book writing and empowering musicians. Enjoy! – Matt
Show Notes and Links
- Current sponsors & promos
- Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record :https://amzn.to/2Q4ilL9
- The Daily Adventures of Mixerman: https://amzn.to/2JmY2Gg
- #Mixerman and the Billionheir Apparent: https://amzn.to/2yF26h4
- Zen and the Art of Mixing: https://amzn.to/2Jpz5Km
- Zen and the Art of Producing: https://amzn.to/2Q1FUnO
- Zen and the Art of Recording: https://amzn.to/2DbxebN
- Blog: Mixerman.net/word
- Mailing list: Mixerman.net/list
- Courses: Mixerman.net/courses
- Discography: Mixerman.net/discography
- Facebook: Mixerman.net/facebook
- YouTube: Mixerman.net/YouTube
- Twitter: @mixerman
- Explore Ashville, NC: https://www.exploreasheville.com/
Oct 29 2018
Rank #19: WCA #050 with Larry Crane
Working Class Audio Session #050 with Larry Crane!!! Larry Crane has been involved in music since the late seventies, when he self-released home recordings of his own music. Since then he’s been a musician, record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder and editor, book editor, studio owner, archivist, disc jockey, small label owner and even a record distributor employee. From […]
Nov 30 2015
Rank #20: WCA #058 with Jim Scott
Working Class Audio Session #058 with Jim Scott!!! This interview with Jim Scott was recorded live at the Focal booth at NAMM 2016 was fantastic. Jim is best known for his large body of work as an engineer, and his work as a producer with American rock band Wilco. Jim has worked as engineer with a range of […]
Jan 25 2016