Brian Lucey is a Grammy-winning mastering engineer based in Los Angeles where he is making killer records at his studio, Magic Garden Mastering.
Brian has mastered hit records such as The Greatest Showman, The Black Keys - Brothers and El Camino, Ghost - Meliora, Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark and many other awesome records.
It was such a pleasure talking to Brian and I’m sure you will love listening to it.
In this interview, Brian spoke about:
How he handles mistakes nowadays compared to when he started out
How he thinks about choices vs decisions
The fear of perfectionism
Techniques you can use to become a better listener
How to use mastering references as a fence which allows you to play and be free inside them
Being a student under Robert Fripp from King Crimson and what he learned from that experience
How he found clients for his studio in the ‘90s
How having a “normal” job helped him at the beginning of his career and why he recommends you get a side job too
How he was driven by not by being successful but for his passion for sound
Why you need to be patient with your craft and why it takes longer than you think to succeed
How he is running his studio and business nowadays and why being a mastering engineer in this era is like being an emergency room doctor
Favourite failures and much, much more
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