John Paterno - The Importance Of Questions & Learning Songs

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- Are you a home studio owner or professional audio engineer who is struggling to find clients?

- Do you want to build relationships and find more artists to work with?

- Are you struggling what to say or write to bands to make them come back to you?

Listen here on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube or in the player below.

John Paterno is a Grammy winning Los Angeles based producer, mixer, composer, engineer, mastering engineer, and musician who has worked with a diverse range of artists including: Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band, Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, The Thrills, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt, and Badly Drawn Boy.

John also features on sites like where he teaches mixing, so check that out.

In this interview we spoke about:

  • Working with Steve Gadd, recording drums, over editing and guitar pedals

  • How he got started in music and engineering

  • Moving to Los Angeles and working as an independent assistant

  • How he became a staff assistant at Sunset Sound and how that led him to work for Tchad Blake

  • How working for Tchad taught him about focus and some awesome records for you to check out (if you can find them)

  • His work as a freelancer and how he built relationships and found new clients

  • If a Grammy is as important for your career nowadays

  • The notion that there has never been as much money in the music industry as today

  • It’s all about the song and the difference between a great song and a hit

  • The importance and the benefits of learning other peoples songs as a songwriter

  • How John runs his business without the help of a manager

  • His process of understanding his clients and how that helps him determine his rates

  • How to meet the expectation of what the artist wants their music to sound like

  • The importance of asking questions and how that allows you to understand the artist you are working with

  • And much more

Check out John’s website for things discussed in the episode here: