In this interview, Steve talks about how he got started in the industry and eventually became a staff engineer at Capitol Studios. He also talks about what he has learned from working closely with Al Schmitt for the last 15 years. For example, being prepared, studio etiquette, changing microphones rather than reaching for an EQ. The importance of staying one step ahead of the artists when in a recording session. Working on the Academy Awards with Tommy Vicari. His favourite failure and so much more.
In this interview, Aaron talks about his early struggles regarding networking. Being focused on one goal. How we as engineers should talk to drummers and how we can make our programmed drums sound more human. The importance of conveying emotion in your playing and why he would prefer to teach me drums on a yacht.
As sound engineers, it’s amazing when you get hired to record or mix someone else’s music. It means the band or artist like what you do and trusts your opinion, however, how often do we base our decisions on our own perception about the music rather than working from what the band actually wants and how they hear things within their own music?
Whether you are hiring someone or someone is hiring you to work on an album or EP, make sure you have worked out a deal beforehand so both parties know what they are walking in to. Otherwise, there can be some stressful moments for the person not knowing or thinking that he will get paid when in reality, from the “employers” perspective, you are doing them a favour.