Monthly Archives: February 2016

Episode 24 Bruce Botnick

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I am very pleased to be welcoming legendary engineer and producer Bruce Botnick into The Sonic Garage this week!

Bruce is the very first engineer I knew the name of, courtesy of his amazing work with one of my favorite bands of all time, The Doors.  If not for him, I’m not sure I would have become as fascinated with music and engineering as I have.  He has been a huge influence to me, and certainly to countless others, many of whom might be listening to the show as well.

Bruce will no doubt go down in history as the man who masterfully engineered all of The Doors albums, and even produced the classic L. A. Woman album!  After the untimely death of Jim Morrison in 1971, Bruce produced and engineered ‘Other Voices’, the first of two studio albums that the band recorded with organist Ray Manzarek doing most of the vocal work, although guitarist Robby Krieger also sang on a few songs as well.  Their final official studio album, ‘Full Circle’, was released in August, 1972.

As a die-hard fan of The Doors, I had no idea  these last two albums even existed until a few years ago, and have since listened to them many times.  For anybody out there who hasn’t heard these albums, give them a listen, they are quite good, especially ‘Other Voices’, it definitely has some magic to it and I listen to it often.

The Doors aside, Bruce has worked with many of the top acts of the ’60’s and ’70’s, including some more of my favorites like The Ventures, Love, Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles, The Beach Boys, MC5, Eddie Money, and the list goes on and on.

By the late ’70’s, Bruce started to become heavily involved in working as a scoring engineer for major motion pictures and has worked on well over 100 movies to date.  Bruce was an early proponent of digital recording and more recently has been very outspoken about Hi-Res Audio and has been working hard to make it more readily available to the masses.  And, of course, Bruce has continued to produce and engineer albums as well, and he is still going strong to this day doing what he loves!

Bruce has made an indelible mark on the history of music, and new generations will continue to be introduced to the classic works that he helped create.  I, for one, will be forever grateful to Bruce Botnick for all he has done and continues to do.

As the week progresses, I’ll be posting and talking about Bruce’s work with these and other artists over on The Sonic Garage Facebook page, so please be sure to check that page through the week!

Have a great week, and don’t forget to listen to some of the amazing music Bruce has been instrumental in creating!  If it’s been awhile since you’ve listened to The Doors, or Love, or The Ventures, etc., take some time to do it, you won’t be disappointed!  Please enjoy Bruce’s interview!

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Episode 23 Chris Shaw

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Stopping by the Sonic Garage this week is 4-time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Chris Shaw.

Chris started his career as an intern in New York City, getting his big break working with top hip-hop artists like Public Enemy and LL Cool J.

Shortly after making a name for himself in the world of hip-hop, Chris became a freelance producer/engineer and has since gone on to work with a great number of influential artists and bands such as Bob Dylan, Weezer, Ric Ocasek, and Cheap Trick, to name just a few of the talented musicians he’s been associated with.

A couple of years ago, Chris made the move from the big city to a small town just outside of Austin, Texas where he has really been enjoying doing a lot of mixing out of his home studio.

Chris is a very talented and inspirational person and I really enjoyed speaking with him, I hope you get a lot out of his interview!

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Chris Shaw

Episode 22 Karen Kane

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Stopping by the Sonic Garage this week is producer and engineer Karen Kane from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Inspired by the music of the late 60’s and early 70’s, Karen first started working in recording studios in 1970.  Initially, she found success as a studio manager and later, as a pioneering female engineer paving the way for other women to follow in her footsteps.

Karen stays very busy in Wilmington running her own studio, and over the course of her career she has produced and/or engineered over 200 full-length album projects and has also engineered hundreds of live concerts as well.

In recent years she has started teaching, and in 2012 she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an instructor for the Recording Technology program.

Karen has a great wealth of producing and engineering knowledge and it was great getting to speak with her!

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Karen Kane Music Productions

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Episode 21 David Morgan

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Stopping by the Sonic Garage this week is concert sound engineer David Morgan.

As his good friend Sam Berkow pointed out – “quite simply put, there are different live sound engineers than David Morgan, but not better live sound engineers”, and after getting a chance to speak with David for almost two and a half hours, it’s easy to see why Sam thinks so highly of him.  Not only is David highly knowledgeable about all things audio, he’s fun to speak with and has plenty of great stories to tell.

Since the late 70’s, David has had the opportunity to not only tour with, but become friends with some of the most iconic musicians of the last 5 decades.  He has gotten to mix some of the most legendary concerts of our time, and masterfully transmit to the listening audience the very best representation of what’s being played on the stage.

For the last 5 years, David has been a contributing journalist for FOH Magazine and FOH Online, including his popular monthly column, “On the Digital Edge”.

In addition, David is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, and also at Blackbird Academy located at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.  Here is a great article that David wrote about Blackbird for FOH Magazine recently.

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Episode 20 John Agnello

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Back when I set out to create this podcast, there were a few people that I felt I had to interview, or else the show would ultimately not be complete.

John Agnello is one of those people.  John started his engineering journey in 1979 and since then has worked with some of my favorite bands, and in the process has produced, engineered, and mixed an enormous number of amazing albums, a great many of them the best albums those bands have ever made.

In demand as much now as ever, John gets to work with a lot of great indie artists, and never wanting to miss the opportunity to work with a great band, he tries to never turn a promising project down.

So, please join me in welcoming John into the Sonic Garage, I’m really glad I got the chance to speak with him!

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John Agnello