Monthly Archives: April 2016

Episode 32 Charles Hansen

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Stopping by the Sonic Garage this week is Charles Hansen, founder and lead designer of Ayre Acoustics.

Charles discovered his love of music at a very young age, and because his father was an electrical engineer, he also realized he had a fascination for electronics, and by melding those two interests, Charles has been able to design and build very high quality, award-winning audio and video equipment since 1993, the year he founded Ayre.

Fueled by a desire to always continue to learn and grow, Charles has been able to become a leader in his field, and through Ayre’s exclusive fully-balanced, zero-feedback circuitry, listeners can now easily become immersed in the music they love like never before!

Charles Hansen and Ayre Acoustics had the honor recently of being personally chosen by Neil Young himself to provide the circuit design for his breakthrough product, the Pono Player!

I hope you enjoy my interview with Charles, he is a very interesting guy, and he had a lot of fascinating things to say!

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Ayre Acoustics

Episode 31 Jack Miele

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Joining me in the Sonic Garage this week is audio engineer, producer, composer, and musician, Jack Miele!

Jack lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his studio is located inside the world famous Music Shed recording facility.  Jack’s love of music goes all of the way back to when he was a child, as he started listening to all kinds of music at a very young age, which inspired him to start learning how to play all of the songs he loved so much.

To this day, Jack is an accomplished and very busy musician, and he’s the guitarist and vocalist for two bands, The Molly Ringwalds, which is a superb 80’s music band, and the critically acclaimed original band The Morning Life, who have a new album coming out very soon!

Jack has produced and/or engineered a great number of albums for a wide range of talented and well known musicians, like the Zac Brown Band, Blues Traveler, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco.

As a composer, Jack’s work has been featured on top television shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover”, and on cable channels like ESPN, Sundance Channel, and IFC.  He worked as a music producer on “American Horror Story: Freakshow”, and he has also worked on several major motion pictures as well!

After speaking with Jack, it’s clear that he’s extremely passionate about music, and about making sure everything he works on is the very best that it can be!  Jack shared some very important insights into how and why he’s been so successful in his career, and I think that everyone who listens is going to learn something from Jack as well as be inspired by what he had to say.

Please enjoy Jack’s interview, and please be sure to subscribe to the show via iTunes or Stitcher, (top right), and please also take a moment to leave a rating and a review as well, I would really appreciate it, and it will help to grow the show!

Jack Miele

Episode 30 The Mighty Manfred

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I am very happy to announce that The Mighty Manfred is my guest on the Sonic Garage Podcast this week!

Mighty Manfred is the dynamic lead singer of the garage band the Woggles, who will be touring this Spring with the legendary garage band the Sonics, and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages!  If you’ve haven’t heard The Woggles yet, they have expertly combined the best elements of 60’s rock, rhythm, blues, and surf music, into their own unique and addictive brand of garage rock awesomeness!

Manfred is also a disc jockey on one of my favorite radio stations, Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM channel 21.  On his show, which airs Monday through Friday, at noon Eastern, he gets to play the coolest songs on the planet and while doing so, takes his listeners on cool and unique trip through rock ‘n’ roll history.  His radio show is not one you want to miss, so don’t!

So, please enjoy The Mighty Manfred’s interview, and be sure to check out the Woggles as well, trust me, you’ll love them!

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The Woggles

Episode 29 Michael Beinhorn

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My special guest on the Sonic Garage podcast this week is the one and only Michael Beinhorn!

Michael started out in music as a synthesizer player with the band Material, co-producing their first four albums before getting involved in the world of hip hop music, which was still in it’s infancy at the time.  Proving early on how innovative he could be, Michael created the “Fresh Scratch”, which is without a doubt the most identifiable sound of any hip hop song, being employed in practically every true rap or hip hop song ever since.

Also in the early 80’s, Michael worked with Herbie Hancock, co-writing the world-wide smash hit song ‘Rockit’.  that song alone went on the sell over 3 million copies, win a Grammy, and redefined the hip hop and R&B genres and set Michael on the course to becoming the highly sought-after producer that he is today.

Once he set out on his own to be a record producer, Michael started working early on with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, producing two of their best records, ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan’ and ‘Mother’s Milk’.   Coincidentally, the engineer on the ‘Mother’s Milk’ album was none other than GGGarth Richards, whom I spoke with a few weeks ago.

Throughout the decade of the ’90’s, Michael became well known as a go-to rock music producer, and his unique ability to get the absolute best out of every artist he worked with led to him attaining an almost mythical status in the music industry.

Of all the artists he’s worked with over the last 20 years or so, he is perhaps best known for his work with Soundgarden, producing their timeless classic, ‘Superunknown’.  Michael has made career defining records for a number of other artists as well, including ‘Grave Dancer’s Union’ by Soul Asylum, ‘Celebrity Skin’ by Hole, and ‘Mechanical Animals’ by Marilyn Manson.

Not content with just making hit records, Michael continued to innovate by creating the ‘Ultra Analog’ recording format in 1994, as a way to capture a broad frequency range during the recording process.

Michael continues to be a very busy and in demand record producer and artist developer, and absolutely loves what he does and is very optimistic about the future of music, despite the fact that the current state of the music business is not too pretty.

Michael has also recently written his first book,  which is called ‘Unlocking Creativity’ .  In the book, Michael takes a personal look at the creative process and reveals how he gets the most out of every collaboration he’s a part of.  It’s definitely a must-read book for everyone who wants to not only maximize their own creative potential, but the creative potential of all whom they work with as well.

Please enjoy Michael’s interview, and don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher, and take a moment to rate and review the show as well!  Thanks so much to all who listen, and have a great week!