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Episode 57 Paul Roessler, Part 2

Hey, thanks for stopping by this week!  Today I’m once again speaking with Paul Roessler, as we continue the conversation that we started last week.

In this installment, Paul talks about some of the unique artists he’s had the pleasure of working with over the last several years at Kitten Robot Studios, which is Paul’s own studio, located in Los Angeles.

Paul also reflects a bit on his punk rock years of the late 70’s through the early 80’s and we hear about the emotional roller coaster ride that was Paul’s existence during those years of his life.

What really came through loud and clear as I spoke with Paul is that he is a survivor and his love for making music and helping others capture their moments in time is something he really thrives on and lives for.

I hope you enjoy part two of Paul’s interview and please tune in next week for the third and final part of our conversation.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to listen to the show!

The Official Website of Paul Roessler

Paul Roessler on Soundcloud

Episode 56 Paul Roessler, Part 1

This week I start a three part interview with musician, composer and producer Paul Roessler!

Paul has amassed a wealth of experiences over the course of his brilliant career and I am very thrilled that he took a few hours out of his busy schedule to speak with me.

Paul is a living legend of the Los Angeles punk rock scene of the late 1970’s through the early 1980’s and to this day he still most certainly carries with him that real do-it-yourself ethic that is a true hallmark of those who came up during the groundbreaking punk rock era of music.

Since 2011, Paul has owned his very own studio, Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles.  Amongst the cool local artists he’s been developing, Paul has also gotten the chance in recent years to be a part of projects that are receiving national, if not international attention on Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio station on SiriusXM.

Please enjoy Paul’s interview and be sure to tune in for the next two installments of our conversation as well!

The Official Website of Paul Roessler

Paul Roessler on Soundcloud

Episode 55 Richard Furch

Stopping by the Sonic Garage to speak with me this week is multiple Grammy award-winning audio engineer Richard Furch!

Growing up in Germany, Richard knew from an early age that he wanted to make music a big part of his life, first as a musician himself, and a bit later as an engineer.  After attaining his initial audio degree in Berlin, he made the big decision to move to the U.S. to be a part of the music that he grew up loving and wanted to make himself.

Since his arrival in America, Richard has been on quite a ride, and he has been blessed with many opportunities to work with a number of music industry legends, some of whom he has been lifelong fans of.

Richard operates out of his own mixHaus Studios located in beautiful Los Angeles, California and he was an early pioneer in the business of remote mixing.  He maintains a steady stream of world-class mixing projects to this day and is always ready to take on new and diverse engineering projects.   Because of his continued love for making music, Richard enjoys pushing himself to newer heights and ever adding new knowledge and techniques to his engineering and mixing repertoire.

I enjoyed my conversation with Richard and I really hope you enjoy listening to his interview!

The Official Website of Richard Furch

Episode 52 Bruce Duff

Hello everybody!  After a short hiatus, I’m very pleased to be back and able to welcome musician, producer, engineer and artist manager Bruce Duff into the Sonic Garage!

At Knitting Factory Management, Bruce oversees the careers of some of today’s coolest bands like The Two Tens, Prima Donna, Beastmaker, Radio Moscow and the Nervous Wreckords.  Bruce is extremely passionate about each and every artist he works with and he’s very excited to see how 2017 plays out, as all of the bands he’s involved with have albums being released this year!  So, it should be an incredible year for Bruce and it would be really awesome to see one or more of the talented bands he manages break out big this year!

Bruce is also the owner of his own studio – Toneduff, and over the last 30-plus years, Bruce has had the pleasure of playing with, producing and engineering artists such as The Two Tens, Prima Donna, Circle, Redd Kross, 45 Grave, Thor, The Streetwalkin, Cheetahs, Sweet Justice, Jeff Dahl and many, many more!

As I was preparing for my interview with Bruce, I checked out the album ‘Fun at the Funeral’ which was released in 1986, by Jesters of Destiny, a band Bruce co-founded in 1984.  The album really blew me away and I was really surprised that it was something that I didn’t hear back when it was first released.  They were a bit ahead of their time and their unique blend of metal, psychedelic rock and pop might have found a larger audience had it been released a few years later.

Well, fast forward 30 years and Bruce’s musical career has really come full circle with the April 7 release of ‘The Sorrows that Refuse to Drown’ which is Jesters of Destiny’s first new album in 30 years!  That’s right, they’re back and this new album is really cool and definitely one that all of you listeners out there should check out right away!  As you might expect, this album is very special to Bruce, since Jesters is the one band out of all that he’s been a part of that has been the most creatively his.  Congratulations, Bruce!

Thanks for listening to the show and I hope you enjoy Bruce’s interview!

Please feel free to leave your questions, comments, or general feedback about this episode, or the show, below and I hope everyone has a great week!

Jesters of Destiny

The Two Tens

Beastmaker

Prima Donna

Radio Moscow

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff

Toneduff Sessions – Bruce’s Podcast

Episode 51 Barak Shpiez

Happy New Year to you all!

Today I’m pleased to welcome audio engineer and composer Barak Shpiez into the Sonic Garage!

Having received his Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and Master’s degree in composition from Duquesne University, Barak moved to Los Angeles, California and has been in demand for his technical and musical composition skills ever since.

A true audiophile, Barak constantly seeks to satisfy both his technical side as well as his musical side, and loves the interplay of each in his life and career.

Barak has over 5 years of experience as an electrical engineer and enjoys playing a part in developing, supporting and testing audio IP for professional and consumer markets.

Barak’s love for all kinds of musical styles and genres lends greatly to his ability to work on a wide variety of projects.  His music has been prominently featured on television channels such as MTV, The History Channel, E!, Bravo and many more.  Barak has also had the pleasure of working as a composer for independent films and this is something he hopes to do much more of in the future.

I hope you enjoy Barak’s interview and please feel free to leave any questions or comments about this week’s episode below.  Thanks for listening!

Barak Shpiez on Linked In

Spearhead Audio

Inheritance – The Film

Episode 49 Jeremy Thomas, Part 2

Today I’m happy to be welcoming seasoned drummer and audio engineer Jeremy Thomas back onto the show!

For new listeners, Jeremy, also known as Big Jerm, is the owner and founder of Music Mania Enterprises in Burlington, North Carolina where he stays very busy recording, producing and developing new and talented artists.  In addition to his recording and mixing work, he is a drummer for Matt Boswell, Jonny Alright and the Hot Rod Mamas and his latest drumming and producing project has him working with the super talented new artist Jason Springs, whom we will be discussing in today’s interview!

Not only does Jeremy love playing drums, he also loves teaching drums and has taught over 18,000 lessons since 1998!  He believes in the power of drumming for peace of mind, body and spirit and he has a great number of long-time students who have experienced amazingly positive changes in their lives after undertaking regular drum practice.

When we last heard from Jeremy, he was going through quite a bit of upheaval and in the year since I last spoke with him, he has made great strides both personally and professionally and I think his perseverance in his own life can inspire us all to continue to follow our dreams, no matter what stands in our way!

I hope you enjoy Jeremy’s interview!  Thanks for listening and Happy Holidays!

Jeremy Thomas on Facebook

Episode 48 Rikki Watson

My guest on the show this week is drummer Rikki Watson!

Rikki, aka Rikki Styxx, is a very hard working punk rocker who currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is a member of 4(!) incredible bands.  She is in the punk pop band The Dollyrots, the ’60’s inspired beat band The Outta Sites, The Two Tens, a killer two-member garage punk band which she founded with the super talented Adam Bones, and her latest project, the all-girl garage-psych super group, The Darts!

What I love about doing these interviews is not only hearing all about the exciting things everybody is doing but hearing everybody’s interesting and inspiring stories of how they got to where they’re at.  Rikki’s story is no exception and after speaking with her I was super impressed by her unstoppable can-do spirit!  It’s clear to me how Rikki has been able to accomplish all that she has and I see a very bright future for this incredibly gifted and remarkable person!

Rikki is currently having the time of her life rocking Europe with The Two Tens, a tour which started on December 6th in Italy and this week they start a string of shows in Spain!  So as you can see, Rikki is ending the year on a high note and as you’ll hear from her interview she has a big 2017 ahead of her with more touring and album releases!

In honor of Rikki, be sure to check out some of her music this week!  The Two Tens debut album ‘Volume’, as well as the recently released self-titled debut EP from The Darts have been in heavy rotation around here, as I’m sure they will be at your place very soon!  So give them a listen, you’ll be glad you did!

I really hope you enjoy Rikki’s interview and thank you very much for listening to the show!

The Official Website of Rikki Styxx

The Darts

The Two Tens

The Outta Sites

The Dollyrots

Episode 44 Ryan Tucker

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Joining me on the show this week is audio engineer and music and audio product development expert Ryan Tucker!

Since graduating from Berklee’s Music Production and Engineering program Ryan has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different areas within the music industry.  He has gained a vast amount of knowledge in music production, post production sound, studio technical, and product development. This knowledge has granted Ryan a wide range of experience from advanced music mixing and production techniques, recording studio setup, editing, and sound for TV and film, to computer software/hardware quality assurance for product development.

MUSIC PRODUCTION
Through his home-based TuckerMix, Ryan provides customized music mixing services and technical support to independent artists, producers, studios, and labels online as well as in the Los Angeles area. Notable clients include: Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, the hit TV show “The Bachelorette”, (the band Chicago), Henson Recording Studios (A&M), and Imperative Records (Immediate Music). TuckerMix was designed to help independent artists, musicians, and composers bridge the technology gap, allowing any project to reap the full benefits of the most advanced audio production tools and techniques available today.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
In addition to mixing music, Ryan also helps some of the most innovative companies in the world create software and hardware tools for music creators. Ryan has served various music / audio companies in software and hardware quality assurance, product design, user experience, artist support, and technical support. Of the more then two dozen companies serviced a few notable companies include: Universal Audio, Line 6, DTS (Digital Theater Systems), Sound Machine, Artiphon Inc, Blue Microphones, AEA, CB Electronics, Minnetonka, Propellerhead, X2 Wireless, Sonoma Wire Works and more!

Ryan lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife April Tucker whom I had the pleasure of interviewing a few months back.  Ryan & April are also expecting the birth of their first child!

TuckerMix

Episode 39 Ross Hogarth

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My guest on the show this week is Grammy Award winning producer, engineer, and mixer, Ross Hogarth!

Ross’s path to success has been a long and fruitful one.  As a teenage musician, Ross was fortunate enough to be able to witness and be a part of the golden age of punk rock in 1970’s New York City, which ultimately inspired him  to move to California, where he was able to make important connections which lead to him touring as a very successful live sound engineer with some of the biggest musical acts of the 70’s.

During his time as a live sound engineer, Ross not only acquired many new skills that would further his career, but also fully developed skills that were first instilled in him as a child, like the importance of service and learning what makes creative people tick.

Once Ross was given the opportunity to make the move into the recording studio, he knew he was just where he was meant to be.  Through hard work and determination, Ross worked non-stop through most of the 80’s, and in 1986, he founded his own production company, Hoax Productions, and to this day he is still doing what he set out to do when he started his company:   Promote and produce top name talent as well as discover and nurture the new and promising superstars of tomorrow.

Thanks again to all of you out there listening to and supporting the Sonic Garage podcast!

If you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment to subscribe to the show via iTunes or Stitcher and please leave a rating and a review as well, I would really appreciate it!

Have a great week, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or feedback about the show, I always look forward to hearing from you!

Hoax Productions

Episode 35 Billy Anderson

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I am happy to be welcoming acclaimed musician, audio engineer, and producer, Billy Anderson into the Sonic Garage this week!

A musician first and foremost, Billy got his start as an engineer because he wanted to record his own band’s music, not realizing until later on that he had a real knack for helping bands other than his own to create career defining albums, something which he has personally done on many occasions.

While Billy made quite a splash early on working with bands like the Melvins, Sleep, and Mr. Bungle, he has continued to break new ground in recent years working with Loss, Agalloch, Pallbearer, Acid King, and Witch Mountain, just to name a few of the many bands that Billy has had the pleasure of working with recently.

Through trial and error and immersing himself in as many challenging recording projects as possible, Billy has become a master at achieving the best results in the studio, sonically speaking, and also at inspiring all of the talented artists he works with to push themselves to their creative limits.

If one thing was made clear during my conversation with Billy it’s that having a positive, can-do attitude is a priceless trait to have, and starting with the environment in which you currently find yourself, and the tools you have at hand, great things can be achieved.

These days, Billy can be found most often mixing at “Everything Hz”, which is his home-based mixing studio located in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  When not busily mixing from home, Billy can usually be found tracking at his new favorite studio in Portland, “The Hallowed Halls”.  In fact, he’s there this week recording the band Eye of Nix from Seattle!

I hope you both enjoy and get inspired from listening to Billy’s interview this week, and thanks to everyone who has been listening to and spreading the word about the show, I am very grateful for you all!

If you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment to subscribe to the Sonic Garage Podcast via iTunes or Stitcher and while you’re there, I would also appreciate it if you could also leave a rating and a review as well.  Thanks again, and have a great week!

The Website of Billy Anderson