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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!

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Episode 46 F. Reid Shippen

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I am very pleased to welcome F. Reid Shippen onto the show this week!

Making his home in the legendary music city of Nashville, Tennessee, Reid has established himself as one of music’s preeminent and most talented mixers.  Not everybody can be as successful as Reid has been across numerous musical genres, but he finds working with radically different kinds of music and artists to be quite exhilarating and he loves the challenge that each new project brings.

Reid’s enthusiasm and passion for his craft has led him to mix a myriad of platinum and gold records, a large multitude of charting singles and albums and if that’s not enough, he’s proud to have mixed 10 Grammy-winning projects to date as well!

As you might expect from someone of his caliber, Reid stays consistently busy mixing from his own personal SSL hybrid studio, uniquely named Robot Lemon, so this is where he spends a  great majority of his working hours.  As a father of two, Reid values the quality time he gets to spend with his family, but when he does have a lighter mix schedule, he loves to produce, co-produce and develop gifted new artists as well!

I found my conversation with Reid to be quite inspirational, so I really hope you enjoy Reid’s interview and the opportunity to get a glimpse inside the mind of a guy who is absolutely killing it right now!

Thanks everybody for listening!

The Website of F. Reid Shippen

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Episode 43 David Bottrill

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This week I’m excited to welcome 3-time Grammy Award winning producer, engineer and mixer David Bottrill onto the show!

David started his illustrious and highly successful career in the mid-80’s and over that time has worked with many legendary artists across many different genres.  David gained priceless knowledge early on when he had the opportunity to work with Peter Gabriel at his own Real World Studios located in Box, Wiltshire, in the west of England.  David, originally from Canada, ultimately lived in England for 20 years, but has been back in his home country since 2005.  Upon returning home to Canada, David opened up Mainstation Music, his music production company where he offers production, mixing and band development.

Not one to rest on his laurels, David is always on the go and spends around 6 months or so of the year on the road working in some of the greatest studios in the world.  Unlike some people, David loves working from home and when he is at home, he is consistently busy mixing from his home based studio.

David always keeps an eye out for new, talented artists to work with and is most excited when he is working on a new project, developing a new artist.

David has worked with some of my favorite artists including Tool, Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Coheed and Cambria and many, many more!

I hope you enjoy my interview with David!  I’m very happy to be back to work on the show and I am looking forward to a great end to 2016!

A quick programming note:  As  I get caught back up and get ahead on completed interviews, I’m going to temporarily go to a bi-weekly episode release schedule.  So, for the next 2 – 3 months, I’ll be premiering a new episode every other Monday.

As always, thanks for listening to and supporting the show, I appreciate it!

The Website of David Bottrill

Episode 40 John Haeny, Part 3

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Today I am very pleased to present the third installment of my interview with producer and engineer John Haeny.  And, although this is the final part of my current conversation with John, we will be talking more in the future, so you can look forward to more from John down the road sometime!  Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please be sure to listen to parts one and two of John’s interview as well!

In this segment, John and I take a look at his vast discography and he allows me ask him about some of the many amazing artists that he’s had the pleasure of working with.  I didn’t have time to ask him about everybody that I wanted to, but perhaps in the future I’ll get the opportunity to do so, we will just have to wait and see!

I initially learned about John when I came across his story regarding the making of Jim Morrison’s poetry album, “An American Prayer”.  Although I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Doors, my fascination with this band was reignited a few years ago and I started listening to all of the Doors albums almost non-stop for several months.   For some reason, I had never listened to “An American Prayer”, so I finally did, and after listening I wanted to learn more about how it came about, and that’s when I came across John’s website, which he had recently created at the time.  If you have not yet read John’s story of the making of “An American Prayer”, I highly recommend it and you can find it here.

While John’s association with Jim Morrison is very important, and he no doubt treasures the time he got to spend with this special artist,  he has worked with and become friends with lots of legendary musicians, while working in the very fruitful music scene of the 60’s, and 70’s.  John was present during many special moments in musical as well as world history and I’ve really enjoyed all of his insights into these times in his life, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future!

When I set out to do this podcast, my goal was to be able to speak to as many talented individuals as possible, whether fairly early in their careers or seasoned professionals, and I have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the listening audience as well as the eagerness of so many amazing people to agree to be interviewed!  So, thanks to all of you who have been a part of this show so far, and thanks to all of you regular listeners, I am very grateful for you all!

Please enjoy this weeks episode, and have an amazing and productive week!

The Website of Producer and Engineer John Haeny

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 38 Hillary Johnson

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Joining me as my special guest on the show this week is producer and audio engineer Hillary Johnson, from New York, New York.

Hillary has been actively recording since the early 90’s, and above everything else, she relishes every opportunity she gets to be in the studio doing what she loves most: making records with talented musicians.

Over the course of her career, Hillary has broadened her skills immensely and puts just as much emphasis on having great people skills as having great audio engineering chops.  These days, Hillary does just about everything as it relates to working in the music industry, from engineering, producing, and mastering,  to live sound, and even working as a tech.  If that wasn’t enough, Hillary is also a talented web and graphic designer, and has created some very nice websites for artists, bands, and even recording studios.  And if you’re in the New York City area, you might even catch Hillary DJ’ing someplace!

After speaking with Hillary, it’s apparent how passionate she is about what she does and I hope she gets to continue making records with bands she loves for many more years to come!

Thanks again to everybody who has been listening to and spreading the word about the show, I appreciate it very much!

Please enjoy Hillary’s interview, and have a great week!

The Website of Hi-Fi Hillary Johnson

Episode 36 John Haeny, Part 2

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Greetings everybody!  I’m happy to be presenting part 2 of my continued conversation with internationally acclaimed engineer, producer, and mixer John Haeny this week.

When John mentioned that he wanted our next segment to be about why “the good ole days, were not the good ole days”, I thought what a great topic of discussion!  And who better than John to have that conversation with?  Having started his career in the late 50’s, John has witnessed every major technological advancement that has occurred in music recording and production over the last 50 plus years, and he’s a true pioneer and expert on all things audio, that’s for sure!

Before we started our discussion, John recounted the time in his childhood when, after much hassle on his part, his mother bought him his very first record player, grey and pink as John remembers it, and with that his lifelong obsession with music started in earnest.  Working under the belief that more was better, John started finding shoeboxes and old car speakers, and each time he collected a new speaker, he would hot-wire it into his hi-fi.  John told me he must have had at least 15 speakers set up in his bedroom at one point!

Eventually, John’s parents bought him a tape machine, and almost immediately, John could be found in his closet for hours at a time, with a microphone taped to a music stand, reading things into his tape recorder.  This is how he learned how to best record his own voice, and planted the seed for his future career as an in-demand audio engineer!

John’s countless hours of experimentation and studying paid off when he got his first job at United and Western under Bill Putnam.  Bill has been described as “the father of modern recording”, and he had a test that he would give all of his engineers to see if they were on top of their game in terms of knowledge, types of microphones, patterns of microphones, etc.  In his early 20’s at the time, John knocked out all of the big engineers working for Bill at the time in terms of his grade on the test.

John attributes this to everything he did back home as a teenager back in Minnesota.  For many years, John would collect every audio related article he could find – read and study all of the technical information contain within, and study all of the pictures, absorb microphone placements, and memorize any other information he could pick out.

To this day John has a photographic memory for studio setups.  On countless occasions, John has walked into a studio, rather innocently wandered around from one end to the other, and then sat down with pencil and paper and drawn out the setup he saw, including what kinds of microphones, and which way the microphones should be pointing, etc.

John truly believes that his early obsession with learning everything he possibly could about audio engineering, microphones, and mic placements, and his endless hours in his room playing with his hi-fi and tape machine gave him a leg up on everyone else and is a big part of why he went on to have the amazing career he is having.

John continues to be very passionate about music, and working with talented artists to bring their creative vision to fruition.  After decades of honing his skills as an engineer and producer, John feels he is better now than he’s ever been and he is always open to taking on new engineering, recording, and mixing projects.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to John at his website to find out more about the possibility of working with him on your next project!

As always, I want to give a big thank you to everyone for listening and for supporting the show!  I really appreciate it!

The Website of John Haeny

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

Episode 34 John Haeny, Part 1

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I am very pleased to announce that I have internationally renowned audio engineer, producer, and mixer John Haeny on the show this week!

John has graciously given me the opportunity to do a very in-depth and wide ranging interview with him, and today I have the first of what is going to be a 3 part interview.

John’s various careers began during his high school days as a Photographer, which culminated in his receiving a degree in Portraiture from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.  Following that, and for the next 20 years, John worked as a Recording Engineer, Mixer, and Producer in the US Music Industry.  This was followed by a 16 year career as a Sound Designer and Sound Editor in the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television industry, and in addition to all of that, he has been an Academic at a number of US and Australian institutions.

John’s sound career began during the early days of hi-fi and mono analog audio.  Working through the advent of stereo and the early days of multi-track recording, he made the transition into digital audio very early on while working in film and television at Hollywood’s Todd-AO Studios.  In the US exclusively, John has been awarded more than 20 Gold and Platinum records, and worldwide, his projects have sold well in excess of 40,000,000 units.

Over the course of John’s studio career, he has recorded, mixed, and produced hundreds of albums.  Working across a remarkably wide array of musical genres that includes artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Jim Morrison, Tom Jones, Warren Zevon and Linda Ronstadt to Weather Report, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard and Duke Ellington.  In addition to this he worked with Cher, Delaney and Bonnie, Arthur Lee and Love, Kris Kristofferson, Little Feat, Judy Collins, Paul Butterfield, Nico and John Cale, Bobby Darin, The Righteous Brothers, and The Everly Brothers, to name just a few.

While working as a Sound Designer for in the motion picture and TV industry, John’s credits include working on many hit films and series including Scent of a Woman, Twin Peaks, While You Were Sleeping, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, The Firm, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Dallas, Benny and Joon, Major League, Max Headroom, and much more.

John’s impressive body of work has amassed six Golden Reel nominations, five Emmy nominations, an Edison Award, and a Grammy nomination as well!

John’s career as an Academic included Adjunct Professor of Motion Picture Sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and Head of Sound at the Australian Film Televison and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, Australia.

John currently lives on a 10-acre property high in the hills of the Huon Valley outside of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.  He has a comprehensive 5.1 Pro Tools mixing facility in his home studio where he still mixes for select artists, and he especially enjoys working with developing artists, and he is also very passionate about supporting the Australian arts and artists.  In addition, John is the co-developer of the Kramer Master Tape plugin and he is also a Waves beta tester.  When given the opportunity, John still occasionally lectures and is still active in mixing musical scores for Australian feature films and documentaries.

I really hope you enjoy part 1 of John’s interview!  Stay tuned for the next two parts of this interview, I think you are all going to not only really enjoy and be inspired by our full conversation, but there will definitely be lots of great information and nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to your daily life as well!

As always, I want to give a big thanks to everyone who has been listening and spreading the word, I really appreciate it and I am not only having a great time doing this show, I’m enjoying all of the new friendships I’m making and I’m also very excited about all of the new knowledge I have as a result of talking to and listening to all of my amazing guests!

If you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment to subscribe to the show via iTunes or Stitcher and while you’re there, please take a moment to leave a rating and a review!  Thanks again!

The Website of John Haeny

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