Is it getting harder to make a name for yourself as a producer/engineer? Maybe. So what? Here’s the cold hard truth: It takes TIME and EFFORT to develop a skill and be rewarded for it. There’s one simple solution…. Stop quitting. Be better.
Studio Lounge Podcast
Ever been stuck for two hours just trying to nail down one drum fill? Or start rewriting lyrics and melodies when you’re supposed to be laying down the lead vocal? Yeah, I’ve been there… There’s only one way to eliminate these sorts of problems. And that’s pre-production. I took some time to answer some of the most […]
Continue readingPre-production: the what, why and how
Should you charge hourly? Day rate? Per-song? Flat project rate? It’s hard to know which pricing model to use as an engineer. A typical model, of course, is charging an hourly rate for your services. Seems pretty logical… But I believe this is actually the worst way to value you work. I’ve got a quick […]
Continue readingThe $30,000 napkin
In 2007 I spent six months interning at a world-class studio in Toronto. In this episode I break down: The big-name engineers and producers I got to meet and watch – and what I learned from them How to be the perfect intern The best technical tricks & tips I picked up along the way The […]
Continue readingWhen I was an Intern: Key Lessons & Takeaways
In this episode, I play some clips and tell the inside story on how the song “Departures” came together in the studio on the fly… and just in time!
Most of how we experience life has more to do with perception than reality. Here’s how to stop sabotaging yourself and alter reality to work in your favor.
A few years ago, Antares (the makers of Autotune) announced their innovative “Autotune for Guitar” system. As a producer who spent hours every day just tuning alone (literally), this was an exciting new product. But the rest of the world didn’t see it that way, and product has now been discontinued. I’m very sad about […]
Continue readingFAIL: Autotune for Guitar
Whether you’re hoping to sit in on a session, or get connected with managers & labels, there’s a crucial principle you need to understand. Here’s how to make big connections over the long term, with two stories that illustrate it perfectly.
Wanna know a really easy way to make sure you actually accomplish the things you set out to do? (it’s actually proven in studies, and I’ve seen it happen in my own life). Give it a shot!
I don’t buy lottery tickets, but sometimes I get them as gifts… And I’m always afraid that one of them will actually be a winner. Listen to find out why I’d hate to win the lottery!