Working Class Audio
Working Class Audio
Working Class Audio
Working Class Audio goes beyond typical interview podcasts and asks practical questions, everything from business practices to financial advice to finding the right work/life balance. If you’re looking for info on what it’s really like working in the pro audio industry, Working Class Audio is the podcast for you. WCA doesn’t just concentrate on the elite of the recording world but instead interviews a combination of known and unknown engineers.
WCA #310 with Steve Evetts - Knowing Your Worth, Repeat Clients, Dealing with Opinions, The Moment Of Discovery, and The Power of Commitment
My guest today is producer engineer mixer Steve Evetts, who has worked with the Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, The Cure, Poison the Well, Alesana, The Wonder Years, and many, many others. Steve comes to us as a recommendation from our good friend, Joe Barresi. In this episode, we discuss: Parents Attic Bass Guitar Foster X15 Tracks East in New Jersey First Studio Job Power Of Commitment Billing By The Day Ross Robinson Management Work/ Life Balance Supportive Spouse Knowing Your Worth Covid Repeat Clients Outside Perspective Burn Out The Moment Of Discovery Dealing with Opinions Social Media Matt's Monologue: Preparing and Practicing in the Off Hours Links and Show Notes Steve's Management: http://selftitledmgmt.com/clients/SteveEvetts.html Steve on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steveevetts/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Steve Evetts Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Nov 23
55 min
WCA #309 with Michael Romanowski - Mastering, Shared History, Deep Listening, Old Dogs, Staying Upright, and Fuzzy Quarters
My guest today is a friend of 20 years who plays a role in the formation of Working Class Audio. I'm talking about mastering engineer Michael Romanowski. Michael and I go way back. We were building partners at our studio in San Francisco. Michael had a mastering facility in the front. I had a recording studio in the back, and together we were co-tenants in the space that he helped bring me into. Michael played a part in the formation of Working Class Audio because he's the one that helped me get off the lease without damaging our relationship with the landlord, which was crucial. Very excited to bring you this interview with him. We met up over it at his house, where he has a residential mastering facility nominated for a TEC award. Michael Romanowski, coming up here on the Working Class Audio podcast.  In this episode, we discuss: Home Mastering Facility TEC Nominated Room Compromise Shared History Paul Stubblebine Lifeboats Andrew Scheps Vance Powell The Tape Project Michigan Nashville Motorcycles Math Chris Takes the Truck Curmudgeon University Learning From Others Deep Listening Gear Buying Decisions Time Investments The Game of Inches Audiophile Wingnuttery Fuzzy Quarters Protecting Your Ears NARAS Social Media Old Dogs Beards Immersive Audio Being You Taking a Break Staying Upright Golf Work/Life Balance Addressing Mistakes Paying Attention Process of Elimination Matt's Monologue: Supporting Small Business Links and Show Notes Michael's Site: https://www.coastmastering.com/ The Tape Project: https://tapeproject.com/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Michael Romanowski Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Nov 16
1 hr 25 min
WCA #308 with Robert L. Smith - Online Mixing, The State of New York, International Eco Systems, and The Virtual Hallway
My guest today is the return of Robert L. Smith. Robert was originally on episode six of the Working Class Audio podcast. He's a producer-engineer mixer. He's based in New York City. That hasn't changed. And he has worked with some pretty big names out there. Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, David Byrne, and U2. We bring Robert back to check in about where things stand for him, where things stand during the COVID crisis, how he has navigated the whole thing, and how things have changed for him or not changed. And we're going to get to all of that. So very happy to have Robert back to join us. Robert L. Smith, coming up here on the Working Class Audio podcast. In this episode, we discuss: COVID Online Mixing Overseas Clients The State of New York Changes to Recording The Versions of Pop Remote Sessions iPhone/Garageband Recordings Manager of Expectations Educating Clients Relationships Sense of Humor The Virtual Hallway International Eco Systems Matt's Monologue: Putting in the Work Links and Show Notes Robert's Site: http://defyrecordings.com/ Robert's Previous Interview: https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-006-with-robert-l-smith/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Robert L. Smith Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Nov 8
48 min
WCA #307 with Kevin Churko - Family Band, Family Business, Mutt Lange, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins Drums, and Graceful Exits
My guest today is Kevin Churko. Who's originally from Canada, currently resides in the United States, and he is a producer-engineer, mixer, and songwriter. He's worked with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Modern Science, Five Finger Death Punch, Shania Twain, and Hellyeah amongst many, many others. One aspect of his career that's fascinating that we're going to talk about is that Kevin worked for four years for Mutt Lange in Switzerland. He moved the whole family there. We're going to talk all about that in his journey, which I think you'll find quite fascinating. And I'm very excited to have Kevin join us today. So Kevin Churko, coming up here on the working-class audio podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Canadian Upbringing Family Band Shania Twain Working for Mutt Lange Living in Switzerland "Just Get Good" Taking Care of Customers Moving to Los Angeles Moving to Las Vegas Ozzy Osbourne & Zack Wylde Graceful Exits  Phil Collins' Drums Saying No Working with His Kids Financial Advice Keeping the Faith Matt's Monologue: Random Goings On Links and Show Notes Kevin's Studio: https://www.hideoutlv.com/ Pleased to Meet Me Box Set: https://bit.ly/382SYVP Matt's past band: https://thesextants.bandcamp.com/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Kevin Churko Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Nov 2
1 hr 1 min
WCA #306 with Daniel Bacigalupi - Infrasonic Sound, Supportive Parents, Poker, CD Text Fails, and a Collapsing Lung
My guest today is Nashville based mastering engineer Daniel Bacigalupi. Daniel is a member of the team over at Infrasonic Mastering. That includes Pete Lyman, Dave Gardner, and Piper Payne, all who have been guests here on WCA. We're going to get into Daniel's journey to Nashville and into mastering here shortly. Daniel Bacigalupi coming up here on the working class audio podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Pine City Beginnings Supportive Parents Trombone Collapsing Lung Ithaca College Alex Perialas Mastering Sterling Sound Nashville Georgetown Masters Assisting Reid Shippen Pete Lyman Infrasonic Sound Having A Life Rates and Billing Your Room Golf Poker His Great Wife Covid Therapy Dealing with Stress Fear of Rejection CD-Text Fails Matt's Monologue: Participation Links and Show Notes Instagram: @infrasonicdan Infrasonic Sound: https://www.infrasonicsound.com/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Daniel Bacigalupi Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Oct 25
1 hr
WCA #305 with Anne-Marie Pleau - Saying Yes to Gigs, Album Credits, 9 to 5, Health Care, Moving to Hawaii, and Starting Audio Later in Life
My guest today is Anne-Marie Pleau, who is an engineer and theatrical sound designer. And you might recognize her name because she just so happens to be the editor of the Working Class Audio Podcast. That's right. So every time I do an interview, I ship it right on over to Anne-Marie. She does her round of magic. She sends it back to me, and I assemble the show, and wallah, You have a podcast. So she plays a pretty, monumental role in the show and has since episode 220 with Butch Vig. She's been with WCA for quite some time now, and I'm pleased to have her with us today. Anne-Marie Pleau, coming up here on the Working Class Audio Podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Moving to Hawaii Starting Audio Later in Life Album Credits Audio Class Outworking Others Supportive Spouses Environmental Choices Health Care 9 to 5 Diversification Fears  Saying Yes to Gigs Matt's Monologue: The Beginners Mindset Links and Show Notes Anne-Marie on Instagram: @annemariepleau Anne-Marie on Twitter: @AnneMariePleau Anne-Marie on Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/annemariepleau WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Anne-Marie Pleau Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Oct 18
50 min
WCA #304 with Joyce Lieberman - Hitchhiking, Woodstock, Electronics School, Fresh Air, WHYY, and the Avocado Cutlass Supreme
My guest today is Joyce Lieberman. Joyce has been working at WHYY in Philadelphia for the last 44 years, starting in 1976. She worked for 11 years as a Technician, 11 years as a Technical Director of Fresh Air, and 22 years as a Radio Engineering Supervisor. Joyce and I met at a dinner in Los Angeles four or five years ago. I discovered that she worked for WHYY and Terry Gross, and I began lobbying her to come on the show. Fast forward five years later, I get an email from Joyce saying, "Hey, I've got some free time. I'm ready to do this." So we have a great conversation about Joyce's career and all the details of WHYY. Very excited to bring you, Joyce Lieberman, here on the Working Class Audio podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Radio Roles Terry Gross and Fresh Air Music Long Island Math and Science Hitchhiking Woodstock The Cutlass Supreme Philadelphia  WHYY Nurses and Teachers Feminism  Cuba Basic Electronics Theory Radio Theory Television Electronics School Breaking into Radio Bicycling Tapes Salaries Matt's Monologue: The Passing of Moto, Recording and Perspective Links and Show Notes WHYY on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whyy/ WHYY https://whyy.org/ Fresh Air with Terry Gross: https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Joyce Lieberman Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Oct 12
1 hr 9 min
WCA #303 with Steven Baughman - Hip Hop, Alpha Dogs, Sonic Puzzles, Happiness, and Respecting The Wood
My guest today is Steve Baughman, also known as Steve B. Steve has worked with Dr. Dre, No Doubt, Michael Jackson, and Eminem as well as several others. And his credits include recording, mixing, mastering, and production on a wide array of projects that stretch from big-band jazz to rock, to hip hop, Steve Baughman, coming up here on the Working Class Audio Podcast In this episode, we discuss: Early 4 track overdubs Criminal justice  Business Chico state Larrabee Studios Hip Hop Dr. Dre DJ Muggs Will Smith 50 Cent Work Ethic Being Assertive Respecting The Wood Alpha Dogs His Amazing Wife Health Insurance Pseudo Empty Nesting Pigeon Hole Big Band Squeaky Wheels Keeping Up Relationships Inspiration From The Kids Happiness  Taxes Minimal Gear Doing Life Fires Sonic Puzzles Matt's Monologue: Filling Holes in Your Schedule Links and Show Notes Next Level Mastering: http://www.nextlevelmastering.com/ Two Beards Production: https://www.twobeardsproductions.com/ Instagram: @in2mixin, @twobeardsmusic, @nxtlvlmastering WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Steve Baughman Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Oct 4
47 min
WCA #302 with Leslie Gaston-Bird - Black Women In Audio, AES, Recording The TV, Dolby Atmos, Morph The Cat, and Running vs. Pancakes
My guest today is Leslie Gaston-Bird. She has been in the industry for over 30 years. Twelve of that in public radio (including National Public Radio), Seventeen in sound for picture, and Thirteen years as an educator. She's the author of the book "Women in Audio." She's a member of the AES, where she chairs numerous committees and on the board of governors. She runs Mix Messiah Productions as a freelance re-recording mixer and sound editor. She was a tenured associate professor of recording arts at the University of Colorado Denver and is co-director for the Sound Girls, UK chapter and Sound Girls scholarships, travel grants. She's been busy, to say the least, and I'm thrilled to have her on the show. Leslie Gaston-Bird, coming up here on the Working Class Audio Podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Growing Up In Ohio Dads' Reel to Reel Recording The TV Making $4.10 an Hour NPR The Magic Number The Arrakis Workstation Sounds Restoration For Film Academia vs. the Private Sector AES Unicorns Black Women In Audio Dolby Atmos New Mixing Space Rate Cards Networking Morph The Cat Being a Planner Chicken Heads Languages Running vs. Pancakes Matt's Monologue: Labeling Your Work Links and Show Notes Leslie's AES Profile: https://www.aes.org/aes/lesliegaston Leslie on Twitter: @MixMessiahProd Leslie on Instagram: @leslie.gaston Leslie's Book: Women in Audio https://amzn.to/33XF4R6 WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Leslie Gaston-Bird Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Sep 27
59 min
WCA #301 with Ryan Freeland - Bob Clearmountain, Making Things Better In The World, The Artistry Of Engineering, and Beepers At The Beach
My guest today is Ryan Freeland. Ryan is a producer, songwriter, engineer, and mixer based in Los Angeles. He's also a five time Grammy award winner, and he's best known for his work with Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Amy Mann, Grant Lee Phillips, one of my favorites, Rodney Crowell, as well as Loudon Wainwright III. He talks to us from his Stampede Origin studio located in Culver City, California, and we have a fantastic conversation. And I'm really looking forward to having him on. Ryan Freeland coming up here on The Working Class audio podcast. In this episode, we discuss: Studio Building Recording at Age 12 Working For Bob Clearmountain Lessons Learned From Bob Working with Mixing Clients Leaving The Nest Handling Slowdowns Beepers At The Beach Budgets The Artistry Of Engineering Useful Gear Designs Tape Is Not Your Savior Making Things Better In The World The Importance Of The Engineer Matt's Monologue: Perspective Links and Show Notes Ryan's Site: http://www.ryanfreeland.com/ WCA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/ Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/ Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP Credits: Guest: Ryan Freeland Host: Matt Boudreau  WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell  Announcer: Chuck Smith Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau Additional Music: The License Lab
Sep 20
1 hr 11 min
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