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Recording Studio Rockstars

Lij Shaw Interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insights from the recording studio. So that you can take your recordings to the next level and become a rockstar of the recording studio yourself! - Vance Powell, Michael Beinhorn, Russell Wolff, Graham Cochrane, Joe Gilder, Björgvin Benediktsson.
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Dec 31, 2021

My guest today is Randy LeRoy a musician, engineer, A&R, and mastering engineer in Nashville TN and Takoma Park Maryland. A graduate of the recording program at Middle Tennessee State University (also my alma mater) he got his first gig cutting publishing demos on Nashville’s “Music Row” in CBS Song’s basement studio, editing radio spots on ¼” tape for a company called Starliners and hanging out in small studios around town. 

Eventually, he was offered a job with CBS Records as an A&R coordinator and spent time in high-end facilities like Emerald, Stargem, The Dog House, Masterfonics, Sound Shop, Treasure Isle, Studio 19, and even legendary studios like The Record Plant in LA while working for CBS. Randy worked with a variety of the label’s many noteworthy artists such as Ray Benson, George Jones, Ricky Van Shelton, Tammy Wynette, Vern Gosdin, and Exile.

In 1988 Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics offered him a job as his mastering assistant where Randy learned how to cut reference lacquers, assemble and quality checking masters, and help out engineers during mixing, while mastering small projects on his own. 

At Masterfonics he would work alongside notable country music producers like Jimmy Bowen, Tony Brown, James Stroud, Jerry Crutchfield, and Barry Beckett. And in 1991 Randy left Masterfonics to start his own mastering studio, Final Stage Mastering located in Sound Stage Studios on Music Row in Nashville where he worked on more Grammy nominated and winning projects throughout the 1990s and 2000s such as Relient K’s Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right… but Three Do, Allison Brown’s Fair Weather, Nappy Root’s Humdinger, and Jamey Johnson’s That Lonesome Song, to name a few. 

In June of 2010, Randy left Nashville to become the Senior Mastering Engineer at Tonal Park in Takoma Park, MD where he has mastered some of the biggest names in country, bluegrass, folk, Americana, and gospel such as Jim Lauderdale, Bryan Sutton, Jamey Johnson, Dale Ann Bradley, Colin Hay, Kelsey Waldon,  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Gold City, and John Cowan.  including the 2020 Grammy Winning, Michael Cleveland’s “Tall Fiddler” and two other Grammy nominated albums in the Best Bluegrass Album category.

Thanks so much to Justin Francis for making our introduction!

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Dec 24, 2021

My guest today is Malcolm Springer an arranger, writer, engineer, producer, and mixer living in Nashville TN working in a studio cottage at the previously named House of Blues Studios (now East Iris Studios under Universal Music Group). 

Malcolm has worked with many artists and genres in his career including Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Isaac Hayes, Clutch, Fear Factory, Eric Clapton, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, God Street Wine, Albert King, Derek Trucks, and Nappy Roots, just to name a few. 

He has been awarded platinum and gold records for his work with Collective Soul (Disciplined Breakdown, 1997), Matchbox 20 (Yourself or Someone Like You, 1996; Exile on Mainstream, 2007), Liquid Gang (Blunt Force Trauma, 2000), Fear Factory (Digimortal, 2001), The Horse Whisperer: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1998), 2 Fast 2 Furious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003), and Heavy Metal 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2000). 

In the early '90s, Malcolm was part of the first team to install the first moving Ultimation system for Solid State Logic. He also lived for a while in Memphis working at Beale Street Studios where he recorded The Mother Station, O'Landa Draper and the Associates, Bobby Whitlock (of Derick and the Domino's), and Teeny Hodges and later recorded in Missouri as well.

At 29 years old, in 2000, Malcolm secured a label imprint as an A&R representative with the legendary Lyor Cohen, one of the founders of Def Jam/Island Records, in New York City. 

Malcolm also has been remixing music for Dolby Atmos surround sound. Some of these artists include Nirvana, White Zombie, Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kanye West, Soundgarden, Jay-Z, Steve Miller Band, Three Doors Down, and many others. 

He now runs his own production company and label, 10 Inch Wax, out of Nashville.

Thanks so much to Andy VanDette for making our introduction!

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Dec 17, 2021

My guest today is Frank Filipetti a Six-time Grammy winner and world-renowned music producer, engineer and mixer. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, and based in New York since 1971, Frank was one of the first engineers to embrace digital mixing. 

His early credits include his first number one album, Foreigner’s “Agent Provocateur” which included the single “I Want to Know What Love Is”; Foreigner’s “Inside Information” which he also co-produced; KISS’s, “Lick It Up”; Carly Simon’s “Coming Around Again”, The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame”, Courtney Love’s “Celebrity Skin”, and Rod Stewart’s “The Great American Songbook” Volumes 1 and 2.

Active in film and theatre as well, Frank’s work as a producer, engineer, and mixer earned the Aida Broadway Original Cast Album a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2001, and he has since produced Wicked, Spamalot, Disney’s Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, and Gigi. His work in film includes the soundtracks for Mike Nichols’ “Working Girl”, and “Postcards From the Edge”; “The Pirates of Penzance” with Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline; Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe”; Disney’s “Enchanted”; Pixar’s “Cars”, and “August Rush” (See Spotify playlist).

In addition to his recording and producing talents, Frank has been busy since the early 1980’s designing the acoustics for all three Right Track rooms in NY, and in 1999 Frank joined with Simon Andrews to design and build New York City’s premier orchestral recording studio. 

The result, Studio A509, was one of the most highly praised sonic achievements in a city known for incredible studios. In 2005 Frank became a founding partner of METAlliance, a collaborative community of globally-recognized audio engineers and producers that works alongside technology manufacturers to ensure the highest standards of audio production.

Thanks so much to Brain Murphree at Soundporter Mastering and Joe D’Ambrosio Management for connecting us.

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Dec 10, 2021

My guest today is Dorian Heartsong an American composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California. As an artist, Heartsong is currently playing bass for Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening. 

He is also well known for his Bass work in Powerman 5000 from inception in 1990 until late 2001. Constant touring with bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Kiss, Pantera, and Primus, helped elevate Powerman 5000's album "Tonight The Stars Revolt" to platinum status and landed songs in movie soundtracks including, Zoolander, Scream 3, and Evolution.

Dorian has also performed and recorded with other artists and producers including Everlast, Vinnie Moore, Ruby Friedman Orchestra, The Flying Tigers, Dan Rockett, Stevie Salas, Michael Beinhorn, Lior Goldenberg, Sylvia Massey, Joe Barrisi, and Terry Date. He and Stevie Salas scored the indie movie "Live Free or Die" which won Top Jury prize at SXSW film festival in 2006. Heartsong graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting & performance. 

Thanks so much to Lior Goldenberg for making our introduction

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Dec 3, 2021

My guest today is Jay Messina who grew up in Brooklyn, NY finding his first gig at Don Elliott’s studio using Les Paul’s one inch, 8 track machine. He then went to A & R Studios for 4 years,  and the next 15 years at Record Plant NY recording all genres of music including Aerosmith, Kiss, Miles Davis, and lots more.  

His studio today is called West End Sound and I’m excited to talk with Jay about some of the iconic records he has made including: Aerosmith Toys in The Attic, and KISS Destroyer to name a couple.

Thanks so much to Steve Marcantonio for making our introduction. Steve of course has known Jay for at least 150 years making records together since before the Gramophone was invented!

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

https://RecordingStudioRockstars.com/Academy Use code ROCKSTAR to get 10%

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http://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com

Hear guests discography on Spotify:
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If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

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