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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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Now displaying: July, 2022
Jul 29, 2022

My guest today is Vance Powell, a multi Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and mixer, and owner of Sputnik Sound in Nashville with Mitch Dane. Vance’s credits credits includes Chris Stapleton, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, and Wolfmother to name just a few.


Vance is a repeat guest on the podcast and you can hear his origin story on episode RSR002, and great mixing tips on Episodes RSR171 and RSR293.

Vance recently did a studio makeover at Sputnik Sound installing a Dolby Atmos surround sound system for mixing into the future of immersive audio. So we will talk all about Atmos and of course, we have a bunch of great questions from you Rockstars in our Facebook group which you can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/recordingstudiorockstars

Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: http://MixMasterBundle.com

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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

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Hear guests discography on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0aFDgLgTsWaFId0n4YSX75?si=2c7ed0d577084882

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

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Jul 22, 2022

My guest today is Jay Lauterwasser a video game sound designer and music composer for Darkpaw games in San Diego, CA. 

“I grew up in St Louis, Missouri, moved to San Diego in 2004 and started my career in the video game industry in Quality Assurance. In 2016 I got my opportunity to become a Sound Designer and in 2019 I added Music Composer to my job description. I’ve been a musician for the better part of my life. I started playing bass in highschool, joined a band after graduating and got to see the eastern half of the country from the back seat of the tour van. Even though the touring slowed down, I never stopped playing music. I still play bass in the local San Diego band Roger! and sit in for the occasional recording session. 

I’ve been a part of countless recording sessions as a musician but never officially as an engineer. Fortunately, I’ve worked with a bunch of great engineers that were always willing to answer questions or explain something along the way. It was those experiences and further exploration and research that taught me enough about sound engineering to be able to do sound design for video games. Music composition was the natural next step, taking what I learned about audio engineering and sound in general and adding the musician side of it. After taking a couple of online music composition and theory classes, I was able to compose and produce my first video game soundtrack in 2019 for the game “EverQuest: Claws of Veeshan”.

Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: http://MixMasterBundle.com

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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

https://samplyaudio.com Use code RSR20 to get 20% off for the first 3 months

https://www.Spectra1964.com

http://MacSales.com/Rockstars

http://iZotope.com/Rockstars use code ROCK10 for 10% off

http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com

http://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com

Hear guests discography on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/jlauterwasser/sets/everquest-claws-of-veeshan?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

https://soundcloud.com/jlauterwasser/sets/everquest-terror-of-luclin?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/359

Jul 15, 2022

My guest today is Daniel Donato a 25 year old guitarist and songwriter who started out at a young age of 16 playing regularly at Nashville’s iconic honky tonk Robert’s Western World while gigging with the Don Kelley Band. His debut album, A Young Man’s Country, was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in two days and produced by guitar-ace Robben Ford, the record weaves outlaw country, Grateful Dead-style Amer-icana, and first-rate songwriting into a singular form Donato calls “21st-century cosmic country.”

The message of these songs contains Donato’s “Cosmic Country” ethos, which is about finding the courage to blaze your own path. As such, it is an ethos the artist extends beyond music into the channels of social media, where he’s built up a huge following of devoted “DD Heads,” as his fans call themselves. His pod-cast, “Daniel Donato’s Lost Highway,” brings together like-minded creatives to get at the heart of what makes artists tick, for which he’s interviewed Brothers Osborne, Brent Cobb, Orville Peck, and Garry Talent of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Thanks to Anders Jovaag at Adam Audio for making our introduction.

Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: http://MixMasterBundle.com

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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

https://samplyaudio.com Use code RSR20 to get 20% off for the first 3 months

https://www.Spectra1964.com

http://MacSales.com/Rockstars

http://iZotope.com/Rockstars use code ROCK10 for 10% off

http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com

http://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com

Hear guests discography on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1jVUKeYsjeXwWZOR2r8Do9?si=1abe6479ec6f4600

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/358

Jul 8, 2022

My guest today is Steve Ornest a rock multi instrumentalist, engineer, and producer in Redondo Beach CA. Steve learned his studio skills at Total Access Recording under the guidance of Wyn Davis (RSR192) starting at the young age of 15. Steve started out playing guitar for rock sessions by bands like Don Dokken, Minoru Nihara (Loudness), and many others, but fast forward to the present and Steve is now running the studio with Wyn.

Steve’s mission has been to reinvigorate the local South Bay music scene by making it affordable for young local artists to come in and work on their song, EP or album and walk away with the same commercially competitive results Total Access has become known for over the past forty years. Aside from working with incredible local talent like Joker’s Hand, Mor Flowrs and Hand Drawn Maps, Steve continues to work on records for legacy artists such as Foreigner and Dio. Steve is currently working on a record with country artist Annie Bosko, which features a duet with country legend Vince Gill. Steve has also worked alongside producers Ken Scott (Beatles, Elton John, Supertramp), Eric Sarafin (Ben Harper, Amy Grant), and many others. 

Steve recently opened a 1000sq ft rehearsal suite steps away from the studio, called Total Access Rehearsal. The idea was born from a frustration at the lack of rehearsal studios in Los Angeles, particularly in the South Bay. The suite boasts an acoustically treated showcase room, top-of-the-line gear, a private lounge/bathroom, A/C, free water and coffee, private parking, and convenient roll-up entry.

Total Access Recording has an extensive client list including L.A. punk band Black Flag and many SST Records artists, Husker-Du, The Descendants, then flourishing in the 80’s hair metal era recording Dokken, Great White, and White Lion, followed in the 90’s with post-punk artists; Sublime, No Doubt, Pennywise, Slightly Stoopid and others. 

Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: http://MixMasterBundle.com

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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

https://samplyaudio.com Use code RSR20 to get 20% off for the first 3 months

https://www.Spectra1964.com

http://MacSales.com/Rockstars

http://iZotope.com/Rockstars use code ROCK10 for 10% off

http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com

http://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com

Hear guests discography on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1GUS4vcFjyIvjRy8RYDwKi?si=3c12b4cd6c2b4f0c

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/357

Jul 1, 2022

My guest today is Matthew Ross-Spang a twice Grammy winning Memphis record producer and engineer, who started out at the  Legendary Sun Studio as a teenager working his way up from intern to the Chief Engineer. He has since moved on to restore back to its original glory the also legendary Sam Phillips Recording studio across town originally built in 1960 to accommodate the ever growing catalog of music under Sam’s production and label. 

The City of Memphis even nominated him one of its “30 under 30” Memphians and in 2016 awarded him a key to the city while proclaiming April 25,2016 as “Matt Ross-Spang Day” in Germantown,TN.

Matt has worked with many great artists and producers including: Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Isaak, The Rival Sons, Dave Cobb, and John Prine to name just a few.

Matt has been an early guest on the podcast previously on episode RSR040 when I visited Memphis for the podcast so you can catch his background story there. 

Thanks again to Mark Rubel at Blackbird Academy for making our introduction.

Get access to FREE mixing mini-course: http://MixMasterBundle.com

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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

https://samplyaudio.com Use code RSR20 to get 20% off for the first 3 months

https://www.Spectra1964.com

http://MacSales.com/Rockstars

http://iZotope.com/Rockstars use code ROCK10 for 10% off

http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com

http://UltimateMixingMasterclass.com

Hear guests discography on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7vsPHFW59uWbBMQ4H0clNM?si=c243592c11494922

If you love the podcast, then please leave a review: https://RSRockstars.com/Review

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/356

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