Scott is a seasoned music producer and audio engineer, working in recording studios and running FOH for numerous artists, both locally, and touring nationally.
Scott works with musicians to help them see their vision come to life. His calm, laid back approach to recording and mixing, creates the perfect atmosphere for artists to be themselves without the common pressures associated with recording.
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Interview with Scott Stanley
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment, Mixing a Full Length album for Conscious Nest (Portland,OR), and organizing songs for a kids record I'm planning to record soon. Im also finishing up a handful of songs for Just For Frillz (Montana), and about to release some music from my project C503PO.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working certain gigs, like Dispatch, and the Beloved Festival, are such magical experiences. Getting to spend so much time with artists and people with such big hearts, doesn't make it feel like i'm even working at all. So i get to listen to music, surround myself with incredible humans, and somehow it pays my bills. Whats not to love?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 15 years of professional work experience. I went to school at CRAS, interned in Nashville, traveled as FOH engineer with several bands, then opened my own recording studio in Portland, OR. Ive been a stage hand, dB meter reader, monitor engineer, patch monkey, lighting designer, laser operator, and camera operator. Ive built stages, hosted weekly concerts, streamed and multitrack recorded performances. I've working in dozens of Recording Studios nationwide. My path was, and really still is, to just take any gig and hope for the best.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mad Scientist, I dig deep into the music and love layering interesting textures. Feel is very important to me in a song. I work in a very traditional recording style, but am very good at adapting to new technology and recording styles, I want the music to feel like a timeless classic that ages like a fine wine.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artists that have passion for what they do, because I like to keep things moving and pushing forward.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of the Studio of the Woodland Realm. Each session has its own unique characteristics, but its common for me to use ribbon mics or vintage equipment for tracking. I mix mostly in the box, but really lean heavily on outboard gear and re amping for effect and colour.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Vance Powell, Les Claypool, Massive Attack, EELS, Shawn Everett, Outkast, Jack White, Cut Chemist, Phish, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Butch Vig. Too many to name.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering. I'll do a good amount of work just through emails nowadays, but am still available for tracking sessions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. Not only to the music, but to the artists needs as well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually have a hand in a number of projects at any given point. Working across different genres gives me better perspective on the songs i'm working on. Funk and Rock/Blues bands, and electronic dance music more than other types lately, bluegrass, folk rock, and a few metal records under my belt as well. Mix it up.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for sound , digital for price.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn how to place microphones, then you don't have to EQ or compress things as much.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You need to feel comfortable with whoever you end up hiring to work on your music, its not always a party, there is a lot of hard work involved, people get tired and frustrated, make sure you are working with someone that can inspire you and help you adapt through adversity so you are able to reach your goals.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everyone with a computer can do it. I spent years studying and perfecting my craft.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every Artist gets a different treatment, but I always try to be as fun and creative as possible. Punctuality is something working in Nashville really instilled in me, I like to get a lot done, and i like to use my time as efficiently.