My name is Peter Shannon, I'm a father and an Ironworker with Local 721, and I have a deep passion for music. I have my own home-studio set up where I have complete mixing and mastering capability along with the ability to record guitars, vocals, keyboards, and bass guitar.
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Interview with Peter Shannon
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Sometimes I feel like I hear things that other people don't, and I've become good at articulating my ideas and visions. Depending on what the costumer wants I can bring a song to a different zone or pocket so to speak, or I can effectively accent a song to bring out the artist's vision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm currently running Pro-tools 9. I don't have the capability to record drums, however I can mix them. I often record bass on a direct line and I use an SM57 when amping guitars, and a Rode NT2 for vocals and acoustic guitars. On a separate computer I run Wavelab 5 for mastering, it may be older but I find it brings a warmth and grit to the overall production of a song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finished mixing and mastering my record with my band "Godsent". Now I'm working on some calm acoustic type music and some instrumental music for "The Silent Scream Project".
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I enjoy chatting about their music, their goals, and their views. If I can get a good grasp on what the artist feels and visions in their own mind it helps me decide how to approach my contributions.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Devin Townsend - He's unique, he's innovative, and he's a visionary.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks to rest your ears and listen to other productions that inspire you in order to keep a sense of relativity. It gets very easy to get lost in a mix with tired ears when you've spent for too long listening to the same section of the same song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've always been a metal guy, but I do some soundtrack type music... and sometimes I've mixed the two. With that said, I've also worked with pop bands, rappers, acoustic/folk artists, and sing-songwriters.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mutt Lange, Kevin Churko, Bob Rock, Rick Rubin