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Michael is currently a professor of music at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Huntington University, teaching Music Business, Music Production, and Guitar Performance. Michael spent over eight years touring in the underground punk and metal scenes, most notably as Lamentor of the Christian shock-rock band GRAVE ROBBER. After coming off the road his attentions have turned to developing new artists into professional touring and recording artists.
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Interview with Mike (Lamentor) Walter
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a musical/movie called "Cool's Angel." Its a musical about James Dean, and the music was written by my friend and colleague Todd Syswerda, who also teaches at Indiana Wesleyan with me.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't care. I love both, and it just depends on what is needed to be the most creative. I typically track with outboard analog gear, but I am %100 in the box for mixing.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being around cool musicians and cool music. Also, drinking coffee, making rock'n'roll, and quoting terrible movies.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can make anything sound good through editing. Sorry, a turd is a turd no matter how you polish it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kinds of music do you like? Who is your favorite artist? Favorite place in the world to visit? What are you hoping to achieve with your project? blah blah blah. I just want to know the person. I need to know that we actually can work together creatively and personally. Thats what matters to me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Music is a creative endeavor fueled by emotion, so be sure to find a producer you can feel comfortable enough to truly open up with emotionally. Most importantly, just have fun.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd really just want my Taylor GS-Mini and my Kenny Hill Signature. Two guitars would be just fine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: After failing at baseball, I focused all my efforts on music. I started working professionally in music back in 2004 as a session & touring guitarist, as well as a recording engineer. I worked on a BS and an MA in music, as well as a DMin in worship, while also touring in rock and metal groups for a few years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Don't laugh...I'd love to work with POD! Love that band!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure your microphone is facing the right direction! How's that for a tip?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work a lot in Folk, Indie Rock, Worship, Pop Punk, and Hard Rock. At the moment I have been working on pitching music for Musical Theater and Film.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drinking coffee
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a since of movement, setting, and solid arrangement.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to create a comfortably creative environment, and then get to work. I work very fast, and do everything I can to keep the gear from becoming noticeable. Creating and hanging out...thats what I do.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a five room private studio filled with lots of creative tools. I'm a producer, so my interests are in instruments and sound makers; not so much on recording gear. However, I have lots of preamps, UA Apollos, Pro Tools HD, nice microphones, blah blah blah.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my client work consists of songwriting and production (pre-pro, tracking, editing, mixing). I also do a lot of session guitar work.