Ian Salazar / Chez Skinny

Music Producer/Mixer

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Expand your sounds to new places, planets, star clusters, diners, drive-ins, dives, and many other dimensions with me, Ian Salazar- Taking you and your sounds on a calm, efficient, and always fun journey. For list of artists and projects I've worked on, as well as sound samples, visit my website at iansalazarproduction.com

I started playing the guitar at an early age - since then, that love has coalesced into new territories such as, engineering, producing, mixing, session drumming, guitar/bass playing, saxophone playing, etc. I work as the house engineer at White Denim's "Radio Milk Recording Co." in Austin TX, and have made a few records with the band since my start there. I worked aside McKenzie Smith and Joey McLellan of Midlake at Redwood Studios in Denton, TX from 2016 - 2019, and now run my own small studio, Chez Skinny, out of my house in beautiful Austin, TX. I have live sound work with Philly band "Joy Again" as well.
I can provide you with services such as, Recording your project, offering my expertise in songwriting, or production, Mixing your song or project, recording live drums for your song, playing guitar, bass, or saxophone, and helping you develop your sound or ideas.
My specialties lay in Indie Rock/Pop, Freaky Folk, RnB, and things on the more vintage side.
Please feel free to reach out! I look forward to meeting you!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


AllMusic verified credits for Ian Salazar
  • Mamalarky
  • Mamalarky

Interview with Ian Salazar / Chez Skinny

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both are great for different things.

  3. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  4. A: How can I best represent your vision?

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: a Fairchild 670 and 4 57's

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: Indie rock/pop, RnB, Folk, Alternative, Singer/Songwriter, Dub, Weirdo, Art Pop

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I love working fast, and I try to use an artists strengths and sometimes weaknesses) to their advantage. I love when I can hear potential in a song or in an artist. That usually lights the fire for creativity. I try to maintain a very open environment- any idea, let's try it. Every project is different so I don't know what my typical work process is. I like to use the artists sound to our advantage, and grow from that, see what doors we can open on the way.

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: Andrew Sarlo, Tchad Blake, Gabe Wax, Beatriz Artola, Pharrell Williams, Richard Swift, Shawn Everett, Heba Kadry, Chris Bear, Blake Mills, Brian Eno, Luke Temple, Andy Jones, Jonathan Rado, James Petralli, Chaz Bundick, Susan Rogers, Nigel Godrich, Neal Pouge

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Natural, Cinematic, Romantic, Playful, Light-Hearted

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Serve the song, Have fun with it, and if its cool, double it.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: My snare drum sounds. jk I'm not sure. maybe, finding interesting and fun ways to achieve good sounds.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: I like to think that I bring a lighthearted, and encouraging approach to a song. I am a big believer of trusting in the process, and going with your instincts. I like to understand the artists vision and goal, and work off of that; maybe try something new, or do something off the cuff. My goal is to keep the process inspiring, and maintain the artists vision and integrity.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I work out of Radio Milk Recording Co., and my home studio. My home setup includes a Tascam M-520 board, UAD Apollo 16, Roberts Vintage Tube Pre-amps, Summit TPA-200, Roland Space Echo, Eventide DSP-4000, 2 Focusrite ISA 220's, Dbx 166 Compressor, lots of guitar pedals, Focal Alpha 80 and Auratone Cube Monitors, and I'm running Logic & Pro-Tools, with lots of plugin bundles from UAD, Waves, Soundtoys, Korg, & Plugin Alliance.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: Recording sessions, Producing, Mixing, Playing instruments on tracks

GenresSounds Like
  • White Denim
  • Watering
  • Mamalarky
Gear Highlights
  • Tascam M-520 mixing desk
  • Eventide DSP-4000
  • Roland Space Echo RE-101
  • Some Vintage Tube Pre's
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