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Interview with August Ogren
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've been super thrilled about this Joe Kopel record we just finished. It's not out yet, so look for it in 2018.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: If I told you something was tracked and mixed right to 2" would you think it sounded better? Digital is so much easier its not even comparable anymore. If you want to run it back out and slam it in the tape machine, sure. Different strokes for different folks.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My grandparents tell people I "work on computers".
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "Do you any demos?" or "What artist have you been into lately"
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in bands in high school, then went to school for music recording in Chicago. After graduating I joined a band and travelled all over the place. Decided I had enough work to open up shop, 5 years later i'm still busy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: "If ur thinkin' ur stinkin'". Do what comes naturally. Don't over think it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lately, indie rock/pop kinda stuff.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing, Song production and Percussion. Sometimes I do them all at once.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring whatever it needs. One of the most important production skills is to know when not to do anything.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the day. Working on music can be very physiological. So positive attitudes, being comfortable, and just being a fun hang are all very important.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 1000 sq/ft live room with tons of vintage amps and drums. Lots of outboard gear in a beautifully tuned and comfortable control room.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love anything Tchad Blake touches.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lately I've been working with a lot of singer-song writers. They've come to me looking to flesh out the songs into full band productions.