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Interview with Lightning Ridge Studios
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A heavy metal band I really can't talk about, at this moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: We have an analog desk, but we record in the digital format. Analog tape sounds great, but it is just way too time consuming and expensive for our clients.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always do the best I can possibly do to make their songs sound excellent.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When a song is finally finished and the artist or artists and I realize that it is magic.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why are your rates so low? I am trying to help out musicians in these very difficult times.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can make a great sounding song in their bedroom.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How can I help you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure they know what they are doing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My analog desk, my digital interface, my two computers, and my monitors.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in and out of studios since I was 17 years old. I am now 52. A long time.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Polished with some rough edges.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Buddy Guy. The last of the real blue guitar players.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Garbage in, garbage out. Make sure it is good before you record it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Having a song be great without fixing it later with computer programs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My many years of experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Getting a great sound before all the other stuff is added.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Both analog and digital interfaces. Some outboard gear and a ton of plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Berry Gordy, Mutt Lange,Jim Steinman,Chris Thomas,Chris Thomas,Dr. Dre, Butch Vig,Rick Rubin,Nile Rodgers,Quincy Jones,and so on...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording artists and offering a place for them to rehearse.