About Lee Popa Lee‘s extensive background includes a wide array of skills on the producing and technical side of the music business (Remixing, Production, Writing / The arrangement, Sound Engineering and everything in between).
A primary figure in the industrial rock scene since the late 1980s, Lee Popa served as live engineer for Ministry’s legendary 1989/1990 “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” tour (as documented on the 1990 live album, “In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up”) and Killing Joke’s 1990/1991 “Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions” tour (as documented on the 2007 compilation, “Inside Extremities, Mixes, Rehearsals & Live”). Popa’s extensive resume as a remixer/producer/sound engineer includes work with Tool, Living Colour, Korn, Cheap Trick, Prong, White Zombie, Danzig, Phunk Junkeez, KMFDM, Queen, Gnarles Barkley, Phantom Planet, Bad Brains and Bush, and pinksideofthemoon among countless others. Popa was the frontman of Slammin’ Watusis, a Chicago-based group that released two albums on Epic Records in the late ‘80s and toured with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and King’s X.Tool, Living Colour, Korn, Cheap Trick, Prong, White Zombie, Danzig, Phunk Junkeez, KMFDM, Queen, Gnarles Barkley, Phantom Planet, Bad Brains and Bush, and pinksideofthemoon
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Interview with Lee Popa
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Bo Peep in Tokyo
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hahaha, Its all about the song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you can't handle the truth you came to the wrong place.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Where did you buy that....wow. Pawn shop.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy or fun. It is hard work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why so much money my friend says........
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be ready for success.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U 87, 441, dbx160, SM 57 and a sony 48 dash
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 35 plus years
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: TURN UP THE VOCAL
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: International established recording artists and up and coming bands
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music production on an outstanding level!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I give your track clarity and definition. Your vocal never sounded better. Most do cry at first listen.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix, start ove Mix,Mix,Mix,Mix, DONE!!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I only work at the best in the world. Sony, A&M, Ocean Way, Electric Lady
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Terry Date, Eddie Kramer, Ron St. Germain
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producer and Mixer of established and up and coming bands