Gregory Thum

Producer, Guitarist, Bassist

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Sliptrick Records, Dead Love, Gigantic Hawk.

I produce mostly rock. I am set up for live drum recording as well as great sounding guitars and bass.

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Interview with Gregory Thum

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Dead Love was a project out of the blue brought by CeeKay Jones and Norm Cutliff. I was the Producer/Co-writer/Guitarist/Bassist. What I loved was the time limitations (3 tracking/writing days). We just got inspired and went with it. No overthinking!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm currently working on some original material in collaboration with a group of excellent musicians

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Kurt Thum. Fantastic pop producer/keyboardist/writer and my brother!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both, because if you've ever actually edited on a tape machine you know what a joy a computer is.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I want every client to be so stoked on what we're doing! If they're not, I want to do everything I can to get them there.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I like that it's always different and that its almost always creative.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q:Did you tune that vocal? A:of course not...

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I guess that I'm more a player than producer.

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

  18. A: I usually ask for ref's that inspired they're material

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: If you want to rock, give me a shout!

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

  22. A: A knife, A fishing rod, hunting rifle w/ ammo a first aid kit, acoustic guitar...but what if I break a string?

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Ive made my living playing live in various situations for 20+ years

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I'd say heavy psychedelic

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

  28. A: Check you're tuning, then check it again.

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

  30. A: Rock, Heavy Rock some pop rock some electronic, mostly vocal based.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I try to listen as a fan who wants to be emotionally moved and use my experience to set that in motion.

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

  34. A: My perspective changes depending on my role in the project, but universally, I try to find the simplest way to feel inspired.

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

  36. A: Typically I'll start with an artist's demo and work the basics, arrangement, chord structure, melody maybe some harmony. Get it sounding good with just the melody and a guitar or piano then add some more instrumentation depending on the track.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: The studio's heart is a D&R Orion 48ch analog desk, Cranesong Spider, Daking and the Orion pres through Burl converters for the front end. Mics: I use an ADK zmod 67 for Vox and acoustic sources as well as an R84 ribbon and a custom ADK ttau251, for drums the usual suspects:57s 421s Beta 52, D112. stereo pairs of Blue's and THEs. For the mix side: 16ch Burl DA to the Orion. API2500 & 560s, A-designs Nail, Cranesong Trakkers(pair) ADT toolmod comps, JLM 1176(pair) Eventide 3000&3500, Lex PCM91 Antelope pure 2 for capture. Nuendo 10 full Waves suite, Slate suite, lots of plugins and VSTs including Omnisphere

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

  40. A: It started with the Beatles. From there Queen, Prince, NIN, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Strokes, Tame Impala, Starcrawler, Porcupine tree, Tool. As for production: George Martin, Flood, Eno, JJP, Andy Wallace, Chicarelli

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

  42. A: Anything from recording bands live in the studio and singer songwriter simple production to custom live drums and guitars for existing productions as well as full project production.

Fancy, Deeper

I was the Producer, Mixer, Singer, Guitarist, Bassist in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Depeche Mode
  • Elliott Smith
Gear Highlights
  • CraneSong Spider
  • Burl B80 Mothership
  • D&R Orion
  • API 2500 Eventide 3500
  • Daking Mic Pre EQ
  • DW collectors Birch/Maple Kit
  • Antelope Pure 2
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