My name is Mark and I've been a musician since 2000 at the age of 16. I graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg with a Bachelors in Audio Production.

As a musician, I write my own songs from the guitar parts, to drums, and even some synth work. As an engineer, my experience is mostly in recording and post-production.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Focusrite Clarett 4pre

Genres I specialize in

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Interview with Mark Spurlock

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I haven't worked on many projects on my own at this moment. I did get a hand in working on a couple of album releases by bands in the Chicagoland area. I helped with drums on Austaras' album "Prisoner of Sunlight". I also helped work on the self-titled album by Heavy Element.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a cover of Iced Earth's "Burning Times" and potentially a cover of Enter Sandman with my wife on vocals just for some extra practice.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. My ideal setup is a bunch of preamps running into an audio interface and some type of controller to work in the box. I feel like nothing can really beat the sound of a physical piece of gear to help generate your sound, but I love the flexibility and maneuverability that the digital realm provides.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock and heavy metal. Pretty much every genre within those two(i.e. hard rock, punk, death metal, power metal). I have some experience in other genres such as pop and country, but I'm mostly a rock and metal guy.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a Focusrite Clarett 4pre into a 2015 Macbook Pro Retina running Logic Pro X. I have a Tascam monitor setup and utilize plugins from Waves, Sknote, DDMF, Toneboosters, Sonimus, and Valhalla DSP. I have a DIY Recording equipment L2A reamp box for reamping and have a pair of SM57's for recording guitars. I also have a Shure SM58 and a CAD GXL2200 for vocal mics.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As a musician: Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Jon Donais of Anthrax, Jesper Stromblad & Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames, Slash, James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett of Metallica. As a producer: Fredrik Nordstrom, Andy Sneap, Bob Rock.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Right now, I focus on mixing and editing.