Nick Tashjian is a mixing and mastering engineer in Los Angeles. He has worked with Al Jarreau, The Staple Singers, Brandy, Estelle, Lady Low, Lindsey Stirling, Greg Adams, Bone Thugs & Harmony, OT Genasis and many more. He is also an educator and teaches recording classes at the Los Angeles Recording School.
After receiving his Bachelors in Sound Arts from SAE Institute, he began working as a personal engineer for producer/guitarist Paul Brown. Nick has been a house engineer at Clear Lake Recording Studio and worked out of his own Gold Line Recording Studio.
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Interview with Nick Tashjian
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician for over 20 years and around the same time I began tinkering with electronics. The first time I stepped into a studio I knew what I was supposed to do.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog is fun, but digital is faster and recall is easier but is it too much to ask for both?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing great musicians make great music
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communicate ideas and take the time to see if you and your engineer or producer are a good fit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Imac, UA Apollo, my guitar and my U47 clone. don't even need the fifth ;-)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A perfect cocktail of old school and new
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney (not together LOL)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie Rock, R&B and Hip Hop
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, Mark Ronson, the Beatles, Jack White, Jeff Bhasker
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking vocals and live instruments, mixing and editing