Nick Tashjian is a recording engineer, producer and musician 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!
After receiving his Bachelors in Sound Arts from SAE Institute, he began working as a personal engineer for producer/guitarist Paul Brown. For the last 5 years, Nick has been a house engineer at Clear Lake Recording Studio and producing out of his own Gold Line Recording Studio.
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Interview with Nick Tashjian
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: 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: 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