Hey all, I've been a music professional for over 10 years here in Los Angeles. While drum & percussion performance is my primary trade, my other professional skills include audio engineering, music production, sound design, commercial composition, audio post-production, and more.
At the age of seventeen, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career in music. Since then, having near a decade of experience, I've been hired as a drummer and percussionist in a wide variety of musical genres in both live and studio environments.
My home recording studio, a co-ownership under the name Block Of Joy, features pro-quality recording capabilities with a focus on an intimate vibe that's nonintrusive towards artistic expression. This means I can meet my clients' needs from the comforts of my own home, whether it be recording drum tracks for a new hit or an ADR session for the next blockbuster.
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Interview with Anthony Lopez
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily work as a drummer and recording/mixing engineer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: For drumming: Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Mark Guiliana.. the list goes on. For music production: Sir George Martin, Nigel Godrich, Andy+Glynn Johns, Ethan Johns, Mick Gazauski... another list that can go on.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a UA Apollo rackmount as my interface with Seventh Circle Audio mic pres (Neve, API, and Jensen) through a Lucid 88192 converter. The live room is about the size of a two car garage, treated with custom sound panelling and diffusers. I mix through NS10s and a homemade pair of monitors and 2x10 sub. Protools 12 and Logic X capable.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to communicate as much as possible with the client before any tracking or production work is done. As artists, our songs can mean everything to us, so I try to be sensitive to that while also diligent in working towards creating the best possible end-product.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Myself, what else.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drumming, engineering, and production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, singer-songwriter, and rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always, ALWAYS play to the song. The song is everything.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've fantasized working with Ryan Adams on occasion.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Emotionally-centric logic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in a band that quickly toured, signed, and was dropped before I was 18. From there, I learned many ins and outs of what it was like to be a player, engineer, you name it. From there I've been trying new things, including being in a band, acting as a hired gun, working for large companies, and starting my own.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UA Apollo, Computer, U67, power generator, and an OP-1 maybe?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Reach out! I'm happy to do what I can to make your project be the best it can.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to hear references - that goes for mixing, drumming styles, etc.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm anti-social! I'm just always working, yo!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Do you have any Michael McDonald lyrics tattooed on your body?" To which my answer is, "I keep forgetting..."
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with really, really talented folk! You make my job easy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: No bad vibes, ever. I'm here to facilitate your vision.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - there is no single right answer for every project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Todd Bergman, Nick Mayburry, Mike Avenheim...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Two singer-songwriter projects, and one passion project... really love the songs on all of these.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Currently working with my good friend and go-to guitarist on his solo project - I'm producing, performing, engineering, mixing.. the whole nine-yards. The songs are absolutely killer; very Leonard Cohen meets 90s Brit-rock songwriting. Very exciting stuff.