Staff Engineer at the legendary Hyde Street Studios
Will Chason is an audio engineer and producer based in the SF Bay Area. Working as an engineer with a diverse array of producers and musicians, Will has honed his skills over countless hours in the studio while moonlighting as the guitarist his funk rock band. Always listening, Will delivers the goods.
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Interview with Will Chason
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finished tracking and am mixing a latin rock record with grammy award winner José "Chepito" Areas, an original member of Santana.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mike Wells is a fantastic mastering engineer, and Hyde Street Studios is an incredible full service recording studio in San Francisco, CA
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They both have their place and often time is together
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To identify and fulfill their needs for the track. To be on the same page and mission the entire project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to music and making crazy sounds! That feeling of saying woah after making something
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of music is it, and to send over any examples or influences. What vibe and feeling are they going for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Reach out and talk to people. Make sure they understand your vision and have the experience to do it
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Nueman U67, Vintage AKG 12, Fender twin reverb, Neve Pre, and Laptop
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Interned at Hyde Street Studios in 2011 and then bounced around studios in the bay area until landing back at Hyde Street mainly. I've worked with tons of amazing career producers and musicians, as well as people doing their first album.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sensible and precise
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tame Impala, as I love the psychedelic textures and compositions in their albums. And their sound in the later ones is great!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie rock to funk rock, and a lot of hiphop and beats
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting the most out of the track. Whether it is stems transfered over, or going into the studio together, I will help you get the most out of the situation
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience to help you guide your song from anywhere in its inception, from start to finish.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First step is to always listen, and deep listening is crucial. Then I determine or discuss the artists intention and vision, and go from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Digital setup- PT12, All UAD plugins, Fabfilter suite, Melodyne, Soundtoys, 1965 tube spring Fender reverb, 1950 Fischer expander tube reverb Analog- Vintage Neve 8038 with original 1081 modules, Studer A20, Pultec and Lang Eq, EMT 162 plate, Bill Putnman echo chamber
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and recording, and everything in between. As a staff engineer at Hyde Street Studios I work with a diverse array of clients and sessions everyday. If it has to do with music, I can help you with it.