Platinum selling engineer with #1 and #2 Billboard placements. Kayne West, RZA, Kesha, Walk The Moon, among many others. In SF Bay area available for production, mixing, mastering
Will Chason is an audio engineer and producer based in the SF Bay Area.
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Interview with Will Chason
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Getting RZA on a house beat I produced to do an entire song. Making music that I want to hear
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just recorded and mixed Lady Bianca's (Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, Sly Stone) first gospel singles for her new album. Starting a label based on House and dance music that I want to hear
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mark Needham
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Anyone who only does one or the other is missing the point
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To not take on something that wont work
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much does this cost? My answer: What do you need help with?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That gear matters more then ears
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song about?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust is essential no matter who you are working with
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Universal Audio interface, U67, Prophet 6, my guitar
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 had the pleasure of working with some incredible names in the business and carry that knowledge with me
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Easy going, but a work horse
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kevin Parker, for making crazy psychedelic sounds palatable
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Approach every session like it's the first, but bring your knowledge along as a guide. Never deny an opportunity to learn
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, Indie, house, psych rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting you comfortable and finishing the work in the best way possible
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An objective ear to help guide the track. My goal is not to make is easy or hard, but to help your vision realize itself
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First step is to always listen. Ask what is the song about? And then take it from there
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually work out of a legacy studio in SF with a Vintage Neve 8038 (original 1081 modules), Studer A20, Pultec and Lang Eq, EMT 162 plate, Bill Putnman echo chamber, and just about every tool you can think of. I have portable setups as well
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kayne West, for his immediate feedback and taste, Don Was, for his incredible grace in the studio and life, Rick Rubin for his vision and reduction, RZA for his quality and output, and Prince for doing it all better then anyone else
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do whatever I need to for my clients to achieve the quality and sound for their vision. Seeing a whole picture instead of getting stuck on the pieces
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