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Keeping Time

Yikes. I haven’t updated this blog for a few months. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  • Currently editing a percussion sample library.
  • Redesigned my personal production/mix room.
  • Mixed tons of new music for artists/bands from all over (including a group in Russia).
  • Restructured a music journalism website that I upkeep.
  • Finished a mastering course and songwriting course via Berklee Online.
  • Brushed up on coding and started practicing more.
  • Finally subscribed to Hulu. (I really wish there were more episodes of QI.)
  • Read more poetry than ever before.
  • Donated so many clothes, books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
  • Bought some new audiobooks, plugins, gear/instruments.
  • Started learning the ukulele.
  • Joined a weekly songwriting group for fun. (Wrote a few songs in it.)
  • Wrote a few pieces for SonicScoop. (I haven’t pitched anywhere else lately.)
  • Digitized and archived a ton of music interviews.

Silas Brown on Mixing and Mastering Classical Music

I had a really captivating conversation with Silas Brown for SonicScoop. “Instead of pictures of sports stars or half naked people on my wall, I actually had my entire bedroom wallpapered with pictures of synthesizers.”

Ryan Freeland on His Studio, Career, and the Impact of Sound

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Ryan Freeland for SonicScoop. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with artists like Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, The Milk Carton Kids, Loudon Wainwright III, Aaron Neville, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Ray LaMontagne. (Also, Ryan’s studio is really gorgeous!)

Hot Dad on The Tonight Show

My friend Erik Helwig (a.k.a. Hot Dad) received a nice shout-out from Jimmy Fallon recently. Because of his history of brilliant TV theme reworkings, they asked him to write a new theme song for The Tonight Show. As usual, he totally nailed it! You can check out his amazingly absurd comedy videos and tracks—some of which I’ve had the pleasure of mixing—on YouTube and Bandcamp.

Bringing the Groove

Billboard recently premiered “Legend” and “Fuel to the Fire” by Spencer Ludwig. You can catch the first track, which Billboard calls an “ear-candy jam”, in the official promos for season 12 of NBC’s The Voice. Spencer will also be performing on February 4 at the NFL Honors awards.