295 episodes

Working Class Audio goes beyond typical interview podcasts and asks practical questions, everything from business practices to financial advice to finding the right work/life balance. If you’re looking for info on what it’s really like working in the pro audio industry, Working Class Audio is the podcast for you. WCA doesn’t just concentrate on the elite of the recording world but instead interviews a combination of known and unknown engineers.

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    • 4.8, 136 Ratings

Working Class Audio goes beyond typical interview podcasts and asks practical questions, everything from business practices to financial advice to finding the right work/life balance. If you’re looking for info on what it’s really like working in the pro audio industry, Working Class Audio is the podcast for you. WCA doesn’t just concentrate on the elite of the recording world but instead interviews a combination of known and unknown engineers.

    WCA #295 with Reto Peter - Starting Over, Green Day, Diversification, Recording Restrictions, Family, and Redefining Success

    WCA #295 with Reto Peter - Starting Over, Green Day, Diversification, Recording Restrictions, Family, and Redefining Success

    Reto Peter is a producer/engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reto has worked with Green Day, Counting Crows, Smash Mouth, Flipsyde and many other artists in his 20 year plus career. He also writes and produces music for television and can be heard on various cable networks and national ad campaigns.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    National Service

    Switzerland

    Berklee School of Music

    The Magic of New York

    Starting Over

    Green Day

    Studio Hierarchy

    Paying Dues

    3 Year Patterns

    Michael Urbano

    Diversification

    Frugality

    Working From Home

    Saying No

    Counting Crows

    Recording Restrictions

    Studio Community

    Perseverance

    Family

    Redefining Success


    Links and Show Notes


    Reto's site: https://smalltunemusic.com/



    Blinded by the Light: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blinded_by_the_light_2019



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



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    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Reto Peter


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WCA #294 with McKay Garner - Remote Production, Curveballs and Lemonade, Production Mindset, Community, and Burritos

    WCA #294 with McKay Garner - Remote Production, Curveballs and Lemonade, Production Mindset, Community, and Burritos

    McKay Garner is a producer, engineer, mixer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, he has worked on records for artists such as J Dilla, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Shinoda/Linkin Park, Michael Buble, Dead & Company/Mickey Hart, made music in films such as the Transformers movie, in video games, and for television shows such as Total Recall, America’s Next Top Model, Grey’s Anatomy, and many more. He has been fortunate to work as an engineer on projects with amazing producers and engineers such as Rick Rubin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Dana Nielsen, and Ryan Hewitt, among others.

    After studying music at the University of N.C. School of the Arts, McKay Garner’s career has spanned decades performing in front of countless audiences and creating music in recording studios. McKay is an active member of the Bay Area music scene. As an elected leader volunteer, he served two terms as co-chair of the Producers and Engineers Wing and is an active Board member of the Recording Academy SF Chapter (the Grammys and more), McKay now strives to bring attention to experimental, innovative, and traditional music voices within the industry.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Remote Production

    Residential Rental Recording Spaces

    Supportive Spouses

    Curveballs and Lemonade

    Drummers as Producers/Engineers

    LA to SF

    Life In LA

    Music and Technology

    Burritos

    Production Mindset

    Production Financials

    Licensing

    Community


    Links and Show Notes


    McKay's Site: http://mckaygarner.com



    McKay on Instagram: @mckayallday



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



    Support WCA - Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: McKay Garner


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 20 min
    WCA #293 with Heidi Trefethen - Live Sound, Recording, French Horn, Struggles with The Mormon Church, Session Mindset, Sexism and Learning to Evolve

    WCA #293 with Heidi Trefethen - Live Sound, Recording, French Horn, Struggles with The Mormon Church, Session Mindset, Sexism and Learning to Evolve

    Heidi Trefethen is a French Hornist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and sought-after sound engineer, Heidi Trefethen shuttles back and forth across continents frequently, in roles both onstage and off. As a hornist, she has performed in numerous ensembles and venues in Italy, the UK, Bosnia, Thailand, Guatemala, Israel Turkey, and the US, including the LA Philharmonic, the JazzUp Festival in Italy, Cleveland's Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall and SFJAZZ's Miner Hall.
    As a live sound engineer, she has worked with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Meshell N'degeocello, Odetta, Ellis Paul, Joan Baez, Joan Armatrading, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Holly Near, John Stewart of the Kingston Trio, Dar Williams, Al Stewart, Jane Siberry and Lucy Kaplansky, often at the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. Heidi can be often seen behind the sound boards at SFJAZZ where she was recently recruited as a FOH and A2 engineer. 
    As a recording engineer, she studied at the California Recording Institute’s intensive sound engineering program. An internship at the historic Coast Recorders and a job at Rocket Lab mastering house had her working side-by-side with technical heavyweights John Cuniberti, Dan Alexander and Michael Romanowski. Heidi’s engineering credits include Tammy Hall’s “Blue Soul,” Jessica Jones and Mark Taylor’s “Live at the Freight” 2011, Lucy Kaplansky’s "Kaplansky Sings Kaplanksy," 2000, Michael Burles' currently "Untitled Recording" 2017, Nestler and Hawtin's "Duality" 2014, co-engineered with Bryan Bell, Herbie Hancock’s first engineer, and full production of Anne Rainwater's solo piano recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    SF Jazz

    French Horn

    Freight & Salvage

    Teaching

    Learning to Evolve

    Mentoring

    Women's Audio Mission

    Covid's Effect

    The Audio Pro Advantage

    The Importance of Recording & Music

    Overdubbing at a Young Age

    Education

    Open Mic Nights

    Live Sounds

    Producing

    Session Mindset

    Communication Style

    Struggles w/The Mormon Church

    Empathy

    Women in Audio

    Sexism

    Bay Area

    Speaking Italian

    Making a Living

    Not Working for Free


    Links and Show Notes


    Heidi's Site: www.heiditrefethen.com



    Linkedin Profile: https://bit.ly/39ujk1L



    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heiditrefethen/



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/heiditrefethen



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



    Support WCA - Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Heidi Trefethen


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 1 min
    WCA #292 with Jessica Paz - Manhattan Special, Soda Stream, Theater Sound, Women in Audio, Sound Design, Advocacy and Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    WCA #292 with Jessica Paz - Manhattan Special, Soda Stream, Theater Sound, Women in Audio, Sound Design, Advocacy and Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Jessica Paz is a Tony Award-winning Sound Designer for theater, film and music. Most recently, she collaborated with Nevin Steinberg on the sound design for Anaïs Mitchell’s acclaimed production of Hadestown, which earned the duo a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.
    On Broadway, Jessica was an Associate Sound Designer on projects including Dear Evan Hansen, Bandstand, Disaster! The Musical; The Assembled Parties (MCC); and Fela!.
    Other design credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theater); Kiss My Aztec (Berkeley Rep); Twelfth Night, Othello, Miss You Like Hell, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and As You Like It (The Public Theater); Burn All Night (A.R.T Oberon Stage); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); A Sucker EmCee, and The Muscles in Our Toes (LAByrinth); The Kings Whore (Starcatcher Productions); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theater); Looking for the Pony (Vital Theater Co.); Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater); STRETCH – A Fantasia (New Georges); Welcome to Fear City (KC Rep); Scott & Hem in the Garden of Allah, and See How They Run (Barrington Stage); Legally Blonde, and 9 to 5 The Musical (North Shore Music Theater); Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on the Sound’s Productions); SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage Co) ; Volcanoes Birthright (Organic Magnetics); TempOdyssey, And Her Hair Went With Her, Bookends, and Minstrel Show (NJ Rep).
    Jessica has been a Front of House Engineer for musicians including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Antibalas, Julia Haltigan, Femi Kuti, Lady Antebellum, Candy Shop Boys, People vs. Larson, Michael Arenetta, Bugaboo, Carte Blanche, King Holiday, The Woes, Stone Cold Fox, The African Children’s Choir and many others. She has also been a Lecturer of Sound Design in addition to student advisor for Princeton Universities production of Next To Normal, and was the Sound Designer of the Actor’s Studio Drama School’s yearly Master’s Thesis productions from 2009 – 2014.
    Jessica is fascinated by music studio and live concert techniques. She is constantly learning and researching innovative approaches from the traditional music recording world, and bringing them into her theater work. A proud member of IATSE Local 829; Soundgirls.org; Woman’s Audio Mission; USITT; and Co-Chair of the board of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. She currently resides in New York. Pizza is her favorite food group. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Manhattan Special

    Theater Sound

    Broadway/Off Broadway

    Theater Sound Design

    System Design

    Audio Teams

    Audio Roles

    Mentors

    Large Budgets

    Network Audio

    Rain vs. Audio

    Women in Audio

    Theater vs. Club Sound

    Union Rules

    Money

    Passion for Audio

    Past Jobs

    Trying to Leave Audio

    Advocacy


    Links and Show Notes:


    Jessica’s site: http://www.jessicapazdesigns.com/



    TSDCA.: https://tsdca.org/



    USITT: https://www.usitt.org/



    Soundgirls: https://soundgirls.org/



    Women's Audio Mission: https://womensaudiomission.org/



    Monologue Link to Velcro Strips: https://amzn.to/2BcrMG6



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



    Support WCA - Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Jessica Paz


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 53 min
    WCA #291 with Greg Gordon - Great Landlords, Glee Club, Relationships, Early Days of Internet Audio, Online Mentorship, Pyramind, and the Letter I

    WCA #291 with Greg Gordon - Great Landlords, Glee Club, Relationships, Early Days of Internet Audio, Online Mentorship, Pyramind, and the Letter I

    Greg Gordon is a the Founder/Director at PYRAMIND.com, as well as a producer, educator, and entrepreneur. Greg has worked with HTC Vive, Microsoft Studios, Insomniac Games, SONY, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Disney, Blizzard, Zynga, Amazon, Samsung, HP, Nvidia, GoPro, LifeBeam, The Battery SF, Brandcast and many more. His music production credits include Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Giorgio Moroder, K Theory, Rain Phutureprimitive, The Bronx, Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) and Rocker T & Joan Baez.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Relationships

    Great Landlords

    Glee Club

    Early Days of Internet Audio

    Game Soundtracks

    The Letter I

    The History of Pyramind

    Downsizing

    Online Mentorship


    Links and Show Notes:


    Pyramind: https://pyramind.com/



    Pyramind Studios: https://studios.pyramind.com/



    Pyramind Online: https://online.pyramind.com/



    Pyramind Records: www.pyramindrecords.com



    BAVC: https://bavc.org/



    GoFundMe for Damion Gallegos: https://www.gofundme.com/f/damion039s-healing-fund



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



    Support WCA - Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Greg Gordon


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WCA #290 with Joe Chiccarelli - Frank Zappa, Producing, Psychology, Budgets, Learning From Others, Sharing Knowledge, and The Tonelux Mic Collaboration

    WCA #290 with Joe Chiccarelli - Frank Zappa, Producing, Psychology, Budgets, Learning From Others, Sharing Knowledge, and The Tonelux Mic Collaboration

    Joe Chiccarelli is a ten-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer whose credits include such artists as Tori Amos, Beck, U2, The Strokes, The Killers, Elton John, The Shins, The White Stripes, Morrissey, Alanis Morrisette, Jason Mraz, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, The Raconteurs, Cafe Tacuba, and My Morning Jacket. Other projects through his twenty-year career have included music supervision of films such as Suicide Kings and Men with Guns, the TV series Cracker and Robert Altman’s The Gun. Joe is the studio designer for the state-of-the-art Royaltone Recording Studios (now Sphere) in Burbank, CA, and has served as an A&R consultant for several major and independent labels.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Matt & Joe's Connection

    Frank Zappa

    Roy Thomas Baker

    Joe's Approach to Producing

    Inexperienced Managers

    Psychology

    Handling Disagreements

    Fresh Perspectives

    Working in Multiple Genres

    Mix with the Masters

    Getting the Most Out Of a Budget

    Learning From Others

    Sharing Knowledge

    The Tonelux Mic Collaboration

    Planning the Year


    Links and Show Notes:


    Joe's website: https://www.joechiccarelli.com/



    The Tonelux JC37: https://bit.ly/2VMuhGe



    WCA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/working_class_audio



    Support WCA - Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Joe Chiccarelli


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 8 min

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