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Peel back the glamour of the professional recording world. Guests from the world of audio for music, film, games, restoration, and more share their insights on how they made their journey, how they survive, their advice on the real things including wins, losses, working with other people, money, and career advice. 
Hosted by audio engineer Matt Boudreau.
The Working Class Audio Podcast - Navigating the World of Recording with a working class perspective.

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Peel back the glamour of the professional recording world. Guests from the world of audio for music, film, games, restoration, and more share their insights on how they made their journey, how they survive, their advice on the real things including wins, losses, working with other people, money, and career advice. 
Hosted by audio engineer Matt Boudreau.
The Working Class Audio Podcast - Navigating the World of Recording with a working class perspective.

    WCA #407 with Maryam Qudus - Pursuing Music, Transitioning to Recording, Spacemoth, The Role of Recording in Marriage, and So Much Coffee

    WCA #407 with Maryam Qudus - Pursuing Music, Transitioning to Recording, Spacemoth, The Role of Recording in Marriage, and So Much Coffee

    My guest is Producer / Engineer / Mixer Maryam Qudus who has worked with Spellling, Toro y Moi, Sad13, Tune-Yards, and Zelma Stone. Maryam also writes, records, and produces music for her solo project Spacemoth and composes music for film on top of all that! 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing up in the Bay Area

    Parents from Afghanistan 

    Days in the Family Restaurant

    The Role of Language

    Pursuing Music

    Stacking The Cheese

    Singing on The Countertop

    Recording at Tiny Telephone

    Teaching

    Transitioning to Recording

    So Much Coffee

    Women's Audio Mission

    Surviving

    The Joy of Recording

    The Role of Recording in Marriage

    Spacemoth


    Matt's Rant: The Complexities of Selling Gear
    Links and Show Notes

    Maryam's Site

    Beau Sorenson (Maryam's Husband) on WCA

    Women's Audio Mission

    John Vanderslice on WCA

    The Pellici Brothers on WCA

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro


    Credits

    Guest: Maryam Qudus

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WCA #406 with Joe Carrell - Owen & Bobby Bradley, Being Allowed to Fail, In The Hot Seat, Being on the Cusp of Change, and Helping People Have a Good Time

    WCA #406 with Joe Carrell - Owen & Bobby Bradley, Being Allowed to Fail, In The Hot Seat, Being on the Cusp of Change, and Helping People Have a Good Time

    My guest is Grammy Nominated mixer, engineer, and producer Joe Carrell who has worked with Walt Disney, Chase Goehring, Jane Monheit, Birdland Jazz Club, Linda Lavin, and George Jones. Joe has had 11 Grammy Nominations and mixed/recorded 33 number ones in multiple genres. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Branson, Missouri

    Treasure Ilse Studios

    Southern Illinois

    Early Music Lessons

    Cheap Trick 

    School Band

    Pursuing Studio Drumming

    Jeff Porcaro

    Recording Drums

    The Other Side of The Glass

    Owen & Bobby Bradly

    Being Allowed to Fail

    In The Hot Seat

    Leaving the Nest

    Moving to Nashville

    Family of Four

    Being on the Cusp of Change

    Wayne Hahn

    Relationships

    Never Discuss Questionable Things

    Being Professional & Neutral

    Keeping Your Mouth Shut

    Being Team Player

    Being The Bright Spot

    Attention to Detail

    Helping People Have a Good Time

    Financial Strategy

    Saying No To Work


    Matt's Rant: One Mic Recording

    Links and Show Notes

    OneMic Series

    Joe's Site

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro


    Credits

    Guest: Joe Carrell

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 10 min
    WCA #405 with Dan Johnson - Solving Archiving Puzzles, Burning Out, Rogue Tape Machines, Going Independent, and Not Cutting Corners

    WCA #405 with Dan Johnson - Solving Archiving Puzzles, Burning Out, Rogue Tape Machines, Going Independent, and Not Cutting Corners

    My guest is Audio Archivist Dan Johnson, who owns and runs Audio Archiving Services. Dan has worked with several well-known artists, including KISS, Jackson Browne, Jimi Hendrix Estate, WAR, TOOL, Duff McKagan, Aimee Man, Tommy Boy Records, Trust Records, Ansonia Records, Now-Again Records, Light In The Attic Records, ORG Records, Warner Bros, Universal, and Sony. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Rural Upbringing

    Foreigner's "Hot Blooded"

    Recording the Radio

    Playing in Bands

    Medical Records Work

    Failed A&M Internship

    Poor Brad

    Working at Ocean Way

    Friends with the Tech Staff

    Surviving as a Runner

    Thomas Maps and Pagers

    No Guns at Capital 

    Burning Out

    Cleaning Rat Traps

    Working for Ikea

    Living in a Closet

    The Benefits of Capital

    Going Independent

    Audio Archiving

    It's All About Friendships

    Tape Triage

    70 Hours a Week

    Tape Machine Scarcity

    Noahs Ark of Tape Machines

    United Archiving

    Not Cutting Corners

    Solving Archiving Puzzles

    Rogue Tape Machines

    Rod Stewart Farting

    Knocking Michael Jackson Down


    Matt's Rant: Appreciating Our Tools

    Links and Show Notes

    Dan's Site

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro


    Credits

    Guest: Dan Johnson

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 12 min
    WCA #404 with Chris Clark - Playing Trombone, The Draw of Classical Music, The President's Own Marine Band, Classical Recording, Planning for Second Career, and the Perfect Guilt Trip.

    WCA #404 with Chris Clark - Playing Trombone, The Draw of Classical Music, The President's Own Marine Band, Classical Recording, Planning for Second Career, and the Perfect Guilt Trip.

    My guest is Recording Engineer, Producer, and Trombonist, Chris Clark. Chris works with artists such as Jack Sutte, Thomas Circle Singers, Jonathan Bisesi, and The Lantana Trio on the recording side of things, but he also plays Trombone in The President's Own Marine Band. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing Up in Commerce, Texas

    Playing Trombone

    Listening to Dad's Vinyl Collection

    Family Listening to Orchestral Music

    Hiring an Outside Teacher

    The Draw of Classical Music

    Dad's Return to Music

    The Perfect Guilt Trip

    Curtis Institute of Music

    Blind Auditions

    Active Duty Marine 

    The President's Own Marine Band

    Jumping Into Recording

    Creating a Production Company

    Classical Recording

    Gear Used on Remotes

    Planning for Second Career

    Accepting Video 

    Working With Great Musicians

    Source to Destination Editing

    Insurance

    Time Management


    Matt's Rant: Whatever Works

    Links and Show Notes

    Chris's Site

    Insurance We Talked About CNA

    Valor Brass album on Apple of Spotify: 

    Rachel Alina (teaches at Berklee)

    Curtis Institute of Music

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro



    Credits

    Guest: Chris Clark

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 2 min
    WCA #403 with Catherine Vericolli- Changing Audio Careers, Shifting Mindset, Learning on The Fly, 90's Digital Formats, and Archivists Anonymous

    WCA #403 with Catherine Vericolli- Changing Audio Careers, Shifting Mindset, Learning on The Fly, 90's Digital Formats, and Archivists Anonymous

    My guest is Catherine Vericolli, the Chief Transfer Engineer & Archive manager for Infrasonic Mastering. Catherine works on projects for Third Man, ORG Music, Oh Boy! Records, and Sun Records. This is Catherine's second appearance on the show. She originally appeared on WCA #035 in 2015.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Changing Audio Careers

    Moving to Nashville

    Moving Two Studios

    Selling Her House

    Getting Into Archiving

    The Economics of Archiving

    Nashville Recording Practices

    Academia 

    Shifting Mindset

    Getting Settled

    Learning on The Fly

    Comparing Stress in Audio Jobs

    Play and Pray

    90's Digital Formats

    World War 2 and Tape

    Archivists Anonymous

    Prosumer Audio

    ATMOS

    MONO

    Will The Transfer Work Runout?

    The Dixie Cups

    Matt's Rant: Let's Read a Letter 
    Links and Show Notes

    Transfers and Archival at Infrasonic 

    JRF Magnetics

    The Dixie Cups "Chapel of Love"

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro

    Credits

    Guest: Catherine Vericolli

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 17 min
    WCA #402 with Arne Frager - The Plant Studios, Finding a Path to Recording, Studio on the Beach, Lessons for Aspiring Studio Owners, and the Best Gig He Never Did

    WCA #402 with Arne Frager - The Plant Studios, Finding a Path to Recording, Studio on the Beach, Lessons for Aspiring Studio Owners, and the Best Gig He Never Did

    My guest is Grammy-Winning producer and engineer Arne Frager. Arne is known for his run as owner/operator of The Plant Studios in Sausalito and his work with Paul McCartney, Prince, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Santana, Dolly Parton, and Clare Fischer. 
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing up in Cleveland

    Lifetime musician

    Selling computer systems

    Finding a path to recording

    Recording in the 70s

    Spectrum on the beach

    Having no fallback, so you have to succeed

    Ray Brown 

    Sony Digital 2 Track

    George Winston 

    Eric Prestidge 

    Learning to survive 

    Mars Studios

    Almost arrested for picking up gear

    The best gig I never did

    Al Schmitt 

    The story of The Plant

    The Plant in the 90s

    The dark times

    Seeing mistakes from the past

    Lawsuits against home studios

    Lessons for aspiring studio owners

    Matt's Rant: Book Recommendations
    Links and Show Notes

    The Plant Studios

    Franki Jupiter - Piece of Me

    Download 15 Tips to Help you Survive as an Audio Pro

    Credits

    Guest: Arne Frager

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

Bradford Swanson ,

An incredible collection of interviews

This podcast has collected so many great interviews across the industry and connects with the human side of all these people instead of just talking about gear or work. Really inspiring to hear stories from so many people who’s recordings and work I’ve admired for years, and understand where they've come from, how they balance their work with their lives, and realize all the challenges they've overcome to get where they are.

noisefarm9 ,

Worth your time

Matt keeps the interviews moving in the right direction, while allowing the guests to tell their stories. If you are trying to learn about audio, listening to these shows is definitely worth your time. I found this show about a year ago and I am working my way through the old shows. They are enjoyable and informative. Thanks Matt!

Guthtaigh ,

Honestly the best.

Love the relaxed feel of this show. It’s like a fireside chat. Matt is a great host, the guests are always interesting. A great listen for those of us who make our livings on the other side of the glass.

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