Yeah, that was me in 1972. A bit has changed since then. I’ve lost some of the hair, as well as the sweater vest and the clip on tie. I’ve been playing music a long long time, and about 20 years ago I started working as an audio engineer/producer. I did a bit of live sound as well. I toured a little and worked locally, but the studio was the place I most wanted to be. I began my recording career at the old AVAST! in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. AVAST! was a funky little studio with great gear and a great vibe. It was a very exciting time to be coming up in the recording field in Seattle (1991) and I was thrown in head first. Doing records back to back for weeks or months on end. Sometimes taking several weeks for tracking and mixing and sometimes doing a whole record in three or four days. You learn A LOT moving that quick! We all worked with two inch tape back then, which was awesome. I learned to edit with a razor blade and mix without automation. Although I do miss the sonics of analog tape, I embraced digital recording and became proficient with Pro Tools. During my time at AVAST! I was able to work with some great artists including, Cat Power, The Walkabouts, 4 Hour Ramona, and Maktub.
I have also worked on projects at many other Seattle area recording studios including, Bear Creek, Studio Litho, John and Stu’s Place (the legendary Reciprical space), Stepping Stone, Robert Lang, and the new AVAST! .
Around 1996 I picked up the Pedal Steel Guitar and have played with a slew of Seattle bands such as, Evangeline, Blue Spark, Amateur Radio Operator, Kristen Ward, The Transmissionary Six, and Modern Relics.
I’ve also been honored to play steel on many recordings by great artists including, The Shins, Brandi Carlile, Rocky Votolato, Westerly, and North Twin.
Around 2003 I landed a gig with KEXP FM (kexp.org). KEXP is known around the world for it’s diverse programing and frequent live in studio performances. I’ve mixed too many live radio performances to recount, both here in our Seattle studio and at festivals all over the country (CMJ, SXSW, Music Fest Northwest) and in Iceland (Iceland Airwaves). It’s been great working with the DJ’s and crew at KEXP! I’ve mixed live performances for the likes of Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Drive By Truckers, as well as up and coming indie acts such as Band of Horses,The National, Of Monsters and Men, and Macklemore. Click here for more, and check out the KEXP youtube page for some fantastic videos.
In 2003 I also opened my own studio, The Imperial Room of Imperial, in South Seattle; a comfortable, creative, relaxed and affordable studio where I bring over 20 years of experience as a producer/engineer, and musician.