I’m a big fan of challenges.

I like to back myself into a creative corner and see what happens. It’s exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. And also eye-opening.

When you only work on music when things are safe and comfortable, you never have much of a reason to push yourself.

Challenges are eye-opening because they reveal surprises (both good and bad) in your skills and workflow as a musician and/or audio engineer.

It’s difficult to explain. You have to experience it for yourself. Read more »

I want to tell you about my friend Jeremy Casella.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may already know Jeremy. We mixed one of his songs called “On the Evening Train” in Dueling Mixes a few years ago. (If you join Dueling Mixes, you’ll have access to ALL the songs we’ve mixed over the years, including this one.) I also interviewed Jeremy about his album Death in Reverse on my podcast a while back. (It’s one of my all-time favorite albums.) Read more »

I’ve got a random announcement, but first a story…

I spoke at an event a couple years ago. One of the other speakers gave an epic rant that stuck with me. I’ll summarize it for you.

Imagine you’re in the studio recording the next Jimi Hendrix. As he’s warming up on guitar, you can tell he’s about to record something epic, something heroic. What you don’t know is that he’s going to fall over dead after playing one take.

I hope you don’t ruin it. Read more »

This is the kind of advice you won’t like to hear.

Or maybe you’ll be okay with hearing it, but when you actually put it into practice, you’ll hate it.

Why? Because it WORKS. More on that in a second.

It’s been an odd beginning of the year for me. Normally I take the last two weeks of the year off, but this time I took off the last week of December and the first week of January. While I would normally hit the ground running in January, setting goals and making big plans, this year I’ve been chilling. Playing MarioKart. Watching movies. Shooting Owen with a Nerf gun.

As the week draws to a close, and as I get ready to dive back into work, I’m starting to think about my plan for the month…and the year. Read more »

Apprenticeships used to be the JAM.

“Hey Pa, I want to be a blacksmith.”

“Okay, John Boy. Head down to the Blacksmith and be his apprentice.”

BOOM. Read more »

There’s something fun I’m trying for 2018, but first we need to address the giant elephant in the room.

I failed.

Remember how I set a goal to release four EP’s in 2017? I didn’t make it. I only released three — Someone to Blame, Rain, and Fighter. (Click here to listen to all of ‘em.)

The truth is I let the holidays sneak up on me. We also moved into a new house in November, so life was crazy, and I didn’t plan accordingly.

But was it really a failure? Of course not. Do I wish I had released all four EP’s? Yes. Did I miss the goal? Yes. But I released way more music than 99% of musicians out there. So that’s still a win. Read more »