I had an email exchange with a client earlier this week I thought I’d share with you.

Mike has hired me to mix and master a few of his songs as well as record and produce some from scratch. As with a lot of my clients, Mike doesn’t live in Nashville, so we do all our work remotely. Mike expressed to me in a recent email that while he loves writing and recording songs, he hates “the drudgery of long hours of filling a song out with virtual instruments when I can’t play the real instrument at all or very well.”

That really struck a chord with me. So many people I interact with struggle with the same thing, but they don’t really know it. They think that just because they can do everything on a project, that means they should.

Here’s a part of my reply to Mike:

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In this episode, I share a mix from Frankie Barranco’s latest EP that I produced, mixed, and mastered.

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In this episode, I talk about why you should act more like an entrepreneur and less like an employee.

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It was over dinner the other night. Pam and I were at the table with our three kids (ages 6, 3, and 3). Lyla, one of the twins, was singing at the table. While I love it when she sings, I told her she needed to stop singing and eat her dinner.

Her reply?

“I have to sing.”

As soon as she said it, I thought to myself, “Me too, sister. Me too.”

Chances are you’re the same way. Maybe for you it’s not singing, but there’s something. There’s a reason you got into music and recording. But with all the plugins and tutorials and microphones and YouTube channels, it’s easy to forget. Read more »

I read a killer article the other day.

The basic premise was this: Life isn’t easy, but it IS simple.

Boom. Isn’t that good?

Okay, how do we unpack that idea in a way that helps us make better music? Here are a few examples to work our way there:

Eating healthy isn’t easy, but it is simple. This year Pam and I have dramatically changed the way we eat. I’ve lost about 15 pounds and don’t see myself stopping. For the longest time we would try to find the perfect eating plan, the perfect diet that would make us be more healthy. As it turns out, it doesn’t really matter what you do when it comes to eating healthy. It doesn’t take a genius to know that junk food is bad for you and vegetables are good for you. We wanted to find something easy. It turns out we needed something simple instead. Read more »

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This week I share a little snippet of the “fat mic” from my drum tracking session yesterday. (We ran a room mic through a crazy tube Limpander that made it sound super cool.) Plus I answered questions about everything from songwriting to creating vintage-sounding recordings.

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