continues to grow, our consultant Brian Kraft
has been working tirelessly to make sure our students apprentice with the best mentors the industry has to offer. This week, we’re proud to introduce you to not one, but three music industry legends who have agreed to partner with the Recording Connection to help our students break into the industry!
Music producer and mentor Adam Moseley
of Headroom for Days
(whose credits include Beck, Nikka Costa/Lenny Kravitz, Spike Jonze, U2
) has more than 35 years’ experience in the studio and making music. He’s also dedicated a whole lot of his time and energy into helping up-and-coming music producers and engineers learn what it takes to make music. Now he’s bringing that expertise to the Recording Connection, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
In building tracks, Moseley starts with the big picture in ways that even the big audio guys sometimes miss. “The essence of music production is arrangement—musical and sonic,”
he says. “You learn how to build a musical arrangement in awareness of your sonic field.”
To achieve this level of awareness, Moseley believes newcomers have to sharpen their listening skills, learn how to talk about the craft (i.e., build their terminology), learn the genres they want to record in and know how to get the best work from a band or a solo artist, even if that artist is yourself. So, is it all about sound waves, knowing the lingo and being able to manage people? Hardly. “It’s about creating emotion in music,”
says Moseley. “That is the art and purpose of music production.”
Word to the wise!
With more than 20 years of experience, John Greenham
of Infrasonic Sound
in Los Angeles, is a “master” at mastering, but still has trouble explaining what mastering is. For him, the best way to sum it up is “achieving closure.” Another way he describes the art of mastering is: “It’s like framing a piece of art. You’ve got a bunch of paintings lying around, but no one is going to be able to look at them, to appreciate them fully, until they’re hung and framed properly.”
With a client list as diverse as Ice Cube, Susana Baca, Omar Sosa, The Mantles, Queensrÿche, Mindless Behavior, Ae$op Rock, Kimya Dawson, American Royalty, The Locust
and many others, for Greenham, mastering isn’t about putting your stamp on the work. The magic of mixing is taking that song and framing it so that is has the feel, sound and character the artist intended. “First and foremost, you’ve got to get behind the music and the artist’s vision,”
says Greenham. “You have got to love it, to feel passionately about it—otherwise, it won’t work out very well. Ultimately, you’ve got to allow it to speak directly to the audience and get all the technical stuff out of the way.”
, Brooklyn, NY) is about as diverse within the industry as a person can be. A producer, composer, MIDI programmer, session musician, drummer and artist, he’s got his hands in multiple projects at once, even working live with punk icon Patti Smith
and Tree Laboratory partner, Jesse Paris Smith
. For Hoegemeyer, it isn’t a question of tech or organic: it’s whatever it needs to be, sometimes both. Speaking of his process, he says, “I try to find a really organic way to use technology and machines that provide interesting soundscapes.”
As a producer, he believes it’s his responsibility to focus on what the artist wants to accomplish. “I try to bring out what they already have going rather than trying to put a footprint on it,”
In his many years in the industry, Eric Hoegemeyer has engineered, produced, mixed, and/or performed on recordings for KRS-One, Reverend Run, Kid Cudi, Dennis Coffey, Patti Smith, Mayer Hawthorne, Belle Ghoul, Booker T. Jones, Kin Cayo, Black Eyed Peas, Don Was, Kevin Saunderson, Black Dahlia Murder, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Sponge, After Dark Amusement Park, D12
, and numerous underground artists. As a performing musician, he has appeared on stage with Inner City, Patti Smith, Kid Rock, MC Breed
, and Tom Verlaine
, among others.
Hoegemeyer is looking forward to mentorship as the ultimate payback for all the insight and experience he’s gained through working with artists back in his hometown of Detroit, including the pros at the legendary Rustbelt Studios
, where Hoegemeyer first learned to engineer and produce. Now, he looks forward to extending the mantle by coaching a few select Recording Connection students. He’s also talking electronic music with our consultant Brian Kraft
, exploring new possibilities where electronic and instrumentation meet.