Today’s guest is recording engineer and mixer Wil “Greazy” Anspach. Wil is a veteran in the Los Angeles recording scene with credits including Killer Mike, Vic Mensa, Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, X-Ambassadors, The Greatest Showman, and Ariana Grande. He’s also become the defacto “TikTok Engineer” by amassing a following of over 50k people by sharing real world experiences and calling out some of the nonsense on the platform. We have a great chat about what it takes to break into the engineering world, his time coming up at East West Studios, the importance of mentoring and sharing knowledge, where art and psychology meet in the recording process, and why he wants to return to Iraq to help foster music culture there.
🗒 In this episode we'll dig in on... 🗒
- How to be a great tracking engineer
- Working at East West Studios
- The importance of problem solving
- Being thrown into freelance
- Mentoring and training assistants
- The future of big studios
- Unionizing engineers and mixers
- Sleeping at the studio
- Working for Alex Da Kid
- Learning electronics as a kid
- Engineering songwriting sessions
- Growing an audience on TikTok
- Respecting the artist
- Recording Killer Mike
- Serving in the Marines during the Iraq war
🎙 Travis' Intro 🎙
Stop Learning and Start Doing
🎶 ... Listening Recommendation 🎶
The Shaggs - Here
Florence + The Machine "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" - Here
🗣 Mentioned in the Interview 🗣
East West Recording Studios - https://www.eastweststudios.com/
That Sounds About Right Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/that-sounds-about-right/id1688042612
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Guest: Wil Anspach
Host: Travis Ference
Editor: Stephen Boyd
Theme Music: inter.ference