The Business of Remote Mastering | with Justin Perkins - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 85

Published on:

8th Mar 2023

The Business of Remote Mastering | with Justin Perkins

Today’s guest is Madison, Wisconsin based mastering engineer Justin Perkins. Justin currently works out of his studio Mystery Room Mastering where he has worked on projects for artists such as The Replacements, Jason Mraz, Busta Rhymes, and North Mississippi Allstars, as well as countless independent artists from around the world. He’s also worked at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios, actively played in numerous bands, and written various articles for The Pro Audio Files. We have a great chat about the importance of communication, how to choose a mastering chain, and why relationships still matter more than social media.

πŸ—’ In this episode we'll dig in on... πŸ—’

  • Remote mastering
  • Choosing a mastering chain
  • Analog vs Digital mastering
  • Working at Butch Vig's Smart Studios
  • Being a self-taught engineer
  • Matching the limited mix reference
  • Automations and Project Management
  • Moving to Milwaukee and starting a mastering business
  • The importance of communication
  • Relationships matter!

πŸŽ™ Travis' Intro πŸŽ™

The Tyranny of the Urgent

🎢 ... Listening Recommendation 🎢

The Replacements

The War on Drugs

πŸ—£ Mentioned in the Interview πŸ—£

Working Class Audio Podcast



πŸ‘‰ Learn More About Justin Perkins πŸ‘ˆ




πŸ“’ Our Sponsors πŸ“’

Listen to Secret Sonics!

Sign Up for Complete Producer Network!


Connect with Me:

πŸ“¬ Newsletter:

πŸ“Έ Instagram:


🐦 Twitter:

🌐 Website:

πŸ™ Leave a Review or Rating πŸ™




Guest: Justin Perkins

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

Theme Music: inter.ference

Show artwork for Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

About the Podcast

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
Conversations exploring creativity, productivity, and career growth in the music industry. Join in each week as Travis sits down with some of the industry’s best and brightest to discuss the mindsets and strategies that they use in their careers every day.
Support This Show

About your host

Profile picture for Travis Ference

Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.