Matt Boudreau: Working Class Audio, Finances for Musicians, and Why Relationships Matter - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 48

Published on:

1st Sep 2021

Matt Boudreau: Working Class Audio, Finances for Musicians, and Why Relationships Matter

This week's guest is mixing and mastering engineer, drummer, and podcast host Matt Boudreau. Matt started his 35 year career in the music industry as a drummer, but turned to the studio world after being inspired by sessions with producers like Joe Chiccarelli and Gil Norton. Since then he's worked on tons of records, as well as owned and operated multiple studios. In 2014 he started his podcast, Working Class Audio, which rapidly became one of the most popular podcasts in the audio industry. We chat about the inspiration behind his show, being financially diversified, and the importance of being a good person and building great relationships.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Playing in bands until falling in love with the studio
  • Starting the Working Class Audio podcast
  • Having the right manager
  • Diversifying your income as an audio professional
  • The cost of keeping up with technology
  • Being an advocate for yourself
  • Taking over a Bill Putnam built studio in San Francisco
  • Why relationships matter
  • Taking a loan out to buy an early Pro Tools rig
  • Mastering the basics of money
  • Mentally recovering from failed ventures
  • Building a Dolby Atmos room
  • Being a good person
  • The dangers of the instant gratification of social media
  • Using drum samples

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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.
Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

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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.