Todd Burke: Gain Structure, Being Committed, and Digging in the Tape Vault - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 47

Published on:

25th Aug 2021

Todd Burke: Gain Structure, Being Committed, and Digging in the Tape Vault

This week's guest is veteran recording engineer and score mixer Todd Burke. As a score mixer he's worked on movies such as The Big Sick, The King of Staten Island, Daddy's Home 2, and Donnie Darko. On the record side of things his credits include names like Fitz and the Tantrums, M83, The Kooks, Ben Harper, and The Temper Trap, among many others. Todd's also recently banded together with several other engineers to launch a platform to share their experience with the next generation of engineers and producers. We have a great chat about being self taught, launching recordBetter, and being committed to decisions.

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

  • Teaching yourself to be an engineer by going through the tape vault
  • Giving back and sharing knowledge
  • Filling the seat differently for every project
  • Committing and making decisions
  • Moving to LA after high school and sleeping at the studio
  • Recording to analog tape
  • Working at Grandmaster Recorders
  • Transitioning from records to film
  • Records happen on the other side of the glass
  • Working in Dolby Atmos
  • Launching recordBetter
  • Recording music for film vs recording for records
  • Working with the Kooks
  • Always having fun
  • Capturing the magic of a band in the room
  • Working with Slyvia Massey

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Guest: Todd Burke

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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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.