Recording pop at Earwig with Fiona Dawn

I had a lot of fun co-producing Fiona Dawn’s EP with Drew Mitchell. We met last summer when she came down for a tour. We sat and talked about her project and listened to some of my work at Earwig. She liked a lot of what she heard and wanted to infuse her music with the kind of sounds coming out of the studio. She got to work finishing her songs. I also recommended that she team up with my assistant engineer, Drew Mitchell. He is great at making beats and is also a killer bass player. Drew became part of the team and started doing pre-production with Fiona.
It all came together in January 2013. We recruited various local musicians to play on the project and it turned out fantastic. Among them were Daniel Pak from Koreionz and Adam Kozie from Pollens.  The songs just got mastered and will be released in early April. As soon as it is out I’ll post audio clips.

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Pony Time releases full-length on Per Se Records

I’ve worked with Pony Time many times in the last 2 years.  This full-length record is the result of nearly a year’s worth of recordings.  We tried various setups and the one that worked the best was when they bashed it out in the same room without isolating amps from the drums. To get a clean drum sound, it’s really common to isolate amps during live tracking.  But Luke wasn’t happy with just hearing bass through headphones.  So we set up a bass amp on either side of the drums pointing directly at him to get as much low end pumping in the room as we could.  Big smiles ensued.  I knew I would just have to deal with low end bleed, which wasn’t that bad considering how loud the amps were!

You can check out more cuts from the new record here:

Per Se Records

Pony Time on Bandcamp

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New Drugs: ‘Atlas In Mexico’ (earwig remix)

I recently worked with Aaron Wilson from the band New Drugs back in September 2012.  We recorded basic tracks for a new record he is working on.  Wayyy back in 2008, one of his songs was featured on NPR’s second stage.  Aaron came to me recently and asked me to remix this song.  He wanted to try and get a deeper sound out of the mix.  The soundcloud link above is our new version.  You can check out the original here on NPR’s site:

NPR Music – Second Stage


The Horse Thieves – Throw The Dice

The Horse Thieves stopped by Earwig Studio to perform a live in-studio set before one of their shows here in Seattle.  The band has been gaining some notoriety in the Northwest over the last year for their unique and hypnotizing style as well as lyrical maturity. They are truly nice people and we were very excited to capture this live recording.   The video was beautifully set up and captured by our friend Lance Hofstad of the Portland band Estocar