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What Makes A Great Producer: Phil Allen Interview.

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  1. L Scott Knight says:

    Again, comments as I watch: Technical knowledge. Again I can use woodworking as an analogy. Knowing how to use a saw efficiently and accurately, safely, and cleanly, isn’t cabinet building, but it is a required skill for building quality cabinets.
    Why things are? One of my favorite things to teach is, “Why defines when.” That is about when the right trade tools are used for the right situation. It certainly applied to audio engineering.
    Internship is maybe about building work ethic? Work ethic is best tempered by inglorious work.
    It is a wonderful thing to be at the point like under the sushi master Hiro where you can see when he finally approves of your work. I went through that in my trades career. Artists, however, don’t have a single master to guide and validate. Artists have a finicky and brutal master, the public.
    What cracks me up, Warren, is that your wife knew to monitor your Face Book… at four in the morning!
    Wow, I would think forcing a vocal style on a singer would really have a non-constructive effect on a singers confidence… which is sort of all important, right?
    Speaking of your rap record (rim shot). I’ve always wanted to put together a cockney A Capella rap group that does only Beatles covers called “The Beat-O’s”
    So was this Conner’s last shoot?

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @l_scott_knight:disqus haha yes my wife was ‘where the heck is he?’ Haha I think the ‘Beat-O’s’ could be HUGE!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  2. Navycolt says:

    Wow what a great video!!! One of the best I’ve seen on production,recording,and music as a whole anywhere online! This is a must watch not just for producers and engineers, but musicians as a whole! This was such a great watch, thanks for all the great content!!!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @plap-disqus-da8ce53cf0240070ce6c69c48cd588ee:disqus!! I really appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the video! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  3. Toby says:

    Great video! Phil’s point about ‘Silence’ really rang true for me. And the point about simply giving the song what it needs. We serve. We serve the audience, the artist, the song.

    Reminds me of a story the lead singer of Berlin tells about ‘Take my Breath Away’, that she always hated the way the Producer made her sing the chorus. Because she was worried people would think she was a bad singer. …until she heard the Jessica Simpson version, where Jessica did the kind of vocal embellishments that she had wanted to do on the original… then she got it, if you’ve had your breath taken away, you can’t sing the embellishments. …Jessica did a great vocal rendition of the song, but she didn’t tell the story of the song.

    …and any video that makes reference to Tom Petty, has got my vote! Awesome stuff Warren. Thanks as always for your time, energy and efforts.

    1. L Scott Knight says:

      Right on about the silence lesson. In my early tracking attempts I wrote and played my own bass track. When I played the track for others they said it didn’t sound like the song, nor did it inspire the same vision and the previous track I played them which was just two electric guitars (rhythm and a lead). I know what the problem was after that but Phil’s comment that you point out really identified the issue exactly. My bass groove was like I was playing a bass solo the whole track (well, not so free as that but way too busy). Instead of supporting the song it completely changed the character of the song and it was hard to identify why because it didn’t stand out. It just was wrong.

      1. Warren Huart says:

        Hi @l_scott_knight:disqus I agree 100%! Great insight Loren! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

    2. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-e44fea3bec53bcea3b7513ccef5857ac:disqus what a wonderful story!! I love that! That’s a perfect story to inspire singers! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  4. Bernd Holder says:

    Thanks a lot. I had a lot of fun watching the video! And, as ever, a lot of “aha”-moments 🙂

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @berndholder:disqus thanks ever so much!! Glad you enjoyed it! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  5. Mario says:

    a lot of useful information, cool interview, keep doing Warren 🙂

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @plap-disqus-b73ce398c39f506af761d2277d853a92:disqus thanks ever so much!! I’m really glad you enjoyed it! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

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