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Be Easy To Work With – Matt Starr Interview

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  1. bentleyferrari says:

    Warren, you have a knack for posting what I need just when I need it.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Aw shucks thanks @plap-disqus-13f320e7b5ead1024ac95c3b208610db:disqus! I really appreciate that! So glad to be able to help!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  2. Martin Weeks says:

    An extremely good video Warren and thanks again as usual. Work Ethic…so true. (been kinda burnt out lately from peripheral stuff going on but…the video is a motivator.)
    Kind of a funny aside. When Matt spoke of how “Mom & Dad” knew friends that had a restaurant and he went to work there to buy “A Snare” and so on. I kind of had the same experience but with a slant. Like Matt, my mom just wanted to make sure her boy was okay and would constantly be making similiar suggestions. So I thought “well yeah Mom’s right and I do need to earn a paycheck…” so I went to work in restaurants and clubs that featured music. Live bands, or other solo or duet types of groups. Sure enough work hard, practice like crazy and eventually I’d get the opportunity to get on stage and do some playing. And since I worked hard to get better and improve, when the opportunity would show up, I very often could convert my formal job situation, yep you guessed it, to a gig at the same place. No getting around having to earn a living, but a little ingenuity and strategy can go a long way.

    Another aside. The Beatles worked 12 hour gigs in Hamburg long before they even met George Martin. By the time they met George Martin, they had “Earned their Bones” as Pros. I recently saw a video of them playing at “The Cavern” I believe in 1962…at that point in their careers I believe they had already done a year in Hamburg. You could see it in the manner they carried themselves on stage in that tiny little place, that they knew exactly what they were doing. Both musically, and Professionally. All the stage personalities were developed, everyone knew their relative parts in the band. Ringo might have been knew to the band, but he too had spent a lot of time with Rory Storm so he was no ameteur either by any means. Again like you emphasize…work! Or Work Ethic is so important.

    Thanks for a great interview. And thanks to Matt as well.

  3. aka says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQEmt2UiOto – check this tv report on Ozzie song writers and Mike Chapman.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OelF_QTHsGw – Vanda & Young Australian legends of Rock & Roll

    Warren & Matt, Thank you for the therapy.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks for posting this link @plap-disqus-43ec517d68b6edd3015b3edc9a11367b:disqus!! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  4. chewie says:

    Yes! Great tips. Ha ha, the 2nd kit I owned was a Maxwin! 😉

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @plap-disqus-3b8a614226a953a8cd9526fca6fe9ba5:disqus! Yes the Maxwin!! So many people must have started on them! Have a marvellous time recording and mixing, many thanks Warren

  5. Fleetwood Forrest says:

    Be easy to work with, but don’t be afraid to work with difficult people. Some of them are geniuses. I have just read the wildest story about how the the first Digital Delay
    was invented. Many digital delays have come and gone, some great, some
    not so great, some total crap. But this coveted piece of studio gear has
    no proper modern equivalent, or plugin, that has really nailed it. It
    was designed by a couple of aerospace engineers named Mark Crabtree and
    Stuart Nevison in 1976. Now stick with me here, this is where it gets a
    bit convoluted. Factory Records co-founder, Tony Wilson:
    “It was 15 years later, when some guy stopped me and said, ‘I want to
    thank you. One of your partners changed my life.’ When I realised it was
    AMS, I said, ‘No, you changed his life by giving him that equipment.’
    He said, ‘Don’t you know where it came from?’ I had no idea it came out
    of Martin’s head. Martin goes and meets these guys in a car park on the
    moors above Burnley [Lancashire, England], and tells them the sound he’s
    imagining [while he’s] off his head on fucking drugs. He drives back to
    Manchester at midnight. Meanwhile they drive back to their shed and
    they build the world’s first digital delay machine, the AMS digital
    delay, which is the most important outboard equipment of the last 50
    years.” The ‘Mad Genius’ Producer was Martin Hannett. He was best know
    for his work with Joy Division, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark and New
    Order. He had described the sound as ‘walls rushing in and out’, and so
    these two aerospace engineering geniuses went and built it for him.
    Amazing! You can read the full article at Tape Op . com. and/or watch
    some of Andy Serkis’ performance as Martin Hannett in the film ’24 Hour
    Party People’ . . . here’s some excerpts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGA6rmsnDkQ

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