Today’s guest is music producer, engineer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lappin. Andrew prides himself on helping artists push boundaries while staying true to themselves. He’s doing that with a mix of major label and independent artists such as L’Rain, Chromeo, Big Red Machine, and STACEY. In addition to that he also composes and produces music for television, film, and radio. We chat about transcending commitment anxiety, creating contrast both musically and sonically, drum recording techniques that will inspire the player, and why it’s as important to know what you want to do as it is to know what you don’t want to do.
In this episode we'll dig in on...
Making records always takes compromise
Challenging people with out disempowering them
Understanding when to interject into a performance or idea and when to not
Filling in frequency gaps with different fidelity mics
Working in studios with a historic legacy
The limiter arms race
Sharing a studio space at Sunset Sound with Joe Chiccarelli
Keeping perspective on projects that you producer, engineer, and mix
Not waiting too long to release your music
Comparison is the root of all disenchantment
Being your own biggest critic
The lyric and intent of the song always guides production
Finding a friend you can trust to get you HONEST feedback