Today marks my 24th year as an audio professional! On April 1st 1992 I was officially hired as assistant engineer at Zen Music on 26th Street in Manhattan by the good folks Craig Hazen and Julie Dansky. I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented engineers, producers, writers and musicians in the city and the world for then next 10 years of my employment there as I worked hard and worked my way up branching out into production, composing and sound design .
I am very fortunate to have been able to turn something I love so much and am so passionate about into such a enjoyable and rewarding career. I am thankful for all the incredibly talented people I’ve been able to work with and call my friends over this time. I think that the creative and artistic people I’ve spent my days with are some of the finest and most intelligent, open minded people you will ever meet and I’m grateful for each and every one of them.
A lot has changed since my first day as an assistant but the things that really matter the most have remained a constant. There is no replacement for a great song. There is no replacement for a great voice, be it sung or performed through an instrument. There is no replacement for hard work, determination and creativity. The way we produce, record and package all these things has changed an incredible amount and it always will, but if you listen to the music that is inspiring and rising up at any time you will always find the same core elements. Let’s continue to strive for them. I’ll keep up with the new software and gear for us:-)
Enjoy the weekend!