Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

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25th May 2022

Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion

Today’s guest is Los Angeles based musician, producer, engineer, and mixer Alex Crescioni. Alex currently works out of his studio, Stygian Sound, which is located in the legendary Sound City Center complex. Focusing on heavy and dark genres in the metal world, Alex has worked with artists on Cleopatra Records, Pavement Music, Metal Assault Records, and Nuclear Blast Records as well as collaborated with Meegs Rascon, Chris Collier, and Tim Palmer. We have a great chat about the subgenres of metal, the strategy behind creating a selected discography, niching down to focus on music that you are passionate about, and how being a prepared client brings the best out of everybody involved.

In this episode we'll dig in on...

  • Learning from your failures
  • Studio etiquette
  • Having a studio in the Sound City complex
  • The importance of finding people that will give you their honest opinion
  • Putting technical metal riffs under the studio microscope
  • Niching down to make music you love
  • Studying guitar and recording at Musicians Institute
  • Classical piano and The Suzuki Method
  • The art navigating of Los Angeles traffic
  • Getting a loan and jumping head first into owning a studio
  • Word of mouth referrals
  • How marketing can lead to transaction temporary clients
  • Separation of work and life
  • DSP guitar amp simulators vs real tube amps
  • Guitar string guage

Learn More About Alex Crescioni...

Website: https://www.alexcrescioni.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexcrescioni/

Stygian Sound IG: https://www.instagram.com/stygiansound/

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Credits:

Guest: Alex Crescioni

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

Theme Music: inter.ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
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Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

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