The Recording Studio Lifestyle | with Greazy Wil - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 93

Published on:

28th Jun 2023

The Recording Studio Lifestyle | with Greazy Wil

Today’s guest is recording engineer and mixer Wil “Greazy” Anspach. Wil is a veteran in the Los Angeles recording scene with credits including Killer Mike, Vic Mensa, Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, X-Ambassadors, The Greatest Showman, and Ariana Grande. He’s also become the defacto “TikTok Engineer” by amassing a following of over 50k people by sharing real world experiences and calling out some of the nonsense on the platform. We have a great chat about what it takes to break into the engineering world, his time coming up at East West Studios, the importance of mentoring and sharing knowledge, where art and psychology meet in the recording process, and why he wants to return to Iraq to help foster music culture there.

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

  • How to be a great tracking engineer
  • Working at East West Studios
  • The importance of problem solving
  • Being thrown into freelance
  • Mentoring and training assistants
  • The future of big studios
  • Unionizing engineers and mixers
  • Sleeping at the studio
  • Working for Alex Da Kid
  • Learning electronics as a kid
  • Engineering songwriting sessions
  • Growing an audience on TikTok
  • Respecting the artist
  • Recording Killer Mike
  • Serving in the Marines during the Iraq war

🎙 Travis' Intro 🎙

Stop Learning and Start Doing

🎶 ... Listening Recommendation 🎶

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Florence + The Machine "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" - Here

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Guest: Wil Anspach

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

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About the Podcast

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.
Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

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Travis Ference

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.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.