Martin Cooke: Career Arc, Logistics, and Understanding How to Listen
Our guest this week is Grammy nominated recording engineer and mixer Martin Cooke. Martin’s resume reads like a who’s who of alternative and rock n roll. He's worked with artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Of Monsters and Men, Kimbra, At the Drive In, Van Halen, Muse, and Pearl Jam. I’d argue that you’ll have a hard time finding somebody else his age that has a better understanding of the dynamics of a recording session and demeanor required for success in that world. We have a great chat about the future of engineering, having a career arc, how people skills can outweigh technical skills, and the true reason that sharpening pencils is important.
In this episode, we'll dig in on...
- Beginner's Mind
- Understanding how to listen
- Fighting your ego
- Passing on the knowledge of engineering
- Not taking things personally
- Using humor to break the ice
- Following your gut
- Working 90 days straight
- The economics making a record
- Starting out at Henson Recording Studios
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Guest: Martin Cooke
Host: Travis Ference
Editor: Travis Ference
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