This episode was previously published on the Profitable Musician Show.
Travis Huisman, from Catamount Recording, discusses various aspects of studio music and recording in an interview. He shares his background, starting as a guitarist and pianist, and details his journey into music production and engineering. Travis talks about the transition from being a musician to delving into recording to facilitate getting gigs for his band.
The conversation covers the evolution of Catamount Recording, a two-studio facility, and Travis’s approach to recording. He emphasizes the importance of good drum sounds, the value of recording vocals in the studio, and the flexibility of working with clients who may have home studios.
Travis also provides insights into becoming a studio musician, focusing on the qualities beyond musical skill that make a candidate desirable. He stresses the importance of being a positive and enjoyable person to work with, respecting the artist’s vision, and punctuality. Additionally, he shares how he typically hires studio musicians through established relationships or by observing interns in a more casual setting before offering them paid opportunities.
Travis shares advice for aspiring studio musicians, highlighting the need to build relationships with producers and engineers first, possibly through internships or collaborating with groups using a studio. Travis suggests approaching these opportunities with a focus on establishing genuine connections rather than just expressing interest in playing as a studio musician.
Travis discusses various aspects of the music industry, particularly focusing on studio musicians and the recording process. The guest emphasizes the importance of marketing oneself based on specific skills and genres, especially in the context of vocalists promoting demos.
The conversation delves into the role of background singers and the artistic choice of using them to enhance the overall sound of a recording. The producer provides insights into the production side, discussing the pre-production meeting process and the importance of aligning with the artist’s goals. The guest also shares tips on efficiency in the studio, emphasizing preparedness, gear readiness, and communication with the producer to avoid unnecessary costs.
Regarding the mixing process, the guest talks about collaborating with artists to achieve the desired sound, and the importance of realistic expectations. The discussion concludes with advice for aspiring studio musicians, highlighting the varying skill requirements based on instruments and the potential for online opportunities.
Overall, the interview covers a wide range of topics related to the music production process, providing valuable insights for both musicians and those interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects of the industry.