Welcome Joe Bisirri to Waking Studio

Joe Bisirri joined me here at Waking Studio as full time engineer, producer, and studio manager. Joe impressed me with his recording skills, high standards, and sugary personality. A bonus is he’s a great guitarist & bassist with a deep understanding of guitars, amps, pedals and guitar recording techniques.

Joe graduated from Drexel’s recording program in 2008 and has been working as a freelance engineer in Philadelphia at Miner Street and The Studio. When I needed to bring someone on recently he came highly recommended by the other producers in town and we hit it off right away. He’s been at Waking Studio for a couple months and his guitar expertise has already helped enormously on our productions for Toy Soldiers, Ali Wadsworth, The Day Life, Up The Chain, and Song Dogs & The Nightjar.

I’m happy to have snatched him up.

-Bill

We won 2 Juno Awards!

I found another nice surprise last night: The Sheepdogs Learn & Burn that I mixed won the 2012 Juno award for Rock Album of the year and the song “I Don’t Know” won the Juno for Single of the Year. Congratulations, Sheepdogs.

We had our 3rd record maker meetup at Kraftwork

We had our 3rd record maker meetup March 6th at Kraftwork! We had about 20 engineers and producers show up for this informal bar meetup.
It was a chance to say hi in person and talk shop since most of us spend our days alone grinding away in our studios. I met some good new people and reconnected with some folks I have’t seen in years. We had Jon Low, Ryan Schwabe, Jeff Chestek, Chris Powell, Ben Riesman, Ahmed (last name?), Chris Radwanski, Jeff Zeigler, Matt Ricchini, Julie Slick, the fellah from Studio Crash, Alex and Eric from Doylestown, Kyle Slick Johnson, Josh Jones, and a few more people whose names I forget after several beers… good times.

I make songs & my Dad makes walls

When we moved into Waking Studio it had been occupied for a few years by 2 rap producers. They stopped paying rent and the landlord kicked them out. That’s why the studio became available for me to slide in. All their stuff was still in the studio when I toured it. They had these two lounges filled with couches, TVs, and video games. I set up my drums in their recording booths and they sounded awful. Awful. Once the black leather couches and old big TVs were removed I setup the drums in their “lounge” and it sounded fantastic! I couldn’t believe how lively these rooms were. My father and his friend Tom came down and we built a new wall to block the lounge (now my drum room) off from the kitchen. The lesser rap producer’s TV room became my piano and acoustic guitar room. We use their recording booths sometimes, but these two former lounges sound fantastic. Live and exciting.
Oh, and since they finished the wall by 11am they very kindly ripped out the bathroom’s old toilet and sink and put in a new modern one and built a kitchen sink and cabinet. Very skilled gentlemen.

Handmade Sound: my sound design exhibit at Art In The Age

 My first exhibit is running until November 27th. We opened it on November 4th and had about 500 people come and play the exhibit that first evening.

I had been thinking about designing some gallery exhibit ideas when I met Daniel Abraham on the flight home for SXSW. He was in a good mood despite having had a trash can full of beer bottles dumped on his head by the band Trash Talk, who he was filming. I was in a good mood because I’d just had a great time at SXSW.

He asked me to design an exhibit about sound and recording. Easy enough idea, back then… Continue reading “Handmade Sound: my sound design exhibit at Art In The Age”