EP: 062 – Managing a world class recording studio, staying booked, and how to REALLY be a great audio engineer with Matt Leigh of The Tracking Room

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This episode of the podcast is with a semi-recent friend of Jon’s. He’s a recording engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and manager of the world-class recording studio in Nashville, TN, The Tracking Room.

Our guest on the podcast this week is Matt Leigh.

On this episode, Jon and Matt discuss a lot of the “people” attributes that make up a part of a career as a recording engineer or producer, and what it takes to keep yourself booked with a calendar full of work.

Key points of discussion include:

• Perhaps the most challenging part of the job – getting people to say “yes” to working with you

• Understanding people’s true motivations when working with them

• The importance of a good attitude and work ethic

• Being present – showing up is 90% of the battle

Matt also shares his story of what led him to land a management position at such a high caliber recording studio, as well as the history of The Tracking Room, the design of the space, best practices for getting great sounds out of each part of the studio, and some of the notable artists that have recorded at The Tracking Room (U2, Shania Twain, Megadeath, and Taylor Swift to name a few).

To connect with Matt Leigh, learn more about The Tracking Room in Nashville, and get in touch with him about making your next record there, visit these links:

The Tracking Room website: www.thetrackingroomstudio.com

The Tracking Room on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trackingroomstudio

The Tracking Room on Instagram: @thetrackingroomnashville

The Tracking Room on Twitter: @trackingroom

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About the author, Jon

Jon Stinson is the host of The Modern Recordist Podcast. A native of Nashville, TN (a rare thing these days), he has been working as a producer and audio engineer since 2004. Some of his album credits include work on the album "Only By The Night" by Kings Of Leon, and the album "The Fall," by Norah Jones.

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