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April 13, 2012

More From Chris Lord-Alge

A few weeks back I highlighted some great videos featuring mixer & producer Chris Lord-Alge being interviewed by Erica Glyn for SonicScoop. Well, the final three videos in the series have been posted and they make for some compelling viewing for anyone in the music business. 4. Mixing in the MP3 Age I love the […]

A few weeks back I highlighted some great videos featuring mixer & producer Chris Lord-Alge being interviewed by Erica Glyn for SonicScoop. Well, the final three videos in the series have been posted and they make for some compelling viewing for anyone in the music business.

4. Mixing in the MP3 Age


I love the way Chris Lord-Alge talks about “the lost art of the long listen.” I’m not sure if we will see one minute songs for the social media generation, but, to be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s a brutally honest video and while Lord-Alge is hopeful that “the next Beatles will come” it does make one wonder if the industry will ever build studios like the one in this interview, ever again.

5. Calling Bob Clearmountain…


In a fun and respectful homage, Chris Lord-Alge calls and has a revealing conversation with mixing legend, Bob Clearmountain, who worked in and partly built some of Avatar’s Studio A. Look out for the amazing moment when we see the stairwell that was used a reverb chamber for hits like Brian Adam’s Heaven and Roxy Music’s Avalon.

6. How To Make It As A Mixer


The interviews finish off with more insights into Chris Lord-Alge’s creative process. There’s also some solid advice (from 2.30 onwards) on how to get into the mixing side of the business. Drive, determination, passion and the willingness to do extra work, on your own time, for free in order to create a compelling portfolio of work are all described as essential. Ultimately, it’s a tough business and if you aren’t willing to do more, to stand out, you won’t get the opportunities.

“Energy levels is all that matters, that’s what makes it work.”

And, in case you missed it, you can catch the first three videos in the series here – and, I encourage you to check out SonicScoop, one of my favourite music blogs!

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