Martin Cooke: Career Arc, Logistics, and Understanding How to Listen
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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

Learn More About Martin Cooke...

Website: https://www.mcooke.net/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_cooker/?hl=en

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Credits:

Guest: Martin Cooke

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Travis Ference

Theme Music: inter.ference

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