We talk at length with record-makers about how they make records.

Sept. 13, 2023  |  No. 157

Mikko Gordon: Defining Sonic Identity

by Roman Sokal

Mikko Gordon, operating out of London, England, is a vanguard engineer. He has an interesting list of credits, including ISLAND, Colouring, Pete Townshend, and Arcade Fire (WE). His work engineering...

Sept. 13, 2023  |  No. 157

SASAMI: Conjuring the Space

by Meredith Hobbs Coons

SASAMI, born Sasami Ashworth, has been a sought-after “jack of all trades” in the indie music world since returning to her hometown of Los Angeles following graduation from classical...

Sept. 13, 2023  |  No. 157

Arooj Aftab: Making Music for Everybody

by Lisa Machac

A compelling Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer, vocalist, and producer, Arooj Aftab's 2021 album, Vulture Prince, brought her voice and music a lot of attention, as well as a Grammy for Best Global...

July 13, 2023  |  No. 156

Karriem Riggins: Making the Rounds

by Larry Crane

How does a skilled jazz drummer become a hip-hop producer, musical director, DJ, and film scorer? Working with Common, J Dilla, Madlib, Paul McCartney, and Diana Krall, Karriem Riggins has...

July 13, 2023  |  No. 156

Jason Livermore: The 30 Year Plan

by Larry Crane

Photo by Kevin Kirchner The Blasting Room, a studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been in operation for 30 years. What began as a home base/practice room/band studio for the groups Descendents...

July 13, 2023  |  No. 156

Brad Cook: No Gatekeeping

by Jacob Paul Nielsen

Brad Cook has been making and recording music since he was a kid growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Throughout his 20-plus year career, he's toured with people like Sharon Van Etten and produced...