This week, Andy is joined by Jack Shirley, owner and engineer at Atomic Garden Studios in Oakland, CA. He has engineered, produced and mastered records for a dynamic group of artists, everyone from Jeff Rosenstock to Deafheaven to Western Addiction and all sorts of bands in-between.
Also a musician himself, Jack cut his teeth in the Post-Hardcore band Comadre, who released four albums in their tenure and toured all over the U.S. and Japan. Most recently, he has been performing with the bands Everybody Row and Dangers.
As a producer and engineer, Jack Shirley tends to take a more hands off approach, not unlike another well known engineer/producer – Steve Albini. He tends to let the music come together more organically rather than spending a ton of time on production just for the sake of production, though he’ll certainly offer his opinion when asked for it.
There have been several albums that he has worked on that have landed on a grip of ‘Best Of’ lists such as Deafheaven’s Sunbather & New Bermuda, as well as Jeff Rosenstock’s No Dream & POST-. Along with well over 50 albums on his resume, he has certainly earned his spot as a highly sought after producer within the Punk, Hardcore and Metal scenes.
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Question The Answers Podcast is hosted by Andy Pohl, who is the founder of Sell The Heart Records and the guitar player for Tsunami Bomb. Every week we will be presenting a brand new episode featuring an individual that has made a contribution to the independent music scene in some way. Check back here on Wednesdays for a premiere of each episode, and you’ll also be able to find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and other audio podcast streaming services in the days following the initial premiere.