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My personal path into recording and audio production began with a career as a musician. I played in numerous bands, some successful, some not so successful. I learned jazz without ever coming close to mastering it, spent a couple of years actually making a living as a musician, playing in touring bands. I've been everywhere in the nation 5 times. After a stint touring with Ska legends Let's Go Bowling, my life & career took me to Los Angeles where I transitioned into recording and production.
After exhaustive years of touring, the life & pace of a studio musician just made sense to me, and my career slowly built up around recording. I started my journey back in 1996 with a Tascam 4 track & a Epiphone Les Paul, both of which I was sure that I could take over the world with. I learned a lot from those days mixing in mono, but I mostly learned about patience. The Tascam then morphed into my first entry into digital recording with a Macbook Pro & a Digidesign M-Box. Again, I was sure this was all I needed to take over the world (a decade later & now I'm right! Visionary!). I started recording demos for singers & bands out of my apartment in Los Feliz, CA for dirt-cheap (aka nothing). One of those bands put its resources together to go into a professional studio to record a single and asked me to be the engineer/producer. There, I got my first taste of making commercial recordings and I was hooked. I recorded a variety of fledgling “new wave” artists’ singles and albums in the early 2000's, and I cut my teeth on 24-track analog recording. After working as an engineer assistant at various studios in Los Angeles, I went to work for myself & I became a full-time independent record producer and engineer.
One tends to get work in areas where one has some successes, so it was through my work with the very talented songwriter John Kastner (Asexuals, Doughboys) that I have ended up working on many rock projects, and after I have had the pleasure of working on many rock records. My experience as a touring musician & session bassist opened doors for me to work, record & have generally have fun with with I have also recorded jazz, R&B, rap, hip-hop, country, & SFX design for multimedia & film. I have been the engineer and/or producer on over 25 releases and have served as the recording engineer, mixer and/or instrumentalist on recordings by Bran Van 3000, Slash Future, Mars at Midnight, Navasota String Band, Limiter, Everything Moves, Let’s Go Bowling, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), William Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain), Sunstorm, Bear Mountain, Joy Kills Sorrow & The Killing Lights. I am indebted to a long list of artists and producers whom I have worked with over the years for all of the wonderful hours we have spent together in the studio and sharing the joy of making records. My life is about those experiences both in the studio and on the road, along with the countless hours studying books, trade magazines and music production blogs to share & provide an endless supply of information and opinion about the world of recording. Through it all, it is my love of music that makes me love my work. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the making of recordings with so many talented artists.
Michael Rey lives in Austin, TX, where he resides with his partner of 4 years, Erica Fick.
Michael Rey produces music as Everything Moves & Slash Future.