Popworks Music

San Rafael, CA

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About this pro

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Listening to someones composition and story behind their music is a what I like most about my job. When a artist attaches their soul or experiences to their music it motivates me to put my entire effort into their project. I try not to make this just a job but be apart of their creation.

Location

San Rafael, CA 94901

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Jeff M. Feb 7, 2013
    Rick is the fastest, most thorough and laid back engineer I've ever worked with. I've made two records with Rick, "New Monsoon V" w my band New Monsoon and another record called "Which Way World" with a band called The Contribution and both records are in my opinion perfectly recorded and mixed. If you need the best, Rick Vargas is the man for the job.
  • Aaron K. Feb 7, 2013
    What work was performed? How long did it last? Rick ran the video room/was the lead video engineer for our recent Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers show at the Sweetwater Music Hall. We streamed the show live through our website. The event ran from about 8-12pm. What impressed you about the service? What qualities about the service professional stood out? Rick is great. He's been a huge source of information about all things video/streaming and his actual work in the room was great, creating a pretty much perfect stream. He's also very easy to work with, easy going and gracious. What would have improved your experience? What would you like to see the service professional do in the future? I really have nothing negative to say, and i wouldn't even be able to make a suggestion. I look forward to working with Rick again soon and have dates on the books to do so.
  • Anastasi M. Feb 7, 2013
    Rick is a real pleasure to work with. I am producing a CD at TRI and Rick's engineering and mixing skills are stellar, and he always has some very astute suggestions to improve the sessions. I can always trust Rick's high sonic standards and willingness to operate outside the box!
  • Alex S. Feb 7, 2013
    Our band, MerryGold, won a contest to record with Rick at TRI Studios for a day. Thanks to his talent, efficiency, and professionalism, we were able to make the most of our time there and accomplish our goals. It was a pleasure working with him and we hope it won't be the last time we do! Top class!
  • Joel B. Feb 6, 2013
    I have been working with Rick tracking vocals, electic and acoustic guitars for some original music I composed. My experience has been outstanding. Ricks technical abilities, knowledge are first rate and he has an incredible ear. If you are looking for an outstanding product, I would highly recommend Rick and Popworks Music.
  • Brian G. Feb 6, 2013
    Excellent Engineer and Producer has a great understanding of music theory. I've been working with Rick for years and having some one so talented behind the board really makes my job easier as an artist.
  • Miranda J. Feb 6, 2013
    I have spent the past two years recording an epic 4 hr jazz opera with Rick Vargas. Throughout the process, he has been the model recording engineer. He is at once calm and easy going, yet also inspired and focused. He offers consistently helpful feedback but only when you request it and always in a way that makes you feel safe and supported. His musical ear is as strong as his technical prowess. He is patient, smart as hell, and in short great at what he does. He is by far the best engineer I have worked with.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
My whole life I've been a fan of listening to music. Coming from a family of technicians I also had a understanding of how mechanical and electrical things work. My fascination of recording came from seeing old photos of the Beatles and Motown artist being recorded. My grandfather obsessed over classical music and composed small pieces in his spare time. His passing was a final push into following my dreams as a producer engineer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Engineering and Mixing is my passion. I strive to achieve a sound my client is looking for. To replicate Motown classics or polished modern day recordings. The past few years I feel I have produced quality mixes and mastered albums. I've had the privilege to work with such artist as DJ Shadow, Santana, Bob Weir, Journey and Sammy Hagar. Other artist such as Jonathan Wilson, Jackie Greene and Lucas Nelson are current mixing projects
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be afraid to ask what rates are. If I'm into the music I'll do what I can to make it work within your budget. I work with all types of genres and recordings. Voice Over, Audio Books and Motion Pictures.