This is going to sound corny but working with Brian Irwin at Monster Studios in Nashville, TN has been a dream come true. I couldn't have asked for a cooler, stress free, near magical experience! At the recommendation of a mutual friend, listening to his work and from other superb testimonials here on Thumbtack, I took the leap and flew from LA to Nashville to knock out my first EP over a five day stretch. Not only is the studio top notch and super comfortable, being able to record live analog into digital was something I was hoping for and he was a pro at getting the best sound and performance out of myself and all of the musicians involved, which by the way he hand picked and they were phenomenal. That said, he has access to some of the best musicians in town and we all had a blast. If you want to be in a creative space where the folks there are in it for more than just the dough, this is the place. No pretensions and a lot of love. Not to mention there are 18 incredible trees on the property! It's extremely beautiful and peaceful - the ideal setting to cut a record. In my opinion, Brian Irwin is a super cool, down to earth, crazy smart, gifted and well seasoned (and inhumanly humble) musician, producer, engineer and post production whiz. Nicest guy you'll ever meet and fun to work with.
From the pre-production and planning to the post-production and mastering, he afforded me the patience and support to help me create with ease while at the same time maintaining a super professional environment and is no nonsense when it comes to getting the job done - on time. He's also very keen on what the music calls for in any given situation and as a producer is very open to and invites direction and isn't at all an ego tripper like so many musicians and producers can be....I'm just sayin'. As a recording engineer, he's super knowledgable, which allowed us to get a lot of work done effortlessly in a short amount of time. The sound quality on my album is crystal clear, warm and turned out even more incredible than I could have imagined. As a first time recording artist, I feel really lucky to have had him as my guide on this project. It was really important for him to know that I left with something I loved and was happy with. I feel this is a unique quality for someone in his position to hold and it made things all the more inspiring to feel that kind of support, right to the end when I was emailing him notes from LA and he was right there with me til I gave him the final green light. Did I mention that his rates are exceptionally reasonable for the quality that he delivers?! That said - I highly recommend any artist fly in from anywhere on the planet to record in this incredible space with this super gifted man. I certainly hope to be able to do it again soon. Kudos!