Matt Boudreau: Working Class Audio, Finances for Musicians, and Why Relationships Matter - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 48

Published on:

1st Sep 2021

Matt Boudreau: Working Class Audio, Finances for Musicians, and Why Relationships Matter

This week's guest is mixing and mastering engineer, drummer, and podcast host Matt Boudreau. Matt started his 35 year career in the music industry as a drummer, but turned to the studio world after being inspired by sessions with producers like Joe Chiccarelli and Gil Norton. Since then he's worked on tons of records, as well as owned and operated multiple studios. In 2014 he started his podcast, Working Class Audio, which rapidly became one of the most popular podcasts in the audio industry. We chat about the inspiration behind his show, being financially diversified, and the importance of being a good person and building great relationships.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Playing in bands until falling in love with the studio
  • Starting the Working Class Audio podcast
  • Having the right manager
  • Diversifying your income as an audio professional
  • The cost of keeping up with technology
  • Being an advocate for yourself
  • Taking over a Bill Putnam built studio in San Francisco
  • Why relationships matter
  • Taking a loan out to buy an early Pro Tools rig
  • Mastering the basics of money
  • Mentally recovering from failed ventures
  • Building a Dolby Atmos room
  • Being a good person
  • The dangers of the instant gratification of social media
  • Using drum samples

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Guest: Matt Boudreau

Host: Travis Ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.