Stephen Kaye: Solo Strings, Score Mixing, and the Joy of Missing Out - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 63

Published on:

30th Mar 2022

Stephen Kaye: Score Mixing, Joy of Missing Out, and a Pandemic Orchestra

This week’s guest is Los Angeles based producer, engineer, and mixer Stephen Kaye. Stephen splits his time between film & TV projects and record projects. His credits include Fitz and the Tantrums, Lucius, Salem Ilese, Inara George, Hepcat, and Ziggy Marley. As well as movies and shows such as Bridesmaids, Green Book, Bridgerton, Dear White People, and most recently King Richard. We chat about the FOMO of balancing projects, reading music, and working with orchestral instruments in less than ideal circumstances.

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

  • Working Smarter
  • Dealing with not being credited
  • Recording Beatles sound-a-likes in high school for fun
  • Using Vienne Ensemble MIR to recreate space around solo strings
  • Running Pro Tools for score tracking sessions
  • Considering back stepping and working as a runner to learn more
  • Working in studios since age 16
  • Doing one-man string arrangements for early 2000s pop RnB
  • Balancing record work and film & TV work
  • Previewing movies with test audiences
  • Film deadlines vs TV deadlines

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Guest: Stephen Kaye

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.