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Ryan Freeland

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Ryan Freeland

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Ryan is the first engineer I've had on the show, and what an honour it is! This Grammy Award-winning engineer has worked on recordings for Joe Henry, Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann, Ray Lamontagne, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, The Milk Carton Kids, and countless others. Ryan has engineered many of my favorite albums from the past 15 years and I've always admired his sense of fidelity and space that comes through on his albums.  I spoke with Ryan from his Stampede Origin Studio in LA, and we discussed how he went from being a classical pianist to a recording engineer, getting his first job with Bob Clearmountain on a Springsteen recording, working with long-term collaborators like Joe Henry, how he's approaching mixing the final Allen Toussaint record, and his philosophy on the recording process and his role in it. It's a very illuminating discussion for anyone interested in art and music, not just recording nerds!