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Episode 15: Zack Ohren (Producer/Engineer)

image1The amazing Zack Ohren joins the ‘The Creator-Destructor Podcast’ for Episode #15! If you don’t know who Zack is, he’s an incredibly skilled & renowned producer/recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Machine Head, All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Animosity, Light This City, Heartsounds, and literally hundreds more. Zack’s been a dominating force in the Bay Area music scene for well over a decade now, lending his hand towards numerous metal/hardcore/punk records that have made it onto Billboard charts, or broken through to the mainstream. Zack and I first worked together in 2002 on Light This City’s debut album, and we’ve remained friends since, having collaborated on numerous other records over the years. I consider him one of the funniest and most interesting characters out there, as he’s definitely a master when it comes to his craft. While we talk a lot about the current trends in recording throughout this episode, we also get into some random topics like the latest Metallica album, bands drastically changing sounds and alienating their fanbases, and a bunch of other silliness! Hope you enjoy it! Sidenote* this episode was recorded a few months back, so a few things might sound dated, don’t trip!

Episode 14: Scott Goodrich (Nu-Tone Studios/Daydream)


Happy Thursday, y’all! Episode 14 is here, and it was a goddamn blast! The almighty Scott Goodrich joined Ryan Hansen and I for two hours of fun times and conversation, and trust us when we tell you that we got down on all kinds of stupid shit! We talk a good deal about recording and how Scott’s brain works in those terms, but quickly go down a path of pretty much jumping from topic to topic, covering a wide range of nonsense that we hope you’ll enjoy. If you don’t know who Scott is, he is one of the most ruling producers/engineers out there right now! He recorded the upcoming Heartsounds & Wilderness Dream records (as well as Point of View’s “Vultures” EP), and plays in an awesome band called Daydream. Basically, Scott is most definitely one of my favorite people – He lives down the street and we often meet up for coffee and talk shit. It’s one of my favorite things to do, so we decided it had to be done on the podcast, officially! So with that, enjoy Episode 14!

Episode 13: Laura Nichol #2! (Heartsounds/Light This City)


Holy shit, people! It’s been a year, but “The Creator-Destructor Podcast” is back in action! I thought it was only appropriate to re-launch the podcast the way we launched it initially, with my best friend and bandmate, Laura Nichol – We talk for 2 hours about alllllmosttttt everything. Well, not everything but definitely the new Heartsounds record and how it’s the most personal one for us thus far, what’s been happening in our lives in the past year, and a shit-ton of other intensely fascinating topics. Some say that Laura and I have a “dynamic” that is rare, something only found in best friends (who used to be high-school sweethearts) who have also played in bands together their entire lives… Well, y’all can decide for yourselves. Regardless, it was a goddamn blast to setup the mics again and sit down with Ms. Nichol for two hours of friendshippppp. Get into it, people!

Episode 12: Adam Turla (Murder by Death)

Episode 11: Lisa Root (New Noise Magazine)

Episode 10: Creator-Destructor Records!

Episode 9: Efrem Schulz (Death By Stereo, Manic Hispanic)

Episode 8: Jake Kiley (Strung Out)

Episode 7: Anna Seregina (Comedian!)

Episode 6: Dave Kloc (Artist/The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail)

Episode 5: Jack Shirley (The Atomic Garden, Comadre)

Episode 4: Mike Schleibaum & John Henry (Darkest Hour)

Episode 3: Chris Aiken (Strung Out)

Episode 2: Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)

Episode 1: Laura Nichol (Heartsounds/Light This City)