Welcome back to the truths about recording and mixing.
Mark Greenberg was in the Wilco family long before there was a Wilco. He now manages and develops recordings at Wilco’s Chicago recording studio, The Loft. From his time in the band The Cocktails, to his ‘jack of all trades’ role with Lounge Ax, to leading the composers’ collective Mayfair Workshop and his current role with Eleventh Dream Day, Mark is a part of the city’s musical fabric. This hilarious and heartwarming conversation sheds some light on why.
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0:00:00 Welcome back! The fretboard peak!
0:02:25 Welcome, Mark Greenberg! Mark’s early years learned instruments, formed bands, went to art school and founded the Cocktails. Chicago in the 90’s.
0:08:00 Lounge ax!
0:11:00 The cocktails and how that led to making “music for consumption”. Start of the Marfair workshop – a multi-composer workshop.
0:19:45 Embark on the loft. Being called in at the last minute to work with Mavis Staples on Jeff’s first record.
0:24:00 The loft – how is it set up? How does it work? How do you keep all these tools working? use tape?
0:30:30 Audience question about the loft and the philosophy of an open-plan studio.
0:32:30 And Zoom froze! 😉
0:35:00 The last album by Pops Staples. Remove the layers and rebuild them from pops up.
0:40:00 Wilco on the Road & what happens in the studio when Jeff Tweedy is out of town. More about the gear in the Loft and the gear that goes on tour with the band.
0:45:00 New luthiers, pedals, amps. Recording equipment in the studio. The Neve console that once belonged to Sheryl Crow.
0:55:00 About the value of being ready for a session.
0:57:30 Solid sound and MASS MoCA!
01:01:40 Eleventh Dream Day and making music today vs. then.
01:12:00 The Wilco organization and why it works so well. Mindful leadership from top to bottom.
01:19:00 Scott McCaughey – Down with Wilco!
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