EP 116: Dave Schiffman: How to Rise up the Ranks as an Engineer

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Grammy Winner and Multi–Platinum selling producer, mixer, and engineer came up the ranks as Rick Rubin’s engineer. Together they produced monster hits such as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’, System Of A Down’s ‘Toxicity’, which reached # 1 on Billboard, certified double platinum, and earned multiple awards and nominations. They also produced ‘Hypnotize’ which once again hit Billboard #1 and led the band to be the first-ever rock outfit to have two #1 LPs in one year.

Dave’s production and mixes have topped the charts recently with The Strumbellas Hope from which the single ‘Spirits’ hit #1 on the Billboard Alternative charts, took home the Juno Award for Single of the Year (2016), received an iHeart Radio’s Best New Artist nomination, and won Much Music’s Best Alternative Video. 

Dave produced Pup’s 2019 ‘Morbid Stuff’ which debuted #1 on multiple Billboard charts including Rock, Heatseekers, Alternative, and Independent Albums – it also landed at #14 on Billboard top 200 charts. The album went on to be shortlisted for the prestigious Canadian Juno Award for Album of The Year. 

Dave has also worked on Smashing Pumpkins’ latest album CYR, The Killers’ critically acclaimed LP Imploding The Mirage, Grammy Award-winning album Father Of The Bride by Vampire Weekend, and Haim’s Days Are Gone, which reached #2 on both the Billboard top Rock and Alternative charts.


  • Adapting to the different ways different studios work
  • Navigating subjectivity and understanding the “right way” to do things
  • Being proactive and creating opportunities for yourself
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves
  • Deciphering the vocabulary people use in the studio
  • Recording Chris Cornel’s vocals
  • Stories from working with System Of A Down and Jimmy Eat World
  • How to dial in the right amount of drive with guitars
  • Getting heavy guitar tones that still have clarity
  • Double-tracking vs multi-amping
  • How to make a living as an engineer
  • Why there is a massive opportunity for engineers who understand ATMOS
  • Dave’s predictions on the future of ATMOS

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