EP 120: John Congleton – Making Records That Feel Authentic

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John Congleton is an American Grammy Award-winning record producer, engineer, mixer, writer and musician who has worked with artists such as St. Vincent, Wallows, Everything Everything, Bully, Angel Olsen, Future Islands, The Decemberists, Goldfrapp, Sharon Van Etten and many, many more.

In addition to his production work, Congleton has fronted the alternative rock band the Paper Chase, and writes music for a newer project entitled the Nighty Nite. He has also written music for various other projects, including MTV’s Jackass, the Discovery Channel, Friday Night Lights, Evil Lives Here, and several Halloween sound effects/music CDs.


  • Working with Steve Albini
  • Making recordings sound exactly how it sounds in the room
  • Getting sounds at the source vs. fixing/manipulating them in post
  • Using headphone mixes to help guide musicians to get the right performances
  • What to do when you can’t get the sound you’re after
  • Balancing the needs of a producer vs. the artist
  • Recording fat snare sounds
  • Reamping drums
  • Analog vs digital recording
  • Fighting the urge to be a control freak while recording vs keeping things simple
  • Getting punchy kick drums without relying on top-end

To learn more about John Congleton, visit: https://www.nextwavemanagement.com/john-congleton/

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