EP 161: Alex Estrada – Capturing the Feel of a Musician

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA  Estrada comes from a diverse musical background. The son of a world renowned Mariachi musician and a former professional Folklorico dancer – He was raised in the studio as well as on stage. As front man of Alternative / Electronic rock band Silver Snakes he released 4 full length albums and toured the United States and Europe with the likes of Korn, Glassjaw, Coheed and Cambria, Bring Me The Horizon, Chevelle and more. Known for his experimental production style as well as his keen sense of melody and pitch, Estrada has been a frequent collaborator in the studio with LA legends Touche Amore and Joyce Manor. 

In 2022 Estrada opened The Pale Moon Ranch, A recording studio situated in the mountains of Los Angeles county with panoramic views of the Mojave desert below. 

When he’s not making records, Alex can be found exploring various old west ghost towns with his cat Princess Pearblossom.


  • Growing up in a musical household
  • Reaching out to your favourite producers/engineers
  • Guitar tuning and intonation
  • Capturing feel
  • Technical perfection vs. raw performances
  • Making your productions stand out 
  • Committing to sounds on the way in
  • Live off the floor recordings vs. tracking everything separately
  • Having the confidence to commit to sounds
  • Capturing natural ambience
  • Should you ever correct a musician’s technique?
  • Making demos in the preproduction stage
  • The importance of a good tracking room

To learn more about Alex Estrada, visit: https://www.thepalemoonranch.com/

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