EP 25: Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells, Big Wreck)

Eric Ratz is a producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with many of the Canadian music industry’s most successful and influential rock artists/bands including Billy Talent, Big Wreck, Arkells, Cancer Bats, Danko Jones, and more. He was the recipient of the Juno award for Recording Engineer Of The Year in both 2014 and 2015.


  • Paying your dues and constantly working on your craft
  • His technique for getting massive guitar tones
  • Tips for tracking tight guitar performances and eliminating finger noises
  • Transforming “demos” into full blown productions
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone to make great work
  • Tracking records with extreme attention to detail so that the mixing process is easier
  • The lesson the Chris Lord-Alge taught him about master buss compression

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