EP 56: How To Make It In The Music Industry (With Mike Watts)

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Mike Watts is a New York-based producer, engineer, and mixer who operates VuDu Studios. He has worked with tons of great artists in the indie/punk scene such as As Tall As Lions, Glassjaw, The Deerhunter, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and so many more.

Not only is he a great engineer, but he also has put a lot of focus into business and marketing which allowed him to completely start over after abandoning a successful job in the catering industry in order to focus on music. As you’ll hear in this interview, it takes much more than audio skills to have success as an audio engineer.


  • How to avoid failure when navigating the music industry
  • How to find artists who want to pay you to work with them
  • Differentiating yourself from your competition
  • What to do if you want to start getting paid for your work but feel like your skills aren’t quite ready
  • The power of the goosebump meter
  • How to ensure that you get the peak performance out of an artist while recording
  • Working with reverb – How to use it but guarantee that your mixes don’t sound muddy

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