We got the chance to do a cool interview to get to know one of Noise Creators talented producers. Ian got his first taste of recording while attending Berklee college of music. He learned the basics of recording and became quickly obsessed, viewing each session as if it was his own band and carefully helping bands to create their own individual sound. The Echoroom has become a hub in the northeast for indie artists and anyone who pursues a true musical identity. From its start in 2004, the Echoroom recording studio has worked with bands of every genre imaginable. A balance realism and studio magic define Ian and the Echoroom.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the studio?
I had just moved into a new studio space and half of my ceiling tiles were removed to run wires….. I thought it would be cool to leave some tiles out and put colored lights above the drop ceiling….. as I’m tracking with a band I hear a POP, see a FLASH from behind me and everything goes dark, I turned around to see a friend of the band’s climbing OUT of the drop ceiling saying “SORRY SORRY I JUST WANTED TO REARRANGE YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”…. guy had pulled on a wire, killing the power and the recording session completely frying my breaker box. $350 in repairs later, me and him are now best friends!
Tell me a story of a great song you worked on and a theory behind its production that made it great?
recently i did a record with two parallel drum groups, one recorded lively and normal and the other with foam between each drum and a foam all around the kit. it led to very drastic changes in vibe without changing much of the fundamental drum tone. most records typically only have a hand full of drum sounds that are usually tracked in one room in the same spot and this was a really refreshing take that actually led to entirely different vocal takes!
What record has perfect production and what makes it that way?
Beloved – Failure on I don’t know if it’s when the album came out, the album itself and my view on its production, or where I was in life when I first heard it… but to this day Failure On just fits together perfectly for me.
What’s your favorite guitar production and what makes it great?
Lately Converge – Axe to fall….again..(I go through phases!)… it’s so raunchy and messy yet still maintains a coherent sound.
What’s your favorite drum production and what makes it great?
This month? Cattle Decapitation – the Anthropocene Extinction. it sounds to me how death metal drums should sound….. unreal, yet sonically pleasing. perfect, yet human
What’s your favorite bass production and what makes it great?
Always been a fan of Clayman from In flames’ bass tone, along with Nolly’s (periphery) tone on Juggernaut: Omega. sounds so dang solid.
What’s your favorite vocal production and what makes it great?
The Neighborhood – I love you for its dreamy airy quality and Fit for an Autopsy – Hellbound for fitting the mix and being the most sonically pleasing vocals of almost any aggressive record
What was the best lesson you’ve learned about making great music this year?
Constantly learning how to be honest without overstepping, and how to be supportive and encouraging without misleading. everyone’s personality and mindset is different but generally transparency and honesty are great things to have on your side when starting a record.