Hello! My name is Matt Wright, and I’m an independent record producer, mixer, and engineer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work in various commercial studios and also offer unattended mixing from my private studio. I invite you to check out the links in the menu bar above to hear some of the work I’ve done over the years and learn more about what I do and who I’ve worked with. There are also some fun videos and lots of great session photos. I’m going to use this space to talk a little about what brought me to working in audio, and my philosophy for music production.
I grew up in an extended musical family, of both musicians and aficionados. Every family get together involved extended periods of both playing music and arguing about pop records, which strongly influenced my relationship with music: a) I’m a lifelong musician because of it, b) I was raised listening to the canon of great pop records, and c) I was surrounded by people who thought that pop music and record albums were important. They were more than just a consumer product for teenagers to buy and eventually throw away. A great pop record was a work of art that was worth arguing about and that you could have an ongoing relationship with.
I toyed around with cassette recorders when I was young (My First Sony, anyone?), but was never one to get too excited by the technology itself (aside from a new Walkman or CD player being a cool toy). I had no interest in the Sound Crew when I was in high school – mixers, speakers, amplifiers (other than the guitar kind) all seemed rather dull to me. It was only after I had my first multitrack experience, watching a couple friends use Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 to build a complete arrangement of a song from just a couple guitar riffs that I got excited about recording technology. Something clicked for me when I realized that not only could I learn to make music recordings that sounded more like real records and less like My First Sony, but that I could also use the technology of recording to expand what I could do creatively with music.
Today, my interest in and philosophy for record production and engineering are still driven by the principles discovered in these early moments. I believe in striving for exceptional quality at all times – in arrangement, in performance, and in sound. I believe the technology should serve the record-making process in the most transparent way possible, never dictate it. And I believe that the record album is an art form in its own right, not just a translation of live musical performance, and that making a great record is something worth pursuing for its own artistic merits.