NPR’s Interview with Music Producer/Hero John Congleton

This guy is truly all the rage these days. I’ve seen his production credit on more 2014 albums that I can remember, and all of them (including albums by Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings, Earl Sweatshirt, Swans, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, and more) have been super quality.

What’s more impressive is that all of the above artists (and the scores more he has worked with) are extremely different. His greatest skill as a producer is to bring the best out of whoever he’s in the studio with, and he’s done it time and time again, no matter what kind of music is being recorded.

Producer, engineer and musician John Congleton.

NPR just had him on All Songs Considered as a guest DJ, speaking to him about his musical interests and influences, as well as some of his favorite recordings, such as “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes (thanks, Phil Spector!), Suicide (the band), The Jesus Lizard, and “Mother” by Pink Floyd. Wide range, huh?

My favorite part was the discussion of his musical taste, influenced by John Peel: he assumes that if he doesn’t like something, the problem is with him, not the music itself. This open-minded approach hints to his success with producing a variety of different styles of music.

This segment/interview should be of great interest to anybody who likes audio production, the modern music scene or simply the appreciation of good-sounding and well-written music. And if you were truly inspired, come check out St. Vincent’s self-titled, which he produced!

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