Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Al Schmitt, part of Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys.
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- (Voiceover) Al Schmitt is one of the music industry's…best known and most revered recording engineers.…He's worked in over a hundred and fifty…gold and platinum albums and has won…an astounding 23 Grammys for his work,…that spans multiple musical genres,…including Harry Mancini to Diana Krall,…Toto, Steely Dan, and Paul McCartney.…I'm honored to speak with Al Schmitt.…Thanks for being here, Al.…- My pleasure.…- Let's go back to the beginning.…How did you get into the recording business?…- (laughs) Well, it started when I was eight.…My uncle had a recording studio in New York City,…and I used to get on the subway every Saturday,…go over to his studio and spend the weekend with him.…
He was my father's brother, and he was…also my godfather.…He didn't have any children,…so I was like his son.…I would go and clean patch cords,…and help set up chairs.…And people like Art Tatum would be there,…and Bing Crosby would come, and the Andrew Sisters,…and you name it, you know.…Just, I would spend every weekend there…from the time I was like eight…
Al has won more GRAMMYs than any other music producer/engineer in history (23 so far), but got his start wrapping cables at the age of 8 in the first indie studio in New York City. And since then, he's recorded everyone from Ray Charles and Paul McCartney to Steely Dan and Diana Krall. In this interview, Bobby and Al chat about Al's career, influences, and inspirations.
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