The Birth of Engine Ears

In 2001, my first documentary, 'Are You on the Menu?' was launched. Leaving me with a thirst to create more, I decided to marry my two greatest loves; photography and music! When I listen to music, I decipher and appreciate nuances and feel the messages brought by the artists, engineers and producers. We all perceive in our own way and I believe the art of recording acts as it's own stage. Feeling, the majority of people do not venture that deep when it comes to interpreting these messages, I decided to bring them to light. When planning the film, the music industry was introducing the digital world and deciding whether or not to integrate or abandon analogue formatting. The same went for my formatting. When I started the film, I had a Hi8 camera until I graduated to a DV Cam (digital video). We were all moving in that the direction. Some remain true to either analogue or digital only formats, while others infiltrate both. It's all a matter of preference, style and desired outcome. Engine Ears is chalk full of wonderful respected artists. When interviewing, my style is character-based more than anything. I draw out the best in people through my enthusiastic respect for their process and enjoyment of the end result. Throughout the film, I experimented with different recording techniques and equipment, so I could have a log to share my results with you. I spent 4 years shooting this very amazing experience, collecting footage throughout the US, Canada and Europe. It's been incubating for a while now, but soon Engine Ears with be born! I hope you enjoy the ride!

Engine Ears Subject Bios

Albini's main clientele is underground in nature, working historically with budding careers of such artists as The Pixies, PJ Harvey, The Wedding Present and Nirvana.

Much controversy is focused on his outspoken views within the American music industry.

In 1993, he formed his current band, the uncompromising Shellac.

When I interviewed GGGarth at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, his assistant Michael 'Elvis' Baskette agreed to do an interview with me also. He was playing fill in guitar for Limp Bizket and doing assistant engineering with GGGarth.

Since then he has produced and engineered several project including with artists Iggy Pop, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, 3 Days Grace and Incubus

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Crane is best known as the editor and founder of Tape Op magazine and operator of Jackpot! Recordings.

He started Jackpot! with fellow artist Elliot Smith in 1997.

Around the northwestern States, this hot engineers's credits include Sleater-KinneyElliot SmithSteve Malkmus and Cat Power

Chris is a Grammy© award* winning engineer who works in just about every style and genre as well as with every level of performer - from rookie to legend! 

He doesn't forget his analog roots integrating the Old School with the New at every opportunity.

Some of his recording credits include B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock and Ellis Marsalis

Hawtin's reputation as one of experimental dance music's more significant innovative figures is well established, as a renowned DJ, mixer and one of the developers of the MP3 vinyl system known as Final Scratch.

His  Plastikman  persona combines early influences from european synth-pop groups like  Kraftwerk with the techno-futurism of Detroit innovators such as  Juan Atkins  and  Derrick May

His tracks are steeped int he Motor City tradition while he deviates from it by adding his own texture and rhythmic complexity.

Johnson is not only the performer for such bands as  Beat Happening  and  Dub Narcotic Sound System;  he engineers and produces for the needs of bands on his record label  K Records.

K Records boasts releases by  BeckThe MicrophonesThe Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionOld Time Relijun  and  Modest Mouse.

Vowing to do things his way, this king of DIY formed his own independent label, Dischord Records  in 1988.

He is often credited with spearheading the hardcore movement of the 80's with his bands  The Teen Idols,  Minor Threat

and his most influential band  Fugazi.

John Parish's talents stretch from playing drums with various New Wave 80's bands to producing and collaborating with such bands as PJ Harvey, Giant SandThe EelsSparklehorse and Goldfrapp.

Internationally Parish has been busy producing and conducting soundtrack scores for films as well as drumming for various bands.

Federico is a multi talented artist from France. His band The Little Rabbits is well-koan in France. Since then he as formed, French Cow Boy, The One and now his latest duo endeavour Moon Gogo.

Eric is a french-based drummer mostly know for the renowned band The Little Rabbits. He is very active with his former fellow band mates in a plethora of different bands including one with his wife Enid, titled Rock and Roll Remember.

Garth Richardson's first engineering gig found him recording  The Red Hot Chili Peppers  Mother's Milk.

In the 1990's he was considered one of Los Angeles's 'hot ticket', where he was more apt to work with a heavier genre such as;

Rage Against the MachineThe Jesus LizardL7KittieSlipnot  and  The Melvins.

Serge keeps himself immersed in a musical world.

He is not only a performer in such bands as  The Pork Torta  and the 'not to be easily forgotten Bebe and Serge, he is also an engineer and part manager for Tucson-based Bloat Records.

Often using samples from obscure 25 cent-bin vinyls she finds in her record shop in Amsterdam, Esselink creates sampled recordings from her live shows, ranging from classical to metal bands.

Solex creates audio paradise from towering mounds of refuse" - Request magazine

After a long and semi-successful tenure as leader of scuzz-rock heroes Pussy Galore and Boss Hog, Jon Spencer took his anti-rock vision and hooked up with guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins to create the blues-punk trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 

Combining the dejected airs of the blues with punk's sneering energy, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion makes records that are often ignored by commercial radio but adored by critics and a hardcore legion of fans alike.

After a long and semi-successful tenure as leader of scuzz-rock heroes Pussy Galore and Boss Hog, Jon Spencer took his anti-rock vision and hooked up with guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins to create the blues-punk trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 

Combining the dejected airs of the blues with punk's sneering energy, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion makes records that are often ignored by commercial radio but adored by critics and a hardcore legion of fans alike.

First working out of NY, this hot engineers has relocated to the beautiful dessert in Tucson where he owns and operates Waterworks Recording.

By Sampling a taste of Water's work, one can hear his experimental influences for such notable artists as  The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionBob Log IIIThe Little RabbitsR.L. BurnsideSonic Youth  and Japan's  Shonen Knife.

From his Inner Ear studios, Zeintara has been engineering and producing bands for over 30 years.

His most famous credits include  Minor ThreatScream, Dag Nasty  and  Fugazi.

Artists

Jon and Matt

With a nearly incomprehensible blend of primitive swamp stomp n' swagger meets gutsy fucked up free jazz and throat singing punk gospel, Old Time Relijun are the true and original American Primitive Deconstructionist Visionaries.

Garth

Elisabeth Esselink

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