Meet Josh Giunta >> Producer/Engineer
What is your typical “day in the life?”
My work lifestyle doesn't revolve around the 9-5 timeframe or by days of the week, which I really like. My day to day is always different, working with different people on a lot of music projects at once. I'm at the studio 4-6 days/week depending on how many artists I'm working with at any given time. I'm always on the hustle, so if I'm not in session at Sweetsounds I'm usually writing & producing new material to pitch to singers or to release. Outside of music, I like to carve out time to read everyday - this keeps me sharp and always has me thinking about new things. I also make time to play soccer a few times a week, hang with fam and friends, or go see music around town. (follow Josh on SnapChat at lovesciencemusc)
What separates SweetSounds from other studios in the city?
Sweetsounds is the perfect size studio. It's big enough to track live projects with multiple musicians, but also small enough to have an intimate feel when people are collaborating. In a space this size you meet everyone who is working there for the day which is a great way to build connections and check out what people are creating.
Additionally, the level of the engineers who work here is super high. Everyone here is dedicated to the craft and in tune with the modern sound. I constantly hear great records coming out of our rooms which is always inspiring. And our open house parties are ragin'.
How do you approach a new project?
The first step is always to get a feel for the personalities of the people involved so that I can figure out how we can be most productive and have everyone feel at ease and inspired. The next step is to hear their music and figure out where they want the new music to go, and what I'm hearing for an approach to engineering/mixing/production. From there, we can begin to develop a work flow together, it's always a bit different for each artist. Some people like to have space to just experiment and try their ideas out without much outside input and others like to have a constant feedback from my producer ears, so I feel out what makes people flow and go with it. I feel that I can really help take people's sound to the next level with my ears and through my approach to mixing, and it's always awesome to build a relationship where they are making better and better music over time and I am able to tap into new sounds on my end of things.
What are some of your favorite recent projects? Why are they special?
There's a bunch of cool stuff in the mix right now. Did some vocal tracking for AJ Lehrman - he's a beast and I love the level of detail he and his producers bring to the tracking process to get the right takes. He's blowing up...
I assembled a band and 4 vocalists to record an album for Brazilian rock lyric writer Yvens Fernandes. We wrote and tracked the 10 song album in 5 days. It's easy to talk yourself into believing it takes forever to make an album, but you can actually do it in less than a month if you get the right people in the room working together.
What are your “go-to” plug-ins?
I've got a lot of tools in the toolkit, haha... But personal favs include UAD Pultec EQs for warming things up and getting a smooth top end boost, iZotope Ozone for that final sheen on a mix or master, MaxxBass for getting the low end of a mix to fill out, Echoboy for opening up space, Decapitator for crunch and getting things to pop out of a mix, Waves Renaissance EQ for broad EQing, SPL transient designer to get drums to pop though a full production, UAD 224 Reverb for a natural small room sound. I go could on for days...
Any advice for new clients coming into the studio for the first time?
Finish the songs that you start! A half finished song is not very useful. Also, know that making good music takes time and is always slightly mysterious, so be patient with the process.
I also think it's important to make sure you're inviting the right people to the studio to work with you or to hang during your sessions. You want people who are good for your state of mind, know music, and know how to give you feedback in a way that will inspire you, not hinder the quality of what you're able to do or bust up the creative work flow (real talk).
Oh, and bring a hard drive to every session to backup your files!
Anything we can look forward to hearing from you in 2016?
I'll be releasing my 2nd album as a producer under the name Love Science Music. The music is Electro-Groove with really slick and creative production. The album will feature different guest vocalists on each song. I'll also be releasing a steady stream of video content from the studio featuring a lot of the folks I collaborate with.