"I like it when we're recording and the signal from the guitar cuts out. I mean, I pull my hair out trying to figure out what the problem is, but sometimes that makes it better. I like the surprise." These are probably not words most musicians would want to hear from a producer/engineer, especially when they're paying him for studio time. But Chris Deckard is not a typical record producer, and his base of operations, Penny Studios, is not exactly a run-of-the-mill recording studio. How many studios charge by the project and not by the hour? How many engineers would freely admit that they are both good and bad at what they do and that the results of their production work depend on their level of... More >>>
By Mark Gilliland
Chris Deckard (left) and Jason Rook: "What makes a scene vital," says Deckard, "is when people get involved with each other, with other people. The most fun projects allow me to take part in them, not just record them."