Early inspirations, professional journey, networking, A&R relationships
Meeting the band, pre-production, song structure, tracking approach, studio setup
Rhythm section, guitar overdubs, amp selection, performance coaching
Lead guitar, click tracks, comping techniques, vocal tracking, harmonies
Additional rhythm tracks, finalizing arrangement, following instincts
The Kooks(14 min / 1h16)
Tony Hoffer kicks off this five-part series by retracing his steps through the industry. The multi-Grammy-nominated engineer describes how he worked his way up the ranks and built long-lasting relationships with a plethora of world-class artists including Beck, Air, Phoenix, M83 and many more.
Tony then plays back the original recordings that he made with British indie pop band, The Kooks, sharing outtakes from their early studio sessions at Konk and Strongroom. He discusses how he and the band collaborated to define their signature sound, placing particular emphasis on pre-production, performance coaching and session planning. You will learn all of his technical strategies for gear selection, bleed reduction, tempo cues, comping on tape and digital post-production.
These production decisions contributed to creating a hit single that launched the band’s career and introduced a new generation to the sound of Britpop.
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese
About Tony Hoffer
Tony Hoffer is most known for his colorful, gritty productions and mixes that pop out of the speakers. His work over the years spans across alternative, electronic, rock, pop and indie. Hoffer spent his early years in Miami making music on 2 cassette decks and a reel-to-reel machine. As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles and went ‘hi-tech’ upgrading to a Tascam 4-track cassette deck falling in love with music and the art of production. Tony started off playing guitar in ‘post-punk’ bands...