My guest in this episode is one of these rare success stories of working musician. And by “working”, I don’t mean he’s just able to get paying gigs playing in a cover band, or make a few bucks from youtube streams. I mean someone who’s legitimately credited on albums by artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Tom Petty, Linkin Park, and the list goes on. Michael Hateley is a guy who’s worn a lot of hats. He’s had a record deal and toured as member of the punk band Extra Fancy, he’s worked for Warner Bros. Studios as an engineer, he’s been involved in an independent film project that was picked up by Netflix, and now he has his own audio mastering business in Los Angeles with clients like Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers, and Sire.
I asked Michael to be on this podcast to shed some light on what working in the “biz” really means, and how you can carve out a real career if you just follow some basic steps. The first one being, listen to this podcast in its entirety. Learn from someone who’s being doing this before a streaming channel even existed, and what he thinks the future looks like. The good news is that’s always going to be filled with opportunities for those who know where to look for them.