KMD Productions Presents: One & Dunn
By KMD Productions
From the equipment manufacturers, to the engineers, to the business people behind the scenes, over the years every member of the microcosm has become family to Karen Dunn, Founder/CEO of KMD Productions, the company she created to channel her dedication to bring the whole eclectic crew together into virtual and live events.
Tune in to One and Dunn to meet this colorful cast of characters, and pick up tips for creating and cultivating your own groups by stepping into Karen’s world of creating community in Pro Audio.
KMD Productions Presents: One & DunnMay 18, 2023
John Mlynczak: Embracing the Turning Points of our Careers
You may know John Mlynczak from roles at Hal Leaonard and PreSonus; as of May 1, he’s the new CEO & President of NAMM. John joins us for his first official podcast interview in the role and shares his journey finding his way in the music industry, from teacher to gigging trumpet player to the business, and how these turning points that take us in new directions are the most powerful points of all.
Rachel Stilwell: How to Know When it's Time to Get a Music Lawyer
Billboard Top Music Lawyer, Rachel Stilwell, joins us for our first episode highlighting music law! Rachel has her own practice, Stilwell Law, which focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions. Rachel represents artists, creators & producers of music, film & television in transactions with content providers & distributors.
In this episode we dive into production deals, sampling, when it’s time to reach out to a lawyer, best resources for those when the money isn’t there to hire a lawyer, and of course we get to know a little about herself too. Tune in!
One and Dunn Extravaganza with the METAlliance
“F*ck fear! There’s no death penalty for using the wrong compressor” - Frank Filipetti
What does System of a Down, GML, George Strait, “SexyBack”, Acura’s ELS surround system, Neil Young, and Tony Award-winning musical Aida have in common?
An amazing super-group of multi-GRAMMY winning & nominated Engineers, Mixers, and Producers, that’s what! In this special episode we sit down with Sylvia Massy, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay, Jimmy Douglass, Elliot Scheiner, Niko Bolas, and Frank Filipetti to discuss what METAlliance is & why it’s important, the art of engineering, and their upcoming “In Session” event at Blackbird Studio in Nashville at the end of January.
Morning Estrada: If it Sounds Right, Don't Overthink it
Goood Morning to everyone, but especially our next guest…
Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Morning Estrada!! We discuss the importance of the engineers’ inclusion in collaboration during a session, how he grew his mindset after winning a Latin GRAMMY for Rosalía’s “Con Altura”, and how Morning finds balance with work & life. These are just a few topics, tune in to hear the many stories!!
J Dash: What Computer Science Teaches us about Music
Join us as we get to know Rapper, Producer, and Songwriter - J Dash. On this episode we talk about his background in computer science & how it still relates to his musical career, creating a sync-licensing company “SlapDash”, how his life changed after Miley Cyrus further propelled his hit “WOP” ft. Flo Rida up the charts, and as always, how community is important to him & how he likes to give back.
Alexandria Perryman: Audio Engineering at NASA and Beyond
Houston, we have a new episode!
We invited Emmy winning, Audio Engineer - Alexandria Perryman to the mic! A few things we discuss are goal setting, changing your mind & navigating a new course for yourself, (audio) engineering @ NASA (!!!), imposter syndrome, and what you need to start a podcast.
Rafa Sardina: Our Support Systems Make us Great
“You need to create your support system. Your support system can be anything, anybody…can be even your assistants, your co-workers, musicians, arrangers. You have to build that for your own sake, for yourself, and you do it for others too. You have to build it for yourself to be your prime in terms of your ability to do great things.”
Multi-GRAMMY award winning Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Rafa Sardina joins us for this new episode of One and Dunn! We chat about his journey evolving from Spain to the USA (including his vineyard), how his experience in medical school has impacted his career, and his story of vocal producing famous Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo. Listen now!
Neal Pogue: How Producing and Mixing are like Being Onstage
“Being in tune with all those colors and senses & how it over takes me; it makes me so reactive when it comes to mixing & producing. Just being in tune with certain things, it’s such a spiritual thing. To me producing & mixing a song is like going on stage. It’s that moment of the unknown, but going by your instincts of what to do at that moment and just going with it. Having some type of fear & hoping people are feeling what you’re feeling.”
This week we have Producer, Mixer, and Engineer Neal Pogue! Recently won GRAMMYs for Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR and Call Me If You Get Lost in 2020 & 2022 respectively. We talk about his mix process, where he draws inspiration, and balancing life & work including projects as being an in demand professional.
Jimmy Douglass: Know the Tools in the Shed before you Start
“Even though the knowledge is there, you still gotta know when it’s time to use it…Feeling doesn’t come in quantified words. But you gotta know the tools that are in the shed before you start.”
Jimmy “The Senator” Douglass, Recording Engineer & Record Producer, joins us in this new episode of One and Dunn! Listen to hear his path from tape duplicator to jingles and back to making records, working with established artists vs. developing artists, and how to stay creative in a career with longevity.
Sylvia Massy: Adventure Recording
Excited to have Producer, Mixer, Instructor, and Author - Sylvia Massy as our first guest for Season 2 of One and Dunn! Join us as we discuss her art, stories of "adventure" recording, and her ever expanding vintage mic collection. She does a little show and tell, so don't forget to check out the episode on our YouTube channel too!
Ep 24: Hill Kourkoutis
“The experience is the most important part. So I will always try things. Even if I don’t think intuitively that’s where it needs to end up.”
The first woman ever to receive a Juno award for Recording Engineer of the Year happened in May 2022. Today, she joins us on this next episode of One and Dunn. Please welcome Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Mixer, Engineer, Artist, & Director…Hill Kourkoutis!!! We discuss how she found music, establishing an artist’s vision & creative pallet for a project, what’s next after winning a Juno, and so much more. Tune in!
Ep 23: Joe Lamond - Catch Up: A New Chapter
"You never know who you're going to meet and who's going to change your career and impact your life. That's the beauty of the NAMM Show." -- Joe Lamond
Today we are joined by NAMM President & CEO, Joe Lamond, for a deep dive into NAMM 2022. Joe shares in detail how their team is tackling COVID, what's new at this June's show (NAMM+ app!), and how it feels for this to be one of his last shows at the helm of the organization he's lead for more than 20 years. After this conversation, we're more excited than ever to see Joe and the rest of the music community again next week in Anaheim!
Ep 22: Joe Chiccarelli
“My entire career has been luck…it’s just falling into situations. Sometimes it’s just being a part of a scene and being swept away with that scene when that scene comes into vogue.”
Today we have the amazing Producer, Engineer, Mixer - Joe Chiccarelli!! I really enjoyed hearing his approach with different projects. We also dive into how he began his career, giving Frank Zappa feedback, preserving mistakes to create something more interesting, and getting out of your comfort zones. What was your favorite part?!
Ep 21: Kelly Pribble
“Community is people getting together to maybe write songs together or do art together. It’s all about art & music…a mix is a picture painted with sound.”
Today we have a very special guest, one of our largest sponsors for this podcast!! Kelly Pribble - Inventor & Director of Media Recovery Technology @ Iron Mountain Entertainment Services. We talk preserving history (ex. Bob Dylan, Rush) through patent pending technology helping to restore tapes, potential black hole of media & music information lost forever, and the importance of Metadata. Also, a little advice: Google the 60 Minutes episode on Prince’s catalogue, you’ll thank us a later.
Ep 20: Benjamin Rice
“The nature of the relationship changes over time. It becomes deeper and more collaborative. It goes from engineer/artist relationship to a very personal relationship to more of a collaborative relationship.”
GRAMMY winning Engineer, Producer & Songwriter Benjamin Rice joins us on One and Dunn!! Ben is such a humble guy, we discuss creating new goals after winning a Grammy, building relationships with artists, experience in the military, working at Record Plant, evolving collaboration with Lady Gaga and community.
Ep 19: DJ OP!
“DJs are a living library of music”
Our next guest we have to say with excitement is…DJ OP! He’s a producer, engineer, DJ, and Artist Relations Manager for Serato. His phone never stops blowing up from DJs reaching out for advice. We discuss how he creates his set lists, traveling, Afrokinetic, and how his journey has unfolded with his career. Tune in every other Thursday for a new episode of One and Dunn!
Ep 18: Manny Marroquin
“We want to find that emotional connection the listeners are gonna have with the song”
The man, the myth, the legend, multi-GRAMMY award winner Mixing Engineer Manny Marroquin sits down with us!! We chat about his inspiration behind his restaurant Verse, what it’s like immigrating from Guatemala & being the first generation of his family to build success in the United States, mentoring the next era of engineers, and his mixing process.
Ep 17: Alan Meyerson
“When you’re a mixer and an engineer you make thousands and thousands and thousands of micro decisions all the time. It’s not about a preset or a setting or an EQ or type of EQ. It’s about the concept of it. It’s about what are you doing with that EQ.”
NEW EPISODE ALERT!!! Film Score Mixer Alan Meyerson joins us on One and Dunn. He is truly passionate about his work and it is non-stop. Listen as we discuss the mixing process of a score for film, Hans Zimmer, collaborating with his community, mentoring and traveling for work.
Ep 16: Chuck Ainlay
“The opportunities are out there. It’s what you make of them.” — Chuck Ainlay
Come hang with Recording Engineer & Producer Chuck Ainlay and me! In this episode of One and Dunn™ we talk about the TEC Awards, studio life, creating bonds with clients, country music, writing a book, competitive water skiing, visiting Isla Mujeres and so much more. I always have the best time with Chuck! Tune in now to join in the fun! 🏖
Ep 15: Andrew Scheps
Our next guest on One and Dunn™ is mixer, producer, recording engineer, and record label owner Andrew Scheps! We talk about how he approaches a mix, living in the UK, planting trees, his career journey, working with Michael Jackson, and so much more.
Ep 14: Josh Gudwin
We’re kicking off 2022 with an amazing guest - Producer, Mixer and Grill Master Josh Gudwin!! We’re so excited to sit down with him to discuss the Marines, camping in the middle of nowhere, career advice, how he knows a mix is right, Phish, community, cryptocurrency, and of course his life with Justin Bieber…and this is just the cliff notes version!!
Ep 13: Michael Pearson-Adams
💡“ Community is defined by a group of people who are willing without a second thought or consideration to help others around them in getting that next step in what they’re doing.” 🎤
Director of Training & Development and Project Manager for Waves Audio Michael Pearson-Adams joins us on this week’s episode of One And Dunn sharing his horror stories of hotel bookings with Karen, his jail cell experiences in Indonesia and Tijuana and much more.
Ep 12: Robert Scovill
💡“Community is a collective thought, it’s where differences can live and still thrive but not threaten the community.” 🎤
World class live music mixer and engineer Robert Scovill joins us on this week’s episode of One And Dunn sharing his stories on the road with iconic artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Def Leppard, Prince and more. As a fitness addict Robert divulges his love for the training process of open water swimming to Alcatraz, triathlon competitions, and swim runs. The recipe for success in his career and personal passions? Mental toughness, focusing on the preparation, and his motto HTFU.
Ep 11: Marcella Araica
“Really it’s just organization and never forgetting myself in the process.”
On today's episode of One And Dunn™, recording and mixing engineer extraordinaire Marcella Araica breaks down the amazing balancing act between her studio, business and family life. She shares the career path leading up to her running her own business and the challenges she’s faced along the way.
Ep 10: John Storyk
“You have to not be afraid to fail” - John Storyk
Well known for his early career sound designing Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix, the legendary John Storyk's work can be seen in the personal studios of Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Green Day, Aerosmith and many others. John’s company The Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) has had a profound impact influencing acoustic design for close to 52 years.
Dive into his incredible career path, blending his passion for music with design, and of course his love for community!
Ep 9: Piper Payne
Need some new BBQ-ing techniques? Perhaps you’re new to beer & wanna dip your toes in, but don’t know where to start? Mastering Engineer, Educator, and Technologist Piper Payne has you covered! Karen and Piper also discuss the art of mastering music, career shifts, Nashville eats, drinks & music, motorcycles, vinyl, and of course…community!
Ep 8: Tom Kenny
Family and community mean everything to Tom Kenny. A middle child of 12, Tom talks about how these things influence his publications in MIX Magazine, the nuances of working together with people you may dislike to reach a common goal, recounts stories of his years working the TEC Awards (Beatles legend, Producer Sir George Martin may be mentioned), and shares tips for those looking to dip their toes in music journalism.
Ep 7: Chris "C-Rod" Rodriguez
“Just create. Always be creating. Complete & repeat.” - @crodmusic - Producer/Songwriter/Mixer/Arranger
Chris “C-Rod” Rodriguez shares his experience along his career path, the importance of family, creating content with @WysterMedia, and what it takes to make it in music these days. Don’t miss out on where he’ll take you for food & entertainment in Miami, Florida.
Ep 6: Jeri Palumbo
Jeri Palumbo, Broadcast Sports & Entertainment Mixer, Audio and RF Tech extraordinaire, joins us on this week's episode of One and Dunn! She and Karen will cover how she found her career, #MeToo, the creation of sports music library Arena Waves, her adopted pup Monty and animal advocacy, and of course what community means to her.
Ep 5: Joe Lamond
NAMM President & CEO Joe Lamond just celebrated his 20 year anniversary in his role, and this interview finds him gearing up for Summer NAMM 2021 in Nashville. Listen in while he and Karen talk about solo motorcycle traveling, his cold calling Sesame Street in his quest to create Sesame Street Music Works, his journey from drummer and tour manager to where he is now, and why the 'Crossroads' that is the NAMM Show is such a vital part of our music ecosystem.
Ep 4: EveAnna Manley
Motorcycles, meals, and microphones--EveAnna Manley can do it all. She and Karen reminisce on how a classroom speech from Bill Graham inspired her entrepreneurial journey, and how her hardworking spirit has led Chino-based Manley Labs to the family-led and community focused environment it has today. Remember kids, ask not what your employer can do for you, but what YOU can offer an employer!
Ep 3: Gavin Lurssen
Multi-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award winner & nominee Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering talks with Karen about adventure motorcycles, family time, photography, growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa, gray hair, and community, with a sprinkle of audio insights & advice.
Lurssen has mastered some of your favorite artists’ records such as the Foo Fighters, Ben Harper, Queens of the Stone Age, and Sara Bareilles. In the film world, he’s worked on Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian, Black Panther, and The Hunger Games. Gavin is a strong supporter of independent music and is actively involved with The Recording Academy in many ways, including participating with the GRAMMYs On The Hill initiatives. Gavin Lurssen is the epitome of a community advocate, and we're proud to call him a friend.
Ep 2: Zoe Thrall
Greek chicken, menus for the stars, sharks in Las Vegas, Little Steven and Nelson Mandela; tune in for a tour from Zoe Thrall, Director of Studio Operations at The Hideout Recording Studio in Henderson, NV. Zoe takes us from her engineer roots to how she became a dominant force in Studio Operations in storied spaces like Power Station Studios and Hit Factory Studios in NYC, and Studio at the Palms in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Ep 1: Ken "Pooch" Van Druten
Ken "Pooch" Van Druten is a Front of House Engineer who's worked with everyone from Iron Maiden to Jay-Z to Justin Beiber, in addition to co-hosting his own podcast project, The Wrong End of the Snake. Karen and Pooch catch up about how he's channeling his creative energy while the live industry is shut down, how engineers can be using this downtime to hone their craft, and how Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil gave him that famous nickname.