Andy is one of the most talented musicians I know. Some people think of musical talent as a preternatural gift for shredding through neoclassical riffs on guitar or ripping through Chopin concertos as a pre-teen. In Andy’s case, this talent manifests itself as incredible taste and intuition for songwriting and audio production. When you hear a song written by Andy — whether it’s the, uh, powerviolence of Weekend Nachos or the alt rock throwback of Sourmouth — you know it’s an Andy song.
Fortunately, Andy gets to share his gift with others not just with his own music but through his work as a producer and audio engineer at Bricktop Recording.
I didn’t expect to make ill-founded quantum mechanics analogies with Andy in this conversation about songwriting, but that’s what happened.
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Learn more from Andy here:
- Website: Bricktop Recording
- Instagram: @bricktoprecording | @andyheybro
- Twitter: @andyheybro
- Bandcamp/Spotify: Like Rats | Weekend Nachos | Belonger | Sourmouth | 2*Sweet
- Selected Production: Never Ending Game | 156/Silence | Bather | Kharma | Lurk
- [01:27] How Andy writes an album’s worth of songs every few months — across different genres
- [11:46] The difference between “idea generation” and “idea editing” in songwriting
- [23:19] How does Andy facilitate creativity in the studio while still keeping sessions on track?
- [31:13] The difference between “producing” and “engineering”
- [40:27] The value of a skilled editor in any creative endeavor. And, why it’s easier to edit other people’s work than your own.
- [48:45] How to avoid getting too precious with your own creative ideas.
- [54:29] Getting spacey with some theoretical physics analogies to songwriting
- [01:07:54] How to learn more from Andy
Links and Resources Mentioned:
- Daniel Higgs
- Killing Joke
- Killing Joke “What’s THIS For…!”
- Preston Weippert (Of Feather and Bone | Volunteer Coroner) Interview
- Isaac Hale
- Guitar Pro
- Mike Watts
- Wave function collapse
- Robert Smith
- Jaz Coleman
- Jeff Tweedy
- Noel Gallagher
- Double-slit experiment
- Spelling Bee – The New York Times