We had the good fortune of connecting with Josue Catalan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josue, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I went through tough times when growing up and music was always there to help calm myself and understand the world I was facing, It was (and still is) like therapy. Music has the power to attract you deeper and deeper into it, and before I knew it I was playing drums and other instruments with my friends and I knew that I needed to create and work with music for a living. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else but working in the music world. I think we all need to be honest with ourselves at some point and face who we are and how we are wired inside despite what family or society says. I accepted the fact that I need to be creating and experiencing my creation to be a happy person, and while doing it, helping others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Thanks to the people who supported me and thanks to my experience from being an intern serving coffee, to be the chief engineer of a large format studio; ending up today being a freelance mixing engineer, I think I developed a special way of combining the old-school mindset with the technology from nowadays. All the while, approaching music with a deeper understanding of what mixing can bring to the table and potentiate a production. I’ve learned that following your dreams usually means sacrifice, risk, and hard work, but also enormous satisfaction and happiness. Giving always the extra mile and trying to be humble to learn every day goes a long way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
-My absolute must would be a tour around the south bay beaches. -I’ll take him for a ride at the Angeles Crest Highway. -Dinner at “Stout bar & burgers” -A trip to big bear -Warner Bros tour -Hotel Cafe for a live show – Having lunch at Fat Sals -Randy’s Donuts -Trip to Getty Villa
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
-My family, wife, and parents, are the single most important people to honor. Without the support and encouragement, I would have never gotten where I am today. They pushed and taught me to pursue my dreams and not settle for less. -Barry Sage, sound engineer, and producer, believed in me when I was starting and accepted me as his apprentice. I discovered the studio professional work and how to work with music using good taste. -Joe Chiccarelli, sound engineer, and producer, taught me all the technical skills and the mindset to approach a project the best way possible. He helped me refine my understanding of music and refine my skills as a mixing engineer.