We had the good fortune of connecting with Austin Asvanonda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Austin, what’s your definition for success?
Success is very broad and can be interpreted in many different ways. I personally believe success isn’t something someone feels on a permanent basis, rather as a day to day experience.

I feel most successful in my career when I can look back on a long days work and I feel that I have truly done my best to get the best sounding product. Those are the moments where I feel most accomplished and satisfied. I don’t think success is attached with awards or monetary value. Rather working on something you can stand behind and put your heart into.

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.
As a Mixing and Mastering Engineer you are just as much part of the band as you are behind the scenes. Its a perfect mixture between the creative and technical side of the brain. That being said using your knowledge of equipment and how to manipulate them in creative ways is something I always strive to do. What was this designed to do and how can I make it do something it can’t?

I started my career working with local bands in the area and slowly grew connections from there. Fortunately as time progressed, now I have the opportunity to work with clients from all over the world with diverse musical backgrounds.

I have to say that nothing about the process was easy. The journey was a very slow and painful path that took about 6 years to get to this point of stability in my career. The most difficult part was patience. Telling myself “it’ll be worth it in the long run” and constantly reminding myself of the dream.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live next to the downtown area of my town. The area has some really sweet family owned restaurants and local knick knack shops. Most likely take a walk through the shopping area then go take a trip to the beach. Maybe grab some tacos and a beer on the pier? I mean what else could you ask for! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Though it may sound cliché, I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for my family and friends. They have supported me to incredible lengths and have given me so much motivation/advice throughout my career. Always having my back and running straight into battle.

I got my start with the band ‘The War On Drugs’. They have taught me so much about recording and the experiences I’ve had because of them is once in a lifetime.

Website: www.austinasvanonda.com

Instagram: austinasvanonda

Image Credits
Burch Studios Jamison Baken Ian Roesch

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