We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Gross and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Mixing is art! I pride myself on making the best mixes possible and making each song a unique sonic fingerprint. A lot of people view mixing as a purely technical job, and there’s definitely a technical side, but at the end of the day mixing is art and I see myself as an artist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is that I don’t do anything cookie cutter. I’m not trying to sound like anyone else. I see each mix as its own creation and I seldom make things sound the same. When I view projects I did even from four months ago they seem foreign because I change the process depending on what the piece needs the most.
I started having a passion for being in the studio when I was about 13. I was at a music camp and was as fascinated with Pro Tools and the whole recording process. Also, the first time you see a console it is a stunning thing. I have never seen something with so many buttons. I needed to know what they all did and push all of them.
Has it been easy to get to where I am? No. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. I think one of the most important things I’ve learned along the way has been to value doing things my way. I don’t mean blindly rejecting other’s opinions, but I would rather be the captain of my small ship over anything else.
I think it’s very easy to get lost in the “work” of it all. I have made having fun a priority in my life. In fact, I have scheduled time to just have fun musically. I do whatever is speaking to me at the moment as long as I’m having fun. I find it’s yielded some of my coolest original songs. Maybe we’ll see a new album with the fun songs. Maybe not. Depends how much fun I’m having.
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’m a total foodie so this is the hardest question to answer so far!
Some of my secret food spots are:
Yang Chow – The slippery shrimp & schezuan wonton soup are must haves.
Malibu Seafood – Fish and Chips by the Ocean. What more could you want?
Gigis Cuban – I lived in Miami for a while and this is the one that gets the Cuban food right. Their Media Noche might even be the best one I’ve ever had.
My Favorite Drink Spots:
Button Mash – I love pinball. Give me a beer and a pinball machine and I will have fun for hours.
Idle Hour – I have an allegiance to North Hollywood, and Idle Hour is a great bar and the building is literally a barrel.
Clifton’s Cafeteria – I seldom want to go to the club, but Clifton’s is a must see. With a few floors of different themes it’s a great spot for a night out. 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?
This shoutout goes out to anyone who has made me laugh. Without laughter there’s nothing to make great art about. Part of being an artist is experiencing life and interpreting it so this goes out to all of the laughter along the way. I love you all.
Claire Bernardin, Maxine Bowen