We had the good fortune of connecting with Icemen Audio LLC and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Icemen, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Evan Menak: For me it goes back to when I was kid playing around with my Dad’s VHS camera, making videos with my friends like “magic shows” often done through simple in-camera editing tricks like having someone on camera, cutting, having them step off, and rolling once again so it looks like they disappeared. Making those videos and a keen interest in movies and TV shows growing up in the 80s and 90s led me to choose a vocational course in high school focused on video production and editing, using some of the earliest versions of such software as Adobe Premiere. From there, it seemed like a no-brainer to pursue a major in college focused around the same subject – which is where I met my fellow partners in Icemen Audio. 

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
David Beede: One of the most exciting and advantageous aspects of Icemen Audio is the combined partnership of the four of us, and the various avenues within sound we each have the opportunity to be involved in. Since we offer both Production and Post Production services, for instance, it is not uncommon that in a given week we would be split between booming television shows, recording documentary interviews overseas, recording A-list talent in our studio in Burbank, recording foley for features, and sound designing top tier narrative podcasts. One of our other core principles which we strive to maintain as a through-line in all of these various endeavors, is the ability to harmonize with the heart of the art. To us, this isn’t just a job or a paycheck. We tap into that same passion that drives the creator of the project we’re on, to make sure that our contribution and excitement matches the voices and stories that are being told. That can be a challenge, especially when there may be budget and time constraints that limit the team; but that’s also when the most innovative and creative solutions are born.

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?
Michael Capuano: With the current restrictions and safety measures taken because of the pandemic, it’s difficult to imagine what a tourist visit now would be like. But before, If I had a best friend visiting LA, I would usually start by taking them to some of the more awesome outdoor areas in the city. Places like Venice, Griffith Park, Malibu, Echo Park, The Observatory, etc. One of the really cool things about LA is the wide range of vibes the city has. There are so many different places to eat and drink, every neighborhood has its own feel. You can also find yourself within 1 hour of the mountains, desert, or beach. We have a studio located in the nearby San Bernardino mountains near Lake Arrowhead, so we would probably spend some time visiting the mountain studio as well as our studios in Burbank. The movie lots offer really fun lot tours as well. If music is your thing there are plenty of live music venues to find around town. LA and the surrounding areas pretty much have anything you’re looking for; it’s such a diverse place to be! As I’m sure all of us feel, the day we can all enjoy the sights and experiences of this wonderful city cannot come soon enough. As we go through our daily struggles it’s good to remember the fun times we had with friends and family and look forward to that future promise once again.

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Chris Hall: Icemen Audio is all about sonic passion! We simply love sound, and wanted a creative place where we could all feel comfortable executing this art form. But we would be nothing without our mentors; the mixers and editors who inspired us to hold a strong work ethic and gave us the tools to get to the point we’re at now. Whether it’s mixing a feature film, or designing sound effects and foley for a podcast, we truly love sound. Peter Devlin, CAS, production sound mixer, has been a long time mentor and collaborator with Icemen. I first met Peter on J.J. Abrams Star Trek over 13 years ago. He offered advice and job opportunities that would help Icemen soar to extraordinary heights. Passion, inspiration, and a strong bond with mentors are the roots that will hopefully continue to make Icemen Audio thrive and grow.

Website: www.icemenaudio.com
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IcemenAudio/

Image Credits
Josh Bragg, Bob Menak, Stefanie Abel, Icemen Audio

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