We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Pleeter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, how do you think about risk?
Ironically I was having this discussion earlier today. I think risk taking (within music) is so important. Whether it’s a creative idea that pushes some out of their comfort zone or investing time and energy into a song that never sees the light of day. Risk can be influential on so many levels.
The first risk I took that I felt like had lasting meaning was during my junior year of college. I was on the classic path as an engineer. Interning at studios, working on becoming an assistant, with the end goal of head engineer. I quickly learned that path was not for me, especially since my passion had already become mixing & mastering. Without taking the risk to try and carve a different path, I would absolutely be in a different place right now.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a mixing//mastering engineer and a musical curator from NY. I work out of a creative heaven called Dimension 70 Studios in Manhattan. Connecting people and trying to facilitate the creation of art has been my goal since the very beginning. From bringing artists together into the same room, to curating a vibe in the space before they step in. I’m always trying to push boundaries in the process. I look at mixing and engineering as a real way to do that. A way of helping artist’s translate what they are hearing (or not hearing) in their head to what they want the world to hear out loud.
Right now I’m very excited for the next few years and the music that is on my desktop 🙂 Filled with different genres, from Topaz Jones, Braxton Cook, Ronnie Paradise, Lo Village, Anna Shoemaker, WhuElse and so many other friends I am blessed to be working.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way are to stay true to yourself and to listen to your gut//your friends. Your friends and people you trust around you will usually have interesting input, especially friends who might not work in music.
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?
EASY. Lighthouse in BK for brunch, most likely walk it off down to Domino Park to see the Manhattan Skyline. If it’s nice out, hang in the park for a while with some drinks, if not probably over to Barcade to game a little. Finishing it off with dinner at Veselka in Manhattan and drinks in one of the many bars nearby. More than likely followed by a late night studio tour >:D
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?
There are a few people I owe a shoutout, but two that deserve a special one. My parents. No. Matter. What. They have always been my biggest support system. From day one till present. I remember going off to college and my mom would say with a laugh, “So and so asked if I’m really letting you go to school for music.” Musicians at heart themselves, without their endless support and belief in me, I would be in a different chair right now.
Additionally, my professors Mr. Magliano, Phil Moffa, Jon Jetter & Silas Brown played such a huge role in shaping who I am as a human and an engineer. Always providing real world experience and honest. When I didn’t get into college first semester because of bad grades, I would take the hour drive and they would let me sit in on classes as often as I’d like.
Lastly, I owe EVERYTHING to the community around me. I would be nowhere without them <3
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