We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Mann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
If someone made a venn diagram of my work and my life, it would be a single overlapping circle. I’m sure that seems unhealthy, but I’m lucky to get to do something I love, and if I weren’t doing it as a job, I’d be doing it as a hobby.
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.
Making records is all I’ve wanted to do since I was 14 years old. It’s been an interesting journey that has taken me places that I never imagined I could be. Sure, it’s hard work, and all-consuming, but it’s been worth it. One of my favorite things about this job is that it offers opportunity to be both creative and technical. And of course, there is always more to learn.
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?
I’ve had lots of friends come visit, and they usually want to see the classic iconic L.A. locations – Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign, the Santa Monica Pier, etc. I’m happy to oblige, because I’m not tired of those things yet! Also, because my recording studio is in Burbank, lunch from Porto’s is a must.
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?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Tom Harding, the recording engineer for whom I assisted when I lived in Nashville, and who taught me a great deal about audio engineering.