We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Palma and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The trust I build with each individual has a lot to do with the success I have had as an Audio Engineer. I care so much about what an artist is doing. Prior to being at Redwall, I was an active recording and touring musician. Knowing that side of everything helps me guide artists that come to the studio. If they are having trouble with melodies or harmonies, I am able to come up with ideas on the spot to help elevate their record. If they need additional production, I have multiple instruments to pull from. Since I am able to operate thinking like a musician and a recording / mixing engineer, I know which hat to pull out. This allows me to make all of my artists very comfortable, resulting in amazing takes we can use on the record.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a producer, recording artist and audio engineer, it is my duty to stay up to date on current sounds and production quality. I constantly strive to achieve this and keep tabs on every new release that comes out. I am proud that I can work with both major and independent artists daily. It took many years at different studios and bay area tech jobs prior to Redwall Studio. It was a nice balance of luck and talent; but I would like to think that the stars aligned at the right time. It took a lot of patience to get to where I am today. The best advice I could give to anyone wanting to enter the audio industry is to keep pushing ahead. Keep up to date on what I am doing on instagram at @mrshreddybear. I re-post artists I work with on my story daily.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First on the itinerary would be Sushi Tomi in Mountain View. Some of the freshest Nigiri sushi you can get in the Bay Area. An evening in San Pedro square in San Jose for drinks. The next day we would to Redwall Studio to see the video sets, dance studio and recording studios.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A few big shoutouts to give here: Chantel Muranaga and our beautiful son Roen Yoshiro Palma, you two are the reason I strive for so much success in the audio industry. Thank you both for pushing me daily.
Travis King, thanks for taking me in at Hendrix and allowing me to start my journey in the studio world.
Fred (Furious), thank you for always giving me opportunities and letting me maintain your gear for so many years.
James Cortes, appreciate every journey we have taken with NoCo (music in general) and what’s to come in the future.
Sunny Loera & Anthony Lovaglia, thank you both for having me at Redwall. This studio has allowed me to grow over and over again. We will continue to have an extremely bright future together in the audio industry.
Nicolas de Porcel – my favorite mastering engineer of all time! Thanks for giving me constructive criticism on every record I send out. You’ve helped shape my sound in a way I have always wanted.
Henrik Thevissen, thank you for being an amazing mentor when I attended SAE.