We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Moses and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sam, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to help bring clarity to a misunderstood part of the audio creation process. Mastering has always been viewed as a “dark art” or some sort of “black magic”, and it really is not. Everyday, I help bands finish their record and bring peace of mind that it is ready to come out. That’s what mastering is. The technical side of it can be learned, the ear can be trained, and knowing where a record is and where it needs to go in order to compete in the commercial market comes from years of listening and studying records.

I noticed over the years of working on records, most mastering engineers made the record worst and complicated the process so I sought out to be transparent and honest about what we do at the mastering stage. I get paid to call a record done, sometimes that means I do a lot to the record and sometimes that means I do “nothing” to it. Most mastering engineers are too insecure to admit that. The best case scenario for me is to get a record that is “done” that I know is ready and requires no more adjusting. That is what I get paid for and that is why I have exploded the last twelve years as a company.

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?
This is what makes me different from other businesses.

Clients need to be served. Clients need your attention. Clients will give you the answers. Clients want to be heard. Clients want to be right. Clients want you to win. Clients want to come back. Clients want you to give them boundaries, deadlines. Clients want you to bring them peace of mind. Clients want to pay you.
Clients often don’t trust you. Clients can go somewhere else. Clients can leave you for no other reason outside of wanting a change. Clients need to be nurtured like a plant. Clients can be skeptical. Clients don’t want friction. Clients often don’t want to be educated. Clients come to you to solve problems. Clients come to you with questions. Clients sometimes need to be fired. Clients are part of your brand. Clients are your best marketers. Clients are your trust builders for other clients. Not everyone can be your client. Clients will save your butt and remind you of things when you forget them. Be grateful for your clients.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would go golf and I would cook you the best Neapolitan pizza you can find in the US. I would take you on a walk with my mini golden doodle Biggie Smalls. We would laugh and cry on my back porch watching the sun go down. We would watch Laguna Beach together. We wouldn’t go anywhere really.. because if my best friend came to visit, all that matters is that we are together.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my wife for always believing in me. Shoutout to Joe Baressi for telling me I could actually do this thing. Shoutout to Michael Hughes for giving my first chance in Nashville. Shoutout to Paul Moak for being a leader in the community of Nashville and also giving me a huge break into the industry. Shoutout to my podcast partner and second wife Matt Garber. Shoutout to all the mixers I work with, y’all are MVPS and make my job “easy”. Shout out to Dave McNair for teaching me this last year about life and mastering. Shoutout to Crema Coffee, sponsor me please. Shoutout to plugins and outboard gear. Shoutout to my mom and dad. Shoutout to my mini golden doodle biggie. Shoutout to Drum Phil and the Top 8 for always being there. Shoutout to real estate and re-financing at the right time. Shoutout to my Land Rover that is always breaking down. Shoutout to Rosemary Beach.

Website: https://www.mosesmastering.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mosesmastering/

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