We had the good fortune of connecting with Spencer Rydholm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Spencer, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think the entirety of pursuing a career in any kind of art is taking a risk. I chose to pursue audio engineering so it’s slightly more comfortable than maybe acting or trying to make it as an artist, where there is more competition, but it’s still extremely difficult to do because money is never guaranteed. There is very little security, but I believe anything good in life requires risk. Love requires risk and vulnerability, building friendships, moving somewhere, success. All of it requires sacrificing comfortability and security, to give all you have to pursue a dream. For example, I could spend all of my time working at a restaurant to have the money I need to pay bills, but maybe I need to take some of those hours and work on finding clients for my music work. I may not get them, so I may lose money for the week, but I won’t ever get them if I don’t take the time. I’ve been told that it was bold for me to pursue this, move to LA and risk failure, but for me it’s really just about not settling. I don’t think I could live with myself if I didn’t chase the dream of making music. I’d be miserable and I know that I’m now living the life I’m designed to live.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
So I am an audio engineer from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles. I’ve grown up playing and listening to music and learned in high school that I wanted to pursue a career helping artists rather than be one. I love recording music and even more so love mixing it. I studied audio engineering at Columbia College in Chicago while playing in a band and also interned at Classick Studios there. Shoutout to those guys too. I had the incredible experience of learning to record and mix under some of the best Hip-Hop engineers in the world.
Roughly two years after graduating I decided to move to LA. Since I have built great relationships in the industry and have continued to grow because of them. Most importantly, 6 months ago, I met electronic artist Creans and he’s since allowed me to work out of his private boutique studio, Skylight Studios in North Hollywood. This is where I primarily work with clients now. It’s an incredible environment that is extremely comfortable and laid-back. Thanks to him I have an incredible space to work from.
Through these experiences I’ve learned that this industry truly is built on relationships. People don’t want to work with you if you aren’t good people, and in contrast, people will work with you if they enjoy being around you, even if there are better engineers out there. Every success I’ve had in music is because of other people. Ethan, Mike and Ian, three of my homies I played music with in Chicago, I worked with in the last month. Ethan now writes as Ethan Mole, Mike produces as Midi Conga and Ian produces as postwrigley. My friend Vanessa, Ness Heads, and I still continue to chop it up, talk music and push each other to be better, far after working on anything together. Same goes for her main producer and good friend of mine, Andrew, Drew Damen. My homie Don Hulio from Classick Studios has recently put me on to some projects to help engineer. People are everything in this industry. I’m grateful for every one that I’ve been blessed to work with and I hope they would say the same about me. Go look all of them up by the way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The perfect Sunday in LA…
9a – Coffee at Go Get Em Tiger, my favorite coffee in LA. There’s plenty all over LA but my favorites are Los Feliz and West Hollywood. Go for the cold brew or the “Business and Pleasure,” a combination of three great drinks. Breakfast burrito is smackin’ too.
10a – Church at Mosaic. Hang and meet all the people afterward.
12p – Lunch at In-n-Out and tour Hollywood – The best fast food meal you can have and then I’d show people around the touristy spots. If you haven’t been to LA you have to see where the entertainment industry was built. The epicenter of human creativity. The neighborhood breathes creativity and it’s so inspiring. I’d drive side streets to see film studios, recording studios, etc.
3p – Afternoon at the beach. Any of them are great but for a first-timer probably Venice. It’s a wild experience down there and there’s an Intelligentsia down there too. Another great coffee spot. Malibu is ideal but you usually need an entire beach day for that drive.
7p – Dinner at a taco truck. LA has the BEST tacos and my girlfriend and I usually have lawn chairs in the back of the car just to have a pop-up tailgate in a parking lot. We usually hit Tacos Arizas by the Walgreens in Echo Park.
9p – Drinks at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. Classic speakeasy in LA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My church community Mosaic. Mosaic is a community of faith based in the heart of Hollywood and our mission is to be a church that lives by faith, is known by love, and to be a voice of hope to the world. I wouldn’t be anywhere in life without Jesus and I wouldn’t be anywhere in LA without Mosaic. This community has given me a home here, a family, and a consistent fuel for growth in all areas of life. Shoutout everyone at Mosaic. Love you guys.