In this episode of #TilYouMakeIt, we are joined by the music producer, recording engineer and mixer known for his Grammy-winning and multi-platinum-selling work with iconic acts like Peter Frampton, Dire Straits and Taylor Swift. In this conversation, Chuck reflects on how he approached re-mixing the famous Dire Straits record’ Brother in Arms’ to 5.1 and the moment he learned of it’s Grammy-winning success.
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A record like that, it’s, um, so historic, right? Everybody knows it. And when it came out, it basically launched the CD.
Mark Knopfler asked me to come over and do a remix of the very famous Dire Straits album, Brothers in Arms in 5. 1. I mean, I literally, when I would work. I would have that record playing in the CD player and I just go back and forth, listen to that a bit and see if my stuff was as good. So that’s how much it meant to me.
So I wanted to respect that, make that record as good as that record was, but make it as good as my memory was of it. So it was like having to match the original recording and then make it something else, right? So, you know sort of expanded it. I think it came out really good You know, I mean it got a Grammy, anytime you can get a Grammy that’s something, you know. That was one of them for me.
And of course, yeah, it’s like very important. The awards show happens in the winter, and I was snow skiing in Colorado, and a bunch of us had been skiing, and we were all in the hot tub, you know, hanging out when I got the news. So, I was kind of the celebrity in that hot tub.