I’ve been fortunate in my life to be able to collaborate with and/or learn directly from a handful of my musical heroes. Not necessarily super-celebrities, but people who are at the top of my list of “badass-ness”. Each one of them has enriched my life in such ways that I don’t know where I’d be without those experiences.
Back in 2002 I received an email from a college friend with a link to the online Mixerman Diaries. She was hooked on them and knew I’d be as well. How right she was! I then, in turn, sent the link to all my rock and roll friends, who were equally as delighted, I’m sure.
I was addicted to the story from the first paragraph:
The Daily Adventures of Mixerman: Week 1:
Los Angeles, California Posted: July 27, 10:33 a.m.
On Monday, July 29, I begin a new project. I will be recording an album of a band for a very famous producer. The band is relatively unknown other than within the record industry, which, for the most part, is currently filled with bitter losers of the biggest bidding war in the history of the music business…
Reading that gives me chills. It STILL sounds interesting! Who is the band? Who is the producer? Who is Mixerman???
One of the friends I sent it to contacted me a little over a year ago and told me that he had set up a meeting with Mixerman about working on a project with him and asked me to drive him to the meeting (he would be arriving from out of town).
We had no idea what Eric (Mixerman’s real first name) would look like, or be like. We spent the entire drive over to his place speculating, like all fan-boys do in such situations. Tom brought him a bottle of vodka and a “fattie” (two things we knew about Mixerman from the diaries was that he loves good vodka and “fatties”).
Anyway, Eric looked nothing like the Mixerman I had in my head (his online bio says he is “450 pounds, …remarkably athletic and agile, and is often spotted in the Venice Beach Gold’s Gym doing Pilates..”) He actually looked sort of like me (tall, thin, dressed in black). And he was much cooler and less intimidating than the diary leads one to believe. He even agreed to mix my record when I later put Tom up to the uncomfortable task of asking him on my behalf (something I will always be grateful for)…
Now, how about that? I really hit the creative jackpot with that one. I was so happy I could die. Turns out, not only is Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin a super cool dude and great writer of musical comedy memoirs – he’s an EXCELLENT producer/engineer/mixer of projects from such renowned artists as The Pharcyde, Ben Harper, Foreigner, Hillary Duff, Amy Grant – AND he is willing to work with independent artists!
Our collaboration was seamless, effortless and always a good time. I gave him my files, he mixed, I made a few notes, he mixed some more, and we quickly ended up with a record both of us dug. I hope you do too (here are some samples).
I can’t wait to do my next project with him.
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