In part 1 of this interview, veteran producer/mixer Tim Palmer talked with MIMO about the beginnings of his career, and his favorite parts of the job. In part 2 below, he talks about current aspects of his career, and offers some advice to future music professionals.
MIMO: What recording projects do you currently have on the burner?
TP: Since the big ‘change’ in the industry, the Internet is playing a huge part in my career. Aside from the traditional paths, I am now regularly approached to work on projects that are based so far away from Austin, Texas, that before they would never have been an option. Now I can be mixing for great artists from literally anywhere around the globe. I just finished mixing a band called Indus Creed from Mumbai. They are a huge prog-rock band from India that are super talented. I am very proud of the album. Recently I mixed a super cool band called ‘Quiet Company’ who are from Austin. Their album We Are All Where We Belong just won 10 Austin music awards. Lyrically it’s a very interesting album, keep a look out for that one! Coming up, I am mixing in 5:1 at my ’62 Studios for Tarja Turunen, and later this year I am producing an album for The Polyphonic Spree and a new alternative band called Courier.
MIMO: You’ve been involved at some level with SXSW in Austin the past couple of years. In what ways were you involved this year, and how do you think the festival went overall?
TP: SXSW is always a lot of fun. I have moderated producer panels there for 3 years now. I have had the chance to meet some great new, and some very established music makers. This year I tried something simpler; I wanted the conversation to be looser and give the actual producers a real opportunity to ask each other the questions they have always wanted to ask about their individual careers. It went really well, and the audience seemed very interested and asked some good questions.
MIMO: What advice do you have for others who want to break into the music business as a producer or engineer?
TP: Question your motives first. Make sure you want to be a producer or mixer because you absolutely love making music! This is not a safe, sensible career path, and the chances of making lots of money at it are slim. But if you enjoy it as much as I do, It’s not really a job at all, it’s just great fun.