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Check Out Connor Ahlstrom’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Connor Ahlstrom.

Hi Connor, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started experimenting with music production on Garage Band when I was 11 years old. I had been taking piano lessons for a couple of years and wanted a way to expand on the ideas and songs that I had. I later upgraded to Logic Pro X when I was 15 and started working with friends and classmates at my high school. When it came time to start looking at colleges, I initially had plans of getting a business degree. I had been accepted to Berklee College of Music but was debating on if I wanted to take the risk of getting a music degree or take the more traditional “safe route”. My grandmother ended up convincing me to attend Berklee. She told me that I should give Berklee a chance and if I didn’t like it after my first semester, I would at least know that I gave it a try. Little did I know that would end up being our last conversation as she passed not too long after. Our last conversation has been one of the main driving forces for me in my musical journey.

After graduating Berklee in 2020 with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering & Electronic Production and Design, I moved back home to Minnesota due to the pandemic. While home I started my professional audio engineering career as I started mixing for multiple artists throughout the United States. I began to expand the artists I worked with mainly through word of mouth and even started working with some international artists. While at home I focused on enhancing my skills as an engineer and spent a lot of my free time practicing and researching new techniques from engineers that I liked.

At the start of 2022, I moved to LA and quickly started working as a freelance audio engineer and music producer, recording, mixing, mastering, and producing songs for artists in LA and throughout the United States.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road. The Covid pandemic for me, like many others, threw a major curveball into my plans. My final semester at Berklee was at the start of 2020 and my college went remote halfway through March. This proved to be difficult because a lot of my final projects were going to be spent in the recording studios working on songs to show what I had learned over the previous four years. I had to quickly learn how to finish my work remotely by using Zoom to coordinate with artists and musicians I was working with. The pandemic also completely changed my plan of moving to Los Angeles in September of 2020. I instead moved back home and did my best to improve my career and abilities as an engineer while waiting for the right opportunity to move. That opportunity came at the start of 2022 and while the road to get here hasn’t exactly been as straightforward as I was hoping, it greatly improved my ability to handle the unexpected.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an audio engineer and music producer who specializes in mixing and mastering. I work with artists in Los Angeles and throughout the United States by helping produce, record, mix and master their music. My goal is to help artists reach the highest quality they can and bring their visions to life. I think what sets me apart from others is my willingness to go above and beyond when working with an artist, I want to see those I work with succeed and I love the entire music-making process, from the initial demo stage all the way to promoting your new release.

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