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Conversations with Randy Belculfine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randy Belculfine.

Hi Randy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m an audio engineer! I became interested in music at age 12 when I discovered guitar and digital audio, which made a nice pairing for my introverted teenage self. My dad taught me how to play guitar and use Pro Tools through my teens and I eventually started working with bands and artists in my local scene in Central Massachusetts. After graduating college in 2018, my dad joined me in the ~3000mi drive across the country from my hometown of Westborough, MA all the way to Bellflower, CA, where a family friend was kind enough to let me crash until I had my new life in order in LA. I was determined to turn my passion into a living, and this was my jumping point. Thanks to a serendipitous and uncanny series of events, within my first few months in Los Angeles, I found myself working as Staff Engineer at two different recording studios – my schedule booked solid with recording sessions and mixing work. The rest is history! I’m currently spending my days of COVID isolation graciously doing what I love most – making great songs sound amazing.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has not at all been smooth, but I’m extremely thankful for the challenges I’ve faced along the way. I initially struggled quite a bit with what I wanted to do in music, considering I started out as a rock/metal guitarist in my younger years. Alongside the financial stress of starting out in LA, I also had to make some serious discernments about what I wanted to invest my time into. LA helped me discover my passion for a corner of the music industry that I was brand new to, and I had no idea how to reconcile being a pop/R&B mix engineer with a background in prog-metal. Imposter syndrome got me real bad at the beginning. It took some serious soul searching and hard work to earn my confidence in what I do, but I feel like I’m all the better for it. The work has been extremely fulfilling and I’m so thankful for all the spectacular artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a hard-hitting pop mix engineer. I work with artists and producers to make their songs sound incredible.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Definitely apple picking with the fam. We went to an orchard in Northborough, MA called Tougas Farms that makes the craziest apple crisp I’ve ever had. Still chasing that high.

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Garrett Edson Photography

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