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Meet George Landress

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Landress.

Hi George, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I came out to Los Angeles in the early eighties seeking an opportunity in the music business as a studio musician. Like many struggling musicians I held down odd jobs as well as teaching at a local and very popular music school, the Dick Grove School of Music. I made many friends in the business along the way who helped guide me on my path. There were many tech developments going on in the music business at that time, especially the introduction of the first music computers, Apple and the Atari computer. Although it all seemed exciting, many musicians realized that they were being replaced by computer samples. Like them, I also wondered what my fate would be in the business. Although I was confident in my guitar skills, studying with some of the best teachers in New York, including the late Barry Galbraith and Ted Green here in Los Angeles, nevertheless, this whole music computer thing was very intimidating.

During this time I had befriended a Pop-Icon and Artist from the 70’s, Gary Wright, “DREAM WEAVER”. He was very kind and encouraging and one day he said to me, “George, why don’t you look into working in the studios as a recording engineer”? I really had no idea that could be an option for me. I knew that I liked to tinker with the equipment and the effects but I never thought to investigate this as an option. Gary immediately invited me to come down to the studio where he was recording his latest album. I did and from that moment on I was hooked!

I began my professional journey working as an independent recording engineer in 1990. From there I worked and tech’d for many interesting situations, including shows such as FAMILY MATTERS, FULL HOUSE and the DREW CARY SHOW. It was a slow climb but then opportunities started to present themselves and I was working studio sessions with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Cliff, Chaka Khan and the COLLEGE BOYZ to name but a few. My big break came when a friend asked me to sub for him on a recording session for an Orange County Band. I did and it turned out to be NO DOUBT with Gwen Stefani. Needless to say, they were completely unknown at that time. I recorded Gwens vocals on “JUST A GIRL” “HEY YOU” and “THE CLIMB”. It was a very fun gig. Everyone went home and almost exactly one year later, sitting on my couch, watching MTV, they appeared, Gwen and the band playing they’re newly released hit, “JUST A GIRL”, which for me confirmed that famous FORREST GUMP line, “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates, You Never Know What You’re Going To Get”.

Of course, you can only imagine many opportunities started to open up for me since that time and incident. Today I enjoy a continued career as a freelance recording engineer-mixer and producer. For the last 12 years, I have also been mixer and engineer for legendary musician, film and tv composer Snuffy Walden along with Patrick Rose working on many great tv shows such as NASHVILLE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, SEAL TEAM and many others.

I can only say that my life career path has been somewhat being like a lost duckling. Somehow waddling into the right situation at the right time. I’ve come to realize how truly blessed I’ve been on this journey, something I will always be grateful for!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s not that it was rough, it’s just that it was a slow climb. I realized I needed to be fully committed if I was going to carve a place for myself. I would say it took a good 8 years to build that momentum.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Of course, coming from being a musician and now morphing into a recording engineer took a little surrendering. I now would be working for the musicians I had at one time wanted to be but it also didn’t take too much time to realize there was an opportunity waiting just around the corner. I already had creative skills as a writer and this allowed me to enjoy the creative process of working with artists to create and produce their recordings. My first invite was from Gary Wright himself who asked if I would produce with him on his FIRST SIGNS OF LIFE album back in 1995. From that time I have produced for:

Chloe Stafler, French Artist, numerous albums and singles
Radhika Vekaria, SAPTA, L.A. based Chant Music singer-songwriter
Liz Fawcett, LA-based singer-songwriter
Shelly O’Neill & The Big Way, Los Angeles Actor, Musician-Writer
Annie Boxell, The Other Side, LA-based singer-songwriter
Hammmy, Puerto Rican Rock (debut album)
Brian Travis Band, The Coyote & The Crow, California Artist

What was your favorite childhood memory?
Pushing a Fender Amp on wheels through 6 inches of snow to get to a rehearsal at my elementary school!

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Photography by Julien Garros

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