We’ve got another Gut Feeling podcast interview on deck this week, and it’s a doozy! The talk is with Jesse Gander, a longtime member of Vancouver’s music community as both a performer (d.b.s., Needles//Pins, Uptights, Operation Makeout, Black Rice, Ghost House, and more) and a prolific engineer/producer.
Jesse gets into how he first got interested in the recording arts, from experimenting with his boombox’s bass and treble levels, to cutting four-track demos for bands in exchange for a six-pack, to investing in himself by learning Pro Tools and opening his Rec Age Recorders in his parents’ basement, to tracking countless bands these days at Rain City Recorders. His CV is massive, nearing six hundred releases and counting, including records with Japandroids, White Lung, the Pack A.D., Brutus, a Juno-winning album from Anciients, and so much more.
Some things to look forward to that Jesse mentions throughout the discussion: he’s recorded new work from Brutal Poodle and Grave Infestation; he and the rest of Needles//Pins have another record coming out; d.b.s. is having their full catalogue re-released digitally through Boat Dreams from the Hill (with the possibility of some vinyl re-releases coming up, too). Also hoping that the World of Shit solo album he’s been prepping since the ‘90s sees the light of day.
Third time’s a charm: I’d mentioned this in the interview and the intro, but want to clarify that the old photos of the Cramps, Nick Cave, and R.E.M. that have hung in Jesse’s various studios were taken by his dad.
Hope you enjoy!