SoundGirls Spotlight

Xarina

Recording Studio Owner - Engineer - Recording Artist

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Location:
Oakland, CA

How did you become a producer/sound engineer?
I’ve been an active recording artist since the age of 16. I went to community college, took audio production classes and got an Associate’s degree in Music Industry Studies. Then I started running sessions at the studio I was recording at. After about 6 years of experience, I opened my own recording studio in Oakland called Studio X.

What advice would you give students either going into school or just graduating about getting a job in this industry?
Constantly record yourself and other people. Repetition and constant practice will help you develop your workflow.

What are the major qualities required to be a good sound engineer in your opinion?
Patience, Thoroughness, Detail Oriented.

What is your recording/producing philosophy?
Just because they know the recipe doesn’t mean the sauce will be the same. Meaning, don’t be afraid to share your process with peers. Exchanging tips and tricks is helpful.

What producers/engineers inspire/inspired you?
Kuk Harell, Derek Ali, Marcella Araica, Wondagurl

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