Texas Chapter Board Spotlight | Chris Shaw
What do you do in the music industry?
I am a recording engineer, mixer, and producer. I started as a hip-hop engineer in the late eighties (Public Enemy) and later worked in rock, alternative (Weezer, Ween), and Americana (Bob Dylan , Wilco) which is what I'm know for now.
What does being a member of The Recording Academy mean to you?
I joined the Academy to become more involved in national issues that affect the music business; particularly musicians, songwriters, and producers. I rejoined three years ago after moving to Texas and became more involved with Advocacy on both the national and local level; meeting with local and state leaders and pushing for legislation that has a direct impact on the music business. Making sure that the law keeps pace with the digital landscape is a priority and it feels good to be part of the effort that makes sure that it does.
Also, after 30+ years of being in the music industry I felt it was time to give back to the community and help those that are just starting out. There's no better place than the Academy to do this.
I was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors for the TX chapter and I'm looking forward to giving input to the Academy; helping to establish ways to keep it current with today's ever shifting musical landscape - streaming etc.
Tell us about the musical influences and inspirations that helped to shape your career.
My primary influence growing up was my family. They helped shaped my tastes in music and encouraged me to pursue a career in music. My father was a jazz pianist, my brother a music critic, my sister a dancer, and my mother a great listener :). I was a child of the late sixties and seventies so my tastes run the gamut from rock, prog, classical, electronic, punk, and minimalist composers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. In particular, the album Exposure by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp was a huge influence on me. I discovered looping via two reel to reel tape recorders and I quickly realized I was more interested in recording and sound shaping more than playing guitar; ultimately leading me to be a recording engineer.
If you weren’t working in the music industry, what would you be doing?
Probably working with my hands in some way, shape, or form. When I'm not working I really enjoy simple woodworking.
What projects are you currently working on?
I just completed work on the new Bob Dylan bootleg box set called "Trouble No More" which chronicles his gospel period between 1978-1981. It was a big project that occupied most of the summer. It involved quite a bit of audio restoration and repair work but it was well worth it. I feel very honored to have been a part of it.