Jay Maas On Buying Gear To Fix Problems

Daily Blog - July 22nd 2021

I don't have much time these days, as I'm mixing record after record while working on new things to help you make better records. So I decided to let others speak on the blog for a couple of days. After the community Q&A posts that I just published, I want to share some quotes from amazing engineers and producers that hopefully inspire, educate and/or entertain you!

Jay Maas On Buying Gear To Fix Problems


Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, Counterparts, Kali Masi, State Champs) on buying gear to fix problems and what he would do differently now if he had to start over again:

"If I could start all over again with the knowledge that I've obtained since I definitely would have done a lot of things differently. One thing that happens is like, when you're first starting out you're going to start encountering all these new problems. You know, "why don't my guitars sound like this" or "why don't my vocals sound like this record", or whatever it is. Sometimes you think that you need to spend a lot more money to fix those problems than you do. And actually, as I age into my career, I find myself needing to so a lot less "stuff", and I do things a lot quicker now.

I think one of the first things I would have done, is told myself to not buy new gear to fix every problem. Because the most important piece of gear is what's between your ears. The problem is at the time, you haven't exactly developed that so you go to your wallet. But yeah, I bought countless things that I thought would fix certain problems, only to find that while they had uses and they were cool pieces of gear (or sometimes they weren't and I'd have to sell them because it was a mistake) it rarely fixed my problem. It did give me experience with new gear and stuff which is cool, but yeah, I probably would have told myself to save like a bunch of money."

Found in this interview (please check out the full conversation): 



PS: If you're looking for an amazing community to get feedback from and provide your own expertise for, check out The Self-Recording Band Community. It's 100% free and can be the growth accelerator you've been missing all the time.

PPS: Downloading one of our free guides and joining our email list is also a great way to connect with your peers, as we will invite you to events and keep you in the loop about what's going on in our community. For example, we host amazing video meetups and help people improve their recordings, arrangements and mixes by listening and giving collective feedback live on the call. Join us now!

learn how to transform your DIY recordings from basement demos to Releases That Connect And Resonate With Your Audience

Get the free Ultimate 10-Step guide To Successful DIY-Recording

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}
    Cookie Consent Banner by Real Cookie Banner