Interview with Ryan West

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Following the shooting of "Mixing Hip Hop with Ryan West", Fab Dupont took advantage of Ryan's presence in the studio to ask him a few questions about his career, workflow, favorite gear as well as general thoughts on the life of a professional mixing engineer nowadays.

In this friendly talk, Ryan West shares his experience working with major acts such as Jay-Z, Eminem, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Usher… and gives his views on how to become an internationally known engineer like he is.

Ryan also takes time to share tips about the gear he likes to use both hardware and software.

If you would like to watch Ryan mix an entire song, please visit Mixing Hip Hop Song 'Break Bread' with Ryan West

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Ryan West

In addition to many Platinum, Gold and Diamond RIAA certifications, he's been twice nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy and has a further seven nominations to his credit as a mixing and recording engineer.

A skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Ryan also produces music for major label artists, film and television.

As of 2017, over 70 million albums have been sold worldwide that contain a credit to Ryan West. After moving to NYC from Youngstown, Ohio in 1997 he took a job at Sam Ash Music Store in Times Square where he began to buy recording equipment to record his own projects. A self-taught recordist, Ryan was approached by a music store client who needed help recording in his home. The client turned out to be an influential producer and A&R with Island Records. Over the following 12 months or so, he worked tirelessly to improve his abilities while recording Gospel artists like Dee Dee Warwick, Benjamin Love and others. At this time, Protools Digital audio Workstations were quickly gaining traction as the future of studio recording technology. From that early stage, Ryan developed an impressive level of speed and accuracy while recording and editing. He soon found out that those skills were exactly what the NYC hiphop community wanted and needed.

Taking the helm as chief engineer at the now defunct Soho Music Studios exposed him to top hip-hop artists and their production teams. For the next 4 years, he developed his skills as a recordist and mixer while he built relationships with artists and producers who were on their way to the top. One of those producers was Just "Just Blaze" Smith. Signing on with his management N.Q.C. Management in 2003, Ryan began a whirlwind of work with Blaze and some of the world's most successful artists and producers. He hasn't stopped working since.

Ryan helped forge the sound of hip-hop and rap music as we know it today by working with artists such as Eminem, Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi...



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2019 Jan 26
thanks for sharing your dream ..
2014 Aug 28
"It's not the gear it's the ear" - spot on. Thanks Fab, great video. Cheers from Frankfurt, Chris
2014 Aug 24
Ma boy fab!!! and i had the privilege to meet Ryan also. Great interview.
2014 Aug 21
Ryan man ur the best ,, love the way how u mix ur stuff .. greetings from hamburg germany cheers Arash