Miles Jena conducted this interview with Tony Burkhart, head engineer at Blacklite productions in Cincinnati, Ohio.
MJ: What is one advantage that you believe you have over your competition in the region?
TB: I would say the fact that we work with pretty much every genre. I would say thats a big part. We are also professional. Not to say that other studios are not professional. A majority of people that come from other studios mention that they have bad experiences with communication, engineers not showing up. We are also relatively affordable compared to other studios.
MJ: What is one thing you would like to change about your studio in the future?
TB: I would like to have more physical space. There are so many thing we could do. It would be nice to have everything under the same roof. To be able to handle full bands and large podcasts all at the same time.
MJ: What is your stance on how much sampling should be allowed in music?
TB: My stance is that samples should be allowed if they are used in a indistinguishable way. If you use it as a sound effect, mangled, distorted, etc. But if you build the song around a sample, unless you're paying the owner a copyright, it should not be used.
MJ: Would you advise an up and coming artist to try and get signed to a label, or to stay independent for as long as they can?
TB: Stay independent. Today especially, there are not a whole lot of decent labels out there. The ones that are out there, they are hurting for money and they put you on a short leash. They also control your image. It is easier and more profitable than ever to be a independent artist.
MJ: What is your favorite part of the recording process; pre-production, production, or post-production?
TB: Production in the sense of producing instrumentals; The initial songwriting process is fun (well, I guess that would be considered pre-production.) The creation and digital composition is my favorite.
MJ: Thank you so much for letting me interview you on short notice, Tony!
TB: No problem, have a good night.