We had the good fortune of connecting with Zachary Rippy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zachary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to provide a service which I thought was lacking in my local music community. I was inspired by working class engineers before me like Don Fury and Steve Albini who went out of their way to fill gaps in their local music community. I tried to do the same thing here in phoenix by providing my friends, piers, and other locals artists a space and the tools to create their own art. I used to be in a band and when I was, I quickly realized how much of a need there was for decent artists “behind the glass” just as much as the ones on the cover of the album or under the spotlight center stage. I want to be the missing link between link minded people and their goals.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Mostly what I do now it record and mix all types of rock and metal music for recording and live performance production. Before Covid, I was primarily a touring mix engineer and would work in the studio when I was home but as of late, I’m making the transition to full time studio work. If there’s anything I’ve learned its be available and be ready for ANYTHING. In my short career 8 year career, I’ve toured internationally, mixed stadiums and arenas, made records that make in impact and nominated for a grammy. These were all goals and dreams I had when first starting and I’ve accomplished them already. The one thing that I can say I was doing the entire time was be available and giving the work my all no matter what it was. I started pushing cases in 2013 and every opportunity that has been available to me ,I feel, was because I was in the right place at the right time with the right intention.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of the Phoenix Metro area. If I was to show somebody a good time out here, it would probably include getting the worlds best breakfast burrito at Tanias 33 in TUCSON or Adrians #2 in MESA… on the way to one of the beautiful hiking paths in the city. The Papago, or San Tan area. I enjoy cycling and Arizona has an insane bike path system. I also have a bunch of electronic scooters I like cruising on the bike/canal paths. Since everything is pretty much shut down we’d keeping sane with some outdoor activites like that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Its actually kinda funny that I’m doing this interview now. I have alot of thanks to give because, as of yesterday, I was nominated for a Grammy and wouldn’t have been without a few special people… First.. my dude Chase Mason from Gatecreeper. I started working with them about 4 years ago and from the jump Chase has been helping connect me with people who have taken me to places i never would have thought possible. Chase selflessly introduced me to Power Trip (the artist I am nominated with), Full of Hell, Genocide Pact, and in turn Vein. I owe so much of my success to that guy. I need to thank the band Power Trip, and Riley Gale. These guys had no idea who I was but allowed me the chance to run with them on the ride of a lifetime. I am eternally grateful and don’t have to words to express my gratitude. I would also like to shout out a bunch of people that believed in me early on and helped me get to this point. Woundvac, Withered Bones, Papertowns., Reasons, Construct, Sunshower, Easy Money, Sundressed, Tigerwine, Justin Lowden, Dylan Walker, fuckin’ Hood and Logan, anybody I’m forgetting… THANK YOU!!! Last but NOT least I need to thank my girlfriend and partner in life, Stephanie. You’ve put up with so much the past 4 years. I love you more than anything
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