Mixing engineers may not be the ones in the limelight playing in front of thousands of cheering fans, but for veteran mixer Josh Gudwin, it’s the best job in the world. “We come back when we want, we mix records all day and we go home,” he says. “Really, what else is there, for someone who loves music?”
Gudwin has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, like Justin Bieber and Bad Bunny. On his episode of Behind the Board, he explains how every new project is different – whether he has the leeway to work on a project from top to bottom, as he did on Bieber’s 2015 Goal album; or takes on the challenge of combining speed and precision, as he had to when working with Bad Bunny.
Whatever the task, it all comes down to translating an artist’s musicality seamlessly into a recording. “Bunny’s energy came to me, I put it in the mixes and just put it back,” he says. “We came home with trophies on that one.”
Gudwin’s work with Bad Bunny won him a Latin GRAMMY (Best Urban Music Album for X 100pre in 2019) and a GRAMMY (Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album for YHLQMDLG in 2021). His other GRAMMY wins show just how versatile he is as a mixer: Best Contemporary Christian Album for For King & Country’s Burn the ships and Best Dance Recording for “Electricity” by Silk City and Dua Lipa.
This material is on display in his mixing studio, which also features Star Wars figurines and artwork on the walls, including Bad Bunny’s signature plush black rabbit, hanging right next to where the magic happens. .
Peek inside the studio where it all happens and learn more about Gudwin’s daily life as the stars’ mixing engineer, in the latest episode of Behind the Board.
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