Lucas Oswald

Austin, TX

Lucas Oswald is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, and international touring musician. He is currently a member of Shearwater and Jesca Hoop, and past member of the bands The Appleseed Cast, Old Canes, and Minus Story.

I like to make records.

Getting levels at Good Danny's in Austin, Texas

Getting levels at Good Danny's in Austin, Texas

Production

My favorite collaboration comes from the opportunity to produce projects for artists I feel a connection to.  Sometimes this requires me to lend my ideas, my sensibilities, and my musicianship to help shape the album and elevate the artist's material. Other times it requires me to be a completely transparent advocate for the artist's sound--facilitating them most appropriately by staying out of the way. I'm a big fan of both processes.

Recording at Good Danny's. (L-R)  Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Jesca Hoop, Me, Jeff Johnston.

Recording at Good Danny's. (L-R)  Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Jesca Hoop, Me, Jeff Johnston.

Recording

My engineering tastes span from capturing organic sounds simply and honestly, to capturing extremely colorful, cartoony, synthetic, and experimental sounds with little regard for normalcy. My engineering aptitude is not limited to any particular genre, as long as there's some aspiration behind the music to be creative. Life is short and there's already enough generic music in the world--let's do something compelling.

Working at Wil Reeves' Centro Cellar Studio in Columbia, MO.

Working at Wil Reeves' Centro Cellar Studio in Columbia, MO.

Mixing

I typically advocate mixing projects that I produce and/or record, as I am very passionate about this part of the process. It's also common for artists to bring me material to mix that I did not record. Sometimes this happens when an artist has decided they want a fresh set of ears to polish and balance their recordings. Other times, this happens when a band has recorded their material at home and require an experienced engineer to clean up the tracks and elevate them to a more professional caliber. Artists who do this are able to send me material from afar (via Dropbox, Google Drive, snail mail, etc.), discuss their vision with me, and receive mixes within a number of days.