From: IL, United States
Raised on a diet of blues and progressive rock, Chicagoland-based recording artist Tom Weiss stretches earthy blues/rock guitar across genre-bending—and occasionally synth-infested—songs and instrumentals. "I enjoy several genres, so I don't stick to just one when I'm producing my own stuff," he explains.
Weiss caught the fever for being in a band very early on and played a bit in high school and college. Even in the mid-80s, he experimented with original material in front of a live audience, but found messing around on 4-track cassette recorders to be even more rewarding. "Four tracks are really limiting; it makes it all-the-more amazing that so much of the Beatles stuff was done that way."
4-tracks in the bedroom soon gave way to 8-tracks in a Bloomington, Illinois recording studio. "That's where I learned how recording really works. I also learned that no matter how much you expand the capacity of the recorder—and today it's basically unrestricted—recording has its own set of inherent limitations."
Even so, negotiating the technology successfully has never been a problem for Weiss. "The best thing about being handy with the gear is being able to use it in such a way that it contributes to the artistic vision instead of frustrating it. Whether I'm working on my own stuff or helping someone else, when the finished track turns out better than anyone guessed it might, that's what gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment."