Recording Studio Rockstars: Tips From Platinum Engineer Justin Cortelyou

RSR: Pro Tips from Platinum Engineer Justin Cortelyou

By: WhisperRoom™

November 4, 2019

Justin Cortelyou sitting in front of his studio's mixing board

WhisperRoom™ is a proud sponsor of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars. In each episode, Lij Shaw interviews music producers, engineers, studio owners, and other professionals to bring you inspiring stories, tricks, and insight from the recording industry.

You can listen to the entire podcast archive of Recording Studio Rockstars here or from your favorite podcast app.

RSR Episode #217: Justin Cortelyou

In this week’s episode of Recording Studio Rockstars, Justin Cortelyou talks about how to record stereo acoustic guitar like Bil Vorndick, interning with Chuck Ainlay, and recording Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp, and Alice Cooper. He was even kind enough to share guitar tips from Joe Walsh and vocal recording notes from Bob Ezrin.

Listen to the full episode here or stream it in the video below!

Recording Studio Rockstars – Episode #217 – Justin Cortelyou

Who is Justin Cortelyou?

Justin “Corky” Cortelyou is a platinum-selling Nashville producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with all sorts of great talent. He spent time learning under the great bluegrass legend Bil VornDick (while working with Marty Robbins, Ralph Stanley, and Alison Krauss).

Justin also worked on a series of projects with mixing guru Chuck Ainlay (while working with Dixie Chicks, Mark Knopfler, and Miranda Lambert), and mixing master Mike Shipley (while working with Def Leppard, Shania Twain, Maroon 5, and Aerosmith).

BREE interviews Justin at Anarchy Studio in Nashville, TN.

Justin studied music and engineering at Middle Tennessee State University, upon graduation he became the night manager for Sound Stage Studios and eventually moved out to LA to work with Mike Shipley. While in California, Justin teamed up with producer, songwriter, and musician, Tommy Henriksen. He partnered with Tommy developing artists, negotiating record deals with Warner Bros., Geffen, and Interscope, touring, and doing front-of-house gigs.

In 2008, Tommy and Justin moved their operations to Nashville, TN where they teamed up with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and KISS). Alongside Bob Ezrin, Justin worked with some of the biggest artists in history, including Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Phish, Ke$ha, and KISS.

Working out of Ezrin’s Anarchy Studio, Justin’s work has gone on to gain international acclaim, including numerous #1’s and sales records.

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