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Trina Shoemaker on World Cafe

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Trina Shoemaker Is A Trailblazer In The Male-Dominated Music Industry

Trina Shoemaker Is A Trailblazer In The Male-Dominated Music Industry

Trina Shoemaker on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • Jesus Christ Superstar, "Superstar"
  • Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over"
  • Hugh Harris, "Rhythm of Life"
  • Emmylou Harris, "Where Will I Be"
  • Sheryl Crow, "Home"
  • Sheryl Crow, "My Favorite Mistake"
  • Brandi Carlile, "The Mother"
  • Brandi Carlile, "The Eye"

The music industry is, and always has been, dominated by men. Over the last several years, strides have been made toward a more equal gender mix on radio playlists and festival line-ups, but one area where women are still underrepresented is behind the scenes, in the studio. My guest on this episode, Trina Shoemaker, is a trailblazer, an inspiration for women, or anyone who might be interested in getting behind the mixing board. We're going to dive into her career, some of the albums she's worked on – and what it was like to be the first woman to win a GRAMMY for Engineering, which she won in 1998 for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions.

Shoemaker is an engineer, a mixer and a producer. Here's a quick overview of what that means: The engineer records the audio, often individual parts being played, one at a time or in smaller groups. The mixer takes all of the audio and combines it into what you end up hearing when you listen to an album, making certain instruments louder or softer, adding effects, and polishing up the songs. But what exactly is a producer? That's the first thing I asked Shoemaker in this session.

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