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So that's me...Billy O. Lets get all the basic stuff out of the way right now: I live in Chicago (but was born in the suburbs), and I've been a producer, studio engineer, and guitar player 15 years now. I've worked with everyone from DJ's to death metal bands and everything in between. I’m also into Anime and hot sauce.


I've never been one to just find one thing I like and stick to forever, and I think that's a very good thing. When I was in high school, I was the kid who sat in the cafeteria playing guitar in the morning while the janitor was setting up the tables, and probably would do your music theory homework if you asked real nice. I also got my first Pro-tools setup around that time, and fell in love. It wasn't long before I was getting my operators certification and recording demos for my friends metal bands. Soon after I graduated high school, I decided to pursue music production and audio engineering at Studio Chicago. Not long after that,  I also fell in love with dance music and a lot of my guitars got traded in for synths and some turntables. I then took the deep dive into the amazing world of electronic music, and what a journey it was... I was lucky enough to become good friends with Twitchin Skratch, owner of Chicago dance music labels Murky Beatz and Afterdark Recordings, and even released a few tracks under the label. That was about 10 years ago now…


As my list of "industry" friends grew, so did the list of people I was lucky enough to work with. And not just in the dance or metal scene either. I wasn't afraid to take on any opportunity that presented itself. So now after almost 20 years, I've fallen in love with podcasts too...

 

Some of the music gear used by Billy 0:

Jay Turser Serpent Dragon / Line 6 POD / Morley Bad Horsie 2 Wah / Rocktron Banshee 2 / Ibanez PGM 301 / Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Road King / Mesa Boogie 2 x 12 Recto Cab / Ernie Ball Cobalt Strings / Dunlop Big Stubby 3mm picks

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Chris Walker...A complete and total wanker. This freaking guy thinks he has talent. He spends a few years building brands for some guitar and amp companies no one has ever heard of like Washburn Guitars, Marshall Amps, Randall Amps and Digitech and thinks he knows something about how it’s done. As if the styleguides, websites, identity systems, digital content and marketing collateral that he created actually helped moved the needle at all during some of their all-time record high sales years. His copywriting is completely non-sensical and lackluster as are his management skills. I mean, the team he built and managed from a group of interns all left to go on to bigger and better projects just a few years after he started “mentoring” them. And then there’s his “music career”: writing songs for commercial use, playing guitar on other people’s albums and playing live music in several bands- as if anyone wants to hear that off-key wankery…
 
And don’t get me started about his charitable work, the projects he’s developed to promote: music education in schools, regional animal hospitals, the local elderly community, Alzheimers and the American Cancer Society- apparently he has A LOT of bad karma to burn off…
 
I don’t know what people see in him and why they continue to hire him to help solve their creative business needs.

 

Some of the music gear used by Chris:

Washburn 2006 USA Pilsen Idol / Fender American Standard Strat 40th Anniversary / Hamer 1982 USA Special / Washburn HB45 / Laney GH50L 50W / Ampeg V412 W/Celestion Vintage 30s / Line 6 G30 Wireless / Boss TU-3 / Dunlop CBM MIni Cry Baby / Digitech Drop / Digitech Looking Glass OD / Fulltone Plimsoul OD / ISP Decimator 2 (noise reduction) / Digitech V10 Power / MXR Dynacomp / MXR Phase 90 / Digitech Luxe / Digitech Mosaic / Digitech Hardwire TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary / MXR Carbon Copy / Electro-Harmonix B9 / Electro-Harmonix LPB1 / Dunlop Big Stubby 2mm Picks / Ernie Ball 10-36 strings