THE GROOVE WITH NICK SANSANO
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Sansano was born
in the Bronx (N.Y.), but his formative years were spent in New Jersey,
where he played keyboards in a succession of mostly new wave-ish bands
in high school. He went to the Berklee College of Music (in Boston) on
a musicians track (performance, theory, composition, etc.) but ended
up in the engineering program. As I was finishing up an arranging
degree at Berklee, I realized there was still something missing, and I
found myself being more attracted to the studio and all the trappings
of the studio, and thats where I found myself being really comfortable,
he says. But its not like I was very technical or anything.
And Im still not. When it comes to the actual construction of equipment
or maintenance and knowing how to change a capacitor, I cant help
you with that, Im afraid. But I like using the technology creatively,
and thats kind of what got me interested in getting studio experience.
It was like a big instrument to me.
My first job
out of Berklee was at Newbury Sound in Boston, he
continues. I had recorded demos there with bands I was in and as
I was finishing up at Berklee, they were looking for some assistants,
so I would go over there and work there a couple of days a week. I moved
on to doing sessions very quickly. I dont think its because
I was particularly good, but circumstance always seemed to follow me.
At Newbury, they needed people to do sessions, and they were simple sessions,
and I did them. Then, when I moved back to New York, I worked at a studio
called Eras Sound, on 54th Street between First and Second Avenue. It
was two big rooms, and it was a very popular studio in the disco era.
This guy, Boris Midney, who owned the studio, produced all these dance
classics. I wasnt involved with that, but they needed people to
do other kinds of sessions, so I did that.