We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Aslanian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matt, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The decision to expand my service offerings contributed greatly to my modest success. Early in my career I worked solely on music production. When I left my staff position at a music recording studio to start my own company I intended take the skill set I developed over the previous 5 years and find new revenue streams. This lead to me moving into location sound mixing and audio-post for TV & film. I’ve since tripled my income and see the majority come from audio services for video productions.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently I’m most proud of/excited about a project I’m involved in called “Now Hear This.” It’s a classical music documentary series on PBS. I get to travel the world recording some of the best musicians on the planet … and I get paid for it! It’s a challenging and rewarding job that combines my love of music, film production, and travel.

Like anyone I faced challenges in my professional career. I landed my first job in audio as a staff recording engineer at a big studio in Dallas. This was 2005 when the music industry was sinking due to mp3 file sharing and piracy. Luckily I took notice of this early on and made the decision to focus more on location sound mixing and audio for video production – which has grown drastically in the last decade thanks to streaming and lowered barriers to entry.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d probably lay take them for a night out in Deep Ellum to check out some shows. Maybe hit up the DMA and the Perot museum as well.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mentorship has been monumental in building my career. I didn’t go to school for audio engineering (I actually got a BBA in Marketing from TTU), but rather acquired my expertise by working under and along side more experienced audio professionals. DFW based audio engineers like Hal Fitzgerald, Rob Wechsler, David Friedman, and Alex Gerst helped my tremendously on the way.

Website: www.Aslan-audio.com

Instagram: Aslanaudio

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