Who: Peter Chaikin
What: Director of marketing, JBL Professional
Main Responsibilities: Developing and marketing products for recording and broadcast applications
- 1998-2001, director of product marketing, Alesis Studio Electronics
- 1988-1998, 10 years with Yamaha Pro Audio as marketing manager, pro digital products and overall product manager for recording products
The moment I knew that working in this industry was right for me was…As a kid in New York, I went into the studio for the first time and fell in love with the sound, the equipment, the incredible arsenal of old Neumann/Telefunken mics. Hearing my vocals and guitars, I went crazy for the sound and the process. At that moment, I began angling toward a career in the control room. I hitchhiked cross country — visiting every 2-inch room in the Billboard Directory of Studios, trying to get in. I picked up the phone and called Phil Ramone at A&R, and I asked how to get into the business. I finally landed at the Record Plant in Los Angeles and got a job as a carpenter's assistant, building their big Studio C. I wound up working on some amazing sessions with The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Sly Stone, Billy Preston and others.
If I could do any other profession, it would be…I can't imagine!
My best moment since working in pro audio was…When I heard Frank Filipetti had won the Grammy for Best Engineered and Best Pop Album for James Taylor's Hourglass. I had loaned Frank a [Yamaha] 02R for James to cut demos. To watch the project progress from demos to real tracks and the multi-Grammy win, that put a sensational touch on the project!
Currently in my CD changer is…I picked up three fun releases at Starbucks. (I don't drink the coffee, but it's a great place to buy music.) One is a jazz compilation, which includes Herbie Mann's “Comin' Home Baby” from Live at the Village Gate, Eddie Harris' “Listen Here” and a bunch of other cuts.
I enjoy…when I'm not in the office…Cutting video on the Mac, recording in my studio, listening to music and dancing with my daughters.
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