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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tim Hanson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Hanson.

Hi Tim, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m originally from Columbia, MO. I grew up in a very musical household with a father who taught piano and voice lessons in addition to teaching music at my elementary school and directing the church choir.

In college, I began taking a serious interest in music and record production. I graduated from Columbia College with a BS in Business Administration in 2006. While trying to find a suitable career path post-college, I bought my first home, and in it began what would ultimately be the beginning of a career in record production.

I owned and operated a home-based production and recording studio from 2008 to 2014 until a few successful projects and the growth of the business forced me to move beyond the confines of my house. I opened North Village Recording in downtown Columbia, MO, and ran it full-time until me and my family moved to St. Louis in the fall of 2019.

Shortly after arriving in STL, I opened The Mixing Boutique on Bates Street in South St Louis City. I continue to operate North Village Recording in Columbia with the assistance of my team of amazing producers/engineers. I go back and forth between the two cities (in addition to LA, NY, Nashville, etc.), working for a large array of clients spanning all genres of music.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Paving a career in music and record production is anything but a smooth road.

The biggest struggle for me was letting go of the anxiety and “what-ifs” of trying to go full-time and not rely on a day job or a second gig to pay the bills. I waited for the right times and moments to present themselves to make those transitions though.

When I started losing money to go work for someone else because I had to lose or push a session, I knew it was time. I’ve been self-employed for 11 years now.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a music and record producer who specializes in recording, mixing, and mastering music projects. I’m typically employed by artist(s) or their representatives to fill one or all of those roles for their projects.

I bring a very unique style to the table, both methodically and philosophically. I have had some amazing mentors along the way, but have been primarily self-taught in the art my entire life.

This has led to me being a style of producer/engineer that most of my clients don’t consider to be “off the ol’ chopping block” so-to-speak.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
The culture of St. Louis is so undeniable. Its people make it one of the best cities in the world. It’s a playground for creatives. Unfortunately, there are desperate gaps within that culture when it comes to equity for everyone.

Pricing:

  • Studio Services (production, recording, mixing, mastering).
  • $60/hour (2-hour session minimum).
  • 10-hour packages: $550
  • 30-hour packages: $1500
  • *All bookings require a minimum 50% deposit paid at least one day in advance of the requested session date/time.

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