Music City had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with one of the industry's most accomplished engineers and producers, Val Garay, for another installment of our Symposium Series (hear the full interview below). This special evening featured a man who is responsible for bringing the world some of the greatest records of all time, and his six Grammy wins and over 100 platinum and gold record sales are appropriate testaments to his skills and knowledge. To boot, his humility and positivity make him an absolute gem of an artist.
Val is the epitome of an optimist. His outlook on the world of music is a shining beacon in a time of confusion and change in the industry. While things are certainly morphing with the advent of new technologies, Val purposes that, “It has always been hard to make it in music, and it will always be hard to make it music. In that way nothing really has changed”. His ceaseless dedication to his craft has made him a star in the record business, and there is no doubt that you have unknowingly enjoyed several of his creations and collaborations.
From the iconic sounds of Seals and Crofts’ Summer Breeze, to the indelible ballads of Jackson Browne’s The Pretender, Val Garay’s work has made waves throughout the world. Other notable collaborations include Neil Diamond, Elton John, James Taylor, and Linda Rondstat, and the list goes on and on. We were lucky enough to get an inside look into his process, as he shared insight about the what he values most in a recording and how he goes about making these wonderful records.
To hear the full interview, as conducted by Gulch Alley Studio’s Michael Carney, listen to the link below. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our next installment of Music City’s Symposium Series.
To hear more Val Garay productions and to stay updated with all his new works, visit Valgaray.com.