Multi-Platinum, and multiple time Grammy-Award winning mix engineer Mick Guzauski’s love for both music and technology called him when he was in high school. Growing up in Rochester, NY where there were no commercial studios, Mick put together his own studio in his parents’ basement with equipment that he had begged, borrowed, built, repaired and modified. “I met Chuck Mangione, an up and coming composer in Rochester and engineered his recordings as well as mixed his live sound. When Chuck signed with A&M records in 1975, he asked me if I’d like to go to Los Angeles with him to engineer his new album,” says Mick. I engineered several albums for Chuck in the next few years and finally relocated to Los Angeles in 1978,” says Guzauski.
In the early ’80s , Mick worked with Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Complex (then George Massenburg Studios). “Being around George was a great learning experience in both the art of recording and in audio technology,” adds Mick.
Conway Studios in L.A became Mick’s home base in the mid 80′s where he engineered and mixed projects for Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Mister Mister, Madonna, Talking Heads, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Patti LaBelle, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Talking Heads and Eric Clapton.
“In 1991 I received a call from Walter Afanasieff, asking me to mix a Michael Bolton record he was working on. It started a great relationship with Walter and Michael, I still do work for both of them. Walter hired me to mix a Mariah Carey album in 1993. Tommy Mottola, then CEO of Sony, liked my mixes and asked me if I’d like to relocate to New York and work for him at Sony Studios. At the time, I sort of wanted to, but I still enjoyed being in L.A,” adds Mick.
Mick accepted Tommy Mottola’s offer later and moved back to NY. “This made my wife happy who was shaken by the ’94 L.A. earthquake and created great opportunity for me to work on some timeless albums with Tommy at Sony and at Mariah Carey’s home studio. I was mixing projects for Mariah, David Foster, Babyface, Boyz to Men, All 4 One and many others,” says Mick.
Mick who build his private studio, Barking Doctor Recording in Mount Kisco, NY, relocated back to Los Angeles in 2013. BDR sported a Sony OXF-R3 Oxford console and Pro-Tools HD Xcel 3 system with 96 IO’s and studio B is built around a Yamaha DM-2000 console and all the standard mixing outboard that he prefers (Eventide SP-2016′s, Manley and GML EQ’s, AMS’s, EMP Plates and even the Sony 3348HR). Along with working in some of the most prestigious studios in Hollywood, Mick set up his own home studio. The center of the studio is an Avid S6 M40 control surface, powering a Pro Tools HDX system and his own Guzauski-Swist GS3A studio Monitors, surrounded by the ASC AttackWall acoustic environment. Recently, he’s currently worked on new projects for Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Jamiroquai , and more.