Benztown Imaging Blog
IRON IMAGER, my baby is on – soon! I AM EXCITED AS HELL!
Sam Wickens will be back to face this years contender: Brendan Tacey from Australia (more about Brendan in the next days).
I had time to reconnect with Sam a few weeks ago in London and chat about whats changed since he became the champ, how his skills have evolved in the last year, what new things he’s learned and and and…ENTER SAM!
Sam, are you excited to get back to LA?
I can’t wait. I feel like last time I only got a taste of what Los Angeles is all about – I’m lucky I get to come back and do it all over again.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Enjoying some LA sunshine, seeing everyone at Benztown and WWRS and of course, taking on the competition. I can’t wait to see what format/script/work parts we’re given and see who I’m facing.
What have been the biggest changes after winning the belt? How did your year go?
It’s been an amazing year – I’m trying to improve my imaging every day just as I was before winning the belt. I suppose winning last year has driven me to learn new skills and demand more from myself. I’ve continued to learn a lot from other producers and doing a lot of audiovisual work has taught me new skills as well. Every project I am given now is an opportunity to try something new, test my speed, creativity and overall ability. I suppose I do always have Iron Imager in the back of my mind as no matter how small or big a project is, I see it as an opportunity to throw my all into it and see what I can get back.
What has been the biggest take away from the overall Iron Imager Experience?
It’s given me great experience and confidence to take on any project given to me, even if I have no idea how I’m going to make it work or put it together. I’ve started to see how I can use the skills I’ve been taught over the last few years into other scenarios and what I can do under pressure.
How has your skill set evolved in the last year?
I’ve been doing some work for Radio X the last six months or so. This has enabled me to dabble in a genre of radio I’ve never tried before. It’s been a learning curve and I think it’s made me a smarter producer. I’ve also continued to learn so much from the team at Capital. I’m lucky to be part of a team that is competitive and constantly drives one another to be more creative and push boundaries.
Any new findings, tricks, plugIns?
I do have some new tricks and techniques I’ve learned – but I’m not giving them away… I want to keep the belt! Most of the plugins I use are waves or Soundtoys and I’ve learnt how to use those plugins better and in different ways rather than invest in new ones over the last year.
What does the training routine look like?
Last year I worked on timing the most… fearing that I’d run out of it. I’m hopeful that won’t be an issue this year. I’m working more on coming up with creative ideas quicker and being more decisive and efficient in implementing those ideas so I have a clear vision from the off.
Who would you like to have as an opponent?
I’m sure whoever I face will be a talented person who deserves to be there. Hopefully, it’s someone who wouldn’t mind going for a beer after one of the most stressful hours of our lives.
What would you tell anyone not sure about entering and throwing their hat into the ring?
I only entered two days before the deadline last year. I hesitated and wasn’t sure if I had what it took to put something together, but I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I would say just go for it because you’ll never know what could happen.
Check out Sam’s soundcloud for his latest tracks!
FRIDAY, finally! I was so looking forward to this one. So much stuff to produce, do, learn, read, watch :).. Just A quick FYI:
More Iron Imager coming next week, interviews, audio, all the PRE-Contest talk and of course you better get ready to be in LA at WWRS to see it live!
This week we’re featuring Decimort 2 by D16 Group, a high quality bit crusher with loads of functions and great presets. You can check out the demo on their website!2.Inspiration
Fantastic lesson on how to respond to criticism! Must READ!
Can’t beat the good vibes from Snoop Dogg ! NEW BANGER BABY!4.Web/Social/Whatever
Was a long week with a lot of web highlights, for me THE Iron Imager contender post stood out! So much great imaging here. Thanks again at all the super talented producer participating!5.Imaging
My man Bryan is killing it again. This is why this guy is one of the best out there!!
We REALLY REALLY REALLY mean it when we say this contest gets better every year. With high-caliber entrants from around the globe, who produce for AMAZING radio stations, the decision gets tougher each year.
First, I want to thank all entrants who took the time to write scripts, get voiceover, produce and upload their entries. Most of them come in over the weekends, which tells us it’s something you’re truly passionate about. It’s also radio, so I guess we all work on the weekends
So this week went quick, a lot of imaging, debating, voting on all the awesome Iron imager submissions, new findings and everything else – enter Andy’s Fiver FRIDAY!1.Plugin
Kazrog – True Iron – a new saturation plugin created by Kazrog and Powers Music – looks pretty slick and definitely worth a try, go download the demo for free!2.Inspiration
Great article Chachi sent to me yesterday!
My favorite Song this week. Who does not love Jack Johnson!4.Web/Social/Whatever
Iron Imager is coming and we will present the contender!!! NEXT WEEK! Stay tuned!!!!5.Imaging
Konrad created an awesome Justin Bieber Birthday MASHUP! KONRAD, way to go!