Lost Dogma singer produces other musicians, as well as booking talent at Bellevue's Blue Martini.

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[caption id=”attachment_17667″ align=”alignright” width=”300″]Toby C. Brady at the sound board at the Skagit Valley Casino's Pacific Showroom. (Courtesy of Toby C. Brady) Toby C. Brady at the sound board at the Skagit Valley Casino’s Pacific Showroom. (Courtesy of Toby C. Brady)[/caption]

What do you do? I am a musician, record producer, audio technician and talent buyer in Seattle. I play guitar and sing with my band, Lost Dogma; I make my own records and record other bands, as well. Currently, I am the entertainment director at Blue Martini [in Bellevue] and book shows at various venues around town. I also work for AVR Productions and Hard Rock Cafe, mixing front-of-house sound.

How did you get started in that field? I started playing music in elementary school, and in high school was always in charge of the school sound system. Playing in bands, I had to book my own shows and record my own music. I picked up work with an AV company loading trucks and wrapping cables. Once I proved myself behind the mixing board, the rest just fell into place.

What’s a typical day like? First thing is to make a pot of coffee, and then I sit down and go over my booking calendar and emails. Then I go to my studio and work on whatever project I have just recorded and work on my own music. After that I would either have band practice, or a recording session or go to a venue to mix a live show, depending on the night.

What surprises people about what you do? People are always surprised at how much I have to work and the wide variety of acts that I work with.

What’s the best part of the work? As a songwriter, it’s when I see the crowd singing along to my lyrics and getting lost in the moment. When I’m running sound for a band, I try to make them feel like I’m a member of their group, and making it sound good for them and the audience. Mostly, I really just love being surrounded by music and the business of it.