The owner of Orbit Audio recording studio and Seattle Academy of Recording Arts is also an engineer and producer of music.

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Joe Reineke

What do you do? I’m a music producer, engineer and the owner of Orbit Audio recording studio. I’m also the founder and a senior instructor at Seattle Academy of Recording Arts in Pioneer Square.

How did you get started in that field? I started playing guitar in bands, got signed to a couple of labels and did 15 years of solid touring. Then, as a natural musical progression, I opened a commercial recording studio (Orbit Audio). Now, I give back and teach folks music production at Seattle Academy of Recording Arts.

What’s a typical day like? From producing to mixing, it really changes based on what the artists’ needs are. Songs appear to be like snowflakes but on closer examination they all are different. Really, my typical day starts with meditation and coffee, then it changes.

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What’s the best part of the work? Helping folks manifest their dreams into reality, forging lifelong friendships and listening to great music.

What surprises people about your work? That I can hear things they don’t. A lot of what my gig consists of is identifying musical opportunities for my artists [and being] a reference point for ideas, and sometimes, the calm in the storm.

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