284 – Christopher Allis: The Never-Ending Journey of Home Recording, Reassessing Our Relationship with Music, Balancing Career and Caregiving
Christopher Allis has been active on the LA scene for over a decade doing session, touring, commercial and jingle work. He has lent his talents for TV spots for Coca-Cola, Discovery Channel, and others. His playing can also be heard a variety of commercial music for shows including “Smash”, “The Voice”, “True Blood”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, and a variety of children and young adult shows on ABC, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel. Film music includes “Planes – Fire and Rescue”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, and overdub sessions for the James Bond films “Gold Finger”, “The Man With the Golden Gun”, and “Dr. No”.
His latest touring stints have been with Deanna Carter and Michael Nesmith. He has also entered the world of academia as a special guest lecturer at the USC Thornton School of Music where we works with production classes to discuss and demonstrate modern studio drumming techniques.
In this episode, Christopher talks about:
- Tailoring your home recording rig to your skill level and your target market
- The flexibility of minimal mic’ing techniques
- Acquiring recording gear that you’ll grow into
- His listening habits during COVID
- Leaning into a particular aesthetic to find his place on the LA scene
- Reassessing what we really want out of music and how to get it
- How his life and career have changed as a result of his wife’s ongoing battle with cancer
- Not asking “why?” but rather, “what now?”
Christopher endorses Ludwig drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Vater drumsticks, Canopus Snare Wires and Accessories, Big Fat Snare Drum, Snare Weight, SKB Cases, Yamaha DTX Electronic Drums, and