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Austin Stawowczyk

Austin Stawowczyk

Audio Consultant

Detroit, MI

248.591.9276 x231

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For Austin Stawowczyk, the allure of rock music was too strong to resist. As a kid growing up in the suburbs south of Detroit, it blew open a doorway to a raw, exciting world that contrasted the one around him. When a friend brought a guitar to school and started playing Metallica riffs for the class, he became a full-blown convert.

Picking up the guitar at the age of 10, the young would-be shredder started learning as much as he could as fast as he could, voraciously listening to music and trying to imitate the sounds of his favorite records. An early music teacher gave him some sage advice – “use your ears” – and from there, a parallel interest in audio engineering began.

Starting out with a cheap computer microphone and no knowledge of what a DAW was, Austin began to make lo-fi basement recordings of his friends playing just about anything. But as he continued to “use his ears,” he realized he could make incremental improvements to the sounds he was creating. With every improvement came a little more knowledge of amplifiers, microphones, interfaces, software and mixing.

When it came time to pursue an education, he took the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Michigan and McGill University which would allow him to continue growing his practical knowledge. It’s this in-depth knowledge and passion for engineering that he seeks to bring to Vintage King as an Audio Consultant.

Throughout life’s ups and downs, Austin has dedicated his time to music, attending and playing shows, touring in various Michigan-based projects, playing for hire as a live and studio musician, and taking on freelance projects as a recording and live sound engineer.

He currently performs in Detroit-based acts Great Expectations and Shortly. When he’s not playing, recording, or mixing music, he’s probably trying to make tacos, dabbling in photography, or spending quality time with his family and friends. He also wishes he had a dog.

Q & A

What is the best advice you've been given?
No amount of gear can fix a lackluster performance.

What is some of your favorite gear?
I would never say no to a Roland JC-120 or a pair of Distressors.

What are some of your favorite artists?
Right now, that would have to be Phoebe Bridgers. I’m a sucker for singer/songwriters like Mark Kozelek and Sufjan Stevens, but I think she’s on a whole other level. If I had to pick a feel-good favorite, though, it would be Bear Vs. Shark.