It was the drum tones of John Bonham and Phil Collins that gave Joe Dickinson an inquisitive mind when it came to music. Wondering how instruments sounded so varied under different players, he decided to explore the studio and began working as a sound engineer. In 2011 he graduated from university with a degree in the subject and embarked on a freelance career that has taken him far from his home in England.
He first began as an assistant at Grammy Award-winning Circle Studios, working under chief engineer and studio owner, Trevor Gibson. He soon found himself working on sessions for Warner/Chappell, Warner Music Group, Yamaha Drums as well as countless independent bands and labels. In addition to recording, Joe also helped Trevor update the facility from a single live room studio to a multi-room facility including a stone room and an Avatar Studio-style wooden room.
When Joe wasn’t in the studio, he found ways to keep busy. In 2013, he accidentally found himself on the console mixing a friend's band at Bestival (Isle of Wight) and has since been out with a whole host of other acts touring the UK, Europe and the US as a Front of House and Monitor Engineer. After relocating to San Francisco in 2017, he began working at the iconic Bay Area music venue, The Independent, and as a Systems Engineer for large-scale arena shows and festivals.
Joe's varied experience gives Vintage King customers an insight into how music is recorded and how live music translates on stage.
Q & A
What is the best advice you've been given?
Get it sounding right at the source and when in doubt, check your phase!
What is some of your favorite gear?
ELAM 251 -> REDD 47 Pre amp for vocals and you probably have a winner.
What are your go-to sounds for sound-checking a room?
"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel followed shortly by "Back in Black" by AC/DC.
Joe went above and beyond to make the deal happen and make sure the TG arrived safely! Second mile all the way!
I do not have any ideas for improvement. Joe Dickinson is the most knowledgeable audio rep I've worked with in person, or online. Mahalo!
The sales rep, Joe Dickinson, who worked with me answered all my questions, effectively communicated, and helped make the transaction smooth. I am currently living overseas and there are strict mailing restrictions on packages I receive. Joe was very helpful in confirming that the speaker stands I ordered would not be over the size and weight limit I'm allowed.