Beliefs are the Enemy of Invention: Brian Deck on Recording Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, and More

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Chicago music producer and musician Brian Deck delivered almost 2 hours of music wisdom in a recorded interview with Recordingstudiorockstars.

There’s also a great conversation happening on his Facebook timeline. Following are a couple prime cuts:

I have to learn over and over that beliefs are the enemy of invention.

It’s actually way more impressive to figure out how to do these things in surprising ways than it is to display “good taste” by avoiding them.

I’ve known Brian for years, but I couldn’t add much to this bio from

“Brian Deck is a music producer living and working in Chicago. In their early twenties, Brian and college friend Brad Wood built Idful Music Corp, an under-equipped recording studio in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Together, they recorded seminal records for Liz Phair, Red Red Meat, Shrimpboat, Tar, Sea and Cake, Tortoise and other Chicago luminaries of the 1990’s.

Brian’s unique music aesthetic can be heard both as a player and engineer producer on The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse, Shephard’s Dog by Iron and Wine, Somewhere Under Wonderland by Counting Crows, Animal by Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s and All My Friends are Funeral Singers by Califone.

When not making music he cooks, runs, dads, and tries to keep his old house from crumbling.”