From teen years spent in a band, to handling the heat of being one of few interns (in about ten years) for a music studio, to making his own moves in co-owning a studio—what inspired Jeremy Deaton, Chief Operating Officer of Make Believe Studios (MBS) to make music a career?
“I knew I wanted to be involved in music but I knew realistically I wasn’t a good enough musician to do that as a career choice,” said Deaton. “So, somehow I kind of fell into it.”
Currently a co-owner and tracking engineer for MBS, Deaton started recording other bands in his youth and it gaged his interest. Yearning to make music more than a hobby, he headed to Full Sail University where he met Rick Carson, current CEO of Make Believe Studios.
Growing up in Spokane, Wash. Deaton made his journey to the other side of the country in Florida for school, then back to his home state afterwards working in Seattle for Studio X. There, he was an intern and assistant. He also worked with a live sound company, Carlson Audio Systems. It was during this time on his first day as a recording studio intern where his “Aha moment” hit him—this is what he was meant to do.
When Deaton was doing freelance work, the opportunity came about to start up a studio with alumni Carson in Omaha, Neb. He took the leap in 2009 and has been building up the company since. The new state-of-the-art studio in downtown Omaha is just wrapping up construction and set to open soon.
He’s all about sound and the gadgets required to gather it. A lot of the gear the studio has currently he’s had his eyes set on since starting in the industry ten years ago, and now his closet is full.
“One thing I really like is the Royer 121, a ribbon mic. That’s a new mic we have. We also have a lot of vintage gear,” said Deaton.
Earlier in his tenure, Deaton got some interesting experiences on the job. The Dalai Lama—yes, involvement with sound for the Dalai Lama—and Eddie Vedder were two projects that came to mind.
What advice does Deaton give anyone interested in entering the industry?
“Every day [in the industry] is a new challenge,” said Deaton. “You’re going to have to work really hard.”