My name is Stoker White. I grew up north of Logan, UT, and in 2004 decided it was time to leave my path toward law school and pursue my passion. I was accepted at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, in Arizona, and studied there for an intense 8 months, after which I moved to Nashville and began an internship at OMNIsound Studios, located just off Music Row. After emptying garbage cans and making coffee for about a month, I was able to begin sitting in on some recording sessions, and was eventually offered a full-time assistant engineer position.
An assistant engineer is in charge of the technical aspects of a recording session, under the direction of the engineer. This generally includes all microphone setup, patchbay management, console routing, and often even operating ProTools. Assisting every day for Nashville’s best engineers was a great way to develop my own skills. I was able to see, and more importantly, hear a wide variety of recording and mixing techniques. I assisted on hundreds of sessions, for artists such as Jewel, Big and Rich, Randy Houser, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Dailey and Vincent, Little Richard, Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Michael Martin Murphey, and many others.
The transition from assistant to engineer is gradual and natural. Before long I was doing very little assisting and kept busy engineering. Nashville is so much more than country music, and has a huge concentration of talent. Such a creative and competitive environment raises the bar for everyone; singers, songwriters, musicians, and engineers all have to be at their best to find work. I am proud to have engineered sessions for scores of hit songwriters (whose songs you know but names you don’t) and independent artists, as well as heavy-hitters such as Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Billy Currington, Sarah Darling, Buddy Guy, Paul Overstreet, and Carmen Rasmusen.
Since both of us are from Utah and have family here, my wife and I always wanted to move back, which proved difficult since every month in Tennessee was busier than the last. But in August of 2011, after the birth of our first child, we decided to make the move. Shortly after arriving in Utah I met Dan Carlisle, owner of Soularium Studios, and took a full-time position as engineer and studio manager. I have been pleased to find such a healthy, thriving music industry here. The changing and decentralizing music industry is awesome, and I’m glad to be a part of it.
If we haven’t worked together yet, let’s get together and talk about your project. And if we have worked together, well, shoot me a text and say hi!