Stir Post Audio, which has multiple locations in Chicago, has promoted associate engineer Matt Holmes to sound designer/mixer. Holmes, who has a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Indiana University’s prestigious Jacob’s School of Music, joined the company for launch last June. Since that time he has mixed spots for Lay’s, Bud Light, Ziploc, Hunt’s Sauces and Hebrew National.
“With his great ears, easy going manner, and technical proficiency, Matt, in a very short time, has become an in-demand team member who adds value to our client’s sound design and mixing projects,” says EP David Kaplan, who is partnered in Stir with Mindy Verson and Greg Allan.
A multi-talented instrumentalist, who plays drums, guitar, bass and piano, Holmes also mans the drum chair in the indie acoustic band, Valaska, with whom he has recorded two CDs, and also regularly gigs around Chicago at the Beat Kitchen and Schubas, as well as other venues in the Midwest and nationally. In 2013, the band released their first CD, “Natural Habitat,” and, earlier this year, followed up with “Thing,” which he also recorded and mixed.
“Matt’s background as a musician and a member of a band affords him the ability to work well in a team structure and percolate ideas that help the client’s work reach its highest potential,” says Verson. “We see him as someone who will grow and thrive within the vision we have for Stir.”
Adds Allan, “He has been mixing for us over the past year and the response has been so positive, we decided to make his move up official.”