Allen "Big Al" Wagner
Allen has a life-long history in the music business. His parents started him in private music lessons the same day he started grade school. He was trained on piano and organ simultaneously.
He turned professional at the age of thirteen as a solo performer for the Baldwin Piano And Organ Company in Phoenix, Arizona. Shortly thereafter he placed in the top five finalists in the state of Arizona in the Liberace International Entertainers Search.
At the age of seventeen he became a private music teacher himself as well as volunteering for the music departments in the local public school system.
For the last thirty years, Allen has worked all over the western United States and Canada with such artists as: Robert Cray, Richie Havens, Firefall, Randy Meisner (Eagles), New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Judy Collins, Sheb Wooley, Danny Gans, Del Reeves and Two Feet Left.
Allen has been fascinated with technology in music ever since being exposed to the original Moog synthesizer as a young child. This fascination led to a life-long relationship with music technology. He's now considered an expert in the field of electronic music. In 1990 he was invited to present a master class on the History And Application Of Synthesis at Eastern Washington University.
Allen says, "Like a lot of musicians, I find that the more I learn, the more I have yet to learn. That's why I've come to love the journey of learning new things, not the destination of just having the knowledge. The discovery is where it's at for me. This is especially true in the studio. There's always something new to learn and it can come from anywhere.
"Constantly cultivating my ear has been my latest obsession for the last several years. There's nothing like the thrill of discovering you can hear something new in a mix. It's like getting a new piece of gear for free!"
On being a host on the PSN Podcast Allen comments, "I'm sure I enjoy doing this for a lot of the same reasons as Michael. I love meeting musicians and studio owners from all over the world. My favorite is the interview segments. The chance to pick someone's brain about their experiences and approach to music is some of the best real-world education you can get. Just because we don't get paid doesn't mean we aren't getting rich!"
"If you can't take a joke...make fun of others."
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