The North Door
"...THE PRODUCER "I've always had a predisposition to figuring stuff out," says Erik Wofford, the soft-spoken local producer whose recent credits include Voxtrot, Snowden, the Black Angels, the Octopus Project, and Okkervil River. "I've always been curious how things work..."
"...Just east of Good Danny's former location, another favorite Austin studio exists improbably on valuable waterfront property. Two years back, an investment group bought a strip of property on Red Bluff Road including the studio Erik Wofford had been renting for over a decade, Cacophony Recorders, where he fashioned platters by the Black Angels and Explosions in the Sky..."
"...Producer: Erik Wofford (Cacophony)..."
"...Explosions in the Sky played its first show as Breaker Morant on July 4, 1999, for an audience of one – Erik Wofford, who engineered the instrumentalists' Local Live session on KVRX. "Nobody had ever heard them; no one wanted to do it," laughs Wofford, who later produced the band's CD-R debut, How Strange, Innocence..."
"...Name referencing Warhol starlet Candy Darling, a Fleetwood Mac-esque lineup, and a recent cover of the Cars' "Moving in Stereo" stock the cookie jar of local dream-weavers Candi & the Strangers. The Austin quintet – couples John and Samantha Constant and Angie and Greg Rose, plus ubiquitous producer Erik Wofford – shoots for the stars on its sophomore LP, charting Madonna ("Children of the Tone"), Stereolab ("Glide"), and a not-so-coincidental transition of "Velvet" into "Nico Regrets." Samantha Constant's voice is more inviting and light than the German singer's, but "Nico" nevertheless sounds like something you could whirl around Studio 54..."
"..."Rehearse as much as possible before you go into the studio," local producer Erik Wofford says. "There's no such thing as overrehearsing..."
"...AC: You typically record at home, so working with producer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Records was a new approach for you...."
"...AC: You typically record at home, so working with producer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders was a new approach for you...."
"...Tosca recorded strings for Voxtrot during this year's winter storm, as sheets of ice slipped from the rooftops and space heaters warmed Erik Wofford's Cacophony Recorders. The result is a mellifluous mix of birdcalls ("Ghost") and explosion ("Brother in Conflict")..."
"..."We've congealed as a band. Instead of this wall-of-sound thing going on, there's more definition." Mazzi, bassist/singer Ruby Painter, and drummer Steve Sanders congealed enough to knock out the Mumbo Jumbo EP, which they release Friday at Emo's, in three days at producer Erik Wofford's Cacophony Recorders..."
"...Torres spent most of last year on the road with his band of Austin eclectics: percussionist Thor Harris (ex-Swans), Aisha Burns (Balmorhea), and multi-instrumentalist Dailey Toliver (Molly Burch). The same group cut the session at Erik Wofford's Cacophony Recorders that spawned both Pearls to Swine and this week's follow-up..."
"...It was important for us to have this whole project be homegrown and convey the feeling of people in Austin working together. In addition to our bands and producing it between our two labels, we also had the recording mastered by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders and the art done by Jaime Zuverza...."
"...Acquiring a more straightforward tack for round two, Austin duo Imperialists follows up its debut, the stormy alt-synth pop fusion Arrhythmia, with anthemic synth sweller Who Are You Afraid Of? Co-produced by renowned Austin producer Erik Wofford, the former Ghost of the Russian Empire members' billowing harmonies and cloudy ambience remain from the first full-length. Radio-ready lead track "Nuke (Look Me in the Eyes)" echoes early Mutemath and the better bits of Eighties arena synth, Genesis covering experimental Tortoise jams..."
"...Austin's Afrobeat aliens successfully etched a psychedelic jazz-funk party onto their 2014 debut EP, and now repeat the trick with sophomore vinyl that deepens the grooves into electro-funk. The 10- to 20-piece collective follows that lodestar on this eight-song-long effort: galactic disco on gibberish chant "Sama Chaka," space-surf guitar with "Osaka," and a tropical R&B melody on uplifting standout "Clouds." Local analog master Erik Wofford again captures GDA's multitude of keyboards, horns, vibraphone, flute, and percussion with a clarity that rockets past exotic to interplanetary..."
"...Cello-buoyed opener "Dryland" commences the 11-track CD, its spiritually skewed chorus conveying the expat's embraced migration effectively: "I'm finally home," he sings, a tinge of twang detected in his calm baritone. Contributions from members of the Polyphonic Spree and Dana Falconberry's backing band reinforce the album's Texas slant, as do its producer Matt Pence (Midlake, Centro-matic), and mixer Erik Wofford (Black Angels, White Denim)..."
"...6) Erik Wofford..."
"...1) AJ Vallejo 2) Omar Vallejo 3) Ray Sr. 4) Tim Gerron 5) Chris “Frenchie” Smith 6) Erik Wofford 7) Adrian Quesada 8) Jim Eno 9) Michael Ramos 10) Cisco Ryder LOCAL LABEL..."
"...AB: Exactly. The first time around, I went in the studio with Matt Drenik and Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders..."
"...This Austin crew may actually prove even stranger. Recorded and produced by local A-team Erik Wofford and Adrian Quesada, the extraterrestrial 10-piece beams six songs in 24 minutes that walk a tightrope strung by two fellow locals, Hard Proof's electric boogaloo and Dead Music Capital Band's brass freakshow..."
"..."We had help from some beautiful earthlings named Erik Wofford and Adrian Quesada," lauds Mgawi, who looks suspiciously like Sahara Lounge co-owner Topaz McGarrigle...."