TAPE OP MAGAZINE
PETE WEISS & THE ROCK BAND
Weiss is a New England-based producer/engineer/mixer/musician. Through
his innovative, organic work with artists such as Kingsley Flood, Willard Grant
Conspiracy, Two Dollar Pistols, Charlie Chesterman, Bow Thayer &
Levon Helm, and Don Lennon, Weiss has developed a reputation as an
outstanding producer who can adapt to many musical genres and is
unafraid to ignore stylistic convention. Other notable artists Weiss
has worked with include Chris Brokaw, Kustomized, Slim Cessna's Auto
Club, Doug Yule, Moe Tucker, The Upper Crust, Princeton, Peter Zaremba,
Aimee Mann, Lee Ranaldo, Bell X1, Reverend Glasseye, Drive By Wire, One Happy Island, and
In 1989 he co-founded Zippah Studio in Boston. After selling his share of Zippah in 2004, he built and opened Verdant Studio, an "open room" retreat-style studio with artist lodging in rural Vermont which he now uses as a home base.
not in the studio, Weiss fronts the instrumental band The Weisstronauts
and is a member of the experimental pop collective known as Sool. He
released a solo album in 1996 and two albums while fronting the
subversive Pete Weiss & the Rock Band from 1995-2000. He has scored
four independent films, "Methods" (1998), "Metal" (2001), "Bad Gravity"
(with Sool 2006), and "The Arcadian Ideal" (2007).
He is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine,
writing reviews of audio equipment as well as conducting interviews
with recording industry figures. Over the years he has served on many
panels & workshops at Tape Op's
and Potluck Audio's conferences. Some of his microphone reviews from Tape Op are archived at the Recording Hacks
site. In the early 1990's Weiss authored two books on baseball,
"Baseball's All Time Goats" and "Longshots!", both published by Adams
Media. Used copies are occasionally available on Ebay or Amazon.
Artists interested in working with Pete are encouraged to email him directly.
News & press:
"Pete Weiss Interviews Pete Weiss"
in Tape Op Magazine online. There are at least two engineer/producer
Pete Weisses. The "other" one was most active in the 60's and
70's and worked with artists such as Bill Evans, Looking Glass (known
for "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", Edgar Winter, Barbra Streisand and
others. These two Petes became friendly a few years ago and the
younger Pete figured it would be fun to conduct an interview with the
elder Pete. Confused? Read the interview...
Pete Weiss & the Rock Band in a cool, funny, painstakingly produced shot-for-shot video remake, parodying Tracey Ullman's 80's hit "They Don't Know." Here it is, side-by-side with the original.
Interview (with Rafi Sofer of the Invisible Rays), discussing instrumental rock for Jonathan Donaldson's blog.
Interviews with Mojo Flucke for Popdose, with C.C. DiGuardia in Northeast Performer magazine, and with John Clarkson in the U.K. webzine Pennyblackmusic.
The Weisstronauts have
released an anthology of their best songs, "Control Is In Your Command:
The Best Of The Weisstronauts" in the form of a deluxe vinyl LP/CD
In October of 2012 Pete Weiss & the Rock Band
reunited in the studio and created a new 10-song album. The entire
album will be released in April 2013. A teaser track, a
semi-instrumental called "Ermahgerd!" can be heard/purchased, and a video was created by Sool's Neal Spaulding.
Some of Pete's photography can be seen at Nerker.com.