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Bill Bairley

Bill Bairley

Born in Detroit, Bill hitchhiked to Key West in 1971 at the tender age of fifteen and played guitar for tips in a bar on Duvall Street that is still open today in spite of his playing; The Bull. 


He has worked ever since as a guitarist, bassist, keyboard player(and now pedal steel), and/or vocalist always trying to capture the magic when it happened with whatever means available. Growing up in an analog world was the best thing that could happen to a musician; you really learned how to listen, whether it was learning licks off of first vinyl and later cassette tape, or trying to economize and organize parts and punch-ins on 4 track reel-to-reels. You soon learned that nothing was as important to the song as the performance you captured; attitude always trumping technical prowess. One shot to get it right. 


Digital audio has brought big-studio capabilities to the little guy and made many things easier; unlimited track counts, ultra-high resolution, virtual instruments, countless automated takes, plugin emulations of priceless vintage gear; the list goes on forever. But there are tradeoffs, and not little ones. The biggest issue he deals with are mixes made entirely in the digital realm where the engineer has either lost sight of the overall scope of the work, or has never found it, resulting in small-sounding ‘in the box’ mixes, often with time-smearing phase issues as they try to correct the problems.  Bill's goal is simple. He relies on his 40+ years of audio experiences to create detailed and dynamic masters that invite you to listen deep into the mix and rediscover why you started down this amazing path in the first place.

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