Scott Wiley, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an audio engineer, music producer, and owner of June Audio Recording Studios in Provo, Utah. Speaking about June Audio, Scott comments, “I opened June Audio in the Spring of 2000 to provide Utah’s music community with the very best in recording. From the extensive list of studio gear and microphones to the amazing collection of instruments and amplifiers, musicians will find everything they need to be inspired and create great art.” He further commented, “My job is to help the musician to get their dream, their vision or whatever it is across in the best manner. It’s not my album. … I want to take what you bring in and just make it blossom.”
June Audio has been in full operation since 2007 and has worked with The Moth and the Flame, Fictionist, Mindy Gledhill, Neon Trees, Joshua James, Sarah Sample, Ryan Innes, Cherie Call, the LDS Especially for Youth albums, and local group collaborations such as the Lower Lights.
Scott was born on 13 March 1973, and is from La Canada Flintridge, California. He grew up in the Los Angeles, California, area and says that music has played a major role in his life for as long as he can remember. He even recalls listening to the Beatles as a kid and “unplugging different speakers to dissect the layers of the song.” For his eighth-grade graduation present he asked for a four-track recorder, and his love for recording was born.
He attended La Canada High School and later studied Music Recording at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. While in college he worked at two or three recording studios at a time including Henson Recording Studios, The Sound Kitchen, and the Warner Brothers film stage. He credits his work experience more than his degree for the knowledge that he has gained of the recording industry. After graduating college, he moved to Utah.
He married his wife Sarah Zackrison in 2009 and they moved back to Los Angeles. Because of the high demands of his Hollywood studio recording work which kept him away from home and his family quite often, he and Sarah decided that it was best to move back to Utah and purse music producing and engineering there. Scott commented, “It’s a weird move to go from literally living in Hollywood to living in Provo — to having a recording studio. But it’s worked out.” His client base is built primarily through word of mouth and he says that he’s lucky to “have enough clients with similar priorities and lifestyles, assuring him better hours and more weekend time for his family and church obligations.”
Singer-songwriter Hillary Weeks recorded four of her albums with Wiley at June Audio. She commented, “I love that when I’m singing and recording vocals, he listens to the tiniest of details. He hears the best one and knows how to pick that out.” She recounts the time when she came into the studio frustrated that she was not able to finish writing a song before recording. “It really wasn’t coming together, and he pulled out his guitar and we worked on the song and all of a sudden he was not only engineer/producer, but he was a songwriter, too,” she said.
Not only is he an audio engineer and music producer, but Scott has also played in bands himself, and he is proficient on the guitar and bass, but plays keyboards with “limited ability.” He stated, “You have to love the equipment and the gear as much as you do music, or else it would be a nightmare.” The equipment and instruments at the studio includes more than 60 guitars, 20 snare drums, multiple drum kits, keyboards, and microphones. However, of all the equipment available at his disposal, he says that his ears are his best tools. He also commented, “I’ve never considered that I could do anything else. I think that my peers would say the same thing. For some reason it feels like this is my calling.”
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