Exclusive Interview with John Cuniberti
John Cuniberti's career began as a 70's rock musician in the San Francisco Bay Area. To supplement his income John joined a touring sound reinforcement company in 1976. He worked his way up to the position of mixing on stage monitors for Stevie Wonder. In the early 80s John was managing Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco by day and recording the Dead Kennedys and many other alternative bands by night. In the 90s, John received both platinum and gold records for producing and engineering six Joe Satriani records.
In 2000 John opened a CD mastering suite at the world famous Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito. For the next seven years John crafted his skills in the art of mastering. During his time there John mastered over a thousand CDs for both major and independent labels including Tracy Chapman, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Thomas Dolby, Aaron Neville and the Grateful Dead.
EGMA 2012's mission is to find the world's most unique and original talent. What do you look for in music that inspires or excites you?
JC: I never look for it. It can appear anywhere at any time. I could be watching TV and I hear a song and say, “who is that?” or be driving in a car stitching around the stations and land upon something I have never heard before and say, “wow”. It’s rarely unique and original. Most of the time it’s a great song sang with conviction, a beautiful melody or an infectious rhythm. In my prefect world it’s all of the above. Does it resonate with me? Can I feel something? Does it take me somewhere? Does it motivate me?