The Frozen Ground-Now on Netflix!


Just a quick post today letting you know that “The Frozen Ground”, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage is out on Netflix. This one went under the radar so not many people know about it. It’s based on a true story and Cusack plays a really convincing baddy. The composer was Lorne Balfe and I actually mixed this one in Lorne’s room at Remote Control. There just wasn’t time to print stems and what not, so I mixed it in Cubase.

I really wanted to keep this as dynamic as possible so that the desolate scenes in the wilds of Alaska would stay erie. It was easy to do with Lorne’s writing. He really understands the dynamics of the picture and when and where to get dramatic and where to just put a solo violin line that makes an already tense scene, really uncomfortable, in the best possible way! Check out “Remember Her”  on the soundtrack. It’s one of my favorites from the film.

This is definitely worth the watch, so put it in your cue this weekend!

As always, stay thirsty my friends!


Tokyo Ghoul gives screen credit to the mixer!

Tokyo Ghoul Credit


I’m very excited to get a screen credit for my mix of the popular Japanese TV show Tokyo Ghoul. It basically never happens, so I’m very grateful to my Japanese friends for making this possible.

I had a blast mixing with composer Yutaka Yamada and Music Director/Editor Kohei Chida. Special thanks to Koyo Sonae for making it all happen. It’s always fun when we get together with lots of sake enjoyed by all!

**Click on the photo to watch episode one, with english sub-titles on YouTube. I’m really enjoying watching it and it’s getting rave reviews. It’s a bit adult in nature. Definitely not for kids. 🙂


Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” is a wrap!

Christopher Drake (Composer), very happy bartender, Christian Wenger (Mix Assistant)

Christopher Drake (Composer), very happy bartender, Christian Wenger (Mix Assistant)

We finished up the music mix to Kevin Smith’s new film “Tusk” last night. There are so many cool things about this movie I wish I could tell you about. Kevin’s done a brilliant job and so did Christopher Drake in creating the sonic landscape to this amazingly disturbing film! I can’t wait for you all to see it!

As for the cocktail, I thought something slightly sweet and golden in color would help the medicine go down a bit better, so without further ado, I present….

2 0z. Silver Patron Tequila
1 0z.Cointreau orange liqueur 
1/2 oz. of  Red Vermouth
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
No garnish needed for this. It would only get in the way when you ask for another.
Stay drunk my friends! 

Tokyo Ghoul cocktail debuts in L.A.


Nao Sato (Translator), Christian Wenger(Mix Assistant ),Kohei Chida (Music Director/Composer Manager), Yutaka Yamada (Composer)

Nao Sato (Translator), Christian Wenger (Mix Assistant), Kohei Chida (Music Director/Editor), Yutaka Yamada (Composer), Bald guy.

The crew from Japan were back for a week of mixing at RCP. Tokyo Ghoul is a very big comic book over in Japan and they’ve made it into an animated tv show. Composer Yutaka Yamada wrote some brilliant music and some really beautiful melodies to help capture the emotion of the show. Tokyo Ghoul is about a young man who gets an organ transplant from a ghoul, which looks human but needs human flesh to survive. What’s a little butt cheek between friends right!

So for the cocktail I wanted something bloody, fleshy and strong! I gotta say, I think this is one of my best cocktails yet!

I present to you…

“The Tokyo Ghoul”
2 oz. Sake
2 oz. Japanese Whiskey.
(In this case I chose Nikka Taketsuru 12yr)
Blood Orange
In a cocktail shaker add ice, sake & whiskey. Cut the blood orange into quarters and squeeze the juice from one of the quarters into the shaker &  drop the rind in as well. 
Shake vigorously to chill the ingredients.
Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange. 
Simple…but deadly.

Special thanks to Koyo Sonae for coordinating all of this and John Graham for his wonderful orchestration. Looking forward to the next one!