El Paso Music Scene

Alex Sandoval Interview

2/25/11
by Charles Hurley

EPMS: So Alex, tell me all about Inline With You's recording adventures.

Alex Sandoval: what do you mean, our recording adventures? LOL.

EPMS: You know, the All-American story of three young men, struggling against all hope to bring desperately needed music to a youth that has almost given up on ever hearing meaningful, heart-felt tunes. The story of Paco, who battled pirates to get that pounding bass line laid down; of Manny, whose mighty efforts produced a rhythmic, never-straying beat, though his arms had nearly been torn off by hungry bears only a couple of weeks before. And finally, of Alex, who balanced his well-worn vocal cords between his music and his tireless efforts to lead crowds in chants, trying to bring equal rights to the Latino midget menage-a-troix community.

In your own words, of course.

Alex Sandoval: LOL. Nothing too exciting. I got tired of having to overpay for El Paso studios and their low quality recordings so I got a job at Arbys, saved all the money, and bought myself a recording studio.

I bought several Pro Tools books, and now I guess you could call me an audio engineer. So I recorded our demo, which is perfect, because we do what we want and I make it sound how I want it to.

EPMS: What happened to Arby's? Were you getting fat working there?

Alex Sandoval: LOL. I got sick of the roast beef.

EPMS: How long have you been doing Inline With You?

Alex Sandoval: I've been in Inline With You for about three years. It's been a constant member change, I'm the only original member left LOL.

EPMS: What was your experience before Inline With You?

Alex Sandoval: I've been playing in bands since I was fifteen, but nothing as serious as Inline With You.

EPMS: What would you say are the highlights of Inline With You's existence?

Alex Sandoval: highlights as far Inline With You is probably going on our small tour, playing the Coliseum, playing Club 101 three times, playing Pride Fest, etc.

EPMS: Why the weenie dogs (NOTE: Inline With You uses a graphic image of a dachsund as kind of an imaginary mascot) ?

Alex Sandoval: Honestly, I don't know why I chose weenie dogs, but if you haven't noticed, he has a boner.

CH NOTE: I hadn't noticed that, but I guess I won't ask Alex about why he always plays live with a couple of rolled-up socks in his pocket...

EPMS: So, have you figured out enough to where you are already doing a good job recording? And, what was the Sonic Ranch thing?

Alex Sandoval: Well, apparently. I guess I know what I'm doing; someone heard my work and interviewed me about a demo I put out and asked what kind of equipment I used. When I told him, he was shocked and asked me if I wanted to help engineer a local band at Sonic Ranch. So, I did. Basically, I was there as an audio engineer, not the band recording.

EPMS: I dig the way you have the balls to just jump into recording, confident that you would figure it out. I did the same thing with promoting: I have screwed up a lot of things, but I have learned a lot. If I have my money straight, I am ready to go to a much higher level.

Alex Sandoval: Yeah, I totally understand the promoting thing, its hard. It's hard to try to get people to go to shows, especially when you live in a city full of cheap-ass Mexicans (I'm allowed to say that cuz I'm Mexican).

EPMS: Are you living at home? The reason I ask is, if you are totally supporting yourself with recording, or any other music-related business in El Paso, that is a huge accomplishment.

If you are living at home, enjoy it while you can, and save as much money as possible.

Alex Sandoval: Well as of right now my only form of income is from recording. The more people that hear my work, the more I get. I guess the prices only help my situation too, especially for the quality I'm giving out.

I used to have my studio at 1500 Texas but I got into a car accident, so I had to pay my car instead so yeah, I brought everything back home.

EPMS: Also, how much money do you have in recording equipment?

Alex Sandoval: I would say I have over 10,000 worth of mics, software, and hardware.

EPMS: What was the hardest thing to learn in recording?

Alex Sandoval: The hardest thing about recording is probably getting the money to get better equipment LOL. But, as far the actual recording, probably phasing and setting levels.

EPMS: Phasing? Lolwut?

Alex Sandoval: Overhead phasing, the cancellation of two sound waves.

EPMS: I'm going to read up on that one.

Alex Sandoval: When you have 2 mics facing against each other, they capture the same sound wave but at different times so you need a phase button on your preamp or a plugin to avoid the cancellation of the wave. thats the basic idea of it. For example, when you mic a snare, I use an SM57 for the top head and an SM57 for the bottom head, so I phase the bottom SM57.

EPMS: I halfway get it. I understand noise cancellation, but off-hand, I don't see why that would happen. Sometimes on the TV news, you hear the voice doubled, with one of the signals slightly out of phase with the other. I heard that tonight on KFox News. They fix it after a second or two.

That phase button inverts the wave?

Alex Sandoval: Yeah, the phase button basically does invert the wave.

EPMS: You make sense to me. I just want to see where you go from here. What is Inline With You's future over the next year?

Alex Sandoval: Hopefully, this year we can go on tour and put out a 15-or-more-song CD!! We're trying to get on Balloon Fest or Street Fest this year, but I'm not sure how to go about that yet.

Alex can be reached at his Facebook account.