Many Valley bands walked into Room 9 recording studios in Redlands and were greeted by Jerry Whiting. This beast of a sound engineer is responsible for much of the Coachella Valley soundtrack, as he recorded releases from Sleazy Cortez, Captain Ghost, Robotic Humans and others. For more information, visit www.room9recording.com. Whiting is the last to take on The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
These answers will really date me. It was the second day of the Us Festival in 1983, which was the day of heavy metal – Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen. It was a pretty wild and epic gig for a young 16 year old Jerry.
What was the first album you owned?
I believe they were from Pink Floyd The wall, Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbath master of reality. Not a bad introduction to music, and the three still hold up.
What bands are you listening to at the moment?
Well, it’s mostly music that I record and mix, but I’ve been obsessed with the band Opeth for a few years now. There are so many textures and layers in their music. Lamb of God Resolution always seems to be on in my truck radio. The song “King Me” is sick enough!
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t understand?
GED in general. I respect the passion and the time the artist put into making music, but that doesn’t move me.
Which musical act, current or gone, would you most like to see live?
I have attended so many concerts and shows. I’ve seen most of the artists and bands I love, but the obvious answer is Led Zeppelin at their peak! Page and Bonham at the top of their game – it doesn’t get any better!
What is your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” when I drank a little too much wine.
What is your favorite concert hall?
Hands down, Spanky is downtown Riverside. It was a legendary club in the late 80s and early 90s. We used to stay there every week and watch bands like LAPD, which later changed their name to Korn. My own band Ill Will has opened for bands like Nuclear Assault, DRI and Obituary.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Chains gon’ splash when I break in the pool, yeah. I don’t nap, I stack two by two,” “24” by Arizona Zervas. One of my artists, Fall and Rise, recently covered this song, and I laugh every time I hear it.
What band or artist changed your life? How? ‘Or’ What?
Jimmy Page literally made me leave the school orchestra and violin for the electric guitar.
You have a question to ask a musician. What is the question, and who are you asking?
To Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman: “Why did you have to leave so soon?”
What song would you like to play at your funeral?
“Patterns in the Ivy” by Opeth.
Figurative gun to the temple, what’s your favorite album of all time?
Blackening by Machine Head. Epic album!
What song should everyone be listening to right now?
Anything from any Room 9 artist I’ve had the good fortune to work with!