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Gavin Carroll - Arcade Edit

BY DS

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Gavin Carroll. I am a Senior Producer at Arcade New York. I am from Ireland. I moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago and moved to New York 6 months ago.

How long have you been in your position?
I have been at Arcade for almost 3 years. 2 years at Arcade LA and now 6 months at Arcade NY. Before that I was at jumP LA for three years. 


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What experiences have lead you to that position?
I started as a runner but was fortunate because it was a new office that was still being built out, and I also had a great Executive Producer who was very patient with me.

I knew nothing about post production but I knew right away I wanted to be a producer. The terminology sounded like a different language to me. Spots and exports, end tags, transfers and splits. 

We had a room that was eventually going to be built out as an audio mixing studio but for now was used as storage. Everyone called it “The Mix Room” and for a year I thought it was because there was a mixture of stuff in it.

I was very fortunate that they stuck with me and gave me a chance to learn.

I never asked what my title was. After about 6 months I added “Producer” to my email signature and the owner called to tell me to take it off. After another three months I added it again and nobody said anything.

What’s been the proudest moment in your work so far?
Last year I worked on a trilogy of music videos for the German techno producer Paul Kalkbrenner. Kalkbrenner is not widely known in the USA but he had become like a diety to my friends and I. We listened to him night and day. We had parties where the soundtrack was 100% Kalkbrenner. One day my EP was assigning me jobs and said “it’s for this German techno guy I am not sure how to pronounce his name…Kalk…Kalk-brenner”. 

It was an amazing moment. Just the night before my best friend had given me a lighter with the Kalkbrenner “PK” logo emblazoned on it. It felt incredible. Like it was meant for me.

I got sent an advance copy of the new Kalkbrenner album and at one point there was talk of him coming to my apartment to watch the videos on my projector screen. 


Temp music: love it or hate it?
Depends.

Who or what inspires you?
People who create things. Not just their talent but their courage to create something from nothing and put it out on the line. My Mam and Dad of course…

Do you have any creative outputs outside work? 
I love singing, mostly in the shower or at Karaoke. I can cook but haven’t made anything more complex than an omelette since moving to New York six months ago. On the train I do sketches of people to pass the time, either an actual drawing or writing out as much as I can say about them before one of us gets to our stop.

Before you go…

Red or White?
RED because I have red hair.

Dancing or cabaret?
Dancing.

Gigs or festivals?
Gigs.

Who is your personal hero? 
William Burroughs

What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Bob Dylan at Nowlan Park, The Never Ending Tour 2001.

What book/Author has influenced you the most? 
The Stranger by Albert Camus.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Used to be The Walking Dead but now there is too much talking and not enough Zombies.