Mixing it up

Wellington producer makes international sound waves

Written by Natasha Park

Carter Green has been producing and recording music for television, film and countless artists for over 21 years at his studio in his hometown of Wellington. His credits range from shows such as “Better Call Saul,” “Chicago Fire,” and “How I Met Your Mother” to producing records and singles for recording artists both nationwide and worldwide.

“I was thrilled to mix and master the new record by Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette’s guitarist) which was recorded in L.A., but was sent to me to get it polished up, punchy and radio-ready.”

Green recently worked in a week-long intensive mixing seminar with multiple Grammy-winning engineer Michael Brauer (John Mayer, Coldplay, Aretha Franklin).

“After submitting my portfolio and application, I reckoned I had about a 10 percent chance of getting into the program. When I learned that I was going all the way to southern France to one of the most legendary studios in the world, to learn from the master, well, I just couldn’t believe it. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Green was one of only four engineers selected from the United States, out of a total of 14 globally. He brought his new-found knowledge back to his studio in small-town Kansas, where he continues to produce and engineer for artists of varied styles and genres.

Matthew Fagan, one of the world’s eminent classical guitarists, frequently travels from Melbourne, Australia to record with Green. He declares, “There isn’t a single engineer in Australia that can do what Green does.”

Proficient on guitar, drums, bass, violin, mandolin and a host of others, Green often performs all of the instruments when he produces music for solo artists. “You’d be surprised what you can accomplish if you keep at something every day for 35 years!” he said with a chuckle.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Chicago with a degree in music composition and theory, instrumentation and orchestration, he came back home to start his career as a recording engineer and music producer.

“I set up business in my home town, because this is where the people I love live. I knew that I could offer the same services and quality of production that artists normally had to go to Nashville or L.A. to get, but I could cut out the middlemen, session musicians and the like, resulting in tremendous savings for the artists.”

You may have seen Green perform locally at the likes of Zoobilee, as he is also the lead singer and fiddle player for the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band. Jaime Green, a photojournalist, filmmaker, and photo and video editor for the Wichita Eagle, is the group’s drummer. Jaime and Carter were married soon after the band’s formation, and have shared their love of music and creativity with their now-adult children, Cat and Colin, and their young son, Cameron.

“I grew up playing Cajun music on the fiddle and guitar, and, being a fluent French speaker, I got this crazy idea to start a Cajun band out here among the wheat fields of Kansas,” says Green.

Gathering together his musically talented best friends, they soon found themselves on the national stage. “Being asked to play on NPR’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ was our breakout moment,” Green said. “After 4 million people heard us on the radio that weekend, the offers came rushing in.” The band has since toured the country, playing large festivals such as the Telluride Jazz Festival and Mudbug Madness, a hilariously large crawfish festival in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“We are just the best of friends who get together and have a good ol’ time,” grins Green. “We never take ourselves seriously.” Their first record has had over 800,000 streams and the band has just released their new studio album.

“I really owe it all to mom and dad,” Green says. “They encouraged my music from the very start, stressed the importance of getting an education, and did all they could to foster self-confidence in a young boy with big dreams.”

For more information about Carter Green or Greenjeans Studios, visit greenjeansstudios.com or email carter@greenjeansstudios.com.

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