The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business announced that it has named Pat McMakin Director of Studio Operations at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. Pat, a 1978 alum of Belmont’s Music Business program and founding Chair of Belmont’s Music Business Advisory Board, will take the helm the first week of March.
Ocean Way Nashville, designed by award-winning recording engineer Allen Sides and purchased by Belmont in 2001, is the No. 1 tracking room in Nashville and a world-class teaching laboratory that also serves an impressive client roster including Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Bob Seger, Three Doors Down, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, matchbox twenty, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Stevie Nicks and Gretchen Wilson, as well as successful Belmont alumni Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Brad Paisley.
With more than 30 years of successful music industry experience as a recording engineer, record producer, and songwriter, McMakin has worked with a wide variety of artists including Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Lonestar, Brenda Lee, N’Sync and countless other artists, producers and songwriters. Joining Ocean Way Nashville after 25 years as studio manager, producer and engineer at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tenn., McMakin brings both expert industry experience and intimate knowledge of Belmont to his new role.
Of his new leadership position, McMakin comments, “I’m looking forward to joining a world class team at one of the world’s premiere recording facilities. There are many great legacy studios that have come before and Ocean Way Nashville aspires to play a vital role in the continuing story that Nashville has been a part of since the inception of modern recording. As a part of Belmont’s Curb College, I am also looking forward to helping turn out the world’s finest recording engineers for the future.”
Curb College Dean Wesley Bulla reiterates McMakin’s enthusiasm, “I’ve known Pat for years and think he’ll be a great asset to the Curb College. He will help push the facility into the future of the recording business and the curriculum toward setting the standard for audio engineering education.”