Many of the valley’s bands have walked into Room 9 Recording Studios in Redlands and been met by Jerry Whiting. This beast of an audio engineer is responsible for much of the Coachella Valley soundtrack, as he’s recorded releases by Sleazy Cortez, Captain Ghost, Robotic Humans and others. For more information, visit www.room9recording.com. Whiting is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
These answers are really going to date me. It was day two of the Us Festival in 1983, which was the heavy-metal day—Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen. It was a pretty wild and epic concert for a young 16-year-old Jerry.
What was the first album you owned?
I believe they were Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality. Not a bad introduction to music, and all three still really hold up.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Well, it’s mostly music I’m recording and mixing, but I’ve been obsessed with the band Opeth for a few years now. There are just so many textures and layers to their music. Lamb of God’s Resolution seems to always be on in my truck stereo. The song “King Me” is pretty sick!
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
EDM in general. I respect the passion and time the artist put into making the music, but it just doesn’t move me.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I’ve been to so many concerts and shows. I’ve seen most of the artists and bands that I love, but the obvious answer is Led Zeppelin in their prime! Page and Bonham at the top of their game—you just can’t beat that!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” when I’ve had a little too much wine.
What’s your favorite music venue?
Hands down, Spanky’s in downtown Riverside. It was a legendary club in the late ’80s and early ’90s. We would hang there every week and watch bands like L.A.P.D., who later on changed their name to Korn. My own band Ill Will opened up for bands like Nuclear Assault, DRI and Obituary there.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Chains gon’ splash when I smash in the pool, yeah. I don’t take no nap, I be stacking two to 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?
Jimmy Page literally made me quit the school orchestra and violin for the electric guitar.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
To Jeff Hanneman from Slayer: “Why did you have to go so soon?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Patterns in the Ivy” by Opeth.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Blackening by Machine Head. Epic album!
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Anything by any Room 9 artist I’ve been lucky enough to work with!