From Zappa Wiki Jawaka
- 1976-1980, numerous positions at Quad Eight Electronics
- 1980-1987, chief recording engineer/live sound engineer for Frank Zappa.
- 1987-1996, chief engineer/studio owner, Skylab Studios (Gainesville, Fla.), recorded numerous albums, live sound engineer for acts such as David Lee Roth, Terence Trent Darby, Men at Work, Bobby Brown.
- 1996-1998, product development manager, CreamWare U.S.
- 1998-2000, sales and marketing, CreamWare U.S.
- 2000-present, general manager, Architectural Acoustics and MediaMatrix
How did you make the switch from chief recording engineer for Frank Zappa to management positions? Well, it was the other way around. I did live sound for many years and played in bands. But when I moved to Los Angeles, I took a job as an engineer at Quad Eight Electronics. I worked my way up the ladder and managed a large manufacturing division for them before I took the audition for Frank Zappa.
My favorite moment with Zappa in the studio was when ... I got back at him for saying, “I'm not a robot you know, I can only stay interested in these things for mere moments.” That was when Bob Dylan asked him what kind of engineer “this here Pinske was.” Frank said, “He gets a better drum sound in 20 minutes than most engineers can get in hours.”
The most exciting live show I engineered was ... Live at the Palladium in New York on Halloween 1981. That was also the first live satellite broadcast for MTV where I had to do a simulcast mix at the same time for the FM radio station so the subscribers for MTV could hear it in stereo.