In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what, how this place runs and who helps tell the story that we put forth all day long. Our podcasts — Oh Boy and Monocycle — are two ways that we expand on our narrative, and you know who makes the latter one sound good? Sir Nicholas “Quazzy” Herd (aka Quaz of HeyQuazzy.Com), who isn’t technically knighted but definitely should be after editing Leandra’s weekly internal monologue from the swivel chair helm of his recording booth. Ready to meet our Audio Producer?
Hey Quazzy! So you’re an Audio Engineer. What does that mean?
I listen to sounds and I mix them around. I record audio of all kinds and I reconstruct them into a narrative based on the story we are trying to tell. It is a beautiful thing to take an off-hand joke or candid moment and mix that in with more “staged” or “planned” audio, finding a balance of clean and honest without being sterile.
Where were you before this?
I was just trying to make my family proud in a small town called Saginaw, Michigan — the place I first called home.
What did you go to school for?
Film at New York University. I honed my craft for audio through sound designs and music.
How’d you get involved with Man Repeller?
In the classic New York fashion: a friend of a friend told me. I did not know what Man Repeller was before, but now I check out the articles all the time.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Flexibility. I’ve completed my work on my couch at home, in Amsterdam coffee shops and via hotspots in Uganda.
What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Sometimes I miss interacting with people. I hear all these sounds but they don’t listen to me back.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path from here until now?
Nothing. I try to not be surprised, only grateful of God’s plan.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Leandra Medine, haha. I modeled HeyQuazzy.com off of what I love about Man Repeller. I love how clean the website is. Everything is very clear and the artistic ambiguity is left to the work that is created without mucking up the functionality of a direct website. I love the in-house photos and how the characters/models are reoccurring.
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who wants a job like yours?
If you’re doing it like me you’re gonna need a good mood, cause you know what, even when I’m the bad guy, well, I’m still a good dude. Yup!
What’s your advice to someone who has no clue what they want to do?
Go do something, and with all that kinetic energy your purpose will find you. Do first, ask existential questions later.
What’s one weird / fun fact about you?
I didn’t learn my first name until I was 6, which is probably why I have so many nicknames now. I also teach yoga, primarily at Yoga To The People. Yoga and sound go hand-in-hand; they both have made me more attentive and a better listener.
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.