"I walked into Nick's studio with nothing but a few guitar tracks and an insane dream. Within minutes, I had a producer. In that first meeting Mr. Shann displayed more imagination, passion, meticulousness, and professionalism than anyone I'd met previous, and these qualities were employed continuously throughout our extensive collaboration. Nick worked tirelessly -- over the course of nearly three years (a dedication unmatched) -- to bring my dream to fruition; a sprawling 78-minute, symphonic-metal concept album that would've had most producers laughing. He became immersed in the vision. Attached himself to the songs. Planted himself in my brain in an effort to match my perspective, and in doing so become as personally invested in the product as I was. I felt more like a partner and less like a client. The result of that method is a sonically massive album that is, miraculously, exactly as I had envisioned it.
If you want a producer who'll eschew rigid standard in favor of genuine connection; who'll dedicate himself entirely to your work; who'll tolerate and encourage the whims of artists (because he is one himself); and who'll stop at nothing to obtain perfection -- both for his satisfaction and yours -- then Mr. Shann is your guy. I recommend him highly, and without the slightest hesitation."
-Matt Cerami of Iapetus
“My working relationship with Nick Shann goes back about six years now and the question has evolved from “what can Nick do?” to “what CAN’T Nick do?” Nick engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered every early Cryptodira release (3 EPs and pre-production for our debut LP) which effectively gave us our start and played a seismic role in getting us signed. His creative input helped us become better songwriters while his technical prowess helped turn our young vision into a reality. Nick’s positivity and drive make for a relaxed but focused working environment during recording sessions and above all, he cares about every project he is a part of. He would even sit down with me after exhausting late-night recording sessions and give me mini guitar lessons so I’d always go home with new inspiration.
Aside from recording all of our initial releases, Nick has put on his guitar teching hat countless times to fix all of the nightmarish abuse we put our guitars through during Cryptodira shows and also set up our instruments to be ready for the road. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Nick throughout our working relationship and I’d highly recommend him for any of your music needs.”
-Scott Acquavella, Cryptodira
"Having Nick teach me how to play the guitar is easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve been taking lessons from him for about two years now, and I’ve learned so much. Nick is a great guy, and he’s very easy to talk to, which for a socially awkward person like me, is perfect. He’s very talented and can play literally anything by ear (it’s the coolest thing!). Nice as he is, he is not afraid to challenge you as a developing musician, and it’s great. If he hadn’t challenged me, then I wouldn’t be as good as I am. Another thing I love about his teaching style is that if you have a question about a basic technique, or if you want to go over said technique again, then he makes sure that you do. Nick will make sure that you’ve mastered it before moving onto something else. Basics are everything in music, and he’s given me a great foundation that I can build on. I’m so thankful to have him as my teacher. He’s taught me so much!"
"Nick Shann did an amazing job for me. He made me feel like family. He was able to see my vision and provide me with a great finished product. Everything was so convenient. I just sent nick the session files and he was not only able to see the direction I was going in but he was able to help get me there. In addition to engineering, Nick wears the producer hat when needed. During many conversations Nick provided me with advice and his own personal opinion on what I should tweak and what might sound good or what might be better removed. He has a great ear for music. I will be using Nick's services in the future and I highly recommend him to any band or artist in need of a professional and excellent engineer."