Before Sean Spuehler became a ProTools engineer, programmer, composer, and live sound engineer, he was a political science grad with a desk job. It wasn't where he wanted to be.
"It finally hit me, why not do what you love to do?" remembers Sean. "I'd always been interested in recording, so I used Full Sail as a springboard to get into that industry. You really can make a change at any point if it's something you want."
The 1995 Recording Arts grad started out as an intern at Music Grinder in Los Angeles. His break came thanks to his knowledge of ProTools, after the studio needed someone who knew the software to work on Madonna's Ray of Light. After that, Sean began earning ProTools operator and engineer credits on albums from No Doubt, Beck, and Dido, plus more from Madonna.
Based on the success of that partnership with Madonna, Sean was asked to go on the road as the artist's live monitor engineer. "The live world was the last thing I thought I would be doing," says Sean, "but how do you say no to a gig like that."
Four Madonna world tours later, Sean is now working as a composer and has written original ad campaign music for clients like Google, Walmart, and Expedia. He has his own recording facility in Hollywood, where he continues to find success around every corner of the industry.
"It's funny, they used to talk about attitude at Full Sail a lot, they were so right," says Sean.
He’s a music editor for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and he launched his own music library label, Primary Production Music, in 2014.
EMI/Sony ATV, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Madonna, William Orbit, Pink, Limp Bizkit, Blur, Google