• David Ira Roth

Dave Westner - Recording Engineer, Drummer, Composer, and Bassist

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

We chat with Dave Westner about his career in the Boston recording industry.

Recorded Live at ZUMIX in East Boston

Freelance Finance is the show where we go in depth into the financial and personal lives of Boston based freelancers. It is hosted by David Ira Roth and airs Thursdays at 11am on 94.9FM in Boston (WZMR - ZUMIX Radio). You can also listen live at Listen to this episode in iTunes

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Lonely musicians -

Record in an open field.

Capturing the wind.

Strings vibrate, pluck. pluck.

Across the hall she dances.

Will she notice me?

Can you record me?

I have no money to pay

Can you record me?

*(Written by Curt Anthony Meyerowich)

Record my album

I know I didn't pay you

Please release my tracks *(Written by Josh Thompson)

I have all these mics

But still I always use my 

SM58s *(Written by Neil McDougall)

Summer Beach family

Vacation goes awry, and still the water flows

Time is not cherished,

but rather spent with our kin Never retrieve it. Quiz Questions

1. The section 179 deduction allows you take a tax deduction for property placed in service in the current year. The current limit in 2018 for the 179 deduction is $1,000,000. Which of the following happened in 1979:

A. The museum of fine art in Boston acquired their first and only Jackson Pollack painting, which was later found to be counterfeit. B. ESPN launched on cable television, forever giving rise to golf and tennis commentary. C. Chris Martin was performing in a 4-piece boy band call “Slippery When Wet” when the manager of the group, Rob Perry, made them perform on a chilly 20 degree day for 2 hours.

Chris said, “this is a cold day.”

Rob told him to “play” anyway

Chris then said it will be a “Cold Play”

thus creating the name of the band Coldplay.

2. Robo-advisors have become a popular platform for investing. Which of the following is true about Robocop:

A. After a long kickstarter campaign, a giant 12 foot RoboCop statue was produced and will be placed in a museum in Detroit this spring. B. Because the hands of the RoboCop suit were made of foam rubber, the car keys would bounce off of Peter Weller's hand every time he attempted to catch them. The production took up to 50 takes and an entire day's worth of filming before finally getting the shot right. C. When in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller would remain in character between takes, only responding to director Paul Verhoeven's instructions when properly addressed as "Robo". D. These are all true

Note: Robo-advisors are digital platforms that provide automated, algorithm-driven financial planning services with little to no human supervision. A typical robo-advisor collects information from clients about their financial situation and future goals through an online survey, and then uses the data to offer advice and/or automatically invest client assets.

Robo-advisors still have risks, and may be limited in what they provide.

3. Gear is expensive, and it is often wise to insure against loss or theft. Which of the following is true for insurance on your gear:

A. A personal renters insurance policy covers your gear as long as you keep it in your principle residence at least 80% percent of the time.

B. If you use your equipment for business you probably need to purchase a separate business policy to cover your gear, as your personal renters/homeowners insurance usually does not cover it. C. There is something called a “cat-rider” which provides extra insurance to all gear that has a hello kitty sticker on it.

Note: Need separate policy for business items as renters insurance usually will not cover items used for business.


1 = B

2 = D 3 = B

Song in this episode:

Left Hand - Mandomanis -

Widescapes - Curtis Mayflower

This episode was recorded live at Zumix Radio in East Boston.

Disclaimer: Any information provided is for informational purposes only. It cannot be used for the purposes of avoiding penalties or taxes.

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