Sterling Winfield is a producer/engineer with nearly two decades of experience in the recording, live, and touring industries. After mixing local bands for years and later graduating from a comprehensive audio engineering course, Sterling went on to work at Dallas Sound Lab, soon becoming Staff Engineer.
In late 1993, Sterling met the modern heavy-metal icons of Pantera, working with them on their watershed release, Far Beyond Driven, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #1 in March 1994. From there, Sterling went on to work for many other bands, soundtracks, and TV projects — King Diamond, Nickelback (with Kid Rock and Dimebag Darrell), Damageplan, B.B. King, as well as The Punisher motion picture soundtrack and theme music for the NHL’s Dallas Stars and Spongebob Square Pants, to name a few gigs.
Today, Sterling is working on numerous projects in Texas and around the U.S., including co-producing and mixing the second HELLYEAH full-length album. He actively supports and works with many local music scenes and unsigned bands, too. Sterling is quick to point out that, despite his “heavy” resumé, he is no one-trick producer. “Most of what I am known for is hard rock and heavy metal, but I am very open-minded and love all types of music and recording projects,” he explains. “In fact, after almost 20 years of working on mainly that type of music, I still love it, but it is a very welcomed breath of fresh air when I get to work on something different.”
Regardless of the gig, Sterling has one rule of thumb that keeps him grounded, he says. “If we get lost on some small thing within a song for too long, it really helps to ask the client, and myself, ‘Is this going to help the song?’ If not, we move on and come back to it later, or not at all.”