I've been playing music since I was 10 years old. I started playing drums in fifth grade and picked up the bass sophomore year. After that I just started teaching myself guitar, mandolin, bagpipes, harmonica.... whatever sounded fun. I found that I was most at home when I was performing whether it was with a concert band at school, on drum set at my church, or jamming with my friends and writing and recording our own songs.
After high school I joined the Marine Corps to play in one of the 12 field bands. There I experienced a unique blend of performance and service that has stuck with me ever since. I got to see first hand that music wasn't just important to me, it was a vital and needed part of our society and culture.
I want to bring that spirit of service to all of my customers at Sweetwater. Whether you're just starting out on an instrument, learning to record, or running a professional studio, I want to help any way I can. Even if that just means talking on the phone about gear, giving advice, and sharing experiences. Whatever you need, I'm here for you.
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1963E-mail Josh
Master's Certificate in Music Production and Technology from Berklee School of Music
AVID Expert Certification in Pro Tools 10 (Music)
Solid State Logic AWS and Matrix Certification
I was a musician in the United States Marine Corps. My primary specialty was percussion but I also performed on rhythm guitar, vocals, and even bagpipes. I also arranged around 30 pieces for various ensembles, performed the duties of audio engineer, and produced 3 full length albums for the Marines.
I get a kick out of helping people get the gear they need. I consider it a personal pleasure to help someone pick out and buy a piece of gear that will help them on their musical journey.
Pro Tools, Reason, Finale, live sound support, troubleshooting, drums, and guitar.
Seagull S6 acoustic, Schecter C-1 Classic electric, Fender P-bass, assorted bluegrass instruments, Pearl Session Custom drum kit, Roland TD-20 electric drum kit, a Mac Pro with Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, Ableton Live, Finale, Sibelius, and more plug-ins than I can count. I'm a bit of a plug-in junkie.
I enjoy attempting the sport of golf and I love sailing. I'm also an Eagle Scout and enjoy volunteering with the local Boy Scout troop.
Sound on Sound. I love how it literally has something for everyone in professional audio. Every month there's a dedicated Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, and Ableton article as well as dedicated articles for Windows and Mac users. And their technique articles are second to none. I have several printed out just for easy access.
I love "found footage" horror movies. Can't help it. Love them. Everything from "Grave Encounters" to "The Last Exorcism" to "Alien Abduction." Drives my wife crazy.
My years of experience with live and studio sound have taught me to keep a cool head when something goes wrong. I've picked up lot of troubleshooting skills over the years. I'm very good at being able to walk a customer though their signal flow over the phone and diagnose problems. I always tell people, "Don't freak out. It's something simple."
MarineSandpiper. A rock and roll bagpiper/singer out of 29 Palms, California.
I've also opened for Lynard Skynard, Gretchen Wilson, Alan Jackson, Staind, Three Days Grace, Brad Paisley, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and Jake Shimabukuro.
I would just like to say that Josh Livley made this whole evperience so nice. I have never been treated so kind. I could have driven 30 minutes away to go to another large chain store. But after reading many reviews about Sweetwater, I chose not to, and I'm glad i did. When Josh said welcome to the Sweetwater family, he really did mean it. Josh, thank you so much.
Brandt from Rome, GA
Hello Josh, allow me to tell you how appreciative and most of all at ease I am with how fast and knowledgeable you were with my order. You are a asset to not only your company but an advocate of customer service. Being in sales myself I can tell that you take pride in what you do. Thanks so much. You have gained a customer going forward in my stride to become better at my hobby thanks so much
Darius from Gastonia, NC
Just wanted to let you guys know how thrilled I was with your guys� service over there at Sweetwater! You were extremely courteous, which made everything move way faster and the apc got here in no time at all. Loving the product and the software it came with. It's making the production process move exponentially faster and more enjoyable. Sorry it took so long to get back, but you guys are 10 outta 10, keep up the awesome work!
Keefe from Waunakee, WI
Hola Josh - Thanks for all the help in getting my order processed yesterday. You really have awesome customer service. You made my first time shopping with Sweetwater.com a pleasant experience despite some minor concerns with my bank card. I will most definitely be shopping with you guys again.
Lekendreon from Hiram, GA
Josh gave me great customer service and I would recommend him to my coworkers that are interested in purchasing software for the advancement of their audio careers. Sweetwater is a great company. Thanks.
Robert from New York, NY