More Ancient History: The '80s
When most of Wes' clients from The 19 urged Wes to move to New York, he did so at the end of the seventies. He became bi-coastal when he was hired to be the Television/Studio mixer for the world-wide distributed religious program, "The Hour of Power with Robert Schuller" located in California. Thus commenced a schedule of 10 days in LA, 20 days in New York, 5 days in LA, 10 days in New York, and so on and so on...
Wes worked on many large and varied projects. One day recording a forty piece orchestra at the vast RCA studios, and the next recording an acoustic duo in an intimate (read:small) studio downtown. He specialized as somewhat of a brass recording guy (probably when it became known that he attended Berklee College of Music on a tuba scholarship!) and prided himself on getting a kick-ass drum sound very quickly.
During this time, Wes recorded numerous live shows, some of which were for the famed KIng BIscuit Flower Hour for syndication to radio stations. Some of the acts he worked with were Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Judas Priest, Nantucket, Parliament/Funkadelic, John Miles, Pousette-Dart Band, Todd Rundgren, etc.
In the mid-eighties, Wes co-founded (with his friend, Peter Savioli) an independent record label called Rockville Records.They signed and recorded numerous acts including The Riverside Drivers, TUMS, Cheri Christian, and Kixx., releasing singles (and even a Christmas compilation cassette!!) With Sub-pop and the independent label scene still years away, they found themselves ahead of the curve, could not get paid by distributors and finally closed shop... but not before producing the 52-week syndicated radio show, The Rockville Record Radio Hour, hosted by Wes.
By the mid-eighties, Wes decided to focus solely on producing and had a mild string of successes with bands like The Breakdown, Cruise Control featuring Bill Zucker, Tom Cote, Savoy, Tamarac, Private Moves, Picture This, ZOOM, Roger Salloom, Hal Benoit, Oakenshield and others.