Just Another Day at the Office with Henry Rollins

Shure's Mike Lohman with Henry Rollins

One of the things I love most about my job is that no day is ever the same or what I consider “normal.” Some days are more challenging than others and some are more fun than others. It really just depends on what I’m working on and who I’m working with on a particular day. Not too long ago, I enjoyed one of my best days ever as a Shure Associate.

For the past several months, I’ve been working on a corporate video project for our CEO and we’ve recently finished shooting and are now getting into the editing/post-production phase of the project. One of the remaining tasks was to record the voiceover for the script.

We had thrown around a bunch of ideas as to who we’d like to secure as the narrator for the video and the one name that kept coming up in conversation was that of longtime Shure endorser and SM58 fan, Henry Rollins.

For those of you who might not already know this, in addition to his career as a musician, talk show host, writer, actor, spoken word artist and all-around modern day Renaissance Man, Mr. Rollins is a very accomplished voiceover talent. Listen closely the next time you see a commercial for AT&T or Infinti and you just might catch one of the ads that he’s done.

I headed out to Hollywood last month and met up with Henry at Margarita Mix Studios for the recording session. After he got himself situated in the booth with our script, a few cans of apple juice and, of course, an SM58, Henry began to read the first few lines.


I am not exaggerating to you when I tell you that I got chills and had goosebumps on my arm.

It was that powerful.

His voice has such grit and he reads so eloquently. I was absolutely blown away and excited at the thought of how much his voice is going to add to the video when it’s finished.

The session lasted about three hours and we did multiple takes of each segment of the script…just for good measure, but honestly, I think he nailed it on the first take every time. He’s an absolute pro at whatever he does…whether he’s behind the mic, in front of the camera…you name it.

And, for those of you who are curious, we’re planning to post the video on www.shure.com later this spring and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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