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Featured Video: Where The Wild Horses Go

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Bill Simon, a prolific songwriter that I have been working with for over 2 years and counting, has just finished up a video with our new video editors here at StudioPros!

Having produced over 40 songs with our music production team, Bill gave our video services a shot on his recent song “Where The Wild Horses Go”. This song ranks as one of the top 3 out of the songs we’ve worked on together as I love the acoustic instrumentation in the production. Our video team chose an array of after effects and animation to support the music along with the lyrics for his video.

Check out “Where The Wild Horses Go”:

“I got the idea for this song when I was riding my bike on Hwy 131 in Colorado and passed a place called Horse Mountain Ranch. It’s about people who are afraid to let someone get too close to them even when they realize that it is what they probably want but find it is just easier to retreat to a place that is safe and doesn’t have the risk of opening yourself up. The song is about a guy who tries to change a girls mind and convince her that being alone may not be what she is looking for.”

Get Your Songs and Videos Produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs or music videos produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

Read more about StudioPros Video Services here: http://studiopros.com/video-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

Featured Artist: Screaming Culture

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Screaming Culture1Ricardo Monteiro is the voice and songwriter behind the solo project “Screaming Culture”.  Based out of London, we have recently collaborated online with Screaming Culture to finish the latest single “Numb”.

Blending the combination of live drums, alternative/rock guitars, ambient layers of keys, drum programming and bass, this song unfolds as the perfect support to his emotive vocals. The production captures the essence of the pain involved in the story being told of anxiety and the dissociative disorder.

Not only have we recently completed the music production for Screaming Culture, but we have teamed up with our video editors to finalize the music video for the single. We are very proud to introduce our new video services here at Studio Pros to add another outlet to help independent artists such as Screaming Culture get their music out to an audience.

Check out Screaming Culture’s new single “Numb”:

How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

I’ve found about StudioPros a few years back when I was searching for session musicians online.

How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online?

It was actually very easy to work online. You get a preview in approximately 48 hours which is great, and the results are amazing.

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional?

StudioPros was a great help to take my songs to another level. The recordings sound clear and the session players are incredibly skilled. The producers know what to say, when to say it and give you very wise advice.

How many songs have you produced with StudioPros?

I’ve produced 2 full songs with StudioPros recently. I’ve used their services in the past but usually for single instrument tracks. I am definitely going to work with them in a very near future.
“Numb” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?

The band that most influenced me as a musician was Nirvana. I remember being young and listening to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time. That song made me want to learn how to play guitar. Today it’s not really something I listen to but I still think they were brilliant,

I’ve started learning guitar when I was 13 and in no time I was composing my own songs. I joined my first band when I was 15 and played with several other bands after. In 2009, I created my solo project Screaming Culture and since then I’ve been composing all of my music on my own. The instruments I use the most are the guitar and bass.  I also use Pro Tools and Reason a lot, which for me are as important as the instruments in my creation process.

What was the inspiration and writing process like for “Numb”?

screaming-culture-numb-cover2Numb is quite a personal song. It is about anxiety and dissociative disorder. Sometimes people feel detached from the world, unreal, numb, but it’s all in your head, that’s what “Numb is about”. The inspiration for this song was my own experience. The writing process was actually very simple and happened very naturally. I remember being in my home studio and I thought to myself, it’s all in your head, you just have to let it go. So I picked up my guitar and started playing…

For me music is a way to escape from stress, problems, frustrations, etc…music is powerful, for me it is a therapy. Sometimes I get inspired by movies or books and obviously by other musicians.

What do you do for a living?

I am a sound engineer and I also work at a Tattoo Shop in London, United Kingdom.

What is your plan for your final recordings?

I will be releasing the single Sept. 5th as an independent artist. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3 and many others for listening or purchase.

To find our more about Screaming Culture: https://www.facebook.com/screamingculture

Get your songs produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

Read more about StudioPros Video Services here: http://studiopros.com/video-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

Featured Artist: Sandy Frazier

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sandy Frazier is a talented New York City based singer-songwriter. I have had the pleasure of helping Sandy produce 3 songs to date and we are in the works of putting together a full album of material so she can release a 10 song project. Not only is Sandy a talented songwriter, she also is a professional artist/painter, author with published works, as well as being a very well known publicist specializing in talk radio. She is one busy creative woman.

For the featured song, “A Very Private Person”, Sandy and I talked about her concerns of taking this traditional blues song with her scratch demo of guitar and vocals and having it be dated in production. She didn’t want just a basic blues production that would be reminiscent of the 70′s or days gone by. Together, we chose some recent reference artists including “The Black Keys” and some of Sandy’s favorites, “The Sounds” to help our music production team understand the vision we were going for. By adding the perfect combination of live drums, electric bass, some more edgy organ tracks, keyboard riffs, acoustic rhythm guitars, distorted electric guitars, a solo section to really let the guitarist shine and the perfect combination of soulful backing vocal support by LaTisha – her track came to life.

I could hear the excitement and revival in Sandy’s voice after speaking about each step of the production process and hearing the instrumentation unfold. We’ve also helped add her own personal touch by also including her friend James Hirsen on the harmonica and saxophone in the recording.

Check out Sandy’s track, “A Very Private Person” produced by StudioPros

How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

I was searching online for a good studio in which to record my original songs.

How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online?

A total pleasure! No stress, no pressure… just pure enjoyment. StudioPros and their producers are so professional. You can’t go wrong!

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional?

By listening to my ideas and respecting my original vision.

How many songs have you produced with StudioPros?

3, so far… many more to come!

What are you doing with your music? What’s next for you?

I’m working on my second album. I’m very excited about all the new technology and ways musicians can get their music heard via the Internet.

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?

Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Kate Bush, The Sounds

When did you begin songwriting? What instruments do you write with?

I’ve been writing music all my life – since I was a little girl. I usually write with an acoustic guitar, but sometimes piano.

A Very Private Person packs a lot of emotion; what was the inspiration and writing process like for that song?

I was trying to express how people can be disingenuous and insincere; how relationships always seem to come with baggage and some kind of an agenda that usually is not in my best interest.

Besides music, what else do you enjoy?

I’m a professional artist/painter and have exhibited in Soho, Chelsea, Charleston, SC and more… I’ve got over 200 pieces displayed online. I am also a writer and have published several books. I sell “The Mystic Artist” on my Web site and Amazon.

Do you draw inspiration from your everyday life?

I am inspired by all the mystic artists throughout time – painters, musicians, writers, poets… the creative mind is an endless source of material and inspiration for my art and music.

I am very grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to re-record some of my best songs and to be proud of the professional results I’m getting. I’m honored to be able to have access to some very talented session players! It’s an incredible experience. I just want to do them justice with my voice and make them proud to have worked on my songs.

What do you do for a living?

I am a very well known publicist specializing in talk radio.

What is your plan for your final recordings?

I am working on a record that I hope to be able to sell on iTunes, Amazon, etc. But ultimately, I’d like to find young talented musicians and singers who will perform and record my music in the future.

To find out more about Sandy’s music and art: http://sandyfrazier.com

To check out James Hirsen: http://www.jameshirsen.com

Get your songs produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

 

 

 

 

Featured Artist: Patricia Charlton

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Producer’s Note: I usually present the Featured Artist blogs in interview format, but our most recent artist Patricia Charlton has such a gift of writing and storytelling that she has written first hand about working with our production team. With that said, read what the talented songstress has to say about her experience with StudioPros.

The StudioPros experience from Patricia Charlton:

I first got involved with StudioPros when I was online looking for studios in my area to record my songs.

I have written music for years. I wrote my first instrumental when I was around 10. The lyrical aspect of writing came as a teen, when of course we are angry and misunderstood. Standard songwriting scenario.

I am not involved with a band so I had no one familiar with my songs. I was a little intimidated at the thought of hiring studio musicians, taking time for them to learn the music and praying that personalities, creative juices and work ethic didn’t eat up studio time. This was all new to me. I had no contacts and no experience in production.

I found StudioPros online, made the call, mulled it over for about a day and signed on. It was a relief to know that I could do so much in one place.

Check out “Wash Me in Your Grace” produced by StudioPros:

My StudioPros producer really guided me through the process. My producer was patient, helped me in realizing what I really wanted; the flow, the sound, the instrumentation. She also had a lot of great ideas, so were bouncing things back and forth. It was a bit of a learning experience due to my lack of production experience, but it was awesome and exciting.

Once I got the process and my artistic desires down, working online with my producer and the studio musicians went smoothly. I have completed and released seven songs thus far with StudioPros, and I am presently working on three more.

 

Finding the right team of musicians to record your songs.

I’ve been very impressed with the musicians that have worked on my projects and with how professional the completed works are. This is the first time that I’ve I really heard my music come to life!

As I have said, I have written for a very long time. Starting out with the piano as a child, but most of my music has been written on guitar. I now, as an adult, have the desire to go back to the piano and see what kind of creative juices flow. My tastes, music and lyric ability have matured.  I hope that it opens up a new door to my music.

What are your songwriting inspirations?

I love all types of music;  Jazz to hard rock, classical to country, and everything in between. I’ve really been into the folk genre for most of my life and recently country. Both are reflected in the music I write. The most influential artists and songwriters have been Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Civil Wars( Joy Williams & John Paul White) and Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe & Angaleena Presley). Story tellers…

Life in general is what inspires me.  Heartache, passion, sheer humor and God’s blessings in life. I write country/folk music or you could consider them Americana maybe.  I also write contemporary Christian music. Whether it is from my standpoint on life or putting myself in other’s shoes; If I find something I’m passionate about, the writing just kind of spills out. I’m blessed.

Just getting my songs out there is my ultimate goal. I love to sing but truly would love to have someone cover them. My favorite thing is to sit down and write a story with my music. The songwriting, that’s my favorite. I enjoy performing but I’d rather play in church, a backyard cookout or drinking wine on my back porch!! My other enjoyments in life are my family, friends, art, outdoors in of itself. I like to camp, fish and play on the lake.  I also really like good food and wine!

To check out more about Patricia, visit her website: http://www.patriciacharlton.com/

Get your songs produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

 

 

Featured Artist: Kaylee Keller

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

 

kayleekeller2I always enjoy the process of working with young singer-songwriters because I always can see how much they learn throughout the production from start to finish and the promise in their futures is so bright. This month’s featured artist, Kaylee Keller is one of the most mature teenage girls I have ever met.

Born and raised in Western Kansas (Garden City), Kaylee is just 16 years old and an upcoming junior in high school.  She has already gotten 10 college credits and is currently studying at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York during her summer school break. Planning to be graduated from high school by Christmas, Keller is going on to start her college studies full time in January. I jokingly reminded her this morning to enjoy being a kid while she still can:)

We chose to produce 3 songs together to showcase her versatility as she develops as an artist. We produced 2 original songs by Kaylee. “Stand Up” and “Puzzle Piece”  shed light on her pop/country sensibilities with a full band instrumentation of live drums, bass, guitars, keys and additional drum programming. We also picked out a cover song to present Kaylee’s softer side. We chose the popular song “Hallelujah” and approached it with a more stripped back instrumentation of acoustic and electric guitars, cello, upright bass and piano in an acoustic ballad style. For all 3 songs we utilized our talented session vocalist Shelby to add supportive backing vocals to build up the chorus’s and add vocal interest in the productions.

Check out samples of Kaylee’s songs produced by StudioPros:

Hallelujah (cover)

Puzzle Piece (original)

Stand Up (original)

I could hear the promise and excitement in Kaylee’s voice throughout each step of the production when she would call me after receiving a new instrument preview. I know that this is just the start of the journey for Kaylee and can’t wait to hear more as she continues to grow and develop as a songwriter, artist and individual. I also couldn’t complete this article without mentioning Kaylee’s wonderful and supportive mother Pam who was also encouraging and supporting Kaylee every step of the way.

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