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Featured Artist: Alvaro Rodriguez

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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This month’s featured artist is paired with a very heart warming story. Miami based, Alvaro Rodriguez created his first project with StudioPros for a very special purpose. He used it as a proposal to his long time girlfriend. We are happy to announce that she said YES on Christmas morning. Congratulations!

Collaborating on Rodriguez’s pop production, “Playground Full Of Dreams”, was a collaborative effort from start to finish. Alvaro is a talented audio engineer by profession and the owner of a music and audio-post production house based in Miami. He has experience creating original music and sound design for major brands in the US through his own company, so he had a lot of input throughout the production of his song.

I helped structure his lyrics in a way that would make most sense in song form as well as phrasing the lines for a vocalist. From there, we discussed many references together and arrangement ideas throughout the production process. We built the production from a foundation of guitars, live drums, bass, keyboards and lap steel. Choosing from our team of session vocalists, Kelsey’s lead vocals were supported by Michelle’s bluesier backing vocals. This created the perfect combination of sweetness on the lead with a grittier texture on backups to add interest.

Rodriguez was able to get really involved in the production providing detailed comments each step of the way. We used some of his favorite musical influences including John Mayer and Norah Jones to guide the musicians in the right direction for reference. He even went the extra mile to edit specific tracks to his liking prior to moving things to the mix. This is just another example of how producers and engineers can utilize the StudioPros production team to get the sound you are looking to achieve.

Checkout “Playground Full Of Dreams”

How did you first get involved with StudioPros?

I first heard of StudioPros through an engineer friend of mine. I am an audio-post engineer and dedicate pretty much 100% of my time to sound designing, mixing and editing TV spots, radio commercials and TV shows. I do get to write music for such commercials alongside an amazing group of composers/producers that work with me. However, most of my time is dedicated to technical stuff.

I am always writing songs. Bits and pieces here and there, ideas, etc. Having my own studio in Miami makes it very easy for me to sit down and record ideas to develop later on when time allows me to do so. When I found out about StudioPros, I knew it would be a great solution for me. Not only because of the level of musicianship and professional sound provided, but also because I could keep on doing my audio post jobs while I had a production helping hand on the other side and amazing musicians recording my ideas as I intend them to be recorded.

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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: Robert Norris

Monday, May 17th, 2010

With a little Studio Pros magic, Robert Norris is making music fun again.

Robert Norris had all but given up on music by his early thirties.  ”Music just wasn’t fun anymore,” he remembers. “I basically ran out of steam and decided to get on with my life.”

Norris had been a musician since he was a kid, when he took drum lessons and started his first garage band in junior high. As time went on, he began learning music theory, became a lead singer, and even got to sample the rock star lifestyle in the beach town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. “The summer we graduated, 1975, the drinking age was 18,” he says. “We were playing in bars that we were barely old enough to be in. Lots of fun, great experience, and a taste of the life.”

After a brief stint at UMass Amherst as a vocal music education major, Norris sang in several bands around the Boston area and began writing original music. After a band breakup, he took to the studio to record a cassette tape of original songs called Nobody’s Dream Come True. But despite getting some local airplay and seeing some interest in his songs, Norris felt like he had hit a wall; music was set aside and life went on.

But as most musicians can attest to, the music bug doesn’t easily go away; years later, Norris wanted to start singing again. But having been removed from the scene and all his old musician contacts for so long, he needed to hire session players for his recordings. “I contacted a studio locally,” he says. “Having no other viable options, I scheduled a four-hour session to start my first song. He charged me from the minute I walked in till the minute I left with no allowance for the three breaks the musicians took. And to make matters worse, I didn’t really like what we had recorded.”

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