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Featured Artist: Philip Jenkins

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Philip Jenkins is a UK based songwriter with a knack for writing catchy pop lyrics and hooky melodies. Teaming up with StudioPros production team, we collaborated on his recent song “In Pieces”. Jenkins communicated the ideas he had for his production with a well developed demo showcasing his production ideas.

With the help of our talented drum programmer, keyboardist, guitarist, session vocalists and engineer, we re-produced his song from scratch bringing it up to radio ready Broadcast Quality. Since the final production, Jenkins has had success landing a publishing deal for this single. Just what we like to hear!

Check out Studio Pros final production:

In Pieces:

Interview with Philip Jenkins

SP: How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

I first got involved with Studio Pros when I wanted to get my songs recorded and sounding professional.

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

Working on my songs with Studio Pros has been a joy and really easy. The communication with Kati O’Toole my producer has been first class.

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

I’m sending my songs out to music publishers and have just had a publishing deal for my latest song‘ In Pieces ‘.

SP: Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?

My favorite songwriter is Max Martin who has produced and written for major artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Pink and more.

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

I began writing songs from an early age but have taken it more seriously the past couple of years. I play keyboard.

SP: What was the inspiration and writing process like for your song?

The inspiration for the song ‘In Pieces ‘ comes from a heartbreak in my personal life and it can relate to many people who have had their heart broken. I hope that people can relate to the lyrics of the song as well as enjoying the great melody of the track. The songs I write are taken mostly from my everyday life but I also write songs based on a story I make up in my mind.

SP: Besides music, what else do you enjoy?

Away from music and writing songs I enjoy spending quality time with my two young daughters. They’re my biggest fans of my songs and put a smile on my face when there singing away to my songs in the car.

SP: What is your plan for your final recordings?

I hope to build up a publishing portfolio of my songs and then get them on major artists albums or tv/film placements. That’s the dream anyway!

Get Your Songs Produced with StudioPros!

If you are interested in getting your own songs professionally produced, don’t hesitate to contact myself: Kati O’Toole, or my co-producer 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! Happy Songwriting.

 

Featured Artist: Rachel Savitt

Friday, September 6th, 2013

rachelsavittRachel Savitt is a 22 year old California based singer/songwriter. She sparked my attention from her first time contacting us for a Free Project Consultation at StudioPros. When I first hit play and listened to her guitar/vocal demo, I could hear the unique tone in her vocals and catchy vocal melodies that came through in her recording.

As a producer, I was able to see through the quality of the demo and introduce some production ideas to help Rachel transform her project into a fully produced professional recording. With our team, we produced her first single “Take Me Higher” with full band pop/country instrumentation to take it to the next level for pitching and publishing opportunities.

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Featured Artist: Les Callard

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Les Callard is a long time client of mine, whom I’ve had the pleasure of producing 5 songs with. Hailing from an eclectic background of musical tastes and abilities, Callard has continually sent me great demos which we then turn into fully realized productions with our talented team of musicians and engineers.

Taking Your Songs From Demo to Full Band Production

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Les is really great about sending over really promising demos and keeping an open mind through my initial suggestions. I like to take a listen down to the song with the lyrics in front of me so I can really get a feel for melody and phrasing and then come back to him with production ideas. I often help out with his song forms by trimming sections and giving the song an overall streamlined feeling to get his point across best.

Les describes StudioPros’ production process, “I was immediately hooked on the idea of using StudioPros to turn my songs into professional high quality demo tracks, to create a level of professionalism that I could never achieve with my own equipment, and so my songwriting process developed further. I would use my own equipment, sounds, and voice to produce scratch tracks, which I would then pass to the team at StudioPros to add their magic. The team helped me with structure, with identifying weak parts of the song before I even started, with choosing instrumentation, correcting tempo, and often then creating songs which wildly exceeded my own vision for what I had written.” (more…)

Songwriter’s Challenge: Write a Standard Form Song

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Beginners Guide To Song Form Part 2

After receiving such great feedback from you guys, we’ve decided to continue the songwriting form series. Last time we touched on the AABA format using Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” as an example, and today I want to focus on the most popular song structure-ABABCB.

Understanding Song Structure Basics: ABABCB Song Form

The ABABCB Song Form:

The most common song form is the ABABCB form, which is a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus song. The “A” section is the verse, where the story is told. The “B” section is the chorus, which is the hook and the highlight of the song. A standard verse chorus can often become tiresome, so adding a “C” section, also known as the bridge, adds variation. The bridge is a musical departure from the expected-often summing up the song-thus supplying new momentum to the final chorus. Some popular examples for ABABCB songs are “What’s Love Got To Do With it” by Tina Turner, “Girl” by The Beatles, and “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry. (more…)

Featured Artist: David Alter

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Finding the right team of session musicians for your project

David Alter has been one of the more intriguing clients of mine. With a total of 29 songs he’s collaborated on with Studio Pros, he’s become very comfortable with the process of recording online and has refined his own method that works well for him. I first was introduced to David when he came to us with demos for a 21 song rock opera.  He showed me some of the songs, and I was instantly hooked. Even his rough sketches and vocal ideas had a very distinct sound and quirk that drew me to each song. It was through this project that I really got a feel for the characters who might eventually adapt this on stage.

Working with professional musicians from the comfort of your own home

David works as a physician just outside of Toronto, Ontario. To be specific, he is a cardiologist, a researcher, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto AND an aspiring composer/songwriter who runs an organization that builds healthy communities through music. http://www.vigourprojects.com/

David is a busy guy, to say the least- so it was helpful for him to find a studio like Studio Pros who could work on his 13 songs at once through various phases and still be in touch. This way, he was able to be heavily involved in every musical decision on his own time, so we worked around his schedule. (more…)

Featured Artist: Charlie Barclay

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Producing your EP with StudioPros production team.

Charlie Barclay is an upcoming Dallas, TX based alternative/pop singer/songwriter who we’ve just had the honor of producing.  Barclay draws inspiration from current artists such as John Mayer, Ben Rector and Steve Moakler as well as classic artists such as Led Zeppelin, Jim Croce, and Jackson Browne. His songs have infectious melodies and lyrics that stay with you far beyond your first listen of the song. Charlie has used Studio Pros to release his first single off his debut EP “Shallow Hearts” as well as his second EP “The Love You Give” which we have just wrapped up production on. This is a great example of how artists can access professional musicians as independent musicians and focus on their talent as songwriters and let the pros do the rest. (more…)

Featured Artist: Silver Saddih

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Making Music Across Continents With Studio Pros.

Collaborating with Studio Pros mixing and mastering engineer all the way from Nigeria, Silver Saddih proves you don’t have to be in the same country, even continent to make music together.  I was blown away the  first time I heard Silver’s vocals when listening to the mix preview of “I Be Boss”.   I shared it immediately with my Studio Pros co-producer Keeley Bumford.  We both were dancing in our seats listening to this track.

Silver hails from Kaduna state, Nigeria (West Africa) and currently lives in Lagos and Abuja.  His crystal clear R&B vocal tone has undertones of his native African roots which really makes his sound unique.  You can hear his world influences coming through in his vocal performances, combined with contemporary pop and R&B/hip hop influences.  It amazes me how we can collaborate with talent like this instantly between Los Angeles and Nigeria – thanks to the internet. (more…)

Featured Artist: Stephen McElligott

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

How to avoid the pitfalls of your previous studio experiences—and vastly improve your chances to get your song published with major A&R representatives.

Stephen McElligott reminisces about a recording he made of one of his songs in a local studio. “I wasn’t happy with that production, really,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Oh gosh, how am I gonna save this?’ I basically turned around and found Studio Pros and thought, ‘Brilliant, they’re my savior.’” (more…)

Featured Artist: Tony Perre

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Thinking his music career was over, Arizona-based artist Tony Perre used Studio Pros to get back in the game.

“My experience with Studio Pros has allowed me to dream a little bit more about what I can actually accomplish as a musician,” says Tony Perre. “Studio Pros has allowed me to take all of my musical ideas and songs and get them out there. To me, having a very simple process with great musicians who basically do exactly as I ask them to do, with their quality of musicianship, it’s just such a winning formula to me that I can actually dream again from a musical standpoint.” (more…)

Featured Artist: English Earl

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Using Studio Pros to breathe new life into some old songs, English Earl successfully proved to himself that he had what it takes to make great music.

English Earl suspected he had some good songs on his hands, but he knew his productions just weren’t going to cut it against the high-quality recordings of today’s music industry. “I kind of wanted to resurrect my old pop songs and write a few new ones, I thought it would be a great opportunity to prove to myself that some of my pop music wasn’t so bad,” Earl says with a laugh. This “resurrection” refers to the fact that he has been writing pop music since he was a 15-year-old in a garage band, but formally Earl was classically trained on piano and violin. After getting degrees in music theory and composition from the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, he had established his classical chops. But Earl wanted to see how his pop and rock writing had evolved.

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