A Month (or Three) in the Life of a Recording Studio in Austin, Texas
Droplink Recording Studios in Austin, Texas has been on the move this last quarter and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. We figured we’d give our fans, friends, and clients (past, present, and future) some insight into our last few months…
We wrapped up February with one of the freshest projects of the year for Droplink Studios owner, chief engineer, & producer, Josh Woodhouse. The client was Speaker Thieves. Front man, Patrick O’Shaughnessy, approached Josh earlier in the year to master some old and new tracks for the group that had been neglected. Soon after, Patrick returned to the studio. With the help of the band members, some local Austin talent, including Tameca Jones on vocals, Dane Farnsworth (Mingo Fishtrap) on keys, and Josh himself, they went to work. What would become of it all was a new album for the Speaker Thieves. Droplink Studios was able to get a pre-release album completed in time for SXSW 2011, where it received very good reception. We here were all happy to be a part of some refreshing, intelligent hip-hop, with live instrumentation and soul. Cheers to the Speaker Thieves!
During this year’s SXSW festival, we were happy to step out from behind the recording gear, (although we enjoyed recording Muse last year, without a doubt). It was nice to join the Texas Music Office at downtown club, The Ranch, for an event focused on promoting Texas music and artists during SXSW. We met some new friends and were happy to see our associates, Brian Stovall & Colin Kendrick, from Austin Music Foundation. We got a chance to thank them for the support they have shown Droplink Studios this year and for allowing us to return the favor.
We also had some great luncheons and visits to the studio from friends, Terry Hale and Nicole Bogatz, of the Austin Federation of Musicians. We will continue to support these strong and influencial groups of Texas music and look forward to working with all three in the coming year.
We were glad to have some International friends in need of our services during March. From Puerto Rico, we were able to help Reggaeton client, David Diambulante, return with some tracks that ended up getting regular play in Honduras and Puerto Rico. We also welcomed rock group, Sexy Marvin, from Monterrey, Mexico and helped with their album completion. We wish them luck on there crossover to the American charts.
Early April kicked off with us helping Austin country music artist, Shannon Reagan, complete her record. We will continue to help Shannon with her album and wish her the best on the birth of her second child. We are so happy everything went well and expect she will have an exciting year.
Along with Shannon, Droplink Studios saw things picking up rather fast. We welcomed a new recording engineer into our studio. Sam Jordan, alumni from The Recording Conservatory of Austin, joined the Droplink crew and has already been involved in a few sessions of his own (more on those later). Hunter St. Marie (recording engineer, musician, producer), of whom helped start our new facility, continued some great work inside and outside the studio with artists from near and far. Expect a blog from the man himself very soon.
Also in April, Josh Woodhouse started what will be his second biggest album of the year with The Niel Nasset Band. You’ll be hearing a lot about this band from us and the Texas music scene. We are in full production mode and are finishing up tracking as this blog is being written. We are very happy to have an alt/rock/country band in our studio that is fresh and hungry and we have very high hopes and faith in The Niel Nasset Band. Their sound is unique, yet becomes a household name, the second you put it on the speakers. Keep your eyes and your ears open for their new album to be released soon.
In late April, Josh was happy to get to work with some old friends and long time clients again this month. Austin metal band Dead Earth Politics hired Droplink Studios to record their live metal show at Emo’s with some metal / thrash legends. The Blood Royale opened the show and, as always, did an amazing job. San Antonio metal band, HOD, kept true to their guns and rocked the crowd into a death metal sway. After Dead Earth Politics, two long running legends played, including Texas thrash metal pioneers, Rigor Mortis, and the show headliner being New Orleans thrash metal gods, Exhorder. The show was amazing and we were very happy to get some of it on tape.
Droplink Studios also found themselves involved in some great live Texas metal and rock recordings, including Austin rock bands Meganaut, High Watt Crucifixers, and Austin progressive rock / metal band Blackholicus. Expect many more to come from us this summer.
So onto May…we hit head first with projects on the books from beginning to end. Droplink engineer, Sam Jordan, has been working with Austin rock band Hyde Park Showdown on what is sure to be some of their best material yet. Sam also worked with Austin rock/blues band, Burning Avalanche. Following that, Sam recently recorded The Eric Tessmer Band, with Josh Woodhouse acting as assistant engineer. The recording was for the “Samsung Battle of the Bands” to promote the new Samsung 4G. Check out the live video here: http://www.youtube.com/erictessmer#p/a/u/1/ew2-uOKInp4
Bo Smith, owner of South Sound Productions and a Droplink engineer, producer, and writer, was busy this month as well. Bo brought in Louisiana country artist, Chris Canterbury. Chris recorded an EP at Droplink Studios and is looking forward to having Cody Canada from Cross Canadian Ragweed make a cameo on the upcoming album. Chris made good use of time during his short stay in Austin. He opened a show at Saxon Pub in Austin and got some production advice from Texas songwriter/producer Walt Wilkins. Bo will also be hosting a cancer benefit concert in Arcadia, LA, featuring Jason Boland and the Stragglers, on May 27th. To find out about ticket sales or make a donation to the cause for 14 year old Brittany Clampit, please visit: http://www.yourtexasmusic.com/Benefit_for_Brittany_p/ssp-052811.htm
And off we go into the summer with an already smashing start on some outstanding albums. We will keep you up to date on album releases, concerts, and press from any and all of our great clients. We want to thank everyone listed for believing in us and having faith in our new recording studio, right here in the live music capitol of the world.