Well.. I really gave it a good shot to do this every week, but since last week was such a busy week I didn't really have the time to do anything extra.. I'm really trying to show case a person every week, but it looks like this week will be about a place and a small adventure that I had this week.
I was very fortunate to participate in an audio recording session in New Orleans, LA at a place called Esplanade Studios. Obviously, it is on Esplanade Avenue, and it is a historic church building that has been converted into a beautiful modern studio, with everything you need to make an outstanding recording. I was there for a recording session with my friend/sister-in-law Sera B. She is working on her new album which will be finished very soon. I had the good honor to play acoustic and electric guitar on this project. Richie Henry played drums, Nick Necaise on B3 organ and Wurlitzer and Josh Faul on Bass. Sera played piano and of course is the vocalist. I wasn't sure what to expect from a new place that I have never recorded at, but from talking with Misha, the owner, I had a good feeling he knew what he was doing.
The client list from this studio is quite impressive, from Eric Clapton to Wille Nelson, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Ani Di Franco, John Legend to Juvenile. The owner/head engineer is Misha Kachkachishvili and I'm not sure if I have ever met a more genuine person. He definitely has an enormous passion for music, extensive experience in recording/mastering and a great business person. Aside from all that he is also a health aficionado.
Esplanade Studios was very hospitable and easy going. When we arrived, the staff were very accommodating to what we needed. Also, being efficient made things move along quite quickly. Within a few hours of arriving, Misha and his staff had the drums, bass, B3 and guitar all dialed in and ready to record. Of course the sound was quite amazing!
Pretty much, once we were set up it was up to us to do our job and perform well. So, for the whole week we arrived every day around 10:00 in the morning and began our session which normally lasted for about 10 hours. The studio is equipped with a full kitchen and lounge area, which is extremely nice when you just need to take a break in between songs.
The studio is also close to many amenities that the city of New Orleans has to offer. We were just a bike ride, walk or drive away from restaurants, stores and the park. Unfortunately our schedule was jam packed and we did not have any time for extra curricular activities.
We did however barrel through about 18 songs in 3-4 days. I don't believe she will release that many at once, but I do know that she wanted some of her songs recorded just to have available if needed. I am personally very proud of my fellow musicians and myself for taking on such a project. The guys and Sera really stepped up the bar to get all of this done. (Everyone kicked butt!) And of course this would not have happened, if the studio wasn't as professional and awesome as it was!
With all this being said I would highly recommend Esplanade Studios for any type of recording work that one might need. From the most well known pop/rock stars to the folks around the corner, this place is for anyone who needs their music done right! Being a large studio in a big city it definitely comes at a price.(Well worth it!) Although, Misha offers many different pricing options all depending on what is needed for your project. From small to large I think everyone would be extremely happy with his options. As I stated before this was a great adventure. Any time that I get to go to such a cool place and make music with great musicians is always a blessing. I hope to return soon to this studio to make more music. If you would like more information on recording at this studio, just check out the website. www.esplanadestudios.com
I would definitely like to give a shout out to DC @ Ladner Amplification for all of the expertise and help with my amps! And also a big thank you to Scott Hinson @ Total Backline Services! You and your gear rocks!