Below is "Run Away" - a track recorded during the Studio 606 sessions!
Recently I was given the opportunity to record with Producer John "Lou" Lousteau at the Foo Fighters’ private studio – 606. The recording facility is highly exclusive, and to have the chance to record there with full creative control, with no record label constraints, seemed almost surreal. I now have a great band lineup together, consisting of Derek Gledhill on drums (of Smile Empty Soul) and Dan Kremer on bass, but at the time of the sessions I was a solo artist, so I knew we’d be arranging a lineup of studio musicians.
While Lou was making phone calls trying to find a drummer for the project, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was in the studio and asked to hear some of my demos. The next day I got word that Taylor was going to play drums on the recordings! After Lou made more calls and sent out my tracks, a whole crew of truly great rock players began offering their services: Ozzy’s original bass player Rudy Sarzo stopped in before leaving for tour to track some bass. Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction played bass on a couple tracks as well. Mick Murphy of My Ruin and Chevy Metal laid down guitars. We also got additional production help (background vocals and guitars) from Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry, and Jim was also Producer on the “Sound City” documentary, working with Dave Grohl. Studio assistant, Vanessa Silberman helped with additional rock n' roll oversight, further exemplifying how amazing the 606 family/staff is. I even got to do some vocal pre-production sessions with Blind Melon member, Brad Smith, at his studio.
And yes, I was pinching myself the entire time. It still feels surreal to know that all of these people had a hand in this project. The best part was, with all that talent in the room, everyone was humble, super supportive and having a great time! And to hear all the rock n' roll stories from these guys was priceless. I'm just some dude from Boston...this was a dream come true!
Maybe even more surreal, I was able to record through one of the rarest soundboards in the world – the Neve 8028 console that was the backbone of the legendary Sound City studio. Some of the artists who recorded albums there were: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Neil Young, and Metallica…the list goes on and on.
Now that we have a killer lineup in place for Radio Black, we're asking for your help to finish this album and to share this incredible experience with us!
$12,000 will pay for:
- Studio Time
- Album Artwork
- Pressing the Album
- Mixing (7 new tracks)
- Mastering (all 10 tracks)
Check out the great incentives on the right side of your screen – donations of any size help! And remember, we need to reach our goal in order to receive any of the funds.
Thanks so much for checking out this page and for all your support!
-TJ, Derek, & Dan
Risks and challenges
One clear challenge will be rising our musicianship to the level of the studio musicians that played on the first round of recordings. While this seems a bit daunting, recording in a place like 606 has a unique way of getting you to perform to the best of your ability. When preparing to sing in the studio, I reached a new level, and the inspiration you draw from being in that studio and recording through that sound board is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm confident that I've found bandmates with a great work ethic that can rise to the occasion!
Another challenge will be spreading the word once this project and the recordings are complete. Yes we are finishing an album, but we're also thinking of this as the starting point for what we hope will be a long career for Radio Black. We not only intend to make a great album, but also make an impact with that album so that everyone who helped us can feel like they were involved in the start of something special. This means we'll be playing shows, constantly updating social media, and always updating our content, and just generally working ourselves into the ground to get the music we love recorded and out there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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