Join us Saturday, September 30, 2017 as Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio release our fifth album!
We’ll be releasing “Lost in the Particulars” with 2017 Program Artist Caleb Henry at The Mint in Los Angeles.
Kolten first came to the studio when Caleb Henry came to audition for our 2017 Artist Program. Prior to the audition, I have known both of them from Azusa Pacific University.
We all performed in a cover band together, formerly called commercial styles. Kolten is also the drummer in DKA, a band both him and Caleb are featured. Seeing him tagging along with Caleb was no surprise to me. After the audition, Kolten asked if there were any spots left on the team. Emily Hibard, Idle Tuesdays’ Executive Producer, gave him the green light and five weeks later he’s a vital part of the team.
Kolten is snapchat GOLD!
He’s probably one of funniest and down to earth guys I’ve worked with. He is either working around the studio singing in falsetto or cracking jokes with Mason Haynie, our recording engineer, at the sound board. His calm demeanor is only matched by his servant attitude. After all, he is a part of the dream team.
Kolten is our social media engagement specialist, which means he spends his time interacting with our followers. When he’s not on his phone running social, he’s probably playing drums for the album. Yup you heard correctly, he will be featured on the album playing drums and doing percussion. Which makes sense because he’s an amazing drummer, but more importantly…
Needless to say I’m so happy he wanted to be a part of our team. Learn more about Kolten, checkout his blogs on idletuesdays.com and keep an eye out for our Video VLog coming out soon!
My childhood prepared me for this moment in time.
Editing random footage that I had collected was something I was familiar with. However, taking a planned idea and seeing it all the way to completion was a new thing for me. This week I had full range. The only instruction I was given was to produce a video highlighting Caleb, our Program Artist.
So, I did my research on how other promotional videos for recording artists had been done before. But I also had to keep in mind that this was the first thing that people were going to see and hear of Caleb.
Because of this, I decided that what I wanted to show people who Caleb Henry is and where his heart for music.
Producing a video like this was really exciting. But on the day of shooting, I realized that a lot more details were needed, especially since recording Caleb’s music was the priority of the day. I cast my vision to my team and gave suggestions here and there of how to get more of what I was looking for.
The hardest part was conducting and editing the videos. The questions I had asked Caleb were great and prompted him to talk about a lot of different things.
Then, it was difficult putting the various elements of the interview together so that they looked right visually and made sense with the b-roll we shot.
Producing the video to publish was different than the last video I did, where I introduced myself as an intern. I published the entire video straight to Facebook. This time I decided to take a different approach. I wanted to see if there would be a difference in response. The full video about Caleb was published on YouTube.
On Facebook, I published a short clip of the Caleb Henry video to draw people to the full video on YouTube. However, the way a video is published seems to very important.
There was a big difference in response!
Producing a video takes a lot of time and work but it is definitely worth it. It is just like Caleb Henry says in the video: “You have this thing in your head, this image of what it’s going to look like, and then, when it’s done, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.”
Check Out the Video Here: Caleb Henry- Day 1 Recording Session
Stay tuned every week for more videos.
-Alyssa Lujan (Idle Tuesdays Intern)
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Every time we all meet up I find out something new about him. First, I find out he’s as sound engineer. Second, I find out he plays the violin. Third, I find out he sings. What?!
What will I find out next? Ohhhh, he already graduated from Azusa Pacific University, in southern California, and he teaches music in Glendora, California.
He is a man that has a vision and knows how to get there.
From the beginning of this internship, I have felt that I could completely trust him in his ability and character. Since day one, I have asked him a million questions about how and why he does what he does and he always responds graciously, patiently, and with a ton of confidence in what he is doing.
I have enjoyed learning from Mason about all the technical aspects of recording, sound and mixing. He has great perspective on what to look for and what is important in a mix. He also really values the character of a song.
I have noticed his style of recording is very authentic…he likes the sound and the feel to match the artist and who they are as a person.
I have realized how important that is and he does this so well with Caleb Henry’s music.
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Just like the ride at Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all,” I remember when I first arrived at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio.
My friend Caleb Henry (now our 2017 Program Artist) was auditioning and he needed a ride. When we walked up the stairs I was greeted with a familiar face, a friend of mine, Andrew Washington. Immediately my head started to sing “It’s a small world after all.”
Andrew Washington and I go way back, well not really, but you get the idea. Andrew and I both spend extensive time in the music department at Azusa Pacific University, especially since he is a music major. I first met him in Commercial Styles, Azusa Pacific University’s Pop/Rock band. It was both our first time, so, to say the least, we were nervous.
I remember each singer was picking out songs and singing them. And then Andrew came and picked his song and my jaw just dropped. Andrew has such a talent for singing and music in general. We spent two semesters in Commercial Styles and it was a blast playing drums for Andrew. After that, I’d work with him from time to time as a music assistant but that was about it.
Andrew was the one I first contacted to say I was interested in an internship at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, and he’s the one that gave me the good news that I got the position.
Working with Andrew has been such a pleasure and it has been a great opportunity to get to know him even better. We are friends at college, but we’re those types of friends where we know enough to say hi and chat for a bit and then leave.
Admittedly, Alyssa was the only non-music major intern at first. She’s been a bit of an underdog from the very start. Then again, perhaps it’s her Business Administration background that prepared her to be able to tackle new concepts and gain new abilities in an effortlessly adaptable way.
Being the engineer of the group, I’ve been very impressed with Alyssa. She quickly picks up the directions and terminology I give to her. From wrapping cables to plugging XLRs into their proper channels, she’s been the perfect “A2.”
Conversely, I find that Alyssa does A LOT of things that I’m pretty clueless at. Her introduction video on our Facebook page is currently sitting pretty at over 1,700 views! This is by far the most viewed video we’ve ever done.
Alyssa’s professionalism in editing and lighting has been clutch. She also edited our first video of 2017 Program Artist Caleb Henry in the studio, and I’ve actually personally watched that video at least 10 times.
Amidst a sea of music nerds at Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, Alyssa has fit right in and proven that she can do more than her fair share of the work, and do it well. She’s also going to play a large role in an upcoming music video that we have planned, so all I gotta say about that is: GET HYPED!
Going to school to learn how to record sounds (ha, pun) counter-intuitive. Music is such a “feely” subject. Most people can’t even fathom why learning theory and technical information is even worthwhile. After all, why talk about recording when you can just go out and do it, right?
For me, I wouldn’t have had the knowledge, connections, or confidence to be an engineer were it not for my college (Azusa Pacific University), so it was definitely worth it. That being said, nothing beats learning through experience. And the big moment where my education would be put to the test happened this week.
Almost every production that I’ve been a part of has had some kind of “technical difficulties” that have prevented things from running smoothly, but this session was absolute butter.
We came in, set up mics for the different instruments we were going to record, and executed. Caleb Henry and Kolten (our drummer/intern combo) did their takes effortlessly. We even had time to listen to each of them and crack jokes along the way.
Of course, life behind the board can be as simple pressing record, but the secret to success lies in pre-production. Drawing out detailed studio layouts of stand setup, input lists, and mic positioning is what allows everything to fly come recording time. But when recording actually happens, it becomes all about listening. Hearing which takes are golden is what will make a song pop at the end of the day.
And at the end of this specific Monday, things are definitely poppin’.
Monday was our first day of recording and it was quite the journey. Arrive at 11:30AM and leave at 7:30PM, sounds like a fun day right? It was probably one of the best recording experiences I’ve ever had.
Caleb Henry, our 2017 Program Artist, is such an amazing artist to work with. He’s down to earth, respects everyones insights, and knows how the recording process works (and I’m not being biased because he’s my roommate).
Emily Hibard (our supervisor) had the interns run everything, which at first seemed like a plethora of tasks to do on our own. But once I saw that the other interns knew what they were doing and how well we all got along, it was smooth sailing from then on.
Mason Haynie, the sound engineer and recent graduate from Azusa Pacific University, was fantastic at working the console (a 48-channel Allen & Heath ML5000) and making sure everything sounded good.
I also got to sit beside him and ask about the recording and engineering process (it’s a skill I would like to learn). Alyssa Lujan and Andrew Washington were very helpful with mic placement and knowing what went where. Their insight also helped us move along the recording process and find the perfect sound for our 2017 Program Artist Caleb Henry.
It was nice to know that Emily trusted us. She really does want us to learn, and the only way to have us learn is to guide the project ourselves.
Some of you may be asking, what’s with the title Kolten? Well not only am I working on this project, I’m also playing on it. I’m Caleb Henry’s drummer, and I got to record drums for his first song we recorded on Monday.
Being part of the recording staff and also being a studio musician is different, but it’s an amazing experience. Learning how the recording process works helps me better understand the music as a drummer. It helps me understand what is actually happening to my drums and how that will sound in the overall mix.
Overall, I’m very excited for the next coming weeks of recording. There will be more drumming, more recording, and more memories to reflect on in the future.
From here on out it’s going to be long days in the studio with marketing campaigns and producing. I like to look at it as an adventure, the intern team as a fellowship, and Emily as the all knowing and powerful wizard. Every team member is important in their own right.
It was a slow start as we prepared and strategized. Since day one, Executive Producer Emily Hibard pretty much looked at us and said “Fly You Fools.” Out of Rivendell and through the Mines of Moria, I think we met our biggest obstacle yet.
I know it seems like I’m over dramatizing this, but don’t underestimate the opposition of trying to match six people schedules. Our official meetings are held on Mondays, but every task assigned afterwards is free game. Thank God for Asana Project Manager and Facebook Messenger. Just today, fellow summer intern Alyssa Lujan and I had a pow-wow about our pre-release marketing campaign. For our out-sourced assignments like a photo shoot for our 2017 Program Artist Caleb Henry, it’s not as easy.
If our team of millennial interns learned anything from the 2004 Disney movie the Incredibles, it is to emulate Elasta girl and “Be Flexible.” It’s a bit of give and take, our fellowship has no Frodo’s…just a bunch of Sams. I think John Quincy Adams said it pretty well:
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
In my underdeveloped mind, I thought that meant getting to record and mix entire albums and get a phat paycheck at the end of the week. Of course, my friends told me I was wrong – “a producer makes beats!” I thought they were idiots for thinking that, but my mind was at least open to being wrong.
It wasn’t until my Music Business class at Azusa Pacific University in California that my definition of producing dramatically changed.
Mr. Beatty told our class that the producer is just the guy with enough money to make stuff happen. I thought that was a rather cynical approach to the term, but most of my other professors wholeheartedly agreed, and who was I to go against the grain of professionals, right?
But here I am.
And what has experience taught me? Well, all of those previous definitions had some truth, and the major thing that I’ve learned from being in the studio for a couple months is that being a producer means having all the answers.
Any question that can be asked in the studio must be answered by the producer. “What are we doing at 3:43pm? Are there snacks for everyone? What are the different mic setups that we’ll be using?” The real challenge comes from the fact that some questions deal with things you wouldn’t ever think about. But it all comes together to make music happen.
So as an aspiring (and working) producer, it is my duty to continue to look for all the answers.