Learn Music Business

This program is designed to enrich your knowledgebase of how things work inside the music business. Gain an understanding of the world of agents, managers, labels, royalties, 360 deals, copyrights, concert riders and more.

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About the
Program

Welcome to the world of music business!

The Recording Connection Music Business program prepares aspiring professionals for long, successful careers in the industry through teaching you to navigate your way through the complex legalities, contracts and agreements that make up the business side of the music industry.

Whether you are a musician, artist, audio engineer, producer, aspiring studio owner or label boss, you need to know the business side of professional music if you want to successfully monetize your talents through the many streams of income available to you.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, and understanding to execute contracts, licensing and management agreements, sync deals and live performance agreements.

With Your
Mentor

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Music Business program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring from an established music business professional plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week depending on their schedule.

The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, A&R, entertainment lawyers, music publishers, music directors, music supervisors, music producers, record labels, performance rights organizations.

 

THE LAW, CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

Sync licensing, management agreements, live performance rights, songwriter splits, publishing.

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What's Included

  • Music Business online curriculum
  • Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
  • MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms.

Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

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Josquin Des Pres Producer, Composer

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Josquin Des Pres Producer, Composer

Background

Led by producer-songwriter Josquin des Pres, the Track Star Studios team is comprised of some of the best studio musicians and vocalists in the industry. Over the years, Josquin has earned the respect of his peers in various areas of the music industry. His credits include multiple songwriting collaborations with Bernie Taupin (of Elton John fame), as well as hundreds of song placements in film, TV and publishing. His production credits surpass 150 albums and CDs for various major and indie labels.

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Artists

Slightly Stoopid
Jack Johnson
Tech N9ne
The Gipsy Kings
Carly Smithson
and Ricky Skaggs
Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist)
TV Networks (Catfish
The Seven
When I Was Seventeen
Cribs
Pimp My Ride
Teen Mom
True Life
10 on Top etc.) Warner Bros
CBS
Viacom
VH1
ABC
BET
CNN
NBC
HGTV
TBS
OWN
Bravo
Food Network
Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
History Channel
Travel Channel
KPBS
TLC
CW Network
Time Warner
Universal Music
EMI
Sony
Ellen DeGeneres
Tyra Banks
George Lopez Show
Anderson Cooper
TMZ
Extra
American Chopper
Pawn Stars
Deadliest Catch etc. MasterSource
PremiumBeat
Big Fish Audio

Greg White Engineer / Producer

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Greg White Engineer / Producer

Background

At S.M.A.R.T. Productions Greg has honed his skills at producing, arranging, engineering, and gained a great deal of music business knowledge while running the studio. In 2000 Greg started the publishing company Blue Sky International Music to bring songs to his clients who needed material for their projects. In September of 2005 Greg was asked to join the Jamie Richards Band. Greg having recently been married told his wife Sara he would never go on the road again but this opportunity was too good to pass. So Greg scaled back his responsibilities at the studio and hit the road again a few days a week while still producing and engineering sessions at S.M.A.R.T. In April of 2006 Sara gave birth to their son Simon, and Greg left the Jamie Richards Band as a musician but added them as a client.

In June of 2006 Sara was surfing the net and ran across a studio for sale in Fort Worth, TX. This was the opportunity they had been waiting for. In October Greg and Sara purchased Sounds Great Productions and relocated to Fort Worth.

Since moving to Fort Worth and purchasing SG Studios in ’08, Greg has produced countless charting songs; 6 top ten singles and 3 top 5 singles on the Texas Music Chart, including #1 with Jamie Richards ‘Drive.’ In 2011, SG Studios won the Fort Worth Weekly’s critics choice for Best Recording Studio. Greg has had the honor of working in the studio with Six Market Blvd., Dustin Perkins, Cooder Graw, Gary P. Nunn, Tommy Alverson, Walt Wilkins, as well as many other Up and Coming artists in the market.

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Donny Baker Learn Music Business Mentor

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Donny Baker Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Donny Baker, Studio Manager and Lead Tech at ES Studios in Burbank, is able to summarize his job as the Recording Connection Burbank, CA, mentor in a single sentence:

“We help with the weaknesses and push towards the strengths.”

It’s a simple concept, but takes a lot of work to see through to the end. Baker has spent most of his adult life in the music business, touring as an engineer for nearly 13 years before finding a home in the studio.

Baker has been with ES Studios since 2003, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recording Connection program. He believes in the proven time-tested approach of learning hands-on within the studio environment. Sure there are books (an eBook, actually), quizzes, exercises, and tests. Oftentimes though, Baker likes to start with the student, see where their curiosity is leading them.

Sometimes Baker just wants to see what the student has to offer.

“It’s a guideline,” Baker said of the Burbank audio engineering Recording Connection course. “It’s used as a way to get from point A to Point Z. We can take a student who knows nothing about recording or doesn’t know much about computers and we can make that person an engineer.”

The one-on-one mentoring, the hanging out and talking, and the personal attention Baker gives to his students are why he has been such a successful mentor for us. He finds out where the student wants to go and he guides the program in that direction.

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Steve Catizone Learn Music Business Mentor

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Steve Catizone Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone or one of our mentors in the greater Boston area.

Steve Catizone at Infinite Recording has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry across several genres. U2 and Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal and Bob Saget, and Disney and M-Audio. And while he knows his way around a studio, knowing your way around a client is just as important.

Every recording professional had their first gig at some point. The adrenaline gets pumping, you could be working with a star, and you might start overcompensating.

Chill.

“Don’t be too opinionated when you’re talking to the clients,” Catizone said. “Just sort of listen and absorb. See what the climate in the room is, and make sure that if you do say something, it’s tactful.”

And relax. You could be a master of your craft, but if you don’t have a good repertoire with your clients, no one will want to work with you. Learn how to read the room, develop solid relationships, and remember it’s a collaborative effort. The “hang-ability” will follow.

“If people enjoy having you in the room, it’s a big thing,” Catizone said. “A lot of that comes down to personality and basically just being a positive force in the room, and being creative, and knowing when to offer up ideas and how to tactfully do so, and knowing when to not be the guy ‘doing your job’ but just being cool to hang around with.”

This is the advantage of the Charlestown Recording Connection programs. Yes, you’ll learn the technical side of the recording industry, but you’ll also learn how to handle yourself while in the studio. We believe the one-on-one time with a professional mentor gives you a complete picture of the business.

That’s what sets us apart from the traditional method of learning. The sights, smells, and sounds of a real studio can’t be matched in a classroom.

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Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone on creating opportunities for his students
Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone talks studio etiquette

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

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Joey Heier Learn Music Business Mentor

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Joey Heier Learn Music Business Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Joey (“Uncle Joe”) Heier talks about the importance of hands-on training and his passion for teaching

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Business Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Rick Carson Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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A Day in the Life of Our Students
A Day in the Life of Our Students

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Learn Music Business Mentor

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard are up to the minute music producers, audio engineers, and entrepreneurs who know how to navigate the music industry in the 21st Century. Besides working with artists like Omarion, Todrick Hall, and Lauren Chase, they create great sound design tutorials on their popular YouTube channel.

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Jason Phelps Learn Music Business Mentor

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Jason Phelps Learn Music Business Mentor

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Recording Connection mentor Jason Phelps is an audio engineer, producer, and musician who’s been involved in music all his life. He’s downright passionate about recording, producing, and teaching the next generation of music industry professionals. He expects the externs he trains to bring their A-game, and to listen and learn in a proactive manner.

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Business Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Ross Vanderslice or one of our mentors in the St. Louis area.

An engineer since 2001, Ross Vanderslice has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The experience he’s gained works perfectly with what we do at Recording Connection: pairing externs with seasoned professionals for invaluable one-on-one time with a mentor.

With multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment, Vanderslice has worked with several Recording Connection externs. Doing it right is about so much more than having the right gear, software, or equipment. Because of his experience working with internationally-known acts, Vanderslice knows how to work with artists, how to make them feel comfortable and safe within the studio environment.

Here are some of the clients with whom Vanderslice and/or the professional audio engineers at his studio have worked:

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Artists

Nelly
Black Eyed Peas
Jaden Smith
Sade
Panic! at the Disco
Waka Flocka
Tech N9ne
Ludacris
Travis Barker
Son Volt
Chuck Berry
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
Fantasia
The Game
Jurassic 5
Ja Rule
David Banner
Jive Records
Universal Records
Interscope
Rocafella Records
RCA Records
Motown
Def Jam
Yelawolf
Hopsin
Rittz
Lil Jon
Murphy Lee
Chingy
Capitol Records
Bad Boy Entertainment
Atlantic Records

Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

Background

Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few.

Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry.

Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Unique Recording Studios

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

Zack Phillips Learn Music Business Mentor

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Zack Phillips Learn Music Business Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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DJ Axenzo Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo Live DJ

Background

Axenzo had recently graduated San Diego State University with a degree in mechanical engineering when he found that having achieved a major life goal, namely getting a degree to make his parents happy, had quite an interesting effect on him. Now that he’d achieved that, what else was possible? What could he achieve if he pursued something he was downright passionate about—music.

While an engineering student, Axenzo had tried to double in music but the classes weren’t stimulating and were “very theoretical” with nothing practical or new to offer. Brewing at the back of his mind for years been the idea of learning how to produce EDM. While it wasn’t a choice his mother would consider practical, to him it was the natural conclusion. Axenzo was an active EDM explorer who attended shows regularly, a lifelong musician who played guitar and piano, and even wrote melodies on a whim. Music was just the thing going on in his mind.

After completing his college degree with high marks, Axenzo spent a number of months training with a professional EDM music mentor who taught him Pro Tools and Logic with direct, one-on-one lessons. Although he already knew how to play a couple instruments he’d never set his hands on a DAW. Nevertheless he excelled fast, and consistently challenged himself while getting hands-on training and tips from his music mentor, a longtime engineer and EDM producer himself. During his time in the program Axenzo was able to create his own EDM songs, first starting on MIDI, then composing from within a digital environment. Crossing the bridge from having to play and record, to creating digitally “opened a door” for the EDM creator and DJ.

In the two years since graduating the program, Axenzo has built a promising career in EDM as a DJ who has opened for Bob Sinclar, Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, Borgeous, Nicky Romero, among others. Nevertheless, for him DJing and especially composing new material as a producer is a never ending journey. The great unifier isn’t by genre or culture for the rising talent. Regularly dipping into multiple genres and researching far and wide, Axenzo is in quest of something singularly specific: “I’m trying to create something that every time people listen to my tracks they’ll know it’s me. That’s my focus right now. I’m working on it every day.”

Now, the melodies and musical ideas Axenzo used to write on a whim are being put to use professionally as he divides his workdays between producing new material and performing at venues. He says, he’s even got a surefire way of capturing the music when it hits: “I open the recorder on my phone and just sing the melody to myself. Even if I’m in the shower, I’ll get out and record it.”

Now versed in Ableton as well as Logic and Pro Tools, Axenzo is fluent in the various DAWS and he’s confident in his capacity to continually explore and grow as an artist. And as for future goals, he’s got a few: “I definitely would like to play in big festivals. Hopefully at Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and I would like to go worldwide. I’m working on it. I know there’s lots of competition, but I think nothing is impossible.”

As for the time he spent as an extern in the program, Axenzo says, “It was an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful.”

Axenzo currently performs weeklies at The Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Pool House and Sunset Vibes in San Diego, California.

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Artists

Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW

Kevin Sharpe Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Producer / Engineer

Background

Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits.

Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song.

As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music!

Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Artists

Critical Bill
My BedBugs
Coven
David Shelby
Avery Sharpe
Mazinga
Blue Snaggletooth
Tiles

Gregory Hainer Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection externs and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
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Josh Monroy Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh “Igloo” Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G.

Monroy is looking for the same kind of commitment from his externs. Whether it’s during the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program or using Ableton to lay down hip hop or electronic music tracks, Monroy is looking for inspiration, originality, and dedication.

“I do two-hour drills with my externs where they have two hours to make a track, and there has to be a full-on song, or music bed for a song anyway,” Monroy said. “That means intro, verse, chorus, the whole nine yards, Not just an 8-bar loop that’s looped over and over again for three minutes. I don’t want to hear that.”

The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. The ability to work with a wide range of acts – and create something extraordinary – is what makes someone a sought-after studio engineer.

“They walk in the room and there’s no expectation, and then they leave six to eight hours later, and there’s this whole freaking song made, and it’s special,” Monroy said. “It’s about them and it’s encompassing their influences and what they love. It’s not just this generic track…That’s what I show my externs, is how to get inside someone’s head in a short period of time [and] use your time wisely so that the artist walks away satisfied.”

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IGLOO began his career in Atlanta GA as an engineer
where he worked with Elton John
Shinedown
and eventually met Ludacris. He soon took over as head engineer of The LudaPlex
Ludacris' private production studio in Atlanta
where he continued to earn many platinum and gold certified records such as Justin Bieber's "Baby"
as well as a Grammy for Rap Album of the Year with Ludacris himself. He signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and relocated to LA since 2010. His recent hit song with Walla - "101" has 30 million streams on Spotify alone
and has been featured on NFL Sunday Night Football
Apple Support hold music
and Starbuck's own Spotify playlist. He produced the title track of JoJo's 2016 Mad Love on Atlantic Records
which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200. He's had music featured on ABC's hit TV series Black Box
JC Penny's
Arizona Jeans
The Simpson's
Acura
and Harley Davidson. He's currently developing new projects for release in 2018 and is on the lookout for new and interesting artists.

Mehul Tolia Learn Music Business Mentor

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The Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our Music Business Program

Ask Yourself…

School of Music Business+ Do you dream of having an exciting career as a band manager, record executive, music mogul or other music industry professional?
+ Do you get excited about new bands and artists and wish you had the resources to help them reach a larger audience?
+ Are you obsessed with the idea of producing new artists in the recording studio, helping them craft high-quality records to reach the masses?
+ Are you already managing a few local acts, but you want to “turn pro” with it?
+ Do you already think of yourself as a professional band manager or music mogul but need more music industry connections to take it to the next level?
+ Does the passion burn inside you to be part of the music industry? Do you dream of discovering new talent and watching the world sing their songs?
+ Are you serious enough about your dreams that you are willing to put in the hard work it’s going to take in order to succeed?

Music Business Course Outline

Lesson 1 – What is the Music Business?

The professional side of the music business gets talked about a lot but few understand the many facets that actually make up the multi-tiered machine. From getting the right people in the room, to marketing, promoting, and protecting artists, to making deals, we’ll delve into one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-paced industries to uncover how the various positions and departments work together to bring music to the world and make it a profitable enterprise for artists, writers, labels and the many professionals on their team.

Lesson 2 – A&R

Artists and repertoire or “A&R” as it is commonly called, is the department that’s responsible for scouting, signing, and developing artists for the record label as well as liaising with the label’s departments on behalf of the artists themselves. Nowadays, the job of scouting for talent can consist of tracking particular artists, genres, and sub-genres prior to courting, pitching, and ultimately signing artists to the label. A&R’s will typically spend a lot of time with the artists they represent during the courting process in order to develop clear communication and trust between the artist and label.

Lesson 3 – Record Labels – Marketing

It is the marketing department’s job to oversee the creation and development of effective marketing plans to promote new releases by the artists signed to the record label. Marketing plans commonly contain the “four P’s” of the marketing mix as well as a development plan and metrics on the product life cycle. This department works closely with Promotion, Publicity, and Sales.

Lesson 4 – Record Labels – Publicity

So how does a record label get the word out about new artists? How do they grab people’s interests? In today’s world, the publicity department is always finding new ways to connect artists to the right listeners, i.e. future fans and consumers of their music. Professionals in publicity at a record label will generally work in-tandem with the artist’s own publicist to secure media coverage, manage image, and consistently build and maintain vital industry connections.

Lesson 5 – Record Labels – Promotion

The promotion department focuses its energy on securing radio play for the record label’s newest releases. It may sound strange but someone in promotions had to sit down at a radio station and explain why songs by artists like Eminem, Ludacris, and Outkast needed to be played on the air. Times are changing with more artists being discovered online, nevertheless, securing radio play is still the most effective way of bringing new artists and new music to hungry listeners. Got charisma? Here’s just one area where you can use it bigtime.

Lesson 6 – Record Labels – Sales

It’s the job of the sales department to oversee all of the retail aspects of the label. This includes working closely with the promotions team to price product as well as liaising with distribution, marketing, and publicity to ensure successful product rollout. Distribution now includes physical as well as digital distribution channels such as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, etc.

Lesson 7 – Record Labels – Legal / Business Affairs

At a record label the business affairs department handles finances, budget, payroll, and bookkeeping. Meanwhile, it’s the legal department’s responsibility to handle contracts between the record label and the artists they have signed and to handle lawsuits between the label and other parties. Contracts between the label and artist including major deal points, terminology, common clauses, and considerations will be explored.

Lesson 8 – Music Publishers

What do music publishers do? The long and short of it is that music publishers are either copyright owners or copyright administrators who license copyrights to the entities or companies that require music. Music publishing companies ensure that the entities that play the music pay for the music. In other words, they collect and distribute the money earned every time an artist’s song is played. We’ll also delve into the various departments within publishing including the Sync Department, Publishing A&R, Administration, Legal & Business Affairs, and Marketing.

Lesson 9 – Artist Managers

What does an artist manager do? Answer: a lot! An artist’s manager is responsible for virtually everything, from making the schedule, to setting up collaborative sessions with other artists and producers, to negotiating various deals, maintaining social media and websites, communicating with various team members, and more. This is one non-stop position that’s not for the faint of heart.

Lesson 10 – Songwriter and Producer Managers

Like artist managers, songwriter and producer managers handle all of the business and administrative work so that the creative work can continue without disruption. A manager’s job includes creating and securing opportunities for various film and production deals, managing scheduling, negotiating deal terms and production fees, billing, planning long-term goals, and more. Commissions, management contracts, and common clauses will be covered.

Lesson 11 – Music Business Midterm

PREPARE FOR YOUR MIDTERM WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR.
You’re nearly there! Take the time to go over the many things you’ve learned thus far. Have questions? Revisit the past lessons in the curriculum, and then if you still have questions, ask your mentor. You’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about the music business in a relatively short period of time. Rather than get nervous, get excited. We want this to be as stress-free as possible.

Lesson 12 – The Creative Process

Although this course is not about music production, understanding the creative process behind making music will enable you to develop meaningful connections with the artists and the many producers, engineers, musicians and songwriters you’ll meet and work with. By understanding the various phases involved from concept to creation and ultimately, release, you can be aware of the needs each stage presents to artists and the various music professionals involved on a project. Armed with this knowledge, you can proceed in a prepared and responsive manner. From songwriting, to demo, to recording, post, and rollout, we break down the creative process behind today’s songs.

Lesson 13 – Artist Contracts

Well-executed artist contracts are an essential component of an artist’s career in music. Considering how busy professional recording artists can be with songwriting, collaborating, recording and touring, it’s easy to see how dictating the finer points of a contract may get lost in the shuffle. Artists should be empowered to make informed choices that protect their own interests. Thanks to the many resources available to us today, it’s never been easier to get savvy and stay savvy about artist contracts including common points of negotiation, recoupable costs, common clauses, point distribution, and royalty escalations.

Lesson 14 – Agreements

Alas, the exciting, relationship-fueled world of music cannot run on handshakes alone. Agreements between artist, producer, and record label make it possible for all parties to get paid in accord with what they have deemed as fair as laid out in the terms of their contracts. In this chapter, we will discuss common agreements including: work for hire, side artist agreements, producer’s deals, and producer fees and advances.

Lesson 15 – Social Media

In our superfast world, connecting artists with the very same people who are likely to become fans of their work via social media has never been more important. Today’s listeners tend to expect more than generations past when it comes to accessing artist’s songs and relating with them in a way that feels authentic. Furthermore, labels, both big and small, tend to look for artists who are already making a splash via social media. In this chapter, we’ll explore choosing the right platform, content, and practices for amplifying and artist’s voice and reach.

Lesson 16 – Copyright

Protect thyself! In this chapter we’re digging into what’s protected by copyright and what isn’t. Common questions about copyrights will be answered and we’ll discuss: eligibility, terminology, compulsory licenses, Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, trademark vs. copyright, registration, terms of infringement, options for recourse and more.

Lesson 17 – Independently Monetizing Music with Symphonic Distribution

The music industry is changing fast. The work that used to require a whole department full of staff can now be done by a few industrious folks with fast internet connections. As a result, more and more artists are choosing to go the DIY route when it comes to marketing their music and taking charge of their own careers. For those in the know, generating revenue from one’s music has never been more achievable. In this chapter we’ll delve into the many tools and services available today. We’ll also meet Janette Berrios, Director of Marketing at Symphonic Distribution, and get her insight on how to independently distribute and monetize music.

Lesson 18 – Merchandising

All physical products aside from the actual CDs or records themselves fall under merchandise or “merch.” For decades, providing fans with t-shirts, accessories, and luxury products has been a very lucrative income stream for record labels and artists. From KISS’s extensive catalog of memorabilia, to Chance the Rapper’s 3 Hat, for many merch is where it’s at! In this chapter we’re getting into the principles of merchandising so that you’ll know what it takes to be a revenue generating superstar.

Lesson 19 – Performing Rights Organizations and Publishing

Also known as PROs, Performing Rights Organizations and music publishing companies are largely responsible for tracking performed or played performances and protecting the musical copyrights of artists by policing the forums under their charge to ensure monies are collected and distributed to artists and songwriters. Various organizations oversee various forums. We’ll discuss the main PROs in the U.S. including ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange as well as copyright registration for musical compositions.

Lesson 20 – Music Business Final Exam

PREPARE FOR YOUR FINAL WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR.
Can you believe it?! You’ve made it through our in-depth music business program. Now is the time to really think about and review what you’ve learned. Have questions? Revisit the past lessons in the curriculum. If you still have questions, ask your mentor.

Armed with the knowledge you’ve gained, you’ll be prepared to keep on moving forward, learning, building and gaining insight all the while. Being proactive is a crucial ingredient for any career in music so take charge and set yourself up for success.


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THE RECORDING CONNECTION: WHAT IS IT?

The Recording Connection is the alternative to conventional audio school which trains its students in the arts of recording and music production inside real recording studios all over the world. We will place you as a working apprentice (extern) under a real music producer, audio engineer, studio owner or other music industry professional for one-on-one training on the job.

The Recording Connection is the ONLY school alternative in the world that trains all its students inside actual, working recording studios.

The Recording Connection is backed by hundreds of music industry professionals around the world, including some of the biggest names in the industry, who both endorse us and teach our students for us.

In other words—The Recording Connection is literally the starting point of your career as a music industry professional! We’re the only school that connects you to the industry by training you inside of it.

DON'T BE FOOLED—GET REAL, AND BE SMART ABOUT YOUR FUTURE:

Ordinary music schools charge you big money to stick you inside crowded classrooms with a bunch of other people who, like you, have little or no connection to the actual music industry. At The Recording Connection, we take a whole different approach: for a lot less money and we place you in a real recording studio where industry connections are the norm! What’s more, for that low tuition, you are trained one-on-one by someone who is actually part of the industry.

WHY DO WE DO THIS? SIMPLE: AS FAR AS WE KNOW, CLASSROOMS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ZERO HIT RECORDS. MEANWHILE, RECORDING STUDIOS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ALMOST ALL OF THEM.

Don’t waste time or money as a student at college; become an apprentice (extern) inside a real recording studio. The most direct path to becoming a band manager, record executive or music mogul probably doesn't start by sitting in a trade school classroom. The place to learn it is inside the industry itself, and the people qualified to teach you are real music industry professionals! It’s as simple as that.

The Recording Connection program is flexible, and can be completed in as little as 6-9 months, depending on where you are at in your career and with your schedule. Regardless of your current knowledge or skill level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), our unique approach will work for you. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING TO APPLY, and one of our Admissions Counselors will gladly answer all your questions.

We’re not trying to brag here, but when we say no school or audio program even comes close to what we are offering you…we mean it. There’s a reason why so many music industry professionals endorse us and teach for us—they know we have the goods! There’s just no reason to go deep into debt for a classroom trade school or college program when we can actually help you get where you want to go for a fraction of that money. We want to help you take your career to the professional level. We want you break you into the music industry as a future manager or executive, and we’re the ONLY school alternative that does it the way we do.

Now you know about us—it’s time for us to learn more about you! What are your dreams?  What are your career goals for a future in the music industry? Tell us. We can help. Your life is waiting.

Apply below and get started.

 

Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (externship) mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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