Music Scene in
YOUR ECHO PARK, CA, RECORDING SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE
Echo Park and Silver Lake are two adjacent east-side Los Angeles neighborhoods straddling Sunset Blvd. They are bounded by Dodger Stadium to the East, Los Felix and East Hollywood to the West, Interstate 5 and the Los Angeles River to the North and Interstate 101 to the South. They both have lively street scenes, Indie music venues, trendy bars, and creative eateries. They both are funky, trendy, scruffy, vibrant, lively and hip—all at the same time.
The two communities have long been a magnet for the avant-garde. Before Hollywood, Echo Park (then called Edendale) was the home of the silent movie with stars like the Keystone Kops, Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin performing their magic on the Soundless Stages of Mack Sennett Studios.
Walt Disney’s first synchronized sound cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, as well as his classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” were produced in his Echo Park Hyperion Studio.
Notable residents who spent their formative years during the mid-to-late 20th century in Echo Park/Silver Lake include: Judy Garland, artist Jackson Pollock, Steve McQueen, John Houston, Jackson Browne, Glen Frey, Frank Zappa (he wrote his classic “Who Are the Brain Police?” while living there), jazz legend Art Pepper and songwriter/musician Tom Waits (“Reality is a crutch for people who can’t face drugs.”) More recently, Echo Park is where Leonardo DiCaprio and Shia LaBoeuf grew up.
Currently, Echo Park and Silver Lake are home to Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino and mcDJ), Kevin Griffin (frontman for Better Than Ezra), Butch Vig (producer of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and drummer for the alternative rock band Garbage), and Luke Wood, president of Beat Electronics.
With this deep-rooted creative DNA in its streets, it’s no wonder that the Echo Park/Silver Lake area is home to some of Los Angeles best indie music venues like The Satellite and The Echo.
Echo Park Rising, Los Angeles largest free music festival, features four days of music from over 400 bands performing in clubs, cafes, boutiques and outdoor spaces scattered throughout Echo Park. The festival is all about discovering new music and the majority of performers are local to Echo Park. The festival includes multiple genres of music (as previous festival lineups demonstrate) ranging from the prog-pop of Moon Honey, to the upright bass riffs of Jazz great Miles Mosley, to the romantic funk of Harriet Brown, to the psychedelic-tinged power pop of Water Slice, to the hip hop creations of Latina M.C. Gavlyn, to the pop-folk-indie rock fusions of Freedom Fry, to the post-punk decibels of Egrets on Ergot, to the tribal rhythms meet modern grooves sounds of Azul.
The Recording Connection in Echo Park/Silver Lake is proud to team up with the Pulse Music Group—an independent music publishing and management company which shares in joint ventures with American Songs (founded by Rick Rubin), Latin entertainment company Magnus Media (founded by Marc Anthony) and Creative Nation, a Country music publishing and management company (founded by Luke and Beth Laird).
Recent top song awards to Pulse Music Group include Camila Cabello’s “Havana Feat. Young Thug”, Maroon 5’s (“Girls Like You”), G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky and Cardi B’s (“No Limit”) and Foster the People’s (“Sit Next to Me”).
With multiple recording studios in Silver Lake, the Pulse Music Group is the ideal setting for up-and-coming artists and behind the board engineers who want to move to the next level. As an in-studio extern you’ll be working with some of the best in the business who are poised to send your work to their network.