Fresno-Visalia

Recording Connection Audio Institute

An Immersive
Audio Education

From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

About Our Audio School in Fresno-Visalia

Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Our Fresno-Visalia Studio Locations

  • Woodward Park
  • Central
  • Armenian Town
  • Hoover
  • Uptown
  • Tower District
  • Oval Park
  • Beverly Glen
  • Mooney
  • The Lakes
  • Visalia Heights
  • Goshen
  • Kingsburg
  • Selma
  • Fowler
  • Malaga
  • Easton
  • Clovis
  • Del Rey
  • Herndon
  • Rolling Hills
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Music Scene in Fresno-Visalia

The Fresno-Visalia Recording Connection

If you’re looking for a great recording school in the Fresno-Visalia area, you’re in luck! We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the Fresno-Visalia Recording School that gets you inside an actual recording studio in Fresno or Visalia where you will train as a recording studio apprentice (extern) while you learn your choice of music production, audio engineering, mixing, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, drum and bass, techno, jungle and more), electronic DJ and post production audio. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the recording industry in the Fresno-Visalia area is to start inside a local recording studio as an apprentice–and that’s the heart behind our revolutionary approach.

There’s no need to spend 20-50 thousand dollars ton a recording school education; you can spend far less money and go to recording school in a real recording studio in the Fresno-Visalia area? Be smart, learn directly from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our audio recording school alternative provides a smart, cost fficient way to get a quality education in recording and audio production.

To APPLY for our Fresno-Visalia Recording School, click here.

The cities of Fresno and Visalia are located in the San Joaquin Valley in central California, situated about 40 miles from one another.  Both cities are home to vibrant music scenes, with a variety of genres represented, including jazz, rock, rap and others.  Fresno hosts an annual music festival called F.U.S.E. (Fresno Urban Sound Experience), an all-day, multi-venue festival featuring dozens of local bands. Visalia also sees a lot of live music on a regular basis, as bands regularly pass through town on their way to and from Los Angeles. Notable musicians hailing from the Fresno-Visalia area include singer/songwriters Warren Zevon and Gary Jules, as well as superstar-legend Cher.

To accommodate the busy musical activity of the Fresno-Visalia area, numerous recording studios make their home here, providing plenty of learning opportunity for aspiring recording engineers, live audio engineers or music producers.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Peter Wolf Fresno-Visalia Producer

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Peter Wolf Fresno-Visalia Producer

Background

I have been passionately involved in the audio production field for 20 years, and have owned my own business for the last 15 of those years. I started with simple equipment and have progressed through many analog and digital advancements. I continue to pursue an understanding of cutting edge technologies within my field of expertise on a daily basis. I have and will always continue to strive for perfection in everything that I do.

I am a firm believer in the adage “where there is a will, there is a way” and I press until problems are solved and tasks are done.

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Artists

A&E Network
Brian Clay
Chico and the Hornets
Dying Within
Face Down
Gene Day
Heads Up
Infinite Aggression
Kevin James
L.R.A.
Nightmare
Matt Bishop
Mental Radio
Nosedive
Not for Hire
Outlaw
Part DJ Party
Pryme Tyme
Sick Little Monkeys
Something for Tomorrow
Space Hooker
The Bridge
The Neptunes
The Sierra Brothers
Violet Kill

Chris Steinmetz Fresno-Visalia Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz Fresno-Visalia Engineer / Producer

Background

Chris Steinmetz has over 30 years of experience in the record industry and has worked on gold, platinum, and grammy nominated albums. Steinmetz began his career working as an assistant engineer for Warner Bros. Records in L.A., and began freelancing his work as well before moving back to his native Chicago.

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Artists

Kiss
Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Disturbed
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Feist
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Styx
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Usher
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
E-Dub
Jin
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
Common
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
Lovehammers
311Madonna
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
NAS
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Fantasia
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Sharrief Thomas Fresno-Visalia Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas Fresno-Visalia Songwriter / Producer

Background

Most of the time, building a career requires moving, evolving, and learning over time. One’s “career” is the byproduct of work that’s done in the present, the things you do while you’re in the pocket, perfecting your craft.

Sharrief Thomas knows about this intimately. This writer/producer/engineer and artist in his own right was exposed to the Recording Connection program when he was recording at Quad Studios in New York City. Seeing our program at work led Sharrief to become a mentor himself. Today he helps our students hone their chops, gain skills, and plan for their futures while gleaning a first-hand understanding of how the music industry works from a creative and business perspective at Water Music Publishing, an independent music publishing and media company run by Sharrief and business partner Big Bug, whose known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, and as one of the original members of the 90s R&B group, Today.

While recording at Quad, Sharrief and another Recording Connection mentor, Sax DMA, decided to give a number of RC apprentices the opportunity to earn engineering credits on his forthcoming album. “We had to turn down kids that wanted to join,” Sharrief says. And a number of notable artists came in to help on vocals including Sky Heavens, backup singer for Eminem, and Big Bub himself. “It was just the students getting to be in a live situation with real, live artists.”

Today, as a Recording Connection mentor himself, Sharrief apprentices students at Water Music Publishing in Bloomfield, NJ, just outside of New York City.

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RC mentor Sharrief Thomas Talks Truth on Having the Winning Mindset

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Artists

Snoop Dogg
AMG/Universal
Water Music Publishing

Tony Ricci Fresno-Visalia Producer

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Tony Ricci Fresno-Visalia Producer

Background

Tony Ricci is a veteran music producer with over 20 years experience and 6 Grammy Considerations since 2005. Tony is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony was the staff Sound Designer at the TONY Award winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence RI for two years, dealing with all aspects of Theatre production sound and also composing original music for the world premier of the play Reckless. He has worked with all styles of music including rock, metal, pop, country, jazz, world, urban, classical and folk. In addition to his studio work, Tony is an audio instructor at New England Institute Of Technology.

Tony’s production style is based on capturing what makes each artist unique and recognizable, and creating showpiece mixes. He is currently looking for artists who have strong songs, true passion for their music and a desire to take their career to the next level.

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Artists

Kari Tieger
Godless Rising
Necrosis
Godspeed
Shryne

Larry Goetz Fresno-Visalia Engineer

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Larry Goetz Fresno-Visalia Engineer

Artists

Katy Perry
Ke$ha
One Direction
Weezer
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
3OH3
All Time Low
Big Time Rush
Mike Posner
Pixie Lott
All Star Weekend
David Archuleta
David Cook
Chord Overstreet
Bowling for Soup
Breathe Carolina
The Pussycat Dolls
Lauren Bennett
Alejandro Escovedo
John Cale
The Maine
Forever The Sickest Kids
A Rocket To The Moon
Emily Osment
Julian Casablancas
Rivers Cuomo
Soulfly
Cavalera Conspiracy
OTEP
HIM
Dommin
The Used
Alexndra Burke
Best Coast
Cady Groves
This Providence
Monty RI
Axis Of Awesome
Edgar Winter
Sarah Evans
Maia Sharp
Edwin McCain
The Ready Set
Buzz Feiten
Albert Lee
Guitar Shorty

Zarven Kara Fresno-Visalia Producer / Engineer

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Zarven Kara Fresno-Visalia Producer / Engineer

Background

Zarven Kara is the engineer, producer and manager of Reel to Reel Studios and has worked in most facets of the music industry throughout Europe and Australia. He earned his living working in the clubs of Germany as a jazz guitarist and composer, and gained valuable insight and experience inside some of Germany’s finest studios.

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Devon Kirkpatrick Fresno-Visalia Engineer

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Devon Kirkpatrick Fresno-Visalia Engineer

Background

Devon has worked as an engineer or Pro Tools engineer on numerous grammy winning albums. Most notable was his Pro Tools Engineering work for Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill which won four GRAMMYs (including album of the year) in 1999.

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Busy in Baton Rouge: Recording Connection student Jordan Robertson launches his music production career

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Artists

Kane & Abel
The Williams Brothers
Thomas Jackson
C-Murder
Da Bricklayaz
Clyde Cotton Band
Aaliyah
Soulscript
Lil' Boosie
Mystikal
Backstreet Boys
Lauryn Hill
Timbaland
Chris Potter
Joe Pesci
Marilyn Manson
Janice Marshall Coates

Rob Ruccia Fresno-Visalia Engineer

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Rob Ruccia Fresno-Visalia Engineer

Background

“In Late 2001 Rob along with his band-mates of Arista Recording Artist From Zero, spent a week working out material for their new album, though he left From Zero he never left Uptown.

With over 20 years experience and expert knowledge in analog and digital recording technology, Rob actively tests software for various companies that keep him ahead of the curve.

Rob continues to stay in tune with the local and national music scene, having engineered mixed and mastered many local and national artists.”

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Artists

Cameron Esposito
Nonpoint
Stu
Levi Kreis
Madina Lake
Dexter
No1
Somatic
Arabesque Music Ensemble
Terri Carroll
Robert Irving III
Shooting Blanks
Street Brats
The Euphoric
Soulio
Las Guitarras de Espana
Gayle Ritt
Caviar
Ivory Wire
Peter Lerner
Dead Space Age

Oscar Diaz Fresno-Visalia Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Fresno-Visalia Engineer

Background

Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Artists

Dr. Dre
E-40
Gucci Mane
Jay-Z
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
TLC
Too $hort
Warren G
YG
Waka Flocka
Google
YouTube
Dreamworks
HBO
FOX
Showtime
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Scott Ferguson Fresno-Visalia Producer

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Scott Ferguson Fresno-Visalia Producer

Background

Picture this… It’s 1968 in a remote fishing village in eastern Canada. A six year old boy comes home from an afternoon jigging tommy cods on the wharf. He carefully drops the needle on “Rubber Soul”, his parents only Beatles album, adjusts his headphones and starts jamming to Ringo on his toy tin drum. These are the humble beginnings of what has become a great musical adventure. After a string of school concert bands, a Diploma in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Music from St. Francis Xavier University, Scott Ferguson has gone on to live his musical dreams.

In the early 80′s Scott focused on his jazz passion studying with renowned drum teacher Jim Blackley in Toronto and performing with such greats as Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard and Dave Young. Settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Scott broadened his stylistic scope and in 1992 embarked on a seven year tenure touring and recording with “The Rankin Family”.

After hundreds of concerts in Canada, The United States, The U.K. and Australia Scott started pursuing his interest in studio production. Fueled by his work with legendary Nashville producers George Massenberg and John Jennings on the Rankin CDs “Uprooted” and “Endless Seasons”, Scott started “Ferguson Music Productions Inc.

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IV Duncan Fresno-Visalia Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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IV Duncan Fresno-Visalia Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

Background

A Detroit Native, IV Duncan III is a RIAA Multi-Platinum Certified Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer. He is also an accomplished Music Producer. He graduated top of his class from the Recording Institute, nationally renowned for its engineering curriculum. IV is the owner of Mix Factory One Studios and Music Brokers Entertainment Group. His experience in the music industry is sought after by major labels and corporate America as well as local/independent artists.  He is an active participant in the community and is a partner in the Light Up Detroit campaign designed to shine a positive light and promote growth for that city. Music is IV’s passion. His goal is to continuously empower the art that drives him.

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Artists

Eminem
Royce Da 5’9″
Rich Homie Quan
Rocko
ASAP Ferg
M-City
Kashdoll
Dej Loaf
Slaughterhouse
WOW Gospel
Karen Clark-Sheard
KEM
Mario Winans
Deelishis
Rick Ross
Interscope
Shady Records
Sony
Warner Bros.

“Learn from Legends” represents the next level in pairing a talented aspiring media-arts student with a world-class professional who can act both as a mentor and a role model, providing the student with a learning experience that most hopefuls in the world of music production can only dream of.

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Tuition
Comparison

Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.


The Fresno-Visalia, California

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Locations everywhere.

No need to move to L.A., Nashville or New York to go to audio school. We’ve got locations EVERYWHERE, including in Fresno, Visalia, and numerous other locations throughout California. No need to relocate. We're the school that's where you are.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.

We’re tired of schools taking advantage of students who are hungry for knowledge and a career. We’re not going to charge massive amounts of money to attend our school, out of principle. We keep our tuition low.

Affordable tuition, no hidden fees. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Your Classroom Is a Recording Studio.

No more stuffy lecture halls for you. You’ll be learning in a real recording studio. You’ll be thinking on your feet and problem solving. You’ll quickly understand what it’s like to work in the industry… because you’ll actually be working in the industry.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One.

Your mentor will be paired with you on a matter of taste/interest. You’ll get a hip-hop mentor if you’re shooting to be a hip-hop producer. Country, jazz, metal, or reggae—whatever it is—we'll pair you with the right person. He/she will teach you one on one in a real recording studio.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

5

Gold Records. 'Nuff said.

Our mentors aren’t noobs. They’re seasoned veterans who know exactly what they’re doing. They commonly have their walls plastered with Gold and Platinum Records.

Learn from true industry professionals with real accolades. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance Program.

Are you concerned about procuring future employment after graduation? Don’t be—we've got your back. We’ve got a job placement program that will run for 12 months after you graduate.

We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

The School Recommended by Industry Pros.

Our school is amazing. That’s why industry pros constantly point to us as a great way to break into the industry and learn the ropes. We rock, and people notice.

Endorsed by some of the best in the business. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

From the Jump, You’re On The Inside.

With our program, you’re on the inside. Both metaphorically and physically. You’re on the inside of the building where the stuff happens, but more than that--you’re also perceived as an insider by the people that matter.

You're on the inside from day one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

We take nothing for granted. Our music production school offers you a completely free tutoring program to ensure that you succeed.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections. Lots of 'em.

The Recording Connection was designed so that you would make connections and jumpstart your career. You’ll be in the right place around the right people, we’ve seen to that. You just need to remain a constant force of positive work and diligence, and make loads of connections with these people. You already have your foot in the door: now make the most of it.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.