San Francisco

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 San Francisco

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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Music Scene in San Francisco

The San Francisco Recording Connection Audio School

Welcome to the San Francisco RECORDING CONNECTION, the school that puts you in the heart of the action, working as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual San Francisco recording studio where you will learn your choice of audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dubstep, trance, trip hop, house music, acid house and more), live DJ, and post production audio. Make no mistake, one of the smartest ways to break into the recording industry in San Francisco, CA is to start inside a San Francisco recording studio as an apprentice–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION comes in.

20-50 thousand dollars to go to recording school; you can go to recording school in a real recording studio for far less. Play it smart–learn the skills you need directly from the pros in a real-world environment, making vital industry contacts along the way. Our recording school alternative you in the door effectively and affordably.

To APPLY for our San Francisco Recording School, click here.

Situated next to beautiful San Francisco Bay in northern California, San Francisco is a major hub for tourism, art and culture. Although its music scene is not as high-profile as that of Los Angeles or Nashville, it is definitely influential. In fact, San Francisco was a major player in the evolution of modern rock music, thanks in part to the historic “Summer of Love” in the Haight-Ashbury district in the late 1960s, and the spawning of such classic rock acts as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. San Francisco is also known for its historic venue The Fillmore, which was a hub for the psychedelic rock movement.

Since the 60s, the number of notable musicians and bands with ties to San Francisco and surrounding cities of the bay has grown too long to name them all.  Artists and bands such as Counting Crows, Train, Third Eye Blind, Carlos Santana, Courtney Love and Huey Lewis are just a few on the list.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Richie Beretta San Francisco Mentor

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Richie Beretta San Francisco Mentor

Background

Sevensound’s Chief Engineer, Richie Beretta is a multi-faceted musician, internationally known writer/producer and educator. With over 15 years of studio experience, there isn’t many styles or genres that he is a stranger to. He grew up in New York City with a love for punk and reggae but has written, mixed, and produced almost every genre from Metal to J-pop. He has also worked for some of the biggest names in music like Beyoncé and Major Lazer.

Richie is just as passionate about sharing his love of how music is made as he is about making it.  In 2013 he began cultivating the talent of future engineers and hit makers at the world’s leading electronic audio institute, Dubspot. Since then he also started and coordinates possibly one of the first and only live mixing tutorials on Twitch.tv.

SEVENSOUND is a production company founded by producer and New York City native, Richie Beretta. Built with his own two hands he created a full service production house that is an affordable alternative to the “big facility” experience for both independent and major label artists.

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Artists

Beyonce
BOYSLASHFRIEND
Diplo
Kerwin DuBois
System 32
Tigarah
Twin Twin

Steve Wright San Francisco Engineer

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Steve Wright San Francisco Engineer

Background

Built in 1990, WrightWay Studios has been a staple of the Mid – Atlantic music scene and a destination for national recording artists since it’s inception. The Studio has an impressive client list including artists ranging from Rihanna, Dru Hill, Bibi Bourelly, Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot, U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta), Misery Index, Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne), Steel Pulse and Celebration, to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hezekiah Walker and many more. WrightWay prides itself in its ability to deliver the highest quality projects for artists in any genre. WrightWay has worked with artists from every Major Label including Warner Brothers, EMI, Sony, BMG and Universal and most of their subsidiary labels in addition to most of the region’s budding talent.

WrightWay’s Engineers are far more than just engineers. Each is also a musician, trained as a producer who fully understands what it takes to make a great record. Each Producer/Engineer is committed to delivering the highest quality product for every client. Wright Way’s Producers/Engineers have worked with: Rihanna, Mos Def, Blaqstarr/M.I.A., Lake Trout, Slipknot, Mambo Sauce, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dying Fetus, Fertile Ground, SR71, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

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Artists

Mos Def
Rihanna
Dru Hill
Bibi Bourelly
Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot
U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta)
Misery Index
Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne)
Steel Pulse and Celebration
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hezekiah Walker
Blaqstarr/M.I.A.
Lake Trout
Slipknot
Mambo Sauce
Lonnie Liston Smith
Dying Fetus
Fertile Ground
SR71
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

Harley Fine San Francisco Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine San Francisco Producer / Engineer

Background

“I operate a recording studio, record, produce and mix records for clients, write songs and get song placements on nationally distributed compilations. Record voice overs and edit video.” – Harley Fine

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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks San Francisco Producer

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Asaf Fulks San Francisco Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

James Salone San Francisco Producer / Engineer

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James Salone San Francisco Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Ryan Hewitt San Francisco Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt San Francisco Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for such notable artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks, needtobreathe, Flogging Molly and Jamie Cullum.

Relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in early 2015, Ryan took residence at House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and jumped into a non-stop string of records. In between mixing albums for The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Sean McConnell, and Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan produced and mixed up-and-coming Georgia rockers, Crass Mammoth, Knoxville troubadours, The Black Lillies and Nashville mods Elle Macho. He spent last summer recording and mixing The Lumineers’ #1 album Cleopatra with producer Simone Felice in upstate New York and has since recorded and mixed several more songs for film soundtracks.

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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

Israel Lliteras San Francisco Mentor

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Israel Lliteras San Francisco Mentor

Background

Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Lionel Pedro San Francisco Mentor

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Lionel Pedro San Francisco Mentor

Background

Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Brian Boland San Francisco Producer / Engineer

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Brian Boland San Francisco Producer / Engineer

Background

Brian Boland is a producer/engineer with twenty years of studio experience behind him. Starting out at William Paterson College, he learned the art of recording from exceptional teachers including Bob Both (James Brown). After college, he was lucky enough to start his career at the legendary Greene Street Recording NYC (Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Dave Matthews, George Benson, Beastie Boys…) His band Elwood, was signed to Palm Pictures in 2000 by Chris Blackwell and had success with their cover of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot reaching the Billboard charts. In 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he began freelancing at various studios in LA, Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Brian continued his many personal projects working and playing bass with Shadow Rewind, Baby Stone (Sly Stone’s daughter), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), and countless others. He also worked at Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, (formerly Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flight Tyme) where he was able to work on many major label writing camps engineering,and assisting some of the worlds top artists and producers in the urban world, including Timbaland, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Y.G., Mary J. Blige, DJ Mustard, Big Krit, Sha Money XL and many more.

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Artists

Timbaland
Macy Gray
Rihanna
Y.G.
Mary J. Blige
DJ Mustard
Big Krit
Sha Money XL
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
So Percussion
The Partch Ensemble
Joe Lavano
Sunny Murray
Sonic Liberation Front
American Babies
Lee Smith
Global Illage
Butch Ballard
Sam Dockery
Odean Pope
Marshall Allen
Lee Smith
Jamey Haddad,Bakithi Kumalo
Jo Lawry
Jack St.Clair big band

Matt Stein San Francisco Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein San Francisco Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

SWAN7 is a comfortable space to work with someone who’s as in to your music as you are. Whether you just need a place to record or you need a collaborator to help bring your songs to life, SWAN7 is a great place to start. As an engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry and a former touring musician, I’ve got the skills to help you get you music sounding the way you imagine. I can help with any and all aspects of the process: recording, mixing, arranging and co-writing.

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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Tom Rowan San Francisco Audio Engineer

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Tom Rowan San Francisco Audio Engineer

Background

The Sound Lab is a fully-equipped recording studio in Greensboro, NC. We offer professional sound recording, production, mixing, and mastering services backed by over 34 years of recording experience at competitive prices. Our personnel is versatile; we have recorded musicians in diverse genres—including classical, country, jazz, hip hop, rock and blues—and spoken word artists, as well as corporate clients such as Volvo of America, Marriott International, and Penguin Group (USA)—recording projects such as audio books, voiceovers, jingles, and training manuals.

Our studio is comfortable, large, and architecturally designed for high-end sound production. The live room is 800 square feet, with 20 foot ceilings—perfect for orchestras, choirs, and big drum sounds. And its multiple isolation booths allow bands to easilly record in one room. The control room is also a very spacious 700 square feet.

Once your music recording is completed we also offer graphic design and duplication and replication services from 10 to 100,000 copies to help you fully complete and release your next project! In addition to audio recording and production services we also offer dvd duplication, and a variety of digital transfers (cassette to cd, LP/45 to cd, vhs to cd, vhs to dvd, and reel-to-reel to cd).

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Artists

Bahama Mamas
Big Sean
Brian Lynch
Heads Up Entertainment
Ja Rule
Joey Ramone
American Express
Backyard Records
Dreamworks Records

The thing that surprised me the most about studio life in particular is how diligent and rigorous the schedules were. My mentor and his assistant would constantly be receiving phone calls from artists in regards to their schedules for sessions. I had always imagined even professional studios having a more laid-back atmosphere, where people just kind of hang out with the artist(s). But there is a lot more that goes into it than that. You have to make sure no recording sessions are overlapping another and that your schedule meets the needs of the artist(s) because they are the most important in the sessions.

Merril Cassidy Recording Connection Student

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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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Get Access,
Get Hired.

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

Contact the San Francisco Recording Connection

555 California Street, Suite 4925
San Francisco, CA 94104

(415) 592-6860

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 09:00 - 18:00


The San Francisco, California

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Locations Worldwide.

The San Francisco area is a wonderful place to go to school for audio engineering. The Recording Connection has locations there and all over the state of California. We also have audio engineering schools all over the world.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Low Tuition—Graduate With Little or No Debt.

The Recording Connection music production school believes you shouldn't have to carry huge amounts of debt to go to school. That's why we purposefully keep our tuitions low.

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

3

Study In a Recording Studio.

We don't believe in classrooms. As a Recording Connection apprentice (extern), you'll be trained on-the-job in a real recording studio with real bands and artists coming in to a record. Furthermore, a real producer/engineer will be your instructor.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

One-on-One Instruction.

You’ll be instructed one on one in the ways of music production. You’ll learn everything there is to know about engineering and producer. You’ll be learning all of this from a mentor who has been working in the industry for ten or twenty years.

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

5

Our Mentors Have Lots Of Gold Records.

We are very selective about who can become a Recording Connection mentor. We know that our mentors are our brand, so we’re very picky about who we accept. Not surprisingly, our mentors work with the biggest names in music, and many of them have Gold and Platinum records on their walls.

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

6

Real Job Placement Assistance.

We offer true job placement assistance for the first twelve months after you graduate from our school. We’re determined to help you find work.

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

7

Recommended by the Industry Pros.

More industry pros endorse the Recording Connection than any other audio school. They all agree that our school works and it’s really the only way to hedge your bets on breaking into the industry.

Many Industry Pros recommend us. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

On the Inside Track from Day One.

From the get-go, you’ll be working in a real recording studio. You’ll be on the inside track from the beginning, gaining loads of real-world experience. When other recording school graduates start knocking on the door, you'll be the one who answers it.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

You’ll have free tutoring at any point in our program. All you have to do is ask for it and we’ll be there to help.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections. Lots of Connections.

Connections are the lifeblood of any creative industry. You need to know people in order to get your work out there. You need to get your work out there in order to get jobs. It’s a chicken and egg situation. But not with us. We help you gain the connections that you need in order to succeed.

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