Recording Connection student Coke Youngblood branches out!
Since he was a teenager, Coke Youngblood was serious about building a music industry career as a songwriter/producer—so serious, in fact, that when he came of age, he moved from Texas to Los Angeles, CA to pursue it. He started by getting his foot in the door in the licensing and marketing department at Interscope Records, but he soon figured out that if he wanted to move into production, he needed some more training and connections in order to compete in the busy L.A. market.
That’s when he found the Recording Connection.
“I wanted to do engineering,” says Coke. “I…took the course at Recording Connection because I wanted to mix my own stuff better.”
Coke soon found himself externing at Spitfire Studios in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, under the mentoring of veteran music producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day). Coke says Warren didn’t just teach him mixing techniques, but also taught him to trust his ears while mixing.
“Warren is extremely professional and he knows exactly what he’s doing,” says Coke. “He’s an awesome producer and awesome engineer…a very ‘just get it done’ kind of guy…He has great equipment, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the end of the world if it’s ‘Oh, I don’t have this or I don’t have that.’ He just makes sure the music gets done and sounds good…It’s just helped me trust my instincts more and know, ‘Okay, what I’m thinking is right. I’m going to go with that.’”
The training Coke received from Warren is already paying off, and Coke is now branching out to make his mark in the Los Angeles music scene. Along with working on producing his own pop album, Coke has landed several music placements on major commercials for clients like Gillette and Kia, and he’s even launched a side project called Write Me a Song, where he will write original music on demand for weddings, etc. He loves the challenges of diversifying because he says it expands his musical palate—especially when working with directors for commercials.
“Usually they ask for a certain type of style,” he says, “and to be able to do that and give them that and then see it go to screen and have the picture cut through it, it’s a really cool experience.”