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When Jeff Burris decided to give up a secure job at a musuem to enter the music field full-time, he knew it wouldn't be easy. But it was a choice he had to make.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;Originally, my goal was to keep music as a hobby, but finally I realized that I really wanted to do it for a living. It was a tough decision,&quot; Jeff explains: &quot;solid income, or the music business. But music was always on my mind, so I had to give it a shot.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The recording side of the business had always fascinated him, so he starting looking into schools, and ran across an article about Entertainment Connection&#39;s Recording Program.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <div data-gatsby-image-wrapper="" style="position:relative;overflow:hidden;display:inline-block;vertical-align:top" class="gatsby-image-wrapper gatsby-image-wrapper-constrained inline-gatsby-image-wrapper" data-reactroot=""><div style="max-width:1024px;display:block"><img alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" src="data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,%3Csvg height=&#x27;1596.5591397849464&#x27; width=&#x27;1024&#x27; xmlns=&#x27;http://www.w3.org/2000/svg&#x27; version=&#x27;1.1&#x27;%3E%3C/svg%3E" style="max-width:100%;display:block;position:static"/></div><div aria-hidden="true" data-placeholder-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%"></div><picture><source type="image/webp" data-srcset="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/801f2/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 23w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/065c3/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 47w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/19128/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 93w" sizes="(min-width: 93px) 93px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="2" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 93px) 93px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" data-src="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/40b83/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg" data-srcset="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/7d026/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 23w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/e9e0f/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 47w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/40b83/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 93w" alt=""/></picture><noscript><picture><source type="image/webp" srcSet="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/801f2/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 23w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/065c3/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 47w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/19128/jeff-dogstar-wayman.webp 93w" sizes="(min-width: 93px) 93px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="2" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 93px) 93px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/40b83/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg" srcSet="/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/7d026/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 23w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/e9e0f/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 47w,/static/8b70039af19670b58ec3697de6605ba5/40b83/jeff-dogstar-wayman.jpg 93w" alt=""/></picture></noscript><script type="module">const t="undefined"!=typeof HTMLImageElement&&"loading"in HTMLImageElement.prototype;if(t){const t=document.querySelectorAll("img[data-main-image]");for(let e of t){e.dataset.src&&(e.setAttribute("src",e.dataset.src),e.removeAttribute("data-src")),e.dataset.srcset&&(e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset"));const t=e.parentNode.querySelectorAll("source[data-srcset]");for(let e of t)e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset");e.complete&&(e.style.opacity=1)}}
"It sounded like a really cool opportunity,&quot; he recalls. &quot;I knew the value of &#39;field work&#39; from my career in anthropology, so I appreciated that the best way to learn recording was to extern in an actual studio.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> He met and clicked with J.D., owner of 35th St. Studios in Chicago, and entered the Entertainment Connection program there. He also applied for a position at Guitar Center.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;The job at Guitar Center allowed me to keep my focus on music 24/7,&quot; Jeff points out. &quot;But it turned out well for other reasons, too. I got very familiar with a wide range of gear, and sharpened my customer service skills.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <div data-gatsby-image-wrapper="" style="position:relative;overflow:hidden;display:inline-block;vertical-align:top" class="gatsby-image-wrapper gatsby-image-wrapper-constrained inline-gatsby-image-wrapper" data-reactroot=""><div style="max-width:1024px;display:block"><img alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" src="data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,%3Csvg height=&#x27;1620.8457142857144&#x27; width=&#x27;1024&#x27; xmlns=&#x27;http://www.w3.org/2000/svg&#x27; version=&#x27;1.1&#x27;%3E%3C/svg%3E" style="max-width:100%;display:block;position:static"/></div><div aria-hidden="true" data-placeholder-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%"></div><picture><source type="image/webp" data-srcset="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/e1653/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 44w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/30498/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 88w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/345a2/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 175w" sizes="(min-width: 175px) 175px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="3" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 175px) 175px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" data-src="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/38c1e/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg" data-srcset="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/ffa35/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 44w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/ba869/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 88w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/38c1e/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 175w" alt=""/></picture><noscript><picture><source type="image/webp" srcSet="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/e1653/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 44w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/30498/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 88w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/345a2/jeff-blues-meshell.webp 175w" sizes="(min-width: 175px) 175px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="3" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 175px) 175px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/38c1e/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg" srcSet="/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/ffa35/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 44w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/ba869/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 88w,/static/6bde39430856362111b8d057131fbc82/38c1e/jeff-blues-meshell.jpg 175w" alt=""/></picture></noscript><script type="module">const t="undefined"!=typeof HTMLImageElement&&"loading"in HTMLImageElement.prototype;if(t){const t=document.querySelectorAll("img[data-main-image]");for(let e of t){e.dataset.src&&(e.setAttribute("src",e.dataset.src),e.removeAttribute("data-src")),e.dataset.srcset&&(e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset"));const t=e.parentNode.querySelectorAll("source[data-srcset]");for(let e of t)e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset");e.complete&&(e.style.opacity=1)}}It worked both ways: being at the studio made Jeff more knowledgeable about studio gear, which made him more valuable at Guitar Center. Soon he rose to an assistant store manager position. </p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Even in the very beginning, Burris was around a wide variety of artists at 35th St. Studios.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;My very first gig consisted of helping Jerry McAllister re-mix a Backstreet Boys album,&quot; he enthuses. &quot;Later I worked with him on re-mixes for Michael Jackson and Madonna.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Eventually he gave up the Guitar Center job to be in the recording business full-time, both at 35th St. Studios and elsewhere. And he is certainly not lacking for work!&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;At 35th St., I wear a lot of hats,&quot; he says. &quot;I bring clients in, engineer their projects, run their billing, and more. Finally, I produce their final products. I&#39;ve had the privilege of working with Blues Traveler, Meshell Ndegeocello, R. Kelly, CeCe Peniston, Nelson Rangel, Jackie Allen, and a host of others.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <div data-gatsby-image-wrapper="" style="position:relative;overflow:hidden;display:inline-block;vertical-align:top" class="gatsby-image-wrapper gatsby-image-wrapper-constrained inline-gatsby-image-wrapper" data-reactroot=""><div style="max-width:1024px;display:block"><img alt="" role="presentation" aria-hidden="true" src="data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,%3Csvg height=&#x27;3242.666666666667&#x27; width=&#x27;1024&#x27; xmlns=&#x27;http://www.w3.org/2000/svg&#x27; version=&#x27;1.1&#x27;%3E%3C/svg%3E" style="max-width:100%;display:block;position:static"/></div><div aria-hidden="true" data-placeholder-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%"></div><picture><source type="image/webp" data-srcset="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/bf577/jeff-bands.webp 30w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a8fab/jeff-bands.webp 60w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/eb943/jeff-bands.webp 120w" sizes="(min-width: 120px) 120px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="4" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 120px) 120px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" data-src="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a5c6a/jeff-bands.jpg" data-srcset="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/d0c9f/jeff-bands.jpg 30w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/9e495/jeff-bands.jpg 60w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a5c6a/jeff-bands.jpg 120w" alt=""/></picture><noscript><picture><source type="image/webp" srcSet="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/bf577/jeff-bands.webp 30w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a8fab/jeff-bands.webp 60w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/eb943/jeff-bands.webp 120w" sizes="(min-width: 120px) 120px, 100vw"/><img data-gatsby-image-ssr="" data-wp-inline-image="4" data-main-image="" style="height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;transform:translateZ(0);transition:opacity 250ms linear;width:100%;will-change:opacity;opacity:0" sizes="(min-width: 120px) 120px, 100vw" decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a5c6a/jeff-bands.jpg" srcSet="/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/d0c9f/jeff-bands.jpg 30w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/9e495/jeff-bands.jpg 60w,/static/7d4a8c3b56464a72605246459f49ffe5/a5c6a/jeff-bands.jpg 120w" alt=""/></picture></noscript><script type="module">const t="undefined"!=typeof HTMLImageElement&&"loading"in HTMLImageElement.prototype;if(t){const t=document.querySelectorAll("img[data-main-image]");for(let e of t){e.dataset.src&&(e.setAttribute("src",e.dataset.src),e.removeAttribute("data-src")),e.dataset.srcset&&(e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset"));const t=e.parentNode.querySelectorAll("source[data-srcset]");for(let e of t)e.setAttribute("srcset",e.dataset.srcset),e.removeAttribute("data-srcset");e.complete&&(e.style.opacity=1)}}"I&#39;ve also learned that actors and athletes want to be musicians, just like everyone else!&quot; he laughs. &quot;We&#39;ve had Keanu Reeves in here with his band Dogstar, and bass player Wayman Tisdale (an NBA player for the Suns basketball team) has been in, too.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At Mitran Mitran (another studio in town), Jeff has done radio station jingles, sound design, TV commercials (for Ford and McDonald&#39;s, to name a couple), and DVD authoring.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;Sometimes I fly out to L.A. to record at Glenwood Place Studios &#8212; the west coast facility of Chicago Sound,&quot; he says. &quot;I got that gig through projects I worked on for a friend at Virgin Records. I&#39;ve even hired out as a guitar and bass tech for touring bands when they come through town.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;One of the most valuable lessons I learned from the Entertainment Connection program was how to succeed,&quot; he claims. &quot;If you want to make it happen, you&#39;ve got to go after it &#8212; especially in this industry!&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> His hard work has paid off, in more ways than one. &quot;Though it&#39;s required a lot of dedication and sacrifice, I wouldn&#39;t want to be doing anything else,&quot; Jeff asserts. &quot;And I&#39;m grateful to Entertainment Connection for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.&quot;</p> </div>

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