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Student Success Stories

Recording apprentice Ayaz Ismail works with Grammy winners to release Bollywood-style album!

"The language may be different, but the music is international."

Is This Love by Ayaz Ismail

With the help of mentor Rick Rooney at Planet Dallas, Ayaz Ismail of Carrolton, TX released Is This Love, a full-length Bollywood-style album (sung in Hindi) on Valentine’s Day this year. The pair recorded most of the songs at Planet Dallas, with three dditional tracks recorded at Luminous Sound in Dallas.

“I started this project 2 years back and my dream finally came true on Feb. 14, 2014,” says Ayaz. “This album is very special to me as the journey and experience was amazing. I worked with some great musicians, a mixing and mastering engineer from India who mixes for Bollywood films, Grammy winners, and a well-known Bollywood singer. My only dream is now to get a Grammy and score for Bollywood & Hollywood films.”

Ayaz openly credits his mentor for his recent successes. “This wouldn’t be possible without Rick’s incredible training and guidance,” he says. “I can now call myself a mixologist.”

Is This Love recently made the Popular Artist list on Artist Aloud, India’s number-one independent artist site. The album is currently available on iTunes, and all tracks from the album can be streamed via Ayaz’s YouTube channel.

Check out Ayaz Ismail on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iThinkSound

CONTEST: Can you guess who now supports the Recording Radio & Film Connection?
Contest Hint 

Hint: He is from a major country in Europe and lives in Los Angeles. His studio is in Santa Monica and he is considered one of the top three composers in the entire music industry. He is known for his use of orchestras mixed with electronic music. He doesn’t record his orchestras as a whole, but instead records the individual instruments and layers them in the mix.

He told us “The way you educate your students is the only real way to do it. I love the Recording, Radio and Film Connection because it makes sense and it is how I learned and how I made it. Your method works because it worked for me mad everyone else I know. My mentor was the great George Martin of The Beatles and I was his apprentice. That’s how I broke in. I support the RRF as the best way to break in to this business.”

Contest Hint

We reveal who our new best friend is in next week’s newsletter. If you’d like to guess, please sign up here. Guess right, and you could win a brand new Abelton Live or Pro Tools software package in the box! Entry must be received by 3/28/2014 - Good luck!

Maximizing Your Time at the Studio

Maximizing Your Time at the Studio - Bringing on the Bands
by Doug Boulware, RRF Co-Head of Admissions and in-house Audio Tech

As a recording apprentice, bringing an act into the studio is just one way you will get the chance to learn uninhibited. Doing something like this will give you a lot of creative control to play around with. Here’s how to go about it:




Find a band or artist.



Talk to your mentor or trusted studio owner/operator and ask them about their rates.



Ask whether you can get any kind of student or staff discount.



Combine your rate with the studio’s rate and have a discussion with the band to get started. (It is strongly advised that you do not go above the studio’s regular rate for at least the first couple of sessions.)



Schedule a date to get them into the studio and start recording!



Finally, think about YOUR personal rates for future projects, in addition to the rates discussed by the studio. How much do you want to charge them per hour? (Hint: starting out with a discount will drive more customers your way.)

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Jim Martignetti: Kickin’ it Old School with Off The Wall Studio

Jim Martignetti 

Jim Martignetti, owner and operator of Off The Wall Studio in Tyngsboro, MA, spoke with us in January about some of the various productions he has going on. His most recent project is a song he’s working on with Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang Clan. Check out the completed song, “King of Kings” by D. One ft. Inspectah Deck and Capone (C-N-N).

You could say that one of Jim’s defining genres is old school (90’s) hip-hop and rap, but he enjoys putting music together in all of its forms. In addition to his success working with major hip-hop artists, Jim was able to help Sunrunner score an article in the Press Herald Read by mixing and producing their new full length record “Time in Stone” read the full article online at pressherald.com.

Nashua Symphony Orchestra 

Other recent clients have included the Nashua Symphony Orchestra recordings that include 100+ musicians, up-and-coming experimental rock band “Sunrunner” from Portland, Maine, Kool G Rap, Sticky Fingaz (ONYX), and Masta Ace.

Mike Landau, Phat Buddha and the St. Louis Blues

Recording mentor Mike Landau of Phat Buddha Productions in St. Louis, MO is working on a lot of blues projects at the moment—and as you may already know, St. Louis is huge on blues! Every six months or so, the studio hosts a showcase to feature their top clients, and Mike has his students doing a lot of planning and setup for the events. Phat Buddha is also heavily involved in producing for the St. Louis World’s Fair!

Studio A of Phat Buddha Productions

Mike Landau, Phat Buddha and the St. Louis Blues

Luis Matinee

Recording mentor Lewis Martinee of X Recording Studios in Miami, FL has a brand-new album coming out on iTunes called House Music 2014 - The Dance Compilation. In addition, he is currently broadcasting his radio show internationally in six countries, including Spain, Argentina, France, Ireland, the US, and Canada. Lewis has been awarded both the Billboard Songwriter of the Year and BMI Songwriter of the Year.

Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett of Dolce Films rock Echo Park bring new meaning to the term “Film Connection”

Daniel Lir and his wife/partner in crime, Bayou Bennett, are quickly becoming top mentors here at the Film Connection. recently took on a transfer student, Youp, from Texas.

Youp recently shared his experience with us: “Yesterday evening, Daniel and Bayou actually came down to surprise visit me where I live!! We had a long discussion and I think I am pretty much overjoyed with the mentors you paired me up with. I could not ask for better ones. They really are incredibly talented, nice and beyond knowledgeable when it comes to film. They liked my art work so I am now doing the entire storyboarding for their new music video. Which they are shooting next Saturday -- I am allowed to help!!"

“At 1:30 I am going down to Sunset Blvd for the first time to help Daniel and Bayou out at East West studios. It’s unreal!”

Shot from Diddy's Press Play

Daniel and Bayou run Dolce Films in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Together, they have worked on many projects for the fashion, commercial, film, and music industries, including Diddy’s “Press Play”, and the Adidas commercial “Pick Up the Ball, Son”.

Check out Dolce Productions at www.dolcefilms.com

Album Release Party
Ben Franklin

This weekend March 21st 2014, Arizona Recording Connection mentor and R&B artist Ben Franklin will be hosting a release party for his self-titled album “Ben Franklin”, at the Casa Blanca Lounge in Scottsdale.


Recording Connection apprentices and affiliates get in free!


Ben Franklin’s full album can be downloaded [here]

Apprentices at Work
Django Unchained Remix

Last week, graduate Leonardo Chacin contributed his BEST DANCE REMIX of the song “Freedom” from the Django Unchained soundtrack. Follow Leo on Soundcloud @VOSTRA and if you like it - /share his remix!
www.soundcloud.com/vostra/freedom

Listen to “Mr. Wilson” and “Cruisin” by Wilsonman - produced by Kevin West, graduate from Brooklyn, NY.

Follow Kevin on Soundcloud @KWestNation. If you like it - /share his music!
www.soundcloud.com/kwestnation

Golden Age Duplicity
Alex Venne from BC makes BEATS!

Alex Venne from British Columbia makes BEATS!

Check out some samples of his tracks:
www.soundcloud.com/rrfstudentservices/sets/sample-of-apprentice-alex