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Studio News November 2, 2010

Long time clients, “The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh” are finally back in the studio recording their much anticipated follow up CD to the very successful “Ready for the Storm” album which came out around 6 years ago. I hope to have this sucker out and available by St. Patties day! So far we have around 9 songs started so that’s great.


We just did drums to 3 songs with new client Paul Caroul. Paul has an amazing voice and the songs are very cool “classic/contemporary” rock tunes. One song has a very Queen vibe to it. I’m looking forward to producing these suckers, should be fun.

Finally, Cindy and Gary Renard are putting the wraps on a 9 song CD. Cindy did 2 CDs with my last year. This CD features mostly cover songs with Cindy and Gary both singing, and Gary playing acoustic guitar. I’m filling in on various other guitars and bass and drum and keyboard stuff and Cindy is playing keyboards as well. You should be able to buy this by the first quarter of 2011.

That’s it! I hope everyone has a great holiday season and I look forward to meeting some of you soon. Let’s Rock!

-Dave
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Studio News September 3

Things have been busy over the summer at DBW Productions recording studio Los Angeles! I’ve just finished recording, mixing AND mastering Charlie Brown’s new CD. Charlie is guitar veteran from the New York studio scene and has played with “everybody” from James Brown to Barbara Streisand! I helped him produce his new CD and added drums, keyboards and backing vocals. It was a lot of fun. The CD is on the bluesy side and features 12 songs from various songwriters. I’ll be helping him finish the product by doing graphics and getting the CD replicated.

I’m proud to announce the completion and availability of Chris Blake’s new EP, “Girl”, which is out now at itunes. This is Chris’s 3rd project here at DBW Productions music recording studio Los Angeles!! Chris is singing and playing acoustic guitar and I’m playing guitars, bass, keys, drums sax and backing vocals. I think Chris has the coolest voice and has some fantastic ideas. Check it out NOW!

Golana’s new CD, “Hymns”, is done and in my hot little hands. This is our 7th CD together!!! Golana is signed to Springhill Records and plays the Native flute along with some traditional flutes. The CD features other musicians such as Cameron Stone on cello and grammy winning violinist, Charlie Bisharat. I’m doing the arranging and am playing piano and keyboards and guitar. I imagine the CD should be available soon via Springhill’s web site and Golan’s site.

Richard Burr has a new CD waiting in the wings that is now mastered and should be out soon for public consumption. This will be our 3rd CD together and features Richard on vocals and drums. He’s even playing guitar on one track! I’m playing guitars, keyboards, backing vocals and am doing my producing thing. Teresa James is also doing some great backing vocal work. The CD is in the alternative country vein and has some very cool stuff on it!

And finally, I just got done doing another demo for Minnesota songwriter, Ott Lukk. This is my 4th demo for Ott and is done long distance. I had the talented Patty Mattson on vocals again for this one. It’s always fun working with Patty as she does a great job and takes direction very well. Ott was pleased with the result and I look forward to doing many more songs for him in the future!

I’d like to welcome a very talented new (and young) singer to DBW by the name of Caprice Seta. We did one track this week and are scheduled to start working on an original project soon. Caprice has a great voice in the vein of Alicia Keys. Great stuff.


New gear keeps coming in even though I swear that I don’t “need” anything ;-) I just got 2 new big lcd monitors to help with my recording experience. These babie’s are 27 inches and will take the place of my aging dual 19 inch monitors. I know, who cares (besides me). In the process of installing them I weeded out a ton of unused cables and made my studio a little nicer. I also just upgraded my huge sound library with yet more sounds. I have the latest version of Native Instruments Komplete 7 which has well over 30 gigs of new sounds and improvements. I can’t wait to use them. I’m also now offering harmonica on tracks as I’ve been studying the harp for a few months now and feel fairly confident in adding it into my productions! I even have a cool sounding/looking harp mic that I use to play through one of my many guitar amps with. My final gear/geek note is that I’ve been running Logic 9.1.1 in 64 bit mode successfully now for many months and it’s working fantastically!!! In english please Dave.....OK, that means that I can run a ton of virtual instruments within Logic now and make even cooler productions than ever before!

Not exactly studio news but I thought worth mentioning. My long time client of around 13 years, Dave Newquist, tied the knot last month. He married his long time girlfriend, Tricia, out in Canyon Country at a private secluded (and beautiful) location. I was lucky to be there for the event. In preparation for the wedding Dave recorded 3 songs with me that were used during the ceremony. I felt “instrumental” in the wedding so to speak. Congrats Dave and Tricia and may you have a long and happy life together!

That’s it. I hope everyone is rocking out and making good music. I’d love to meet you and work on your next project. Don’t forget that I’m offering a 20% discount on your first session at DBW. See ya soon.
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Aid Still Required

Long time DBW client and founder of Aid Still Required , Hunter Payne, has released a new CD. This CD is part of his and wife Andrea’s fight to help raise money for Tsunami, Darfur and Hurricane Katrina victims (to name a few). In addition to Hunter’s song (which I co-produced and mixed) the CD also features many big artists including: Paul McCarthy, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan, Maroon 5, John Lennon, Avril Lavigne, Shawn Colvin, Phantom Planet, Ani DiFranco, Beth Nielson Chapman, Ray Charles, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Please pick up a copy and help these folks that still require your help.
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Studio News May 29

The Wheel keeps on turning

Yesterday I saw one of my long time clients, Dave Wheeler. Dave started back with me over 10 years ago, when I was located in Encino. Ah, those were the days. Using ADATs and having limited equipment. At that point Dave was writing songs and having other people sing them. People such as studio legend, Windy Wagner (who is now doing music for the show, Glee). Flash forward to 2010 and Dave has now completed 6 songs for his debut CD featuring himself as the lead vocalist! I’m so happy to see him tearing it up on the mic. He sounds truly amazing! The songs have a modern rock flare with a tip of the hat to Daltry and Maroon 5. I’m producing and doing all the music tracks and Dave is singing most of the vocals (I’m doing a little backup here or there).


7 CDs (so far)

In other news, another long time client of over 10 years, Golana is going into mastering next week after us completing mixes on his 7th CD at DBW! Golana is a native american flutist and is signed to Spring Hill Records. This CD is a compilation of old hymns done as only Golana could do them. The CD features myself on song arrangements, guitar and keyboards. It also features grammy award winning violinist, Charlie Bisharat and the awesome cello playing of Cameron Stone. Look for it out and available by the fall of 2010.

Chris Blake is wrapping up his 3rd project at DBW. It’s another EP. So far he’s done one CD and one other EP. Chris is exceptional and has a very modern sound and very cool voice.

New Clients!

This week I wrapped up a 3 song ep for my new client Glen Guldbeck. Glen came in for 3 hours and layed down the foundation to 3 songs (guitar and vocal) and did my thing by filling in the blanks with drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and backing vocals. They turned out great and Glen is thrilled. I also completed a single release for yet another new client, Henry Valle. It’s a spanish song just in time for father’s day entitled “Donde Estas Papa?”. Henry played guitar and sang and I played additional flurishy nylon guitar, bass, keyboards and directed Henry on his harmonies. I’m excited to be working with both these guys and hope that both of them continue to record and put out some great stuff.
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