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Joey Sturgis

I had an interesting creative discussion with Joey Sturgis, an entrepreneur and educator,  and a known producer in the rock genre, working with popular acts such as Gold selling Asking Alexandria, Of Mice and Men, and The Devil Wears Prada. When he’s not producing, he is running a business. Joey owns audio recording software companies, Joey Sturgis Tones and Drumforge, and heads an educational mixing site Nailthemix.com. Lastly, he has his own recording community Unstoppable Recording Machine Podcast.

What is your brand?

Joey Sturgis Tones (JST, for short)

How did you build Joey Sturgis Tones?

Joey Sturgis Tones came about in 2014 with the introduction of my flagship plugin, Gain Reduction. Gain Reduction was introduced as a simple solution to give everyone my signature vocal sound, as can be heard on all of my work with bands like Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans & dozens more. Over the past 2 years, half a dozen other plugins have been introduced based on feedback from the audio community, and built around the notion that professional-quality sound can be achieved without the traditional “professional-quality” price tag associated with most plugin manufacturers. I’ve designed the plugins around problems I encountered in the studio, and I gave them designs that any musical or creative person could understand, rather than requiring extensive audio knowledge to use. I wanted to break down technical barriers between artist and production. CONTINUE READING

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Shannon LaBrie

An interview with Nashville based singer songwriter Shannon LaBrie, known for the song Alcohol which has clocked 1.5 million streams on Spotify.

What would be the overall theme of your latest album?
Honestly, I think the overall theme of this record is “Grief.” This album was written in the midst of and in hindsight of the most painful years of my life. A mixture of love songs, sad songs, strong songs, they are all little bits and pieces of my journey. When this album officially released I felt a sense of relief and I truly believe that (the making of this album) made the burden of grief much lighter.

What do you want to say through your music?
That you are not alone. No matter how dark or painful your life might be, you are never alone and there is always hope! CONTINUE READING

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April Kry

Nashville based singer-songwriter April Kry joined our discussion on Everything Creative.  April is an up & coming artist who has been compared to the country greats. She is prepping the release of new songs as well as a string of performances. We discussed a variety of topics such as social media, fashion, and creative rituals. You can read more about April here.

How would describe yourself in 5 words
Passionate, Perceptive, Emotional, Patient, Hopeful

You are very active on social media, regularly creating new content including videos & pictures. Do you plan this or is this a day to day activity?
I am! I love interacting with fans on my social media outlets. I think it’s so important to do. Especially in this day and age where that’s where the bulk of people get their news from. I also really enjoy taking pictures and capturing moments, (like going on the road for the first time, or going to an awards show) to look back on down the road! It’s such a special part of my journey that I love sharing with the world. CONTINUE READING

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Em Rossi

Up & Coming 17 year-old indie artist Em Rossi released her latest song and video ‘Earthquake‘.  The video has clocked a million+ YouTube views and is still climbing to new heights. I wanted to know more of this California songstress and I her asked her questions, exploring the world of creativity and inspiration.

Did you grow up in show business?
Em Rossi: I was always surrounded by music growing up. My father played guitar, sang, and wrote. Music was played in my house all day and I naturally found a great love for the art. I began taking vocal lessons when I was eight years old training in Classical and Musical Theatre. My passion grew from there as I began singing at recitals and performing for family and friends. CONTINUE READING

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Anthony Rankin

Who is Anthony Rankin? He is an up & coming Nashville-based pop singer & songwriter. His latest radio-ready song and video ‘Phoenix In Vegas‘ demonstrate his musical chops.  What does Rankin want to say through his music? It was one of the many questions I wanted to explore….

Can you elaborate on your background?
A: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father was a professional drummer for much of his life and my mother a giant music fan for as long as I can remember. They always encouraged my creative pursuits. I grew up performing with my dad in blues bars, school talent shows, summer fairs. After cutting my teeth on many stages as a teenager, I attended college and received a Bachelor’s degree in music and studio recording from Duquesne University. In the years that followed, I self-released a handful of albums and performed throughout Pittsburgh and the northeast before I moved to Nashville in 2011 to broaden my career pursuits. CONTINUE READING

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