Born in Alabama, raised in Ohio, released in Chicago, IL. Sonny Hills melds elements of southern blues, rock, and soul with addictive, loop pedal induced guitar melodies, an inspiring lyrical style, and the kind of upbeat pop rhythms that’ll get your feet movin’. A certain chord strikes in the soulful ballad “Hats”. As Sonny Hills takes us through the line “you will be on my mind”, listeners can’t help but be immersed with feelings of hope, and the longing for a loved one, providing a glimpse of the powerful music yet to come from Sonny Hills.
Small town roots with a big world perspective – Tom Edwards combines the personality and character of your favorite hometown artist with the adventurous spirit of a seasoned traveler.
For Edwards, music began in high school, performing for friends and family in southern Ohio. In 2007, Edwards teamed up with brother and talented guitarist Rob Edwards to form the acoustic rock group Failure Savvy. The group developed into a popular touring act, gaining widespread acclaim across the midwest performing cover tunes and original music at local venues and talent filled festivals such as the Paper City Music Festival. In the years since, one might find Edwards and friends roaming the country, performing for audiences in more than 10 states, spreading a warm blend of acoustic pop/rock with a good dose of southern Ohio soul.
This year, Edwards is taking his music international with Artists Abroad. Artists Abroad will follow Edwards and long time friends Corey Gahm (percussionist) and Aaron Littler (photographer) as they explore the globe, spanning 4 continents and spreading great music along the way. The trip will be well documented with updates, photos, and music to be recorded onsite at exotic locations throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.
Stay tuned for updates on Artists Abroad here: www.artistsabroad.org
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Originally published in 2008, but we felt the need to share due to the value. Rich Costey discusses mixing “The Pretender” by the Foo Fighters, the mixer’s Hippocratic oath, the significance of the intro, and why he shapes a mix around the vocals. Costey also discusses some of the processing tools used to fine tune the drums, bass, guitars, strings, and vocals in this raging Foo Fighters track.
In approaching the mix, Costey discusses how his goal is to enhance the original work rather than over cook the mix with excess processing:
“(The Foo Fighters) had already done a lot of prep cooking and things were in very good condition. So I had to preserve what they had done to a fairly large degree, and this meant that my work mainly consisted of balancing and rides to get the dynamics to happen. Obviously, a certain amount of processing was still necessary, but that was more to enhance what the band, Gil and engineer Adrian Bushby had already done. It’s sort of like the mixer’s Hippocratic oath — the first rule is Do Not Kill The Patient.” - Rich Costey, Sound on Sound Interview; 2008
“The Pretender” contains several guitar overdubs (“the power of the bees” as Grohl calls them) and the huge, powerful drum tracks, which made for a challenge in balancing the mix. Costey discusses his preference in fader rides over EQ cutting to get a proper balance.
“That’s not to say I’m shy on the EQ. I’m not sure where I developed this habit, but I don’t cut many frequencies when I mix…I know there are people who cut frequencies to try to layer a track, but look at it this way: if you are conducting an orchestra, can you filter the woodwinds so the oboe doesn’t stick out so much? What you do is have the oboist play a little bit more softly, so you can hear the rest of the reeds.” - Rich Costey, Sound on Sound Interview; 2008
Full article available here.
Costey holds production and mixing credits on some of the industry’s most successful records, working with artists such as Frank Turner, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Fiona Apple, Interpol, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, and Rage Against the Machine to name a few…
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There are too many options to choose from when buying a new set of headphones. We wanted to share with you a few of our favorite products to potentially help narrow down your search, cause we care. We care about your ears. You’re welcome.
We’ve seen the life and death of several in-ear headphone models. A durable headphone is vital when you’re always on the run. But of course, we’re always looking out for the best audio quality available. We recommend the Klipsch S series in-ears. You can buy a pair of S4i’s for $99 on Amazon here. The highs are crisp, the mids cut through, and there’s just enough bass to fill the low end.
We opted for the Rugged model, which boasts the following features for awesome outdoor abuse:
- All weather design resists moisture and functions thru extreme elements
- Ruggedized with tough rubber moldings
- X-large 3-button remote for easy control during outdoor activity
The only con we can think of is they are not quite as loud as some of the Sennheiser, the Sony, and the Bose In-Ears of the past, but they make up in functionality, durability, and style! Gotta look good…
This is an easy one. Gotta go with our friends at LSTN Headphones. We received a pair of Cherry Wood Fillmores earlier this year, and fell in love at first listen. The cherry wood casing adds a unique acoustic quality to the sound, warming up the mids and adding clarity at the same time! Plus, you get a great bass tone without the “blowing out your eardrums” effect you get with some powered headphones. ”WHAT?!? Sorry, I can’t hear you because I’ve been blowing my ears out with my Beats.”
Also, the compactable (word?) design makes them great for on-the-go listening. Just fold them up, throw them in the included travel bag, and head out to catch your flight, road trip, library, whatever you crazy kids do. Whippersnappers.
Did we mention it’s all for a GREAT cause? Proceeds from your purchase go to LSTN charity partners for the deaf, helping to restore hearing for children in need. Pretty awesome, right? Pick up a pair for just $100, a great buy at this price point.
Being pro audio folks, we get serious when it comes to over-ear headphones. We spend a lot of hours with over-ears, so they have to be good. Comfort is important, clarity of sound, and a flat, frequency response. We’ve tried most of the major brands, the Audio Technicas, the Shures, the Sennheisers, Sonys, AKG. You can spend upwards of $600 or more on studio headphones. We don’t do that. $100 will buy you a nice pair of pro audio phones. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is a solid choice for pro audio, with great noise cancellation and a good bit of low end response. We tend to throw a pair of HD 280′s in the vocal booth to ensure no audio, other than the vocal itself, leaks into the microphone. But as much as we like the Sennheisers for tracking, we tend to reach for the Shure SRH440 to mix our sessions.
The SRH440 model brings a flat frequency response with strong mids and a crystal clear high end to tame the unpleasant nuances. Comfortable and lightweight, the Shure SRH440′s are great for hours spent mixing in the studio, or maybe to block out Dad’s singing on that long roadtrip to Wally World. The Shure does lack a bit of low end bass response, but that’s what monitors and a subwoofer are for! We typically use the SRH440 to reference guitars, vocals, overheads and other instruments that exceed the 150Hz range before switching to our studio monitors to zero in on the bass instruments. Many of our engineer confidants ask to use our Shure phones when we visit their studios. We be like “stop stealing our headphones” and they be like “no”.
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Keep it funky,
Everyone has their own Coachella live stream so we thought why don’t we? We’re a music entity, it makes sense people. Complete with a schhhedddule provided by Billboard.com, live stream all 3 channels of Coachella 2013 here! Not at once though, that would be crazy.
Who is your standout artist this year? The xx? Chili Peppers? Phoenix? Drop us a line at the bottom of this post!
FULL ‘COACHELLA LIVE’ STREAM SCHEDULE courtesy of Billboard.com
All times are PT
|Saturday, April 13|
3:35pm – Dropkick Murphys
4:25pm – Ben Howard
5:15pm – Café Tacvba
6:05pm – Puscifer
6:55pm – Portugal. The Man
7:45pm – Grizzly Bear
8:35pm – Hot Chip
9:30pm – The Postal Service
10:30pm – The xx
11:35pm – Phoenix
3:30pm – MONA
4:15pm – Shouting Matches
5:10pm – Bat For Lashes
6:10pm – Allen Stone
7:00pm – Major Lazer
8:00pm – Yeasayer
9:00pm – Spiritualized
10:00pm – Descendents
10:55pm – Two Door Cinema Club
11:45pm – New Order
3:30pm – Baauer
4:45pm – The Selecter
5:45pm – Biffy Clyro
6:35pm – Violent Femmes
7:45pm – Bassnectar (highlights)
8:20pm – Benny Benassi
9:55pm – Moby
10:45pm – Janelle Monáe
11:35pm – Knife Party
|Sunday, April 14|
3:30pm – The Gaslight Anthem
4:30pm – The Airborne Toxic Event
5:15pm – The Lumineers
6:05pm – Social Distortion
7:00pm – Tame Impala
8:00pm – Vampire Weekend
8:50pm – Pretty Lights (Highlights)
9:20pm – Wu-Tang Clan
10:20pm – Red Hot Chili Peppers
3:30pm – Smith Westerns
4:30pm – Jessie Ware
5:30pm – Tanlines
6:10pm – James Blake
7:40pm – Father John Misty
8:30pm – Franz Ferdinand
9:20pm – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
10:10pm – Dinosaur Jr.
11:00pm – Dead Can Dance
3:30pm – DIIV
4:20pm – Cloud Nothings
6:20pm – Paul Oakenfold
7:40pm – Simian Mobile Disco
8:50pm – OMD
9:45pm – The Faint
10:40pm – Eric Prydz
Keep it funky,
*Schedule compliments of Billboard @ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/music-festivals/1557407/coachella-live-stream-watch-the-fest-webcast
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