Hip to the Beat Podcast Episode #1: The home recording studio that helped struggling musicians

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“Over the course of a few years I recorded at least 100 musicians, most weren’t very good but they all had dreams of making it big one day.”

About 10 years ago when I was 25 years old I had dreams of being a big time music producer. I originally wanted to be a singer song writer but I didn’t really have the talent and realized I was much better at sound engineering. So I started somethings I called KS records. I called it that because I started in the kitchen of my apartment and it stood for Kitchen Studios which was in small apartment in South Gate CA. Over the course of a few years I recorded at least 100 musicians, most weren’t very good but they all had dreams of making it big one day. I still have all the recordings and today I want to share with you some of the best musicians I recorded during those years.

I ended up meeting a drummer and singer who went by the name Wicho, who showed up to the KS Records studio with a buddy who played acoustic guitar. They both were about my age or younger and performed this powerful acoustic set. For those that don’t speak Spanish the song is called “Seguir Segendio” which translates roughly to keep following, it’s about struggling it’s about fighting on, and was one of my favorite songs I recorded.

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This is what I record on these days since my old audio interface came with an outdated firewire connection

Two of my best friends, Rick and Pat from high school happened to both be very talented musicians.  They went on to form a band called Chicano Solo, also known as Cholo. By far this was probably the one band that had the most potential from everyone that I recorded. Sadly, the band did not stay together. They had so much talent, I truly believe their unique sound could of turned them all into professional musicians.

“Most people could never afford a recording studio and many had been writing music for decades before finally meeting me and getting a recording done. I ended doing most my work for free “

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Myspace was big in 2006, I helped many musicians create their own page and even created my own which is still there.

I would go on to create many beats for rappers, record Latino stand-up comedy as well as Christian music and other things I would of never imagined. Looking back my favorite part of being a sound engineer was the excitement and happiness people would get when I would hand them a CD with their music. Most people could never afford a recording studio and many had been writing music for decades before finally meeting me and getting a recording done. I ended doing most my work for free and it turned out to be a labor of love. Another aspect I enjoyed was the creativity of making music. Like that one time I found a relaxing native sounds CD at Walmart and dropped a drum beat on top and had Wicho rap on it. It actually came out pretty cool, you can hear it as well as  Chicano Solo by downloading the podcast. Every piece of music you hear on the show was recorded by me with musicians at KS Records. Finally for all you struggling musicians out there, never give up that dream, your music will always out live you!

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