Part of our mission is to create collaboration. We do this by leveraging our extensive network to bring national, international and local artists into a local studio to record a song with a local engineer while capturing the process on video. Then, we enlist another studio and/or engineer to mix the song therefore creating a collaboration that would have otherwise not taken place. Fans are able to see the story behind the bands, peak into their creative process and see what our local music professionals have to offer. We create this content for online distribution through the artist’s national/international channels and the channels of all parties involved locally. This collaboration between studios, engineers, producers and artists creates a sense of community and shows the many talents of our local music industry.
Emmett Peixoto "Sky Burns Out"
In following our mission to showcase the Bay Area’s endless source of talent, we took Emmett Peixoto through the entire recording process at some of the most historic and best sounding recording studios in San Francisco. In doing this, we called upon each studios amazingly talented engineers and producers to put their own expertise on the single.
The piece was first shot during the tracking phase with producer/engineer Starita in the famous Studio A at Hyde St. Studios which has hosted Creedance Clearwater Revival, Green Day, Prince and Willie Nelson to name a few. The project then moved just upstairs to Freq lab Recording, who also boasts an eclectic clientele from Talib Kweli and Jello Biafra to Katie Herzig and Robert Francis.
When it came time to mix down it only made sense to continue on to another historic studio, Different Fur. Patrick Brown mixed the single in their room where Brian Eno, Elvis Costello, Bob Mould and Michael Franti have worked making many records we have all come to know and love.
For the final touches to take it over the top, the project went on to San Francisco mastering engineer Michael Romanowski at Michael Romanowski Mastering located in another one of The Bay’s most historic studios, Coast Recorders, which was a stomping ground for No Doubt, Tom Waits, Third Eye Blind and Smashmouth. All the pieces were brought to fruition visually by the amazing talents of local San Francisco video company Cinematic Syndicate.
As you can see, we were able to utilize 4 different top notch studios and staff with an extensive history that has been an integral part in the music we all love. That being said, we only scratched the surface in our journey to showcase our beloved Bay Area talents. There are dozens more studios with extensive expertise and talent that we are excited to show you over this journey.
Robert Francis "I Sail Ships"
Bay Area Music Collective is honored to have the amazingly talented Robert Francis join the BAMC roster with an intimate set recorded in a circle in one take at the historic Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.
Robert Francis began taking piano lessons before his toes could reach the foot pedals. When he was seven years old, his mother encouraged him to learn guitar so he could play the traditional ranchera songs she'd grown up singing with her sisters. Two years later, Ry Cooder gave him his first guitar, a vintage National Steel. In his teens Red Hot Chili Pepper's John Frusciante took him on as his only student and a few years later, he released his first album One by One -- at nineteen. His second album Before Nightfall, included the song 'Junebug' which became a commercial success in Europe. Strangers in the First Place, his new release and first for Vanguard Records, represents a breathtaking artistic leap for the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Francis and his band—drummer Richard Gowen, bassist Rob Douglas, guitarist Benji Lysaght and keyboardist Ben Oginz—later joined by special guests Mike Campbell, Jim Keltner, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Blake Mills and sisters Juliette and Carla Commagere —recorded his new record "Strangers In The First Place" set up in a circle and playing live while the sun played hide-and-seek with the marine layer in Malibu. Producer Martin Pradler (Ronnie Wood, Ry Cooder, The Pretenders) manned the console as the music unfolded. The result was an evocative, richly detailed work of vaulting musical and literary sophistication, all within the excitement of musicians playing as one.
Trevor Hall 'The Mountain'
We could talk about all of Trevor Hall's milestones in the music industry, but Trevor is so much more than that. For this BAMC recording we felt that we should give back by recording Trevor in an environment that would foster his spirit and love for what he does so well . We captured this special moment in a meditation hall built in 1904 in Pt. Richmond and we feel honored to have been a part of such a special auspicious moment in time.
Video by Steve Rosenfield Photography
Crystal Bowersox 'Dead Weight'
Crystal Bowersox, known for one of the most beautiful voices in music, blessed us with this intimate performance at Different Fur Studios for BAMC. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. It is this fortitude and courageous spirit that resonated with millions night after night when the 2010 American Idol runner up took the stage.
Video by Steve Rosenfield Photography