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2020 started with hopeful thoughts for many, but soon, premature hopes would be dashed on the proverbial rocks as 2020 tumbled down the cliff, moving ever more rapidly to becoming the worst year in recent history for the entire planet. WATCH VIDEO AT END!

Nashville suffered one of the earliest big blows of 2020, literally and figuratively, when in the early morning of March 3, a deadly and unpredicted tornado outbreak ravaged Northern and East Nashville, as well as outlying areas.

In East Nashville, where Kenny Schick, and his wife, Sabine Heusler-Schick run Basement 3 Productions, a music production company, many of the businesses that made East Nashville vibrant (including a very popular music venue, The Basement East) were torn to pieces, just a few blocks from the Schick’s ‘compound’.

Immediately following this tragedy, the whole planet went into lock down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nashville, being a town where music, entertainment, tourism, and restaurants make it the destination it is, and being a town full of musicians who rely on gigs and touring, immediately felt the full impact of the shutdowns. Followed immediately by Black Lives Matter protests and riots, Nashville unraveled quickly as opposing ideologies and contrary opinions about how to ‘carry on’ clashed in grand fashion. Musicians and the music industry that gives Music City it’s identity, an industry who’s employees often struggle to eek out a living even in the best of times, hangs on the verge of extinction in Nashville, and many wonder if the clubs, the artists, the hotels, the restaurants will survive. Even before 2020 reared its ugly head, concerns of rapid growth and rising housing costs had threatened the survival of an already challenged music industry, as well as the charm and history of Nashville.
It is with this whirlwind of thoughts and fears that Kenny Schick penned the song, The Ghost Of Nashville, a tribute to his hometown of just 3 years. Schick and his wife had fled the San Francisco Bay Area as some of the highest costs of living in the country had gutted the once thriving community of artists there. Schick and his wife knew Nashville was growing quickly, but both were surprised to see a place called ‘Music City’ on a trajectory to let economic growth alone potentially devour the very industry that attracts so many to Nashville from around the world. ‘The Ghost Of Nashville’ leaves listeners with lots of questions, but Schick hopes it inspires thoughts and new ideas that will lead to preserving the heart and soul of Music City.

 

The Isolationist’s Guide to Recording Vocals and Guitar in the Safety and Comfort of Your Own Home

$ Pay What you Can

This workshop is designed to help you get a better grasp on recording your vocals and guitar with enough quality so that you can send them to a studio or producer who can then put them to music and provide you with a radio ready version of your new songs. I have worked in this fashion with songwriters in different states and countries with great success, and I look forward to helping you learn or improve your techniques so you can generate great sounding tracks. We’ll talk about the sound of your space, equipment you can use at various price points, and the techniques that pertain to capturing good sounds.

When it’s time to record a radio ready version of that new song, many songwriters and musicians are used to going to a studio to cut their tracks. That’s certainly how I started back in the 80’s, but for me, I loved recording, and I knew I’d have to find a way to set up my own way to do it whenever the spirit moved me. To that end, I was a super early adopter of the concept of the home recording studio. Basement 3 Productions was originally formed around the idea of a mobile recording studio and grew to be a combination of my own small studio at home, a mobile rig, and pretty soon began incorporating file sharing so I could work with people anywhere in the world, never having to actually be in the same room.

Forward to 2020, and along comes COVID-19 – now this concept is not only convenient—it is necessary. It’s also an important time to make music to help people through these hard times, and it’s also a time where many are stuck at home and have some time to focus on writing new songs.

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Online Production Workshop
with Kenny Schick – January 19, 2020

Online Music Production Workshop with Kenny Schick of B3PMusic.com for West Coast Songwriters wcs.org – for members and non members!

Kenny Schick will be hosting an Online Production Workshop January 19th from 10AM-11AM. Only 25 spots available so be sure to sign up! Member price is $50, non-member price is $65. Please be sure your membership is current. Join or renew today! 

Kenny Schick Online Production Workshop WCS

From Kenny: I am looking forward to presenting the music Online Production Workshop on January 19th, and I’m excited to be part of the first online workshop for WCS where I’ll join y’all from my studio in Nashville.

Online Production Workshop

This particular workshop came to be in response to a repeated theme during song screenings, and that theme was that production really needs to be considered when pitching songs—both for artists and licensing opportunities. High quality production is now expected in all arenas of the music industry, and this even includes demos.

We will be picking 3 songs (maybe more if we have time) from demos you send in to discuss in terms of how I would approach them from a production standpoint: a style I’d imagine the song in, instruments and sounds I’d use, composition, arrangement, etc. Even if we don’t choose your song, there is plenty to learn listening to ideas I might apply to the chosen songs, as the concepts I use that are specific to one song also contain general principles I apply to any song I am working on.

I hope to give you ideas that you can use to better plan end results of your songs as you begin to write them—a mindset of imagining what a song can become, not just what it is in terms of lyrics and chords.

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About KENNY SCHICK

 

Kenny Schick is a Producer, Recording/Mixing Engineer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter
& Photographer – Nashville & Bay Area – B3Pmusic.com Kenny specializes in helping solo artists
& singer songwriters create, develop & record fully produced and mastered songs.

Taking decades of recording experience and mastery of many instruments, he has a unique and custom approach to every song and works with all types of artists world wide. He writes/produces music for tv & film, and performs live and as a session musician for many well known national and international projects. Kenny has written/produced 5 solo albums, produced 3 albums (latest release 2019) with his duo ArtemesiaBlack, and has produced/co-produced and appeared on hundreds of other albums and songs for other artists. Notable artists he has worked with: Bobby McFerrin, Greg Camp of SmashMouth, GC Cameron – Temptations, Hershel Yatovitz (Chris Isaak band), No Doubt, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Judy Mowat (Bob Marley band) and countless others.

It was born quickly from an intense flood of emotions that hit me one day in the early spring (last year) just after our first Tennessee winter… poetically, I was walking through a cemetery… how goth of me.

The new single is called ‘One’, and is the first song I wrote here in Nashville. It is the first piece of solo music I’ve released since my 5th album in 2013.

Since starting Basement3Productions back in 2008, and working pretty much 7 days a week for years producing music for others, I was getting plenty of opportunity to create music (be creative), and I am blessed to be able to make a living in this way. It did dawn on me however that I’d learned the process of recording over many decades with one main goal, and that was simply so I could create my own music—it was my private escape from the world to hull up in my studio making anti-mainstream music—lol.

Being here in Nashville around so many artists perhaps reminded me that there is something fulfilling about creating a song from scratch in your own voice—music has always been more about art and self-expression to me than a commercial endeavor to create product, and I suppose there is a cathartic release in realizing an emotion through a creation, be it a song, a photograph, a painting. I missed that….so here we go!

We even went big and did a video! Thank you to Sabine for the filming and Adapted Creations in Australia for the editing!

I’ll be releasing singles for the time being, as all my song ideas right now are very different… I already have another single complete, and it’s totally different! We are concentrating more on videos and our YouTube channel, so please take a few seconds to go SUBSCRIBE to our channel… we’ll be putting out some cool stuff! Also…if you dig this, please SHARE the video with those you think would dig it… the song is also available on all the streaming places, it’s for sale, etc…. sharing, buying, liking, subscribing…it all helps us. I hope you enjoy the music!

This song is available to listen or purchase wherever you like to listen to music LINKS BELOW
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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1mhmwZ…
Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/One-kenny-schi…
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Google Music: https://play.google.com/store/music/a…
Band Camp: https://kennyschick.bandcamp.com/albu…

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