A year ago today, we arrived in Nashville.

Though we’d talked about it a bit over the last several years, it was actually a pretty spontaneous move—a decision made just a little more than 2 months before our departure.

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny Schick is a Music Producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

A stressful year in California and ever rising rent costs in the Bay Area, an exodus of musicians and artists, and a desire to be around people, who like us, make their living creating music in one form or another, all pointed us out of town. Along with an accident that resulted in us replacing our old Honda Civic with 300,000 on it with a newer, bigger car that would actually make it to Tennessee, and our amazing friend Chris who let us store our stuff in an empty building at his new place, we found ourselves in a position to make a big decision to give Nashville a shot.

Since Sabine and I met online in 2006 discussing music on what is now the ghost town called MySpace, our lives have been about big decisions: from my move to Australia after 8 months of emails and phone calls resulted in us falling in love, to her move to the US in 2008  to continue our relationship, to our 2 month drive/tour across the US immediately upon her arrival (interestingly centered around a gig I got at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville), to our deciding to use my decades of experience as a musician/producer to start our own business, Basement 3 Productions.  Sabine has been an essential ingredient in helping me take thoughts and ideas that might otherwise remain in my head and make them reality. As such, she made me realize that making this big move, like most  big moves, was totally doable.

So on December 2nd, 2017, we packed up our car and left California, and on December 5th, we arrived at our first place in South Nashville near Berry Hill. We’d found it online, and the pictures were quite a glamorized version of what we actually moved into—LOL. We stayed there for the terms of our 6 month lease, and we enjoyed the urban meets rural neighborhood, but we made the move to the ‘hip’ part of town, East Nashville, as soon as our lease allowed, upon finding a house with a separate building for our studio.

I’m proud that we were brave enough to just go for it, especially given we are not 20 something, or 30 something…or….. well…. we did it!

 

Everyone asks what I think of Nashville. I have enjoyed that it is indeed music-centric. We’ve seen a ton of amazing music, eaten great food and made wonderful new friends. I am intrigued by the weather – how cold it gets in the winter, and how hot and humid it gets in the summer. I love all the summer wild life—lightning bugs, tons of butterflies and other big flying critters, and plant growth like I’ve never seen—it is literally a giant green house. I adore the summer lightning storms. Unlike California, there is no watering lawns—just fighting them back—there is visual growth within one day. Nonetheless, I still miss the even, mild temperatures of the Bay Area, of course.

I have surely had an adjustment period, all the while keeping super busy with all my fabulous California artists. I am thoroughly enjoying working and creating music in my East Nashville studio and am excited to dig deeper into the scene here. We’ve really enjoyed hosting California artists and our home/studio is always open to out-of-towners as well as locals! I am eager to keep my focus and see what this musical jewel called Nashville has to offer, and equally, what I have to offer Nashville.

We’ve met some amazing musicians here and try to incorporate as many as possible into our work. Sabine and I are immersing ourselves in the culture and the music of Nashville. We are about to release a new album as our Duo ArtemesiaBlack called Gravity – some songs inspired by our new city – and are curious to see what our second year in Music City will bring. All in all, I’m proud that we were brave enough to just go for it, especially given we are not 20 something, or 30 something…or….. well…. we did it! It’s quite an amazing adventure. We are very excited about the artists we will be working with in the coming year!

 

Instruments For Education 1st Annual Instrument Drive and Fundraiser 

Listening Room Cafe, November 15, 2018

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny Schick is a Music Producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

I was lucky to be in school at a time when music and art programs were considered main staples of education—the schools I attended in California had pretty darn good instruments for music students to use, and most families, mine included, had the ability to rent or buy instruments for their kids. This access to instruments not only made it pretty easy for me to pursue my passion (my music), but could be a large part of the equation that led me down the path to a life in music. My parents were even able to float me loans(with 1% interest, just to teach me about finances..haha) which I paid back with my paper route money. 

I never had kids, but I’ve watched my friend’s children attend schools where the music and art programs are being stripped back, or even eliminated from curriculum—this is a damn shame, as music and the arts are every bit as important to human development as math, science, history, or english. It is creativity and learning how to implement it that leads to some of the biggest accomplishments for humanity—even in aspects of life that have nothing to do with music or art. Developing a creative mind is essential to success in life, and as a former private music teacher, I have seen this concept at work. I even helped run a friend’s company that used music as a tool for corporate team building workshops, and we saw the method ignite a lot of fire at some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies. 

Here in Nashville, we have a knight in shining armor by the name of (Sir) Troy Castellano, and he has started a non-profit here to help counteract the trend of struggling music programs in our local schools—it is called Instruments For Education. It’s mission: “To collect and distribute used and unused musical instruments and provide them to classrooms that may not otherwise have it in their budget to purchase instruments. Allowing upcoming generations a hands on way to learn to play a musical instrument(s).” Troy  even goes so far as to drive around picking up instruments himself and fixing them if need be. He has a music store in Spring Hill TN(Bluesman Vintage) that does repairs that he can’t handle himself. 

Last night, I attended a great event at the Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville—It was Instruments For Education’s First Annual Instrument Drive and Fundraiser. 24 of Nashville’s best song writers volunteered their time and gave us a killer night of intimate performances, backed by the awesome steel guitar player Smith Curry see the list of performers below. Proceeds from the show went to Instruments For Education, and I believe even some instruments were donated. 

In a city called Music City, it is great that we have someone like Troy who supports the very thing this city is known for and helps to make sure future generations keep the roots and lifeblood of this city alive. 

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Billy Lee

Sasha Aaron

Melissa Bollea Rowe

Michaela Clarke

Steve Metz

Hailey Verhaalen

Jordan Mitchell

Mary Kutter

Megan Barker

Taylor Goyette

Jean Nolan

Dixie Jade

Joe West

Victoria Banks

Keesy Timmer

Steven Williams

Riley Weston

Lexie Hayden

Adam Searan

Brian Desveaux

Elizabeth Lyons

Marti Dodson

Tori Martin

Ashlyn Grayce

Ava Boney

Anana Kaye Halloween Show

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We are big fans of the creative and wonderful songwriter and artist Anana Kaye and husband Irakli Gabriel – they played their Halloween gig at the $2 Tuesday at the 5 Spot Nashville and they are always so good and fun!! Check out thier very cool website and videos! Their Website

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny Schick is a Music Producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

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Anthony Arya: my client on NBC’s The Voice Season 15

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny Schick is a Music Producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

It’s been a pleasure working with The Voice contestant Anthony Arya on his upcoming full length album. We recorded the first song, ‘Going To California’, before The Voice thing started, and Anthony and his mother were so happy with the results, they decided to give me the honor of working on 10 or so more songs.

Anthony’s mother Kamela is an avid music lover and seems to be a big part of his introduction to, and love for music. She has an intimate connection to his music and a great vision of how music should be approached, so it was great that she was with us during the recording of his parts to help shape some of the performances and ideas. She is also very helpful on shaping the details of the final versions of Anthony’s songs. Here is a video of Anthony on The Voice.

At 16, Anthony is super focused and dedicated to crafting great songs, and his performances in the studio far surpass the performances of most 16 year olds—in fact, they far surpass the performances of singer-songwriters who have been at it for decades! One thing about him that has been close to my heart is his diversity—he loves many kinds of music and is not afraid to use all those styles and influences in his writing. I have always loved all kinds of music myself, and I love music that has a good range and a juxtaposition of styles that one might not normally hear. If Anthony keeps on his current trajectory, I see great things coming quickly for this talented and level headed young man. I am very honored to be part of his journey.

The process of creating this album has been really fun—Anthony sent me really stripped down demos of his songs—iPhone recordings or videos—and from those demos, I started sketching out basic parts and grooves for the songs here at my studio in Nashville. When the ‘skeletons’ were all in place, I made a trip back to California to record his parts, and his work ethic was focused and precise, so recording went quickly (as his The Voice schedule required anyway). Back in Nashville, I am finishing up parts and having conference calls with Anthony and Kamela—they are collecting parts from some musicians out in California as well, and the process is flowing nicely—we should be done with everything soon, and then the world will be able to enjoy his great music. .

It has been a blast watching Anthony progress on The Voice—I watch the show most seasons, but it’s a different thing to know one of the contestants personally for sure. Working with him on his music and knowing him personally and musically makes it all that more exciting. One of my favorite songs on the upcoming album is a song called ’Slow Train’, written about fellow Team Adam member and fellow contestant, the very talented Emily Hough—really cool to see Anthony writing about all that is happening in his life right now. Anthony started out the season on Adam Levine’s team Adam Levine and after his battle round he was picked up by Team JHud Jennifer Hudson! It’s exciting to see him get to work with two great artists/judges! It’s great to see that he’s made great friends from his experience, and was fun to see that he recently performed in his neck of the woods with fellow Voice contestant Natalie Brady, a fellow Nashvillian who I need to get out and see!

If you are interested in Recording, Mixing or Mastering with me I would love to hear from you, I specialize in Singer Songwriters and just as you’ll hear with Anthony’s album I work in many different genres. You can hear more of my client’s work CLIENT’S WORK – Send me an EMAIL or follow me on social media Facebook or Instagram

OK…gotta get back to work on this great album!!

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The Daybreaks album release with Them Vibes & Jeremy Lister

@ 3rd and Lindsley / Lightening 100 Nashville Sunday Nights 10/21/18

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny is a music producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)  Contact Kenny if you would like High Rez photos without water marks.

The Daybreaks album release show was an energy filled evening with a ‘retro’ flavor.

The Daybreaks brought an updated nod to 80’s pop which kept the packed house at 3rd and Lindsley hoppin’! Their latest single ‘Dream Queen has been featured one my favorite Nashville radio stations.  Lightning 100  –  DJ Jayson Chalfant had ‘Dream Queen’ as his pick of the week! You can listen to their live radio performance HERE.

Grammy nominated Bobby Holland plays in the band and also produced the album. Maggie Rose did a guest appearance with Them Vibes.

Dropping back one more decade or so, the super energetic Them Vibes. They rocked the house with their 70’s (and late 60’s) flavored brand of funkiness. Plenty of energy and vibe from these boys and girl.

Opening the show was the vocal magician, singer-songwriter Jeremy Lister. Great song writer, and amazing vocal control and ability – the harmonies provided by his 2 brothers (also known as The Lister Brothers) were stunning and would make CSN(Y) envious.

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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.
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    The Daybreaks album release at 3rd and Lindsley with Them Vibes and Jeremy Lister - hosted by Lightening 100’s Dj Jayson Chalfant. Photography by Kenny Schick B3PMusic.