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Happy Hectic Summer!

Happy midJuly!

We say this all the time but truly, we have so much happening and are so excited about all of it.

Studio and Control Room A are officially back and better than ever! The SSL has had a bunch of work done on it and is sounding amazing as always, and the new floor in the Control Room is gorgeous.

Bill has been working on getting ready for the next Summer Sessions Waterfront Concert that is happening on Thursday, July 18, at 7 pm. It is going to be a bunch of fun, there will be food and drinks and music! The three bands performing are Poco, Firefall, and Pure Prairie League. You can buy your tickets here. For more information about Seven Steps Up and the shows they have coming up!

Binnie has been busy overseeing the work being done in Control Room A, and keeping everyone around the studio cool and hydrated in this heat. Ruby Tuesday has been spending time at doggy daycare and running into the lake at the beach every chance she gets. Needless to say, all is wonderful in Chrysler world.

This week our spotlight from the amazing Katlin Merby is on one of the awesome teachers in our building, Carlos Seise. We have known Carlos for years and can honestly say that in addition to his talent, he is simply one of the most kind people we have the pleasure to have teach in our facility.

Enjoy!

Spotlight: Carlos Seise

At the age of 20, Carlos Seise’s close friend, Juan Calzada, had him listen to a recording. The captivating voice of the tenor singer, Tito Schipa, is what he heard and from that moment forward, Seise knew that his calling was to pursue being a professional opera singer. 

 Calzada assisted Carlos with establishing connections in Puerto Rico and his Godfather helped him land an audition at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of music, which resulted in a full ride scholarship to the Conservatory. He has been a professional opera singer for 36 years, performed at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall, traveled to over 120 nations and out of those countries and locations, his favorite to perform at is Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently working with the federal presidential orchestra of Argentina.

Carlos was born in New York City and moved to Grand Haven because this is where his wife is from. Bill Chrysler and Carlos met since they went to the same church. One day, Carlos was singing for a special service there and Bill was doing the sound. From that day forward, they became close friends.

“We are world travelers and understood each other very well because we know the business side of our jobs and how to be the local guys in this small but beautiful community,” Carlos said.

His space at Third Coast is for practicing (which he does for between 3-4 hours every day), memorizing his music, doing office work mandatory for being his own manager, and for doing vocal coaching.  Professionals either come to Grand Haven to work with him or he works with people internationally on the computer (this is how he does a majority of his coaching). He coaches people regardless of gender or singing style.

“The technique I teach can be used for pop, Broadway, rock or whatever. But I also have people who want to specifically be opera singers so I work with everybody from pop to classical,” Carlos said.

There are multiple things he enjoys about his office at the studio. His office is near the front of the studio so he gets to see people entering. The environment at the studio is what he adores the most.

“Bill is one of the best at what he does and people say I am one of the best singers. Then you have the studio which is producing great quality recordings. The engineers and the musicians that the studio offers here are highly skilled. Bill and I have known each other for over 20 years. Just to be here with him is great because I’m here supporting my friend too and it’s a dream that’s not just a dream but a reality,” He said.

Carlos’ last four albums were recorded at Third Coast and he sang on a song with the band Tourboat Suit from Indiana. His favorite opera to perform is Tosca by G. Puiccine due to how well the drama, music, and acting are put together.

When he’s not listening to classical music he relishes in Latin American pop and Salsa from Puerto rico. Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble are two of his favorite pop singers.

In his free time, Carlos enjoys playing Golf and Beach Volleyball. In the Fall he will begin touring every weekend and performing in countries such as Argentina, South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, and Puerto Rico. 

To get in touch with Carlos about lessons or any other questions click here.


Heaven.

Three of the four Chryslers. Bill, Binnie, and Sarah Jane.

Three of the four Chryslers. Bill, Binnie, and Sarah Jane.

Wowza. There are no words other than, wowza.

Yesterday two of the Chryslers worked for the Summer Sessions Waterfront Concert series that had its first show last night!! Bill worked on logistics and everything in between, while his daughter, Sarah Jane, worked in production (taking after Binnie like and totally rocking it). To say the least, it was a great day and we could not be more proud of the crew and every person that made the event happen. Los Lonely Boys were beyond amazing, and Tony Lucca got everyone super hyped up when they opened the show. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to be a part of it and can’t wait for show number 2!

The Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium on Monday night.

The Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium on Monday night.

Our Bill worked so hard all day long but he got to have a great time during the show!

Our Bill worked so hard all day long but he got to have a great time during the show!

In other studio news, Control Room A is coming along really well and should be up and running within the next week. We have also started working on updating the entryway (it is going to look so cool oh my goodness). Everything will be done just in time for an event that we have coming up that is going to be awesome.

In addition to all that excitement our writing queen, Katlin Merby, has two things to share with you this post: the first being the low-down on the Musicians Roundtable, and a spotlight about our dear friend Michael Hampton! We hope you enjoy!

Happening soon: Musicians Roundtable

Third Coast’s, Mark Lavengood of Bearmark Productions, Nathan Purchase of Purchase Productions, John Sinkevics of Local Spins, and Elle Lively of Crooked Tree Creative will be hosting a music industry roundtable event on July 16th at 7 p.m. 

The initial 50 spots at the table for the event were sold out within 24 hours of invitations being sent out. Since that was about a month and a half before the event even occurs, standing room has been opened up as well. 

“The most valuable aspect of the event will be the opportunity to build relationships with other people in the industry in a really relaxed situation where artists will meet photographers, promoters will meet artists, and everyone will figure out how they can collaborate in some way. It will also be a chance to meet people that they may have never run into before," Lively said. 

This event is for artists, agents, managers, booking managers, photographers, videographers, venue owners, promoters, producers or anyone who is apart of the music industry in Michigan. Such a diverse group of music professionals rarely get to end up in the same room for an event like this that is set up as an open format - meet and greet situation. 

The first order of business at the event will be a welcome to the studio and an introduction of the staff. After that, Lavengood and Purchase will present, then Lively will talk about music industry sessions she will be running in the fall. Grand Armoury will be supplying a few kegs of beer for the event. 

Spotlight: Michael Hampton

Michael Hampton’s involvement with music started when he was a small child, singing and performing at the church his mother and father went to in Missouri. He began getting experience with live production at that same church, theatres, and both radio and t.v. stations.

While he was in college studying classical music, the Vietnam war began drafting young men into the military. Michael joined the navy and worked with a company called Pacific Command Electronic Intelligence where he analyzed recorded information for the military. After his time with the navy, he lived in Hawaii.

Michael moved back to Missouri to live in Saint Louis and worked for western electric. He helped build a t.v. studio for them and once that was built, did voice overs for training films and layout designs for them at their printing shop.

After then, he moved to New York to help manage and produce for a group of musicians. New York is where he met his wife. They lived in Ohio for a while and he was the tour manager for bands that toured with acts such as Kool and the Gang, Parliament Funkadellic’s, Marvin Gaye, and many more. Michael went into the investment business to spend more time with his first born child.  

Til this day, Michael is still a producer. He has been an executive producer with a guitarist from The Wrecking Crew, Louis Shelton, and produced an album for the world renowned Violinist Delana Jensen at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. At Third Coast, he has produced an unreleased album for L.A. based Ava Bowers and a project with a children’s choir from Western Michigan.

Many of the people that work in the studio are also part of the studio band. “I brought ava bowers in from LA to come in and work in the studio. After the first couple of hours she looked at me and said ‘I could tour with these guys, they are brilliant musicians and really fun to be around.’ That says a whole lot about the leadership and quality of the team that bill Chrysler has put together,” Michael said.  

He has done his own music projects as a producer at Third Coast but on the daily, hopes that he can make a contribution to the studio as a business person. Currently, he serves as a business consultant for a young man currently recording at the studio whose name is Jake Kershaw.

“The studio itself is just a wonderful place in terms of equipment and from a technology standpoint, its really world class,” Michael said.

  Michael has known Bill Chrysler for many years. The two met at a reception for Christina Aguilera. Bill asked him if he wanted to go into partnership with him on one of the mixing boards in studio A. This agreement inspired Bill to continue his musical interests in Grand Haven.  

“I honestly believe that why I’m enjoying it more at Third Coast than I was expecting is that Bill Chrysler has put together a team of people that are not only really really smart in terms of understanding the technology of recording but they’re very creative people and most important of all they are just good people and they are fun to be around,” Michael said. 

Just Another Manic Monday

Goooood morning Grand Haven!

Here are all of the things going on around the most wonderful place on East End: Bill is home and had a great Fathers Day. He flew in and made it home around midnight and got to spend one hour of Fathers Day with both of his kids. It was pretty great. Binnie has been working hard to get us ready for all of the crazy stuff happening in Studio A over the next few weeks. Seriously, we would not get anything done around here without her. Most exciting of all, Studio Doggo Ruby Tuesday got a new toy this weekend. That is pretty much it from Bill & Binnie Chrysler world, now onto the stuff you are really wondering about.

Studio A: What in the world is going on?

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Well, it is closed down for the moment. Not to worry, it is only temporary and should be back up and running within a few short weeks. To put it in the most simple terms, the control room floor is being replaced. That is about all there is to it. We at Third Coast are constantly seeking ways to make your experience the best it can be, and at the moment that means replacing the floor in Control Room A.

We have moved the SSL from the normal spot it lives in the Control Room, into live room A. It was super heavy. Thank goodness for all the big strong people we have around here. So for the next few weeks most of our mixing and recording will take place in Studio B.

We do want to say thank you to everyone for your support and patience while we are under construction. We are so grateful to be a part of this community and have kind of people around that we do. We could not do any of this without it.

Rainy Third Coast Thursday

Happy Friday eve everyone!

It has been a typical week around Third Coast. Bill is in Dubai, Binnie is in the office and Ruby Tuesday is under the table taking a nap. In short, everything is awesome.

We have had the opportunity to be a part of some truly awesome projects in studio A. On Tuesday we had the new local band Five Strand Fusion in to lay down tracks with our engineer Brian Ralph. This group of five young people has so much talent and community support behind it. We are thrilled to have been a part of their beginnings, and can’t wait to see where they are able to go from here.

Next, on Wednesday we had the new project, Dobros Heal The World, rehearsing and recording with our engineer Joe Hettinga. Getting to record people that are seeking to put out good vibes and good juju is what we are all about here. So projects like these always put smiles on our faces.

Lastly, our spotlight of the week goes to the one and only Joe Hettinga. We want to say a special thank you to Katlin Merby for these amazing write ups about our team and our town.

We appreciate everything this community does that enables us to be the wonderful place that we are. Enjoy!

Joe Hettinga Spotlight -

Joe Hettinga has enjoyed being able to see his career and passions intertwine. He has achieved numerous accomplishments in the music industry.

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“My greatest accomplishment is being able to make a living doing what I love.  That I can actually work and call it work but it doesn’t always feel like work because it’s so much fun. I’m so inspired by what I do that it keeps me in a good place,” Joe said.

The Chicago jam scene, Grateful Dead, Phish, jazz and classical are a few influences that have molded his music taste and where he’s at in his career.  

“I feel like all the work that I have done over the years has led me to where I am now and it’s going to continue to go that way. I’m going to keep pursuing and doing new things as well as expanding on what I know,” Joe said.

He generally sings and plays keyboards when touring but would love to branch out to playing guitar as well. A few bands he has toured with have been particularly enjoyable to play with.  In high school, his endeavors with Strange Arrangement began. After college, the band got back together, ended up recording two records, and then touring for five years.

“Strange Arrangement was an absolute blast and it was a way of bringing all my musical skills together and I got to showcase and do everything I like in one band,” Joe said.

Another band that has been one of his favorites to tour with was Digital Tape Machine because he got the chance to combine production work and electronic music in a live setting.   

His favorite musical endeavor, at the moment, has been touring and working with May Erlewine. From October through November this year, he will be playing on her tour in support of her new album and is looking forward to the east coast and southern tour dates.

“It’s just a complete change of pace for me with playing folk songs. It’s truly just beautiful music,” Joe said.

He will be touring with another band that May is apart of, The Motivations. It is an 11 piece jazz band with horns, 5 singers, 2 guitars, 2 keyboards, bass drums, and May. The band primarily plays soul songs written by May, and Motown hits, with a sprinkle of Prince and Talking Heads covers.

Joe recently played with the Pop Scholars in Grand Rapids at the Wealthy Theatre. They are a four piece improv comedy group that make up songs on the fly based on what is happening in the skit.

Throughout this month, Joe will be playing shows with Marcus Rezak supporting the release of his ‘Gateway to the Galaxy’ record. ‘Gateway to the Galaxy’ is one of the most recent projects that has quickly taken a spot on the top of his list of favorite projects to be involved with.

A few of his other favorite projects he has worked on while at Third Coast are Max Lockwood’s recently released, self-titled record and one of the first full-length records completed when he first began working at the studio, ‘StopWatchTimeDrop’ by The Turnips. 

Busy Busy Busy!

What a week it has been! Bill is off with Maroon 5 at the moment. Today he is in Prague and will be continuing around Europe until the middle of this month. Binnie our favorite studio mom, is keeping everything running around here. Ruby Tuesday, Studio pupper supreme is enjoying the attention she gets from all of the new bands that are coming in to record here. In short, the Chryslers are thriving and so is the studio.

This week Katlin Merby’s spotlight goes to the wonderful and amazing Kevin Kozel.

Thanks for everything you do to make Third Coast Recording the wonderful place it is. Enjoy!

Grand Haven native continues to develop his talents in his hometown and on the road; Kevin Kozel

Kevin Kozel’s adventures with the Third Coast team began 10 years ago when he met Bill Chrysler, as well as the rest of the team who founded the studio, and began doing session work with them. At this time, he also began playing guitar with Scott Pellegrom. He began perfecting his sound engineering techniques on his own music and has been refining these techniques every day that he enters Third Coast’s doors.

“When I go to work, it doesn’t even feel like work,” Kozel said. “Bill and everyone’s personalities at the studio make it easy to work there.”

Kevin has been in multiple bands and currently gets stages rockin’ and groovin’ with the Scott Pelegrom Trio, which is his favorite group he has toured with. The first band he toured with was a high school rock band of the crazy variety.

In that high school rock band, their primary goal was to drum up some cash. When the SP3 take to the stage, it’s standard that the trio will get a little wild on stage. Kozel believes they have the most fun performing at festivals.

“There was a festival we played in the U.P. last year called Forestville. We were the headliners, and it was kinda a boring festival but then we got on stage and the whole place was packed,” he said. While performing, he ended up blowing out/ perforating his eardrums. This results in being plagued with hearing muffled sounds for a few weeks and the inability to blast your music until they are healed.

When it comes down to touring or studio playing, he prefers spending a majority of his time at the studio. “Touring is fun but I prefer being home. You end up traveling for 10 hours and playing for 3,” Kozel said.  

He was gifted a guitar from his dad in his early childhood. While recovering from an almost deadly injury as a young teenager, Kevin was subject to bed rest and recovery for a year. During this time, he honed his skills for the guitar and listened intently to his musical influences. These include, but are not limited to, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello.

In addition to Guitar, Kozel also plays, Bass, Ukulele, teaches numerous pupils per week, takes voice lessons, as well as, engineers and produces at the studio. He has been full time self employed since the age of 20. When not at the studio, he enjoys hiking with friends, mushroom hunting, and cooking.