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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.

Weekend, Working, and Waterfront!

Surprise! A special weekend blog post!

Hi everyone! We have such an abundance of exciting things happening that we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you all of it. In short there are three super cool things we have to tell you: One is about this weekend, one is about working and networking, and the third is about the Waterfront!

Thank you for everything you do to make our Third Coast Community the wonderful thing is is! Hope you enjoy! - Third Coast Team

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Part 1: Weekend - Bill Chrysler

Hello from Wembley Stadium in London!

Today I’m with Maroon 5 playing the Capital FM Summertime Ball in the bright and sunny city of London, England. The lineup for this event is pretty cool to say the least. In addition to seeing M5 the audience will get to see Mark Ronson, Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Ellie Goulding, Halsey, and others.

This leg of the tour has been beyond hectic but pretty amazing as well. After this show we are heading Amsterdam and then a few other places before I get to go to to my favorite place in the world: Grand Haven, Michigan.

I do have to say though… Doing a show at THE Wembley stadium is pretty cool. In this picture with me just a small section of the audience is shown. There are actually about 100,000 people in the audience. Wow.

I’m off to do a show now, wishing everyone a good weekend. - Bill


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Part 2: Working/Networking -Scott Pellegrom

What. A. Week.

For those of you that do not know, Third Coast Recording Company is where I base out of. Here I am able to teach lessons, record my own music in the amazing studios, and work with some of my best friends in the world. But last week I was able to tour the country and go to a number of different studios as part of Dream Cymbal’s event called The Dream Hang W/ Scott Pellegrom.

Basically the events are one night at a studio where there is food, friends, and local micro brews. It is a time where drummers and their friends can come hang out and learn more about some of the super awesome stuff going on in the drumming world. Additionally it is about company-distributor-dealer-studios coming together to connect.

Everything was amazing, and I am so excited about bringing some of what I learned back to Third Coast. - Scott Pellegrom


Part 3: Waterfront - Third Coast Team

This week you may have heard about the Summer Sessions Waterfront Concert Series. Seriously this is about to be the coolest thing ever right in the coolest town ever. This summer there will be two shows in the month of July at Waterfront Stadium that are being organized by the owners of the local venue Seven Steps Up, Michelle Hanks and Gary Hanks-Carpenter, with help from US! Third Coast Recording Company!

The series this summer will consist of two shows in July. The first one will be on July 1 and the Grammy Award Winning band, Los Lonely Boys, will be performing! The second show will be on July 18 and three amazing bands: Pure Prairie League, Poco, and Firefall will be performing!

We could not be more excited or honored to be a part of this event. For more information check out this amazing article from Local Spins or to buy tickets just go to www.sevenstepsup.com.

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.



Sunshine, Spotlight, and lots of changes!

Wow. What a month it has been.

Since our last post we have welcomed a new social media intern to the team, held an album release party for Earth Radio, a new ice cream store opened up next door to us, and we’ve worked on numerous other projects so that we can continue to bring the music you are dreaming of, to life.

We want to make this blog a space to connect with YOU! Our goal is that we will be able to keep you up to date on the ins and outs of what is going on here, bounce some ideas and thoughts off of you, and show off what is on on our minds, and most importantly foster community. Thank you for helping to make our dreams a reality!

Additionally, since it feels like everyone is just starting to come out of winter hibernation, we thought that now is the perfect time to spotlight some of the amazingly talented humans that make Third Coast what it is: A place that inspires growth, creativity, and community through music. So with that, over the next few weeks our own Katlin Merby, is going to be spotlighting a few of them. First up is Andy Frisinger.

Andy Frisinger: Art with heart on display

Andy Frisinger is new to having his art on display and is excited to have his pieces at the downtown Grand Haven brewery, The Armory.

“I didn’t grow up doing art, I just kind of got into it” Andy said.

While at Grand Valley completing a Biomedical degree, Andy Frisinger decided to take a watercolor painting class at Kalamazoo community college over the Summer. Since then he has found painting to be a stress reliever and continues to do it today.

Andy is primarily a musician and is most prominently known for his saxophone playing skills. He began playing the sax in grade school and has been playing with the staff at Third Coast for about 8 years. They generally play at weddings together.

“There is a connection between all art. There’s definitely a connection between the artists I like and my subject material for my paintings,” Andy said.

A few of his favorite musicians that he has created paintings of include Prince, Stevie Wonder, Foo Fighters, and members of the Beatles. When it comes to painting these musical influences, his goal is to recreate the picture he is using as reference to the best of his ability.

The only type of paint Andy uses in his pictures is watercolor because that is the only type of paint that was used in his class in college. With the exception of the paintings that are of Prince, which are purple, the color he primarily uses is indigo.

His pieces that are on display do not have a theme. A combination of new and older pieces of his are available to purchase. When a piece is purchased, he paints a new one.

A piece that Andy is particularly proud of is his rendition of Dexter Gordon. Be sure to view it if you can. His art will be on display at the armory until June 12th.