Music

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. 

Thank Goodness it is Friday!

Hey there everyone!

We are amazed at how we have been able to stay open and running during construction. By shifting our sessions from Control Room A to Control Room B we have had sessions almost daily and mixing going on in between this all. The construction in Control Room A is going very well and we cannot wait for it to be back open and better than ever.

The Chrysler’s are doing well, Bill is recovering well after his last run with Maroon 5. He has been busy overseeing construction, helping to do maintenance on the SSL, getting ready for the Summer Sessions Waterftont Concert Series show on July 1, and spending about 5 minutes every sunny day sitting on his deck and trying to take a breath. Binnie is working hard on everything and keeping us going (mostly on getting Bill a couple of very much needed days off). Ruby Tuesday is thriving as always, she loves the summer because it means she gets to play in Lake Michigan.

We have decided not to do a spotlight on a person this week but rather on something amazing…

The Summer Sessions Waterfront Concert Series!

We could not be any more excited and thrilled that we get to be a part of this. Bringing music on this scale into Grand Haven and to the Waterfont is something that we are passionate about. The first show is this coming Monday, July 1, at 7 PM. Any way that we can help to bring both music and bring the community together is something that we want to do, and now that is becoming a reality! Tickets are available at www.sevenstepsup.com and this is not something that you want to miss. This is literally history in the making! The first concert of this size at this venue is something to get excited to be involved in! Tickets will be available day of but the ease of buying them online makes it totally worth it to get them ahead of time. Please help us make this the wonderful thing it has the potential to be.

Thank you again for everything you do to make our dreams a reality and bring music to our West Michigan.

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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.

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.