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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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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. 

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.