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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.