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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. 

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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