August 17, 2018
Whisky & Spice Music is proud to present our inaugural sponsored artist, KayGeni.
I met Kay in December of 2017, while studying audio engineering at Centennial College. Looking to hone my new skills, I posted an ad online seeking musicians who would let me point a few microphones at them.
I hosted Kay at my house, where she sang while playing acoustic guitar.
Her powerful voice and strong songwriting had an immediate impact. I could feel the connection she had with her music. It was personal. Her music is an extension of herself.
My experience with Kay also reinforced that I wanted to be around musicians, hearing their music and capturing their sound. It was incredibly fun, satisfying, and enlightening. This experience was also the catalyst for Whisky & Spice Music.
I enjoy many different genres of music, but I’m especially passionate about musicians and bands that play instruments. There is something magical about the relationship between a musician and their instrument and the relationships between band mates.
After listening to Kay play, I knew that I wanted to get her in the studio with a band. Fortunately, Kay was also excited about the idea.
As the winter turned to spring, the project began to take shape. New to Canada from the Bahamas, recently married, and remarkably pro-active about her music career, Kay had already built a strong network of fellow musicians.
Through various community jam sessions, she assembled a talented team, including drummer Emree Wilson, guitarist Joey Rosenberg, and bassist Rafi Levy. Moving forward, they would form a capable and cohesive band.
Rehearsals started in May and research into selecting a recording studio began.
One important lesson I learned while researching recording studios was to never make assumptions. I knew Revolution Recording for their excellent reputation, but foolishly assumed that their services would exceed our project budget.
Yet when that little voice in my head convinced me to request rates from Revolution Recording, I was pleasantly surprised. I was so excited by the affordability of such a quality studio that I emailed Kay immediately and scheduled a tour. Within minutes of the studio tour, we both knew that this was the studio for us.
To make the best use of our time, we decided to go with a 10-hour “live off the floor” recording formula in Revolution’s Studio C. I knew the pros and cons of this recording formula but wanted this to be an experimental learning experience for myself and the band. I wanted to see what was possible with lots of rehearsal and one long, single day of recording.
Our goal was to walk out of the studio with a small handful of songs that we could be proud of. Instead, we finished the day with the four incredible tracks that make up KayGeni’s soulful EP, Indigo.
Credit Where Credit is Due
Having launched and successfully grown my own premium prepared food business, I already understood the need to extract maximum quality from a shoestring budget.
My goal for W&S Music is the same. I want to create exceptional quality with a modest budget, to support new and emerging independent artists without the backing of major record labels.
Throughout the production of KayGeni’s EP, Indigo, I had the pleasure of working with a team of exceptionally professional people and facilities. I would like to take a moment to thank them and recognize their unique contributions to the project.
First of all – the band.
Thank you Emree, Joey, and Rafi for volunteering your time to rehearse and record with Kay. Without your generous spirits and passion for playing, this project would not have been possible.
Thank you Revolution Recording, not only for providing an accessible, world-class recording facility, but for offering a professional and accessible experience. I hope I’m fortunate enough to work with such fine facilities and people again.
Thank you assistant engineer Gemma Mazza, who worked with a composed, quiet focus throughout the entire recording session.
I trusted Revolution Recording to assign a lead engineer to the 10-hour recording session and we were extremely fortunate to be paired with one of the most professional people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, Ian Bodzasi.
Ian worked diligently before, during, and after the recording process to ensure that we extracted the best quality possible from our limited time and modest budget. He is an excellent communicator with a personality that truly made working with him a joy.
There cannot be quality without continuity and consistency. Our experience with Ian continued throughout the mixing and mastering process.
I know that I speak for everyone involved when I say that we hope you enjoy the songs.
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