The summer in New York is quickly coming to a close. Among the things I will miss most is my time spent interning at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. At the start of the summer I had never heard of the studio but I’m thankful I learned and got to meet Aaron, John and the rest of the staff and artists that came into the Studio.
I find that one of the hardest things about trying to make it as a recording engineer is convincing your family its a good idea to spend all summer working somewhere and making no money, and going into the summer I was having a hard time justifying it to myself as well. I kept saying “this is the next step, this is what I need to do”. If this were two and a half months ago I’d still be saying that, but now I know what I came for. Not everything I learned over the summer can be quantified like getting my hands on new gear, I can’t always put into words. But watching and being around the experience has certainly made me a better engineer and have a better sense of how to change the way I work.
I fell like I made some really good impressions at The Bunker. On my last day I got to put on my “big boy pants” and run Pro Tools for Aaron on a Danny Katz overdub session. I was rusty with some of my shortcuts but I remembered some more obscure ones as I went on. Aaron caught on with that and seemed pleased that he gave me the opportunity. As stressful as it may have been with the “don’t eff up” mind set everything turned out fine. Although, I may never get used to a trackball mouse. I was fumbling around with that thing like I never used pro tools before.
Anyway, my plan is to keep in good contact with these guys and hopefully I’ll get the chance to work with them again. (Leaving NY with contacts, A+) In the mean time I have three more days to finish up at Downtown Music Studios and then I’m home for a week before school starts back up. I plan on taking everything I’ve learned into Studio A at SUNY Fredonia this year and cranking it up to the next level. It’s going to be a great year full of recording. I’ll keep all of my projects updated here as I’ve updated on summer adventures in NY.
When I started interning at Downtown Music Studios we were completely booked with clients in both rooms. But as the summer went on the dreaded summer slump happened. Bookings because scarce an clients came on nearly a day of basis. This made knowing when to go in or not a big game of “I’ll text you in the morning”, leaving me waiting with baited breathe to hear whether I was going into manhattan or not.
The week after Annie came to visit my family came down to New York for a visit on the weekend of Friday the 13th. About a week before that new york had been getting hot. Like 100 degrees everyday hot. Now if I haven’t mentioned it before my room doesn’t have any windows. Even though there’s a ceiling fan it just cycles the same air around all night acting more as a big wooden spoon in a vat of soup rather than a fan to blow cool air on me.
There is one air conditioner for the common area of the apartment but its not nearly big enough to refresh all the air in the whole apartment. Its old and sad and keeps the rooms at maybe 80-85 degrees running at max power 24 hours a day.
Point being when my parents offered for me to stay in their hotel room for a night I couldn’t say no! I packed a bag and met them as they came into town on the megabus.
We had a good time exploring New York together doing touristy things I never would have done on my own. One of the first things we did was go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now it became very clear that my dad and sister were just tagging along for this part of the trip and I understand where they were coming from if they weren’t “all for the whole museum thing”. There were definitely places in the museum that were not for me but that wasn’t the point. Some of my interest in being there was my openness to do something new and cultured and the rest was taking in something new and genuinely inspiring.
Something else that was new and inspiring was seeing a Broadway show for the first time. My family and I got some discount tickets and went to see Jersey Boys. I had no idea what to expect when it came to Broadway shows. If anything I went in with not a great attitude. The idea of a musical about some guys from jersey singing 4 part harmony was not sounding too great to me. Partially because of an open mind and my low expectations I was completely blown away. Great story, great music, great performances from everyone in the show. I even had respect for the actors pantomiming a guitar because that was the best faking I’ve ever seen and television has shown me plenty of bad faking!
My family and I also went to the 9/11 memorial on the site of the original world trade center. The memorial is just as inspiring as the original buildings were and the new Freedom tower is. Truly a site that needs to be seen to be understood.
Some prefer the island,
Others escape to the sea.
One will leave you lonely,
And the other sets you free.
This is my attempt at bring this blog up to speed. Ive always been bad at keeping something like this up to date. I get lazy or I procrastinate and sometimes I’m just plain busy. So Part one documents Annie’s weekend visit.
This was also at central park yesterday. Very cool.