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We know that trusting someone with your project may be difficult, so to help show you who we are, we want to keep you informed and connected to all of our current updates, thoughts, and goings-on. And what better way to get it all out there than a tried and true blog? So here we are! This blog is for you, and we want to hear what you have to say! If you ever have a question you want to ask us, a topic you want to discuss, or just something to say, send us an email! We will try our very best to reply back or address it in our next post.
As summer comes into full swing, Sanctus Sound Recording is making some new additions. First of all, as you now well know, we have our new blog. To keep you even more informed, we have also started a monthly newsletter. Our newsletter is meant to keep you in the know and to sneak in some specials for you keeping us off your spam list. We sent out our first newsletter out in mid June and were thrilled to have our campaign start off without a hitch. We launched a super secret promotion for our returning customers and bragged about our newest release from our record company, Polytone Records. We are really excited to keep you in the know, because the more you know, the more you’ll see how much we care, and the more you’ll want to come back or tell a friend about us (…right?). Our last new addition (for now) is our intern, Jessica. She is here to help make things a little easier on everyone, and to learn of course. This is all still very new to us and we hope you will stick around as we navigate our way through.
Thanks for staying tuned. We will be back soon!
Who wrote this??
I am Jessica, Sanctus Sound Recording’s new intern. I graduated from UCI with my B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior this past June and I am now pursuing a career in the music industry. If you have any questions for me that you don’t want to share in the comments, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to as soon as I can!
Over the past year I have been working on a project very near and dear to my heart. After a lot of labor and a lot of twists and turns – the date has been set: May 10, 2017 will mark the official release show for Adam Everett’s new album “If You Are Weary.”
This album also marks the launch of my record label (yeah, as in, real vinyl records), Polytone Records.
I would like to cordially invite you to join us in downtown Long Beach on May 10th, 2017 for an evening of live gospel music and celebration. Adam Everett and his band will perform music from his new album and the evening’s festivities will begin with an opening set by the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.
C’mon over to POLYTONE RECORDS to stream samples of the new album and to buy your tickets to the album release event. Tickets to the event also include a copy of the new album!
After a couple of weeks of recording at break-neck speed in the fall of 2016, I emerged with 10 news songs ready for release. I am pleased to announce the release of “Heckle & Jive: Part 1” – the first 5 song installment of this project.
Here’s a run-down of the guilty parties involved:
Peter Guinta: All Vocals; Guitars; Percussion
Brett Kramer: Drums (1-3, 5) Percussion
Seth Wiese: Drums (4)
Adam Taylor: Bass
Kyle Schafer: Piano, Organ
Produced and Recorded by Peter Guinta
Recorded in Long Beach, California at Sanctus Sound
Mixed and Mastered by Josh Auer
Hope you enjoy it!
You can purchase a copy of the album on my Bandcamp site, with a full release coming soon on all major digital music outlets.
As you may recall, last year we were fortunate enough to work with the talented duo Lionel and Casey, collectively known as Tigers in the Sky. They enlisted us to record and produce their first album, The Golden Lights EP, of which we couldn’t be more proud. Well, even before the proverbial paint had dried on that album, they were already writing material for the next project!
I am pleased to invite you to partner with Tigers In the Sky in releasing their second EP via Kickstarter. There’s a lot of cool reward options for supporters and (based on my preview of the material); this is gonna be another album guaranteed to give the kids cavities.
Please visit their Kickstarter Campaign page to join them in making the world a better place, through music.
As I mentioned in an early post, the new EP by Silver State is final out! I’m really proud of this album and encourage you to pick up a copy of “Modern Way” for yourself from your local cyber-retailer:
I am excited to celebrate the upcoming EP by Silver State called Modern Way. Front man and songwriter David Torstenson came through Sanctus in November and tracked this wonderfully rich 5-song project. It’s fun, catchy and sure to give the kids cavities. Also, Josh Auer did a great job mixing it.
Mark your calendars: April 5th the album will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, etc.
Check out the title track here:
Brett Kramer, a long-time friend of Sanctus has recently released a new track of original music entitled, “Carry On, Brother” now streaming on his SoundCloud page. Brett, is no stranger to Sanctus – often drumming and arranging horns for clients that come through the studio. Check it out.
Over seven months ago I met up with my friend Josh Taylor (you may recognize him as the front man for the band The Moderates). In our conversation he expressed his intentions to take the fall semester off from college to “spend more time on music.” My ears definitely perked up when I heard this. For a couple reasons:
1. Several years ago I was in a band and I had fallen into the same belief that “I would be soooo much more productive in my craft if only I quit everything to pursue it.”
2. Since my band-days, I had read Steve Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. Let’s just say that Josh’s rationale was a classic form of what Pressfield calls Resistance.
3. Perhaps most importantly, I had recently read (technically listened to it), a book called Quitter by Jon Acuff. Let’s just say that Acuff would not be chill’ with Josh’s proposal.
So with this backdrop, I heard him out and when solicited I definitely offered some strong resistance in the form of questions, really just one: “What do you hope to accomplish during this collegiate vacation?” (I imagined late-night Halo sessions, pizza parties, and road trips to no where).
Josh’s answer was simple and direct, “I want to become a better songwriter.”
So where the conversation goes from here is the primary difference between those who dream and fail and those who dream and succeed. I think it is worth sharing, and worth repeating in practice:
- He made a goal (and wrote it down / told someone else about it): I want to become a better songwriter in the next 7 months.
- He made it real. We took the vague concept of “being a better songwriter” and we nailed in down into measurable entities, with a real deadline fixed in time. We turned the qualitative into quantitative: I want to write 50 songs by the end of 2015 (approximately 7 months times). Sure, there is no guaranty that accomplishing quantitative goals will result in qualitative goals necessarily, but I’m pretty sure you are more likely to become a better songwriter by pushing yourself to write 50 songs, instead of trying for 10 songs that “are really good.” In the process of writing 50 tunes, it is likely you will hit that smaller qualitative goal of 10 great ones.
- He worked backwards and broke it down into smaller goals. Working backwards from the deadline (December 31) we calculated how many songs he needed to write each month and each week. This gave him the ability to plan and manage his time. If he was meeting or exceeding his goal on the timeline he had the freedom to take time off and do whatever else he wanted (all-night Call of Duty sessions). This way the goal was more of a marker than a master.
- He made it costly. In our conversation he shared how author Ray Bradbury had rented a typewriter in a library on a weekly basis to work on his craft. The cost to Bradbury was not paramount but the fact that it was costly at all made it more valuable to him. I offered to rent Josh studio time at Sanctus on a monthly basis (with set times) to work on his songwriting. We found a price that was mutually acceptable – neither overly burdensome to him but still costly and valuable.
Shortly after, we concluded our conversation and within a week Josh had keys to the studio.
The steps above will get you on the road to accomplishing your dreams/goals but ultimately the magic sauce to accomplishment is the unsexy, week-in week-out discipline, focus and work while no one is watching. Josh made a goal, made it real, broke it down, and made it costly. But that doesn’t mean he wrote 50 songs or became a better songwriter. That part rests solely upon his follow-through.
Last year I was hired to record and produce a couple tracks for the up-and-coming New Mexico native, Alexis Lee. With a team of great musicians, as well as Josh Auer on the mix and Gavin Lurssen on the mastering, we arrived with two wonderful song productions which I now share with you:
Song Title: Destructive; Artist: Alexis Lee; Year: 2015
Song Title: Tell Me How It Feels; Artist: Alexis Lee; Year 2015