Studio Sessions Week – The Videos!

Welcome to Studio Sessions Week 2016

Studio Sessions Week 2016

To showcase the Studio Sessions service we provide with our friends at Sandstorm Records, every year we throw open our doors to FIVE artists to come and record with us for free. This is what we have done this year, five great artists and we will release the videos, one each evening all this week.

The videos will show up here at 8pm every night.

The Full Schedule:

8pm Monday 20th June – Valerio Lysander
8pm Tuesday 21st June – Paolo Morena
8pm Wednesday 22nd June – Bedroom/Boredom
8pm Thursday 23rd June – Arc Isla
8pm Friday 24th June – Arcaves

 


Valerio Lysander

Released on Monday 20th June 2016

Valerio Lysander performing 'Ryan'

Valerio Lysander is having a very busy year with releasing his EP entitled ‘Tidal Metal Head’ and has taken the plunge by quitting all his other jobs to concentrate solely on his music career. Valerio has a melancholy soul which is reflected in his music, but the song he performed for Studio Sessions Week called ‘Ryan’ is a fun, bubbly and toe-tapping track that moves along with a fabulous pace.

Check out Valerio Lysander who has gigs mostly in the London area, but there are plenty of events where you can catch him.

Valerio’s upcoming gigs on Facebook


Paolo Morena

Released on Tuesday 21st June 2016

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We met Paolo at a gig in Chelmsford, Essex at The Bassment bar and were blown away by his unique and incredible looping music. Paolo is a true musician and show-man and performs with a whole band, but all by himself. The magic comes from the technology Paolo uses which enables him to play drums, keyboard, guitar, whatever he feels and he builds the music live in layers. It’s an incredible thing to watch and with our video we have tried to show this process by shooting the whole song in one take so you can see how it all happens.

Paolo recently released a single called ‘It’s only love’ which you can check out in all the usual channels, if you want to see him live which we strongly recommend, check out his events listing on Facebook.


Bedroom / Boredom

Released on Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Bedroom / Boredom

The first thing we can say about these guys is ENERGY and lots of it! Bedroom / Boredom which is led by Dan Rimmer are a 7-piece band with a brass section. The boys play at blistering speed and have a high-paced and melodic feel to them while packing significant punch. Dan’s vocals sound as if they are coming from someone much older than him and they have a deepness and strength that smashes out during the songs making them fairly unforgettable. The boys delivered a fantastic performance for Studio Sessions Week using the full compliment of instruments and capabilities and ended with a great song called ‘Sex Hair’.

Having literally just brought out their first EP called ‘I wouldn’t worry’ the timing of this video is perfect and will allow you to get a feel for what this band is all about. Do check out their EP in all the usual places, and a good place to start is on their Bandcamp page.


Arc Isla

Released on Thursday 23rd June 2016

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Arc Isla, a four piece indie band travelled down from Nottingham to record with us and played a great rocky track called ‘Cut your losses’. The track is a great sounding indie rock track with smooth vocals, interesting and unusual guitar sounds and big crashing drums.

Arc Isla have a new single out called ‘The Basement’ which is available to download now from iTunes and the boys have lots of shows planned around the Midlands throughout the rest of 2016.


Arcaves

Released on Friday 24th June 2016

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Following on from last years fantastic Studio Session track, ‘Stockholm‘, Arcaves returned to our studio again this year and this time with the full band of Billy and Liv on vocals, Dan on the drums, Lewis on the keyboard and Dominic on Bass. The band have been busy having performed at V-Festival last year, recorded a tribute track to the Paris Terror attacks earlier this year called ‘I love you all the time’ alongside Kings of Leon, Elton John and many others – this is absolutely the band to watch.

In addition to recording their wonderful track called ‘I wake up’, Arcaves also recently released a new track called ‘Man Enough’ which is available to listen to in all the usual outlets along with a new music video. We expect huge things from Arcaves and look forward to seeing what they do next.

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Video will appear here! 🙂

 


We had a blast producing these videos!

If you would like to showcase your band or act with a Studio Session style video you can hire us and visit us at Sandstorm Records in Goudhurst, Kent and we will do the same for you.

Prices start from a very reasonable £400 and include full recording, mixing and mastering of your track and a video – everything you need to get your sounds out there to the masses.

Come along and say hello on Facebook or email, we look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Studio Sessions Week 2016

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It’s time once again for our Studio Sessions Week!

What is Studio Sessions Week?

Now in it’s third year, we throw open our doors at Sandstorm Records and invite singers, bands and musicians to come and record a track and studio video with us, for free.

A few weeks after the recording session we have a special week where we release a new track and video every night for a whole week!

Bands and singers get a free mastered track and video to promote with and we get to produce and showcase some awesome music, and all for free.

To get a better idea of what this is all about, check out last year’s event.

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How does it work?

  • We invite bands from all over to submit an application to take part on our special Studio Sessions Week 2016 entry form.

  • We then review everyone’s entry, listen to all the stuff you send us and select 5 acts to take part.

  • The selected acts will join us at our studio in Goudhurst, Kent to record their track and video.

  • Several weeks later we release all the new music, one per night, every night for a whole week.

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When does all this happen?

All acts will be recorded over a single weekend, this year the recording slots are:

  • Saturday 23rd April (9am-12pm)

  • Saturday 23rd April (1pm-4pm)

  • Saturday 23rd April (5pm-8pm)

  • Sunday 24th April (9am-12pm)

  • Sunday 24th April (1pm-4pm)

All acts must be available on at least one of these dates to take part.

 

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So how can I get involved?

Easy, if you are in a band or regularly sing at gigs, or indeed if you are a musician doing your own thing, perhaps with an interesting instrument – we want to hear from you!

Step 1
Go on Facebook and LIKE the OYFE Productions page.

Step 2
Go on Facebook and LIKE the Sandstorm Records page.

By doing this, you can find out more about our studio and how we roll and also keep in touch with all the latest offers and special recording deals with us.

Step 3
Complete our Studio Sessions 2016 entry form and tell us exactly why you or your band needs to be in Studio Sessions Week.

Photography by Joanna Lane.

A few rules and points to note – PLEASE READ.

  1. We will be recording and filming all participating acts during one weekend in April.

  2. There are specific time slots, so please only enter if you can make one or more of these dates and tell us on your entry form.

  3. To ensure a high quality recording and video, bands must be on time at the studio at their scheduled time.

  4. The Sandstorm Records studio is in Goudhurst in Kent, so if you live in Timbuktu, make sure you can get to us before entering.

  5. We are recording original songs only, no covers please, all acts must have a song rehearsed that we can record.

  6. We will review and listen to tracks and videos that bands send us, so do please send us links. Impress us as we will be choosing the best acts out of everyone who enters.

 

Still up for it? FILL IN THIS FORM for your chance to join us!

Don’t forget we also have a range of great value Studio Sessions packages for you to book in and record with us and these are available anytime – just give us a bell.

 

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Offer is open to all bands, singers and musicians
  2. Closing date for entries to take part in Studio Sessions Week is midnight on Sunday 27th March 2016, no entries will be accepted after this time.
  3. The Top Five acts that we choose will be notified on Thursday 31st March 2016.
  4. No cash prize, the five acts who take part in Studio Sessions Week will receive a FREE fully produced audio recording of a song of their choice and a studio demo video to showcase their act. This media will be made available to the artists, after their video has been shown during Studio Sessions Week.
  5. All participants agree to appear in our marketing activity around this event and for their video and likenesses to be shown during Studio Sessions Week.
  6. All participants agree to their video being hosted on the OYFE Productions/Sandstorm Records YouTube Channels in perpetuity.
  7. All participants are required to LIKE both the OYFE Productions and Sandstorm Records Facebook pages.
  8. All participants are required to sign our videography and recording agreement prior to the studio recording.
  9. All materials produced at these sessions will be copyright of Sandstorm Records and OYFE Productions, however exclusive unrestricted license will be granted to each act to use the audio track and video as they wish and for commercial gain.
  10. Final track (mp3) and video file will be provided to the band two weeks after Studio Sessions Week has ended.
  11. The five bands will be required to bring cake for the team at their Studio Session slot. This is non-negotiable, we provide the tea and coffee.
  12. Any questions, queries or press enquiries should be directed to OYFE Productions using our regular contact form. We will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.

Studio Sessions Week

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This week is Studio Sessions Week!

Back in January this year we asked bands and singers to take part in Studio Sessions Week, an amazing week of new, cool music to showcase musical talent and to show the world what we can do at OYFE Productions and Sandstorm Records. We had a great response to this with over 40 bands applying to take part.

We selected our five and we’ve been hard at work producing their music tracks and studio demo videos and we will be releasing a new track every night this week at 8pm.

The videos will be added to this list when they come out, and you can read about the bands below.

 

Monday 30th March 2015 – Redhead – Live for today

Redhead are led by Ellis Crewe-Candy and his band from Basingstoke. They have a classic rock groove to their music which we thought was very much akin to Guns N Roses. The band is made up of Ellis Crewe-Candy on vocals, Robbie Wahfoot on lead Guitar, Sean ‘Seamus’ Queenan on Bass and Phillip ‘Pet’ Tetlow on drums. The boys recorded a great new track called ‘Live for today’.

 

Tuesday 31st March 2015 – Slam Cartel – Hypnotised

 

Slam Cartel brought their huge band and massive smashing rock sounds to the studio to record a live version of ‘Hypnotised’. The band is led by the charismatic Gary Moffat and with Terence Warville on Guitar, Damian J Fawsett on Lead Guitar, Marc Neudeck on Bass and Steve Campkin on the drums.

 

Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Foxer – Go to bed


Foxer have an old school bluesy rock vibe to their music and performed a song called ‘Go to bed’ which is wise words for those who sit up all night editing videos. Sam J Cutbush leads the band on Bass and vocals, Chris “Peaceman” Peace on Guitar, Roy Ludford also on Guitar and Synth and Jack Mitchell plays the Drums.

 

Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Arcaves – Stockholm

Arcaves brought an outstanding performance of one of their new songs called ‘Stockholm’, a mesmerisingly hypnotic piece that is a treat for your ears. Billy Wright and Liv Curtis supply beautiful vocals superbly inter-twined with Dan’s percussion and sounds, this is late night pop (as they call it) at it’s absolute best and this track would not be out of place in a thoughtful Hollywood movie soundtrack. Gorgeous.

 

Friday 3rd April 2015 – The Reckostacks – You, me in a bucket



We met Alex Beharrell at our recent Local Aid recording with his commanding voice and stage presence. This time he brought his band, The Reckostacks and their eclectic, bluesy folk vibe track called ‘You, me and a bucket’ which was performed with huge enthusiasm which led to a brilliant, inspiring studio session. The band is made up of Alex Beharrell on vocals and acoustic guitar, Chris Rouse on Lead Guitar, Phil Hodge on the biggest bass you have ever seen and Tom Heasman on the Drums – watch him on the fast bits!

 

Book your own Studio Session from £349

We offer Studio Sessions to bands and singers who are looking to get some material together to start gigging and promoting themselves. For £349 you can come to the Sandstorm Records studio in Goudhurst, Kent and we will provide a six hour recording session to mix and master several tracks and to make a studio demo video like these.

Please see the studio sessions page for the full details. We also can provide creative music video productions, lyrics videos and all manner of audio recording services.

If you would like to know more or book in, please get in touch.

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Studio Sessions Week – FIRST THREE ACTS CHOSEN!

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Wow wow wow!

Thank you to all the acts who have applied to take part in Studio Sessions Week – we have literally been blown away by the quality and talent that is out there producing excellent music!

Unfortunately we can only record and film five of you and we have now selected our top three!

They are (in no particular order)

 

Arcaves

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Arcaves sent us a link to a video they had produced for a track called “Killing Time”, the song was so beautifully done and so moving, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up on end. Immediately, the video was shared with the team and we all felt the same. Hailing from Southend On Sea, the band is made up of singer, Billy Wright, bassist, Stu Dew and Liv Curtis on vocals. They say they “make melodious, quiet storm of dark pop” and we agree!

Check out Killing Time, it’s seriously wonderful:

Cake promises: Cheese cake and lots of chocolate brownies (Liv LOVES baking cakes!)

 

Slam Cartel

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We always wanted to get a mega rock band involved in Studio Sessions and Slam Cartel fit the bill perfectly! Consisting of Gary Moffat on lead vocals, Terry Warville on rhythm guitar, Mark Neudeck on Bass, Damian Fawsett on Lead Guitar and Steve Campkin on drums. The band does proper rock and have played at some prestigious venues and worked alongside some big names, Hawkwind, Y&T, Therapy? and others. We are looking forward to having them in our studio and hope they smash out something mega for Studio Sessions Week.

Have a listen on Soundcloud, ‘Handful of Dreams’ being particularly great:

Cake promises: Any cake you damn well like! (But Mandy is particularly good at making fruit cake!).

 

Black Thorn

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We all got it instantly when we checked out “Catch me if you can” by Black Thorn, a fantastic folksey, Lumineer-a-like vibe rang out. Black Thorn is a 4 piece Indie Folk Rock band from Derbyshire. Joel Howe plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, percussion and lead vocals, Adam Clarke plays acoustic guitar and does backing vocals, Josie Stafford-Burdett plays Cornet, accordion and backing vocals and Jack Wright plays bass and percussion. The music is terrifically upbeat and detailed, with such amazing instruments being used to great effect. Lee, our Music Producer just sat back and said “LOVE IT”. So we’re very pleased to invite Black Thorn down from Derbyshire to come and record something with us.

Check out their music on Soundcloud and see if you can get through a track with out tapping along.

Cake promises: The cake of your dreams

 

THE NEXT STAGE

Commiserations to all the acts who are not in the top three, if we could have you all in there we would!

The next stage of our selection process is an online vote to find our FOURTH act and finally a random draw to find the FIFTH act.

The online voting stage begins at midnight Friday 9th January and ends at midnight on Wednesday 14th January so get all your band members, fans, friends, groupies and random people you meet on the street to hit the OYFE website and vote for your band. The act with the highest number of votes will win the fourth spot in Studio Sessions Week.

The FIFTH act will be drawn randomly from the rest and we will announce this on Thursday 15th January.

Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter and get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Thanks again for all the wonderful music!

 

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