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Chicago Session News 2014

Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan of jazz/rock/fusion duo Painted on Water recorded their EP Chicago Issue in Studio A with Andy Shoemaker and mixed in studio B by Rick Barnes

Rax Trax

Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan of jazz/rock/fusion duo Painted on Water recorded their EP Chicago Issue in Studio A with Andy Shoemaker and mixed in studio B by Rick Barnes…Engineer Noam Wallenberg wrapped up tracking and mixing The Near Future, a full-length album for rock band I Fight Dragons, as well as singer-songwriter John Splithoff’s EP The Move. Wallenberg is also in mid-production on Jennifer Hall’s upcoming EP.

Marty Casey

Stonecutter Recording Studios

Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company, is working on the debut album for his band Alice Drinks the Kool-Aid. Magee is working on the project with producer/engineer/mixer/Stonecutter studio owner Chris Steinmetz…Marty Casey, lead singer/guitarist for the alt-rock band Lovehammers and runner-up on the show Rock Star: INXS is working on new songs for a debut solo project, with Steinmetz producing.

The Neighbourhood in Soundscape Studios.

SoundScape Studios

The Neighbourhood recently tracked “Let It Go” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, engineered by studio owner Michael Kolar and produced by The Neighbourhood in Studio A…Tinashe recorded a new record for an upcoming Dr Pepper compilation, engineered by Kolar in Studio A and produced by The Hood Internet…Chance the Rapper and Jeremih linked up with Purity Ring to work on a new record for Chance’s upcoming album, Social Experiment. Jabari Rayford and Kolar engineered the project in Studio B, with Purity Ring producing.

Brian Cabby and Kendrick Lamar in Studio A.

Pressure Point

Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar worked on new tracks with producer Boi-1da, engineered by Brian Cabby…Future stopped by for an intimate Q&A and played his newly released record as part of a radio promotional tour…Other recent sessions—all engineered by Cabby—include Lil Durk, Tink, YG, Lil Herb, Chicago House legend Steve Hurly and Sharon Pass, and jazz/rap-hip-hop group Zaramela put the final touches on their latest album, Gumbo.

The Lipstiks William Neylon (standing), Matt Lavelle and Mitt Miles with engineer Brad McGrath.

Photo by Atwill Williams

Big River Recording

The Lipstiks were at the studio tracking and mixing their second album, Afternoon Delights, produced by The Lipstiks and Brad McGrath (McGrath also engineered)…Shift was at the studio tracking and mixing their third album, Black Business Socks, produced by Joe Hibbs and Mitt Miles, engineered by McGrath…Old Grand Dad was tracking and mixing their first album, produced by Dan Beasley, Cody Siragusa and Colin Brennan, engineered by McGrath…Count Rugen are tracking and mixing their second album, Chapter 2, produced by B. J. Gerk and engineered by McGrath.

Engineer Kris Anderson (left) and artist Reno Chinati.

Studio 11

Rapper Rockie Fresh recently finished up another release with producer The Gift and Studio 11 house engineers in Studio B…Reno Chinati completed his self-produced single “You Know” with engineer Kris Anderson on the board in Studio B…Chicago techno label Linear was in Studio A with mix engineer Alex Gross working on a remix collection of previous releases…Chicago house music group South Of Roosevelt put the finishing touches on their upcoming release The Fresh Start EP with engineer Dan Zorn in Studio A and Studio B.

CarterCo Recording

West African guitarist Tal National worked on his second album for FatCat Records with producer Issoufou Hamadal Moumine and recording and mix engineer Jamie Carter, assisted by Shawn Wilson…Lil Durk worked on new material with producers Young Chop, Chase David, C-Sick and Paris Beuller, with Rich Laurel engineering…ProbCause worked on WAVES with producers Drew Mantia, EXMAG, Two Fresh, The Hood Internet, Wes P, Cofresi and Fortified Sounds, with Mantia engineering.