December is one of those funny months where everything seems to fly by, and before you know it it's the end of the month. Before we left for the holidays, we had a really fun and busy month. We had Michael Bernard Fitzgerald come in and rehearse for his Edmonton show at the Citadel at the beginning of the month, and then he took James Bundy with him to do sound. We had one of our youngest clients yet, a nine-year-old girl, come in and do a version of Hey Jude with an incredible all-star backing band. Winnipeg producer Murray Pulver came in to do two sessions over a week, and we saw the return of our friends Leaving Thomas. We had several other sessions come through Studio A. On the 16th, we made everyone break early and dress up a little and headed to Rouge for our Team Christmas Dinner. Of course it wasn't until everyone left that Megan remembered she wanted to take a picture on the one occasion we were all together and looking nice. For the holidays we spread out, with Josh heading to Saskatchewan, Brennan spending some time in Red Deer (he didn't bring back donut mill, and it almost got him fired), Dan in Langdon, and the rest of us in Calgary. On the 29th, we invited some friends out and had a Drum Sample Day.
2015 was an incredible year for us. We saw our first CCMA award nomination, put our first gold record on the wall, shot some music videos, bought the egg chair, met so many great artists, worked on so many fantastic projects, drank way too much coffee, and ate way more donuts than any five people should ever consume in one year. Thank you to all the new people we met, the old friends we saw again and again, and everyone else who has supported us along the way. 2016 is going to be a rad year, and we can't wait.
1. What's your New Year's resolution? To exercise everyday, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. All the hours in the chair behind the console starts to have some negative effects on the old body!
2. What's one of your favourite memories from the past year at the studio? I think I’d have to say when James Bundy had a little coffee accident in the studio… A full Starbucks cup - all on the floor. He was in shock. I made sure he didn’t move until I grabbed some pictures to capture the moment for all of eternity.
3. If there was a show on Netflix about the studio, what would the description be? Well if you can picture the show “Kenny Vs Spenny”….
Brennan vs Bundy - who will win in the epic assistant engineer war?
1. What's your New Year's resolution? This sounds silly, but I really want to swim this year. It scares the crap out of me, but I think I'm close to doing it.
2. What's one of your favourite memories from the past year at the studio? So many great ones this year! The mid-day pool meetings in the summer were some of the best. That, or the time we had four boxes of donut mill donuts. Mmmmmmm donuts.
3. If there was a show on Netflix about the studio, what would the description be? Studio coffee - How can one engineer drink so much coffee. How long can this go on?
1. What's your New Year's resolution? Definitely to eat better! As well as to get better at time managing projects.
2. What's one of your favourite memories from the past year at the studio? Whoa whoa whoa, come on now. That's hard. Really hard. Unfairly hard. As much fun as the studio is, it's always cool having things other than recording sessions going on - like the Alberta Music writers camp, Brett Kissel and Mackenzie Porter rehearsing out at the studio, Reuben and the Dark filming a full scale music video complete with fire... It's all those other things that make OCL more than just a studio!
3. If there was a show on Netflix about the studio, what would the description be? What's for Lunch? - A group of musicians sit around an empty coffee pot and discuss what everyone wants for lunch, how it's too far to drive there, and have to decide who is going to pay for it in the end.
1. What's your New Year's resolution? This year I'm really looking forward to learning more about mixing. I've learned so much this year from the different experiences and people I've worked with at the studio, and I'm excited to see what will come my way in 2016.
2. What's one of your favourite memories from the past year at the studio? Oh man. There's way too many to choose from. It seems like there's never a dull moment at OCL. I've just loved working with and building relationships with a lot of the amazing artists and industry folks that make the Calgary music scene so exciting. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Russ Broom, Mike Little, and so many others. Not to mention the daily shenanigans of our OCL family!
3. If there was a show on Netflix about the studio, what would the description be? A Tale of Two Assistants - Two brave, young studio assistants navigate the highs and lows of an Alberta recording studio. Their secret weapon? A secret stash of snacks and consumables known only to them. Will they be able to protect their secrets? Only time will tell.