There are many issues that a recording artist deals with on a daily basis. The constant grind of thinking of new songs, creating album art, finding a venue to perform at-just to name a few. When an artist is ready to take things to the next level-really up their game-the studio is the next stop. BUT...of course, even when it comes to finding a studio, issues tend to present themselves.
One of the many goals of a recording artist is to find a studio, but not just any studio. The studio is where the making of the magic happens for artists. It is the printer to Dunder Mifflin-this is where the product comes out of. If you need beats, you'll want to make sure you find a studio with producers who know what they are doing, mold well with your sound, and see the direction that you are aiming for. The better a producer understands your sound and style, the better beats and stylistic pairing you'll get.
If you're on the other side of the spectrum where you either produce your own beats or source them from a producer, you'll need to make sure you take into account the cost of a studio. Remember: when you have beats already, what you're paying for is the session time, possibly mixing, and/or mastering of your recording.
A member of the SHOTCA team and a recording artist himself, Joshua "SOSV" Sosa, was able to provide us insight into his journey of finding a studio.
SOSV, a native of the Bronx, New York, first started writing and recording songs in his car as it sat in his driveway outside his home. Now, SOSV has made the upgrade to recording in the very notable Plug Studios located in the Bronx, NY. After years of dedication and fine-tuning of his craft, SOSV found it necessary to make the upgrade, stating:
"I needed to take things more seriously, and I wanted to make an official song".
Finding a good studio where he would be able to excel at and be understood was the next step. SOSV, before landing on Plug Studios, first started at The Warehouse Studios, stating:
"My first-ever recording session was at this studio called the Warehouse. I ended up meeting a producer I worked with for a bit named Grizz."
The progression from The Warehouse to professional booths with the notoriety of Plug Studios, SOSV was truly able to locate a studio that fit his needs best, a place he could perform best. The comfort, ability to perform, combined with the quality equipment, this studio provides for SOSV extremely well.
When it comes down to choosing a studio that is right for you, it is extremely important to factor in your needs as an artist. Will you need beats? Do you need to hire a producer to get beats? Will you need three-four hours or two-three hours in the studio? Do you need to travel to the studio? All of these questions are very important when factoring in if it is time for you to attend a studio. It takes the same amount of energy in preparing for the studio as it does in looking for a studio.
I wanted to give a big thanks to SOSV for his help and sharing experiences for this article. You can follow SOSV on his Instagram and listen to his music that is on multiple platforms. Stream some artists during these crazy times. It is a great time to show support to creatives and help them grow, especially talented ones like SOSV. You can also check out the interview we did with SOSV here which we would greatly appreciate.