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LAUNCH 2012 / New DW Kit / Current Projects

Posted by Carson Slovak on Apr.25, 2012

This year’s Launch Music Conference is right around the corner and, as usual, Atrium is an official sponsor. We’ll be hanging out at the trade show in the Lancaster Convention Center all day Friday and Saturday so come by our booth and say hello. We also just got some cool new diagonal-cut brochures to hand out (pictured below), as well as some nifty bumper stickers and Dropcards with new music, which will be available for free at our trade show booth. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, do so here and check out the official Event Guide while you’re at it. You can also check out an online schedule of almost 20 bands that have all recorded at Atrium and are all playing Launch this weekend on the righthand sidebar or click here for the schedule page. Lastly, both Grant McFarland and I will be guest speakers on two of the industry panel discussions: “How To Prepare For Your Release” (Grant), Friday, April 27 @ 11am and “How Do I Get Signed” (Carson), Saturday, April 28 @ 1pm.

In other news, our brand new DW Collector’s Series custom-built drum kit just arrived yesterday and we’re beyond excited about it. We have a few kits at the studio but this one is the “tits” so-to-speak. Maple shells with African ChenChen veneer, 22″x18″ kick, 10″x8″ rack tom, 12″x9″ rack tom and 16″x14″ floor tom. It will be available for studio use by any of our clients at no additional charge. Check it out:

We’ve been hitting it non-stop since January, completing a number of full-lengths, EPs and singles for (in no particular order) Sacred Serenity, Divine Air, I Surround, Ex-Votos, Delorian Conquest, Secret Eyes, The May Season, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Benchpress, The Road To Milestone, Ace Augustine, James Wolpert, Conspiracy, Fisthammer, Samsara, Scout’s Honor, From These Wounds, YGATM, Lies of a Murderer, Forgive Yesterday and My Soul For Glory. We just wrapped up Atlantic Avenue’s new full-length (and Eulogy Records debut), two new singles for Ohio’s Affiance (Bullet Tooth Records), mastering for Throw The Fight’s John Feldmann-produced full-length (also Bullet Tooth) and a new recording for the mighty August Burns Red (details forthcoming). We’re currently in the studio with The Teeth (Rock Paper Records) recording their new full-length, which is turning out awesome so far. Forthcoming over the next few months we’ll be working with our friends in Paper Castle, Goodbye Neveah, The Riot, Eye Fur & Tooth, A Million Drones, A Scent Like Wolves, Cyperna and more.

- Carson

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Belated 2011 Update

Posted by Carson Slovak on Mar.25, 2011

As usual, the lack of updates is due to us being ridiculously busy with a ton of cool stuff. Hopefully I can get myself into the habit of keeping this site fresh with more frequent blog posts about what’s happening. Where to start…

Since December, we’ve had a ton of cool bands come through, including artists new to the studio and some returning friends as well. Some of the projects include new music from Jerod Eckenrode, Adam Taylor, Young Historians, Atlantic Avenue, May Bright Sunday, Morgan’s Accident, Schema, Macter The Martyr, Cyperna, My Heart To Fear, Carousel Kings, Amateur Theory, One Year Later, Now The City, Black Friday, Ryan Wickersham, Free The Fallen, Flight Case Syndrome, Anoka and Ex-Creations, to name a few. As you can imagine, we’ve had our hands full but it’s been a fantastic start to 2011 and a great kick-off to what’s shaping up to be an awesome year.

Atrium recently sponsored the High School Battle of the Bands at The Champ in Lemoyne, PA. The event took place once a month over the end of 2010. As part of the final prize, the winning band came into Atrium to track a song for free. Congrats to Hold Your Breath from York, PA for winning. We had a blast tracking their song “The Weak Are Left For Dead” at the studio.

One project I’m personally extremely excited about is the new music from my friends in The Gracious Few, the “super-group” comprised entirely of members of two of my all-time favorite bands, Live and Candlebox. I co-produced and engineered two new singles for the band this past month and they’re both fantastic. As many of you know, Chad Taylor (guitarist in TGF / Live) was a fundamental motivator for me when I became interested in the production end of music. Since his work on my first band’s EP back in 2002, we’ve had the opportunity to work together on a number of projects and it’s always a blast. The new TGF tracks are heavy, thick and dynamic. Very excited to play them for everyone when they’re released. Stay tuned.

Atrium, along with Aurora Creative Group, will again be an official sponsor of this year’s upcoming Launch Music Conference. This will be the third year for the annual conference, which seems to be getting exponentially bigger with each incarnation. Atrium will have a booth at the conference trade show and we’ll be there for the entire weekend to hand out free music, information and talk to everyone who comes by. The event takes place April 21-24 at the Convention Center in downtown Lancaster, PA. If you’re thinking of attending, remember to register ahead of time to receive discounted pricing. And of course, please stop by our booth and say hello!

Last but certainly not least, the big news: Atrium is now officially moving! We’ve endeavored to purchase a stand-alone building down the street from our current location. I’m extremely excited about this as it’s a move I’ve been wanting to make happen for over a year. While I’ve personally put a ton of “love labor” into our current space (sanding drywall at 3am, building a wooden subfloor with a group of friends, very slowly painting things, etc.) it’s time to say goodbye and move on up. The new space is a small, three-floor building on Prince St. in (a much nicer area of) Lancaster, close-by to The Brickyard sports bar and restaurant, Senorita Burrita, CI Records and The Chameleon, among other cool businesses. The new facility will have two studios, a main “A” tracking room, control room and iso, along with a “B” control room and iso. The vibe is great and I’m beyond excited to move, which is tentatively scheduled for mid-May.

So that’s about as concise of an update as I can make right now without my head imploding. Some cool upcoming projects we have booked over the next few months include Fisthammer, Twelve After, Black Friday, Paper Castle, Bells, Face For Radio, Barriers, Until Days End, Ahimsa Sunrise, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Daylight Falls, Headstrong, Things Behind The Sun, Dionaea and Set Sail. At some point in there, I’m also going to attempt to finish up the recording process for my own band, Century, which Ricky, Grant and I have about 13 solid songs for, sans vocals. Hopefully it will come out sometime before the 2012 apocalypse.

– Carson

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