Pretty Digital Releases “The More You Scratch”

Pretty Digital In Studio

The More You Scratch The Longer It Takes To Heal is the debut album of Irish electronic artist Pretty Digital. The album includes 11 tracks produced, engineered and mixed by Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan.

Influenced by the late eighties and early nineties Manchester music scene, Pretty Digital’s Bobby Byrne played in bands in his home town of Dublin, Ireland, before moving to Philadelphia.

The video for Pretty Digital’s single Get Used To It (below) was filmed, edited and directed by Jay Yachetta, and produced by Brendan McGeehan. The video features some famous Philly landmarks in a hip, retro style.

 

Another track from the album is Take The Loss.  You can listen to it on YouTube.

 

Visit Pretty Digital’s website to download the entire album or individual tracks.

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Von Roz Records EP at Forge

Brendan McGeehan and Von Roz

Soulful Blues Band Von Roz utilized both Studio A and The Academy Studio to record their latest EP. Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan produced and engineered the project which was written by music and life partners John von Glaubitz and Meg Rozinski.

Von Roz consists of John on guitar and vocals, Meg on keyboards and vocals, Jeff Leonard on drums and John Roberts on bass. Fans can listen to the EP on Reverb Nation here.

Check out the video “Shadow Puppets” from the EP which was filmed at Forge Recording.

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Josh Nussbaum Saves The Day!

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Studio Jams was in a jam. Producer Tom Emmi was ready to film Episode #73 in Studio A at Forge Recording. In place were saxophonist Andrew Neu, bassist Jonathan Smith, pianist Jason Long, drummer Dave Hanlon, and the film crew. But with no guitar player the session was about to be scrapped. Fortunately, guitarist Josh Nussbaum was teaching a songwriting lesson in The Academy at Forge Recording and jumped in to save the day!

Charlie Puth and Josh Nussbaum rehearsing in the Gold Room

Charlie Puth and Josh Nussbaum rehearsing in the Gold Room

 

Josh is an outstanding guitar player who accompanied Grammy-nominated singer Charlie Puth when he was here rehearsing for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Josh has played on numerous sessions at Forge, including one for The Voice’s Matthew Schuler.

Below are two videos from Studio Jams Episode #73 featuring Josh Nussbaum. For more on Studio Jams visit www.studiojams.com.

 

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Dee Lee Show Airs From Forge Recording

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While in town comedian Dee Lee taped his weekly radio show at Forge Recording. Described as “Christian Reality Radio,” The Dee Lee Show plays the top hits of today and yesterday and includes celebrity interviews, local artists, and relevant current events.

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Shelly Shell Williams and Dee Lee discuss current events in Studio A

 

For years, Dee Lee has been sharing his gift of comedy, appropriately labeled “The Ministry of Laughter,” with people across the country. A successful comedy club owner and host of HBO ZONE, Dee Lee has made numerous appearances on TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Apollo Comedy Hour.

Asia Sparks in Forge Recording's lobby

Asia Sparks in Forge Recording’s lobby

 

Dee Lee’s guests for this episode were rapper and singer Asia Sparks, producer and founder of Ethical Music Entertainment Carvin Haggins, author Richard D. Sutton (Fear of Becoming a Man), and television producer Shelly Shell Williams. The show was recorded by producer Dejure Hest of Ethical Music Entertainment.

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Jillian Shea Spaeder Rising Star

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Jillian Shea Spaeder is an actress, singer and dancer perhaps best known for her role as Bailey on Disney XD’s TV show Walk the Prank. When she’s not busy with her acting career, the 13 year old rising star loves making music.
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Joined on keyboards by her father, Bill Spaeder, and our own Ron DiSilvestro and Brendan McGeehan (collectively known as the Forge Recording Rhythm Section) on drums and bass, Jillian came to Forge Recording to track some of her favorite songs. Here is her rendition of The Beatles’ Come Together.

Here is Jillian in a music video with Ky Baldwin.

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Live Sound for Network TV

The Q Show

Forge Recording’s live sound team traveled to Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia for a taping of The Q Show. The sound team, headed by audio engineer Robbie Simmons and assisted by Sem Pierre, was tasked with providing the sound system for artist BriaMarie and her band, and a mix for both the network TV broadcast and the live studio audience. BriaMarie performing with her band

It was a nearly live broadcast. The half-hour variety show, hosted by Quincy Harris, began taping at 11am and aired at noon. For the show BriaMarie premiered her single Love The Way We Argue. She was accompanied by dancers, backup singers, drummer, bass player, and DJ.

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BriaMarie is signed to Ethical Music Entertainment, the record label of multi-platinum-selling, award-winning producer Carvin Haggins. Known as the “Fresh Princess,” BriaMarie’s music has been featured on VH1, MTV, TV One, Fox and radio stations across the country. Check out her music video for Love The Way We Argue below.

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Remembering Larry Coryell

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We wish to take a moment to remember legendary jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell who passed away February 19th at the age of 73. Known as the Godfather of Fusion, Larry Coryell combined rock and jazz stylings and performed with icons like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

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Dylan Taylor, Mike Clark, and Larry Coryell

Forge Recording had the pleasure of hosting Coryell in our studios when he played a live in-studio concert with renowned Philly jazz musician Dylan Taylor. He also recorded two albums with Dylan Taylor here, Sweeter for the Struggle and One in Mind, that were produced by Forge’s Brendan McGeehan.

Live in-studio session, 2015

Live in-studio session, 2015

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WSDG, Architect of Forge Facilities, Wins TEC Award

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In 2004 the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) received a “Best Studio Design” TEC Award nomination for the Forge Recording facilities (pictured above and below). This year WSDG won the TEC Award for the design of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room. In fact, WSDG has won the TEC Award for studio design for each of the past 3 years.

Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, and other media. It is considered the highest honor in the professional audio and sound recording industry.

WSDG has won 11 TEC Awards since 1985. In 2015 WSDG was recognized for its design of the Berklee College of Music educational complex in Boston, and in 2016 for Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London.

For Forge Recording, WSDG designed the exterior, Studio A, lobby, lounge, 2nd floor offices and what was then the audiocassette manufacturing facilities. Click here for a description of the Forge Recording project on the WSDG web site.

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“Most Excellent Theophilus” Mixed At Forge Recording

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It was an easy decision for co-producers Jim Gooch and Thomas Combs Miller. They had recently commissioned Robert Simmons to orchestrate their musical Most Excellent Theophilus (“MET”). When it came time to mix the project, Simmons naturally recommended Forge Recording and Gooch and Miller wholeheartedly agreed. Simmons is currently engineering new material at Forge Recording for The Voice’s Matthew Schuler, and has worked on numerous projects at Forge.  

MET is an ambitious, two act contemporary Christian musical from GM Performance Art Ministries. The book and the show’s twenty five songs were written by Miller. The show’s story line focuses on Theophilus, whose identity biblical scholars have been debating over for centuries. In Miller’s book, this true mystery man puts on fictional flesh. Theophilus is forever changed by his encounter with the Gospel of Luke and the truth of God’s word.       

The live stage debut of Most Excellent Theophilus is anticipated for the Fall of 2017.

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Quick Mixes, Fast Masters and Speedy CDs

When  Germantown Church of the Brethren needed their project mixed, mastered and duplicated quickly, they chose Forge Recording.

final-insert-frontPastor Richard Kyerematen contacted Forge Recording with a seemingly impossible task–to mix and master 10 songs and manufacture 150 market-ready CDs in just 4 days. With all of these capabilities under one roof, Forge Recording jumped right in. Lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the production team prepared the graphics for the CDs. The True Light Christmas CDs, with full-color discs, inserts, tray cards and shrinkwrap, were in the client’s hands by Friday, in time for their Christmas service.

Forge Recording is no stranger to full-service, quick turn recording and duplication projects. For the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir’s annual “Christmas Joy” concert, Forge does an on-location multi-track recording on Sunday, mixes and masters on Monday, and has 600 market-ready CDs ready by Thursday. For St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered in Forge Recording’s world-class studios, resulting in manufactured CDs in jewel cases and DigiPaks.

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