Posted on 04/15/15 by in Fascinating Rhythms
The Music Settlement is thrilled to feature the Musician’s Experience, a once-in-a-lifetime auction item, at our upcoming May 2nd Gala. Anyone interested in recording, promoting, and learning from the best in the business, should take note. Why? Because The Musician's Experience is unlike anything you’ve ever heard of.
Eric Kogelschatz, the mastermind behind this priceless experience shares, “There is something very special about recording - the process and outcome - but it's the fact that you are capturing your creativity at a specific moment that can then be revisited again and again for years to come that makes recording truly special. This reminded me of hearing the first album I recorded on vinyl. It is an experience that every musician should have. That’s when I started to wonder, what if someone helped you set-up a once-in-a-lifetime performance? What if they helped you book, promote, record and share your performance? And that's when I put it together, the BOP STOP at The Music Settlement would be the perfect venue for a performance and live recording.”
Eric found world-class partners to contribute to this experience: Jakprints to create t-shirts, posters and stickers, Cauliflower Audio Mastering to master the recording, and Gotta Groove Records to press the albums.
Dan Byler, Sales at Jakprints; Adam Boose (pictured), owner and head engineer of Cauliflower Audio Mastering; and Vince Slusarz, owner of Gotta Groove Records share their passion for music, The Music Settlement, and Cleveland in this exclusive interview:
The Music Settlement: Can you tell us about your relationship with music?
Dan Byler: I am not a musician but I do deeply enjoy music. Growing up skateboarding I was exposed to a variety of bands from different skate videos and magazines. For extra money in high school I began DJing pep-rallies and eventually started my own company DJing weddings, school dances, corporate events and parties [...] After high school I took some Audio & Engineering courses which help to expand my technical understanding of how to capture audio. I stopped DJing about eight years ago to focus on my career at Jakprints. I still skateboard today, and skate videos are still one of the main sources of new music for me aside from seeing a new band at the occasional live show. I also follow a few friends’ playlists on Spotify so that's another way I come across new music.
Adam Boose: I've been enamored with music for as long as I can remember. As a four year old, I was obsessed with the rock band, KISS. My stuffed animals formed a band and regularly gave concerts on my bed. There was always music playing at family get-togethers, usually loudly. In middle school I tried my hand at "band" and sight-reading, but my heart belonged to rock... plus, I was impatient. Around 14, I received a bass guitar for Christmas, and my brother received a drum kit. We "jammed" all the time but he was equally interested in cars and other pursuits... so I began collecting synthesizers and drum machines so I could create my own music by myself. My interest in electronic music led to an interest in recording, which in turn led to the study of audio engineering. I went to school, found a job in a duplication house, and weaseled my way into the mastering room there. The rest is history!
Vince Slusarz: Like many my age, my interest in music began as a child watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. This propelled me into asking for 45s for Christmas. Later, free form radio pioneered by WNCR and then WMMS led to regular trips to the record store.
The Music Settlement: Why is your company contributing to this auction item?
Adam: In 2012, I struck up a relationship with Gotta Groove's in-house cutting engineer Clint Holley. Clint and I have worked very closely over the past few years, as our businesses dovetail with each other... I do a lot of mastering for vinyl, and many of those projects end up being cut by Clint. We currently share a studio space at 78th Street Studios, so we work with each other every day. Through Clint I met the rest of the Gotta Groove family, and through Gotta Groove I heard about the Music Settlement.
Dan: Jakprints is a printing company that has always done work for creatives. This company was started specifically to serve independent musicians, graphic designers and artists. Over the years our client base has grown into different markets, but the music industry is still a very important part of our business. That’s why we have perfected a blend of products that are cost-effective, high quality, and what a band actually needs. We can help with all of the non-music related things that a band or musician uses to market their brand (yes, a musical act is a brand), create merchandise and promote events. Plus we plant a tree for every order that comes through our shop!
Vince: I became aware of the Musician’s Experience package due to Eric's outreach. I am aware of The Music Settlement and was pleased to hear about the acquisition of the BOP STOP.
The Music Settlement: What about The Music Settlement is important to you and to Cleveland?
Dan: What can I say but music is great! It brings people together from all walks of life--it enhances experiences that we partake in, and it taps it stimulates parts of the human mind in different ways than other day-to-day activities. Any programming that brings more of these things to our communities is a wonderful thing!
Adam: As somewhat of a loner as a kid, music was a real constant in my life and offered me something to focus on and be good at in difficult times. It still offers that to me, and I feel so thankful to be able to work in the music industry for a living. I would like to be able to give back to the community and help folks share in the experience that I have had with music.
About the Donors:
Adam Boose started his career in 2000 at Cleveland, Ohio's A to Z Audio Services, where he learned the finer intricacies of digital mastering for a wide array of styles and formats. In 2007, Adam began work at Iron Mountain Digital Studios in Pennsylvania, where he archived and mastered audio for the Universal, Sony, and Codigo record labels. Concurrently, Adam founded Cauliflower Audio, a high-end mastering facility in Cleveland and grew the studio in his spare time. After 5 successful years as a side business, Adam left Iron Mountain to focus on Cauliflower. It is at this point that he added lacquer cutting to his list of skills, under the guidance of Well Made Music's Clint Holley. Adam currently splits his time mastering records and cutting lacquers at the new headquarters of Well Made Music & Cauliflower Audio at 78th Street Studios.
As head engineer of Cauliflower Audio, Adam has mastered records for The Drums, Dawes, Reggie and the Full Effect, This Town Needs Guns, Los Lobos, and Dean & Britta to name a few. As cutter for Well Made Music, Adam has cut over 600 sides! Some of the artists whose records bear his initials in the runout wax include Guided By Voices, Pedro the Lion, Classixx, John Coltrane, At The Drive In, Psychic TV, Devo, Information Society, Kyuss, and Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Vince Slusarz is the owner of Gotta Groove Records (GGR), a vinyl record pressing plant located in Cleveland's Tyler Village complex. GGR was established in 2009 after Vince purchased the assets of a pressing plant in New Jersey- Sun Plastics, which had been pressing records since the 1940s. GGR pressed its first record at the end of August 2009.
Prior to establishing GGR, Vince spent nearly 25 years with Newbury, Ohio based Kinetico Incorporated, a manufacturer of water processing systems. He held various positions with the company, including Vice President and General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.