MOTOR CITY MUSIC !!!!!!
by Rachael May
Detroit Free Press
March 21, 2013
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Metro 37 Showcase:
Studio owner, musician, engineer and producer
Kevin Sharpe started the first incarnation of what became Metro 37 Recording Studios in 2005. Since then, Sharpe and his 4,000-square-foot facility in Rochester Hills have been cranking out recordings for all sorts of clients.
Some of the more notable local artists who have recorded with Sharpe include Critical Bill, Mitch Ryder, The Orbitsuns, The Koffin Kats, Alan Turner and Hush. Sharpe has also done work with national acts -- rappers Yelawolf and Tyga and rock bands Smile Empty Soul and Hawthorne Heights.
On Saturday, Metro 37 Studios will debut a series of monthly concerts featuring local bands at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Township, where he himself and his professional staff of sound engineers blast out the quality sound. "This is a job that requires someone that loves local music," Sharpe says. "Our goal is to give (the bands) better treatment than they've ever had."
Sharpe will also be providing a live recording of Saturday's concert. "I bring in a 24-track recorder and I get all the individual tracks and the audience response," he says. The recordings will be given to the bands to use as they see fit, and Sharpe will feature the recordings on his Website pages.
He's also working to develop local bands.
"I was a musician up till the time I was about 35," he says. "If I can just help people not make the same mistakes that I've made, they'd be much farther along. Sometimes I help with booking and also about what choices to make, material and places to play."
Performing at Saturday's showcase are a handful of newer local rock bands including Blind Season, the ButterKnife Wives, Digital Love, Black Ghost Bandits and Negative Feedback.
In April, Sharpe plans to open a second studio in an upper-level space inside the Diesel Concert Lounge. "It's an added value for the venue and for the bands," he says.
Sharpe's next showcase, set for April 26, is a project called Kickstart Detroit. The featured band, rockers Curbstone Beauty, will earn money to be used toward a studio recording with Sharpe. The showcase is a collaborative fund-raising effort involving the bar and all of the bands on the bill. Each band will earn money, but the large chunk of the night's take will go to the featured group.
Doors at 7 p.m. and music at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Diesel Concert Lounge, 33151 Twenty-three Mile, Chesterfield Township. $5.
For more Information visit, www.metro37.com
Metro 37 Recording Studios
1948 Star Batt Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
Phone: (586) 549-2879
Detroit's Premier Recording, Mixing and Mastering Facility