4th Street Recording

4th Street Recording In 1989, Kathleen and her partner bought the studio and renamed it 4th Street Recording.
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Three short city blocks from the Pacific Ocean and one block off of Santa Monica's world-famous Promenade, there is a special little place where folks have been making music for over thirty years. In it’s first incarnation, this place was a recording studio called Sound Solutions, with clients that included Little Richard, Stanley Clarke, George Clinton, and the Beach Boys, who recorded "Kokomo" h

ere. Designed by the same team that built A&M Studios, the studio features a wavy ceiling in the tracking room and walls soundproofed with sand hauled up from the beach. Nineteen years later, you will hear people say that they love 4th Street for many reasons—its sound design, its location, its people—but the most frequent compliment is, "I feel really good here." Since 1995, nineteen acts have been signed to record deals with a demo recorded at 4th Street, starting with Fiona Apple’s "Shadowboxer," a recording that was released as the first single on her Grammy-nominated album "Tidal". Next came Incubus, Alien Ant Farm, and Hoobastank, all to become platinum-selling artists.

4th Street Recording feels like a cozy home in a friendly little beach town, but offers all the big city benefits of Santa Monica's Bayside District, an extended pedestrian area complete with shops, theaters, and street musicians. Clients can order from dozens of restaurants and choose from a wide range of accommodations, from motels to hotels to monthly corporate rentals in local bungalows. Simply put, 4th Street Recording is a good place to stay for a long time. And, as the staff will advise, "If you don’t take a walk down to the ocean at sunset, you’re not using the full facility."

We have “revisited” some albums with a few long-ago clients who had a major label album and got dropped. Two decades lat...
10/30/2023

We have “revisited” some albums with a few long-ago clients who had a major label album and got dropped. Two decades later, the labels refused to part with the masters, were just sitting on them.

In case this situation sounds familiar to you or someone you know, re-recording your old album is something you might want to consider. Nowadays there are more places to license your music than ever, even if you didn’t become world-famous.

Thanks to Protools and your familiarity with the tracks, you can track an album these days in maybe two weeks instead of two months.

If you want to talk about it, you know where to find us!

Major record labels are implementing new restrictions in order to deter artists from re-recording their music à la Taylor Swift.

08/12/2023

Hi friends!
Does anyone have a “Work For Hire” contract for session musicians?
I have an artist that needs one asap.
Thank you:)

In case you were wondering how many streams your song or album needs to achieve Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status. . .
08/11/2023

In case you were wondering how many streams your song or album needs to achieve Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status. . .

You may have heard of Gold and Platinum records, but how are tracks actually awarded such prestigious certifications? This guide goes explains. by Philip Kinsher of Disc Makers Blog Every. Continue reading

08/01/2023

**Update -thank you everyone for your super quick responses, referrals, and submissions! ❤️ Our LA music community is a beautiful thing!

Looks like the songriters have made up their mind, but I will keep all your contacts and submissions for possible future sessions 😀**
-Sejo

Hello LA music friends!

I am looking to hire a male singer with a high range (think Prince meets Highway to The Danger Zone), to sing on a couple of 80’s - inspired synth-driven songs for an Italian artist.
We will be recording vocals around august 10th/11th in Santa Monica.

Please DM Sejo Navajas for more details.

Thanks!

07/13/2023

Dominique Crenn cooked up a dish featuring Upside Foods’ lab-grown poultry.

The jukebox is the soul of the bar. I will go to a bar for its jukebox, but not for those digital things.
07/13/2023

The jukebox is the soul of the bar. I will go to a bar for its jukebox, but not for those digital things.

Contributing editor Brad Thomas Parsons makes a case for the classic bar jukebox and shares where to find some of his favorites.

Do you share a name with other artists? They might be getting your streaming money!
06/23/2023

Do you share a name with other artists? They might be getting your streaming money!

In this latest installment of the Byta and MusicBrainz series on the importance of metadata, you’ll learn tips and tricks to make or break your music. from Byta  In the. Continue reading

06/23/2023

Our staff’s 50 favorite albums of 2023 so far, presented alphabetically, with our 50 favorite songs to follow tomorrow.

There are some great tips here for moving your listeners into total fandom!
06/23/2023

There are some great tips here for moving your listeners into total fandom!

Discover key stages, real-life examples, and essential tips for artists navigating the fan journey from discovery to advocacy. by Jubran Haddad from Chartmetric If you stumble upon a captivating track. Continue reading

ARRRRRRRGH! This is super important. Spotify is deleting all artist historical data over TWO YEARS OLD. This is what we ...
06/23/2023

ARRRRRRRGH! This is super important. Spotify is deleting all artist historical data over TWO YEARS OLD. This is what we get when 120,000 of mostly crap is uploaded every day.

Spotify has announced that it will delete all artist data over two years old plus the year-to-date across the entire Spotify for Artists analytics platform on June 30th. Historical artist. Continue reading

06/21/2023

Police departments across the country must root out the racism and excessive use of force we see time and time again.

05/15/2023

C’mon down to Harvelle's Nightclub Santa Monica on Fri May 19th 🎶⚡️Tom will be joined by Michael Jerome + 4th Street Recording where Tom recorded will be co hosting this vinyl release hang 😋
Tix: https://santamonica.harvelles.com/shows/216885

04/17/2023

Shoptalk 102

I am so excited and proud to send out this invitation for an event I am producing with Women In Music at The Village Recorders from 10:00 am til noon on Saturday, April 22.

This workshop is all about explaining the process of recording and terminology of the control room. This will be a safe space for artists and those who work with artists to ask those questions they hesitate to ask, fearing that their lack of knowledge marginalizes them. This event is also a great opportunity for women building careers in music production to come see the world famous Village Recorders and meet the women engineers who work there.

Shoptalk 102 continues the discussion we started at Shoptalk 101, which was held last year at my studio, 4 Street Recording. I am not an audio engineer, but I was finding myself answering my clients’ technical questions as best I could in layman’s terms. Why do I need to book more time to do what I want to do? Is Melodyne better than Auto-tune? What is the difference between mixing and mastering? What is vocal comping?

Shoptalk 102 is free for members of Women In Music, and only $15 for non-members.

https://womeninmusic.wildapricot.org/event-5230112/Registration

Three short city blocks from the Pacific Ocean and one block off of Santa Monica's world-famous Promenade, there is a special little place where folks have been making music for over thirty years.

In it’s first incarnation, this place was a recording studio called Sound Solutions, with clients that included Little Richard, Stanley Clarke, George Clinton, and the Beach Boys, who recorded "Kokomo" here. Designed by the same team that built A&M Studios, the studio features a wavy ceiling in the tracking room and walls soundproofed with sand hauled up from the beach.

In 1989, Kathleen and her partner bought the studio and renamed it 4th Street Recording. Nineteen years later, you will hear people say that they love 4th Street for many reasons—its sound design, its location, its people—but the most frequent compliment is, "I feel really good here."

Since 1995, nineteen acts have been signed to record deals with a demo recorded at 4th Street, starting with Fiona Apple’s "Shadowboxer," a recording that was released as the first single on her Grammy-nominated album "Tidal". Next came Incubus, Alien Ant Farm, and Hoobastank, all to become platinum-selling artists.

4th Street Recording feels like a cozy home in a friendly little beach town, but offers all the big city benefits of Santa Monica's Bayside District, an extended pedestrian area complete with shops, theaters, and street musicians. Clients can order from dozens of restaurants and choose from a wide range of accommodations, from motels to hotels to monthly corporate rentals in local bungalows.

Simply put, 4th Street Recording is a good place to stay for a long time. And, as the staff will advise, "If you don’t take a walk down to the ocean at sunset, you’re not using the full facility."

11/23/2022

Please bear with us while our new website is being launched. For whatever reason, we have run into a snag with Bluehost and it is not up online yet. My email has also been affected! Please just telephone us to reach us for now! 310-395-9114 is the studio land line.
We’ll have this resolved soon!

Little Galaxies has been a part of our 4th St family for awhile so we are super excited to see them play at the legendar...
11/09/2022

Little Galaxies has been a part of our 4th St family for awhile so we are super excited to see them play at the legendary Troubador. AND this is a great lineup! See you there tomorrow night!

The Troubadour show is Wednesday! Including amazing performances by , , , and visuals by . Don't miss out! Get your tickets now in our bio. Presented by and !

Happy 25th Birthday to S.C.I.E.N.C.E by Incubus! Recorded at 4th Street Recording🤘❤️🎊🎁🎉🎂
09/09/2022

Happy 25th Birthday to S.C.I.E.N.C.E by Incubus!
Recorded at 4th Street Recording
🤘❤️🎊🎁🎉🎂

06/24/2022

There are plenty more ways to make a profit off your music than streaming and live shows… we’ve got about 29 more. by Greg Majewski from CD Baby’s DIY Musician. Continue reading

“We are sleepwalking our way to extinction” - Deepak ChopraSejo Navajas just spent a couple of days aboard the pirate sp...
05/31/2022

“We are sleepwalking our way to extinction”
- Deepak Chopra

Sejo Navajas just spent a couple of days aboard the pirate spaceship (4th Street Recording), recording him narrate many of his writings and just riffing off his thoughts for an upcoming psychedelic immersive experience.
🏴‍☠️🚀🌎🍄🧠🙏📿

Friends!!! Please click on the link and vote for The Living Stranger’s new song “Close” on X1039radio!This band deserves...
05/25/2022

Friends!!! Please click on the link and vote for The Living Stranger’s new song “Close” on X1039radio!
This band deserves to be heard by everyone so please help get them into regular rotation 😀❤️

https://www.x1039radio.com/300-throwdown-with-shawn/

Vote for the song each day you want to see advance to the next round!

Ladies and Gentlemen,The Living Strange!New single “Close”, available now on all platforms!🤘🎹🥁🎸🎼🎤🎶🎧🤯Recorded at 4th Stre...
05/13/2022

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Living Strange!
New single “Close”, available now on all platforms!
🤘🎹🥁🎸🎼🎤🎶🎧🤯
Recorded at 4th Street Recording
Produced / Engineered by Sejo Navajas
Mixed / Engineered by Andreas Kvinge Sandnes
Mastered by Alex DeYoung
Management Gary Poole

This is a big deal, recognizes that artists who have not recouped are not going to with Spotify income
02/01/2022

This is a big deal, recognizes that artists who have not recouped are not going to with Spotify income

We're told, categorically, that good news is coming for artists and songwriters…

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