Two Lafayette High School seniors who participated in the Rockwood PIE (Partners in Education) Project Interface program over the summer presented their final project on Sunday afternoon at a St. Louis recording studio.
At Gaslight Studios, Ben Augustine focused on the marketing/branding side of the music industry; Aden Black focused on studio production and performance.
Gaslight Studios owner J.B. Anderson said, "They actively participated in professional recording projects here and promoted a festival event earlier in the summer – Grub and Groove in Francis Park. Their experience culminated in Sunday's livestream performance interview recap of the summer."
"I've been helping artists develop their own craft and market their music," said Augustine. "I worked with releasing tracks and helping get the word out. I learned about the music industry, especially now that you don't really go and buy a record at the record store. You look up the artist on Spotify. What I learned from J.B. is how to monetize that."
"My experience with Project Interface and Gaslight has been enlightening and insanely cool," said Black. "I perform a lot around St. Louis, but I've never seen the production side and recording."
Black said she learned to sing while wearing headphones and how to position a microphone to achieve the desired audio result.
"I definitely think it's going to benefit me," she added. "I hope to use what I learned about production to record a release in the fall. I really do want to be a studio artist and singer and learning this side of the industry is vital."
Rockwood PIE Coordinator Emanuel Young said, "After their experiences in Project Interface, I've heard students say, 'I absolutely know that this is what I want to do for a career path, and this experience has confirmed it.' I've also heard students say just the opposite. Both are very valuable perspectives."
Anderson said Gaslight extends an open invitation to public schools – if they can get an ensemble, a chorus or an a capella group to the studio, Gaslight will record them free of charge.
"We are a label," said Anderson. "We know that in working with kids, they are the best beta group to test new music. If 14-16 year olds don't like it, the market won't like it. So it's the easiest way to actively engage our product to an end user."