EXCLUSIVE: Jared James Nichols — “Down the Drain” Sweetwater Version | Live at Sweetwater
Hot off the release of their self-titled full-length, Jared James Nichols and his power trio drop by Sweetwater Studios to record an exclusive version of “Down the Drain.” Deconstructed and stripped back, this cut features an acoustic guitar and sparing instrumentation that prioritizes Jared’s signature vocal style and songwriting to more intimately drive home its lyrical heart. Take a listen!
“We built the house of hip hop” — TACKHEAD Live at Sweetwater
Members of TACKHEAD have been at the vanguard of industrial and commercial hip-hop for decades. Formed as a passion project by ace session musicians hungry for more, the group pushes technology and technique to the limit in search of musical and human connections. We’re joined by the band for a very special live performance of four tracks: “Rock This House“, “Cinderella“, “My Friend Sin,“ and “Repetition.” What’s more, the legendary Adrian Sherwood handled live mixing duties with Sweetwater Studios’ own Rupert Neve Designs 5088 analog mixing console. Check it out!
The Black Moods — “Hollywood” | Live at Sweetwater
Hailing from the deserts of Arizona, the Black Moods brought the heat to Sweetwater Studios with an exclusive live performance of their infectious jam, “Hollywood.” Take a look!
Jared James Nichols Guitar Recording Techniques | Sweetwater Studios
Jared James Nichols and Sweetwater Studios’ Shawn Dealey take a break from recording for a wide-ranging chat about studio ins and outs — what it’s like to be on either end of a great recording session? The duo talks about curating gear for Sweetwater Studios and sessions in general, as well as how to experiment with unusual guitar setups. Shawn shares about his favorite mics for guitar cabinets and how he tailors mics to different players depending on tone and technique. They get into some spicy takes on studio pedalboards and tips for beginners when entering the studio for the first time.
Ally Venable Band — “Real Gone” | Live at Sweetwater Studios
Ally Venable cranks up the heat with her latest single, “Real Gone,” performed live at Sweetwater Studios. Armed with her striking Les Paul and the full firepower of the Ally Venable Band, this high-octane track is brimming with character from its infectious melodies to its searing solo. Ally Venable’s new album, Real Gone, drops on March 24 — hear a taste today!
Ally Venable Band — “Heart of Fire” & “Lenny” | Live at Sweetwater
Texas blues virtuoso Ally Venable performs two songs live at Sweetwater Studios with her trusty band in tow. The Ally Venable Band rocks out with an original song “Heart of Fire” then takes the heat up to 11 with an immersive rendition of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” that’s packed with stirring lead lines and heartfelt emotion. Check it out!
Jessica Lynn — “Lone Rider,” “Better Than That,” and “The Morning Always Comes” | Sweetwater Studios
Big shout-out to Jessica Lynn and her incredible band for their incredible performance live in the Sweetwater Studios!
Sweetwater Studios Super Jam: Lisa Bella Donna, Tim Pierce, Pete Thorn, Nick D’Virgilio, Jacob Dupre
Lisa Bella Donna brought her synth wizardry to Sweetwater Studios, and Sweetwater favorites Tim Pierce and Pete Thorn — along with Sweetwater’s own Jacob Dupre and Nick D’Virgilio — got a chance to play along.
The Black Moods — “Saturday Night” | Live at Sweetwater
Rising Arizona rock stars the Black Moods drop by Sweetwater for a performance of their latest weekend anthem “Saturday Night.” The harmonies are riveting and the energy is relentless! Footage was filmed onsite at Sweetwater Studios, one of the Midwest‘s premier recording destinations for professionals and amateurs alike. Check it out!
Tracking for Dolby Atmos with Mike Miller
With a who‘s who list of collaborators under his belt — including globetrotting superstars like Lil Nas X and Harry Styles — Mike Miller has been grinding to make his name as a leading mixer in Dolby Atmos. In this video, Mike and his partner Candace Kendall discuss the Atmos mixing process, how he got his start with Atmos, and what makes this audio format so special. Check it out!
The Koch-Marshall Trio Performs Live at Sweetwater Studios
The Koch-Marshall Trio — helmed by guitarist Greg Koch and featuring his son Dylan Koch on drums and Toby Lee Marshall on organ — stopped off at Sweetwater Studios for a quick and dirty performance of two numbers from Greg‘s 2017 album Unrepentant: “Unrepentant“ and “Sweet Tea.“ Check it out!
Calvin Rodgers Plays “Earth 22” by Carlton Whitfield
It‘s time to groove! Calvin Rodgers is back for another all thriller, no filler performance, this time playing through Carlton Whitfield‘s dynamic “Earth 22.“