#5thAvenueBlogs | The Introduction [Blog]
Toronto, ON – There’s nothing more satisfying than doing things yourself, whether it be building furniture, constructing a beat or designing a rhyme. However, high quality work all comes with knowledge, practice and perseverance, which all culminates into craftsmanship and pride. This blog is about sharing knowledge, ideas and critical thinking about the production and recording of hip-hop.
It would probably be suitable to share a little bit about myself, my love of hip-hop and my goals for this blog, as it will perhaps help you get the most out of this.
My name is Nick and I love hip-hop. My first cassette was Illmatic, which to me is still one of the greatest sounding albums of all time. I have a musical background in guitar theory, and an educational background in audio engineering.
I own my own recording and mixing company named 5th Avenue Sound and I work out of River 16 Recording Studios, a professional facility that has seen its fair share of rappers that run the spectrum from serious lyricist to karaoke hobbyist. I’ve worked with pro’s, and I’ve worked with no’s. I have respect for everyone that steps into the studio and realize that people sharing their music with you is a sacred relationship that is not to be taken lightly.
As I wrote above, I truly believe that craftsmanship is important in hip-hop. It is my goal to create a space where thoughts and ideas can be spread about recording and producing music. I have technical knowledge and experience that I will share to try to help you create a more realized sound.
So what can you expect? Stories from the studio, how to use mixing tools both simple and complex, how to beef up your kicks, proper studio etiquette and analysis of mixes, just to name a few. I know other engineers in the industry that can give an alternative approach as there is never only one way to do things. Any relative questions I will endeavour to answer. It’s all about the pursuit of self improvement through the sharing of information and knowledge. That’s whats up.