Recording Connection grad Edgar Vazquez of Denver, Colorado is staying busy these days. Since completing both the basic and the master’s apprenticeship programs with Ryan Conway of Conway Sound, he’s been working on building up his own home studio and is now taking clients of his own! We caught up with Edgar recently to see how he was doing, and he was more than willing to share what was happening, talk about his experiences apprenticing with Ryan, and even offer some helpful advice for others coming into the program. Enjoy!
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RRFC: Edgar, we hear you’re recording local clients at your home studio. Is that correct?
RC grad Edgar Vazquez and artist Kyle Abraham aka LINI-G
Yes, I’m actually trying to start my own little home studio…Everyone that I have worked with so far, we’ve made great sounds out of like just being in an apartment. And even that so, like I would like to get to the point where I would have enough clientele, from the people I’m working with now…to where it demands a need to move out and like go to a studio and like actually, you know, put my studio in there.
RRFC: Can you tell us a little bit about the projects you’ve been working on there?
I just released a song recently that I did with a friend that is on SoundCloud, and that one, we actually recorded maybe like about two weeks ago…I kind of felt like it had been amazing to me that I’ve gotten this song done in like a week, because I’ve had songs that had taken me like a month, and a few of that had even taken me years to like complete…I have this guy with at least over 50 songs right now, but I’m aiming to go for like more than like 5,000. I want to do something where it’s every day like writing and creating.
RRFC: So what first got you interested in recording?
I, myself, am a performer and a musician, and I kind of felt that, it was one of these things where I hated having to go to so many different middle men, of having to create a product for what would be my music. So I had first primarily done it for myself, in being able to make my music, in the easiest way and getting it out in my own house. But then I kind of realized that it was also something that a lot of people were looking for too. So I thought that it would be a cool idea to maybe do it as a business.
RRFC: So what made you decide on studying with the Recording Connection?
One of the biggest things that brought me to Recording Connection was like kind of not knowing where to go in life…I ended up looking up at it in Google, and falling in love with everything that was being said and all the testimonials and everything. And so at that point, you know, I just said, “Let’s do it.”…It was definitely nice to choose Recording Connection because it was a lot more feasible, but I think it’s nice the way that you guys do your programs, and especially with being able to be with someone within the studio.
RRFC: You apprenticed with Ryan Conway at Conway Sound. What were impressions when you met your mentor?
I like really, really enjoyed Ryan’s energy. He was a very open guy…We got that one-on-one talk, and he was super open to me about talking about all the things that he wanted to show me, and he was very excited about having someone under his wing, and that’s really what invited me in, is it almost inspired me to be like that, you know, and it had given me that incentive to even want to get into teaching it as well. So one of the biggest things that we had talked about in that first day was, him just kind of explaining to me like what he wanted to do and how the scenarios would go, but he also kept reminding me to have fun, you know.
RRFC: So going through the program itself, are there any highlights you can think of? Any eureka moments that you had about something you didn’t understand before?
: I think personally, like the technological side, you know, working with all the technical stuff, there was a lot of things that I wasn’t understanding. Decibels, frequencies, you know, the way that compressors and equalizers work, and all these different things…I think one of the biggest things for me was microphones…I kept thinking about microphones, specifically where they should be put in all these different matters, and like I was trying to think it right out like, “Oh, well, this needs to be angled in this way because this and this and this.”…One of the biggest things that Ryan taught me, which I thought was funny though he would do it, would just be like, “You know, I think you’re thinking about this too hard. Let’s just place it here and then we’ll place it over here, and then we’ll compare sounds, you know.”
RRFC: So in way is the Edgar today different than who you were prior to starting the program?
One of those things that I think it has taught me is the way to look at my music and the way to look at other people’s music. I think the me from the past before the program would not be as diverse and open-minded…I think that one of the biggest things I learned within the program was that there’s a lot of different ways to look at these things…One of the biggest things that I’m doing now that I wasn’t doing before was definitely taking time with my music and taking time with people and taking time with myself, you know, in just like everything that I would do. So being patient I think is definitely something that’s made me change.
RRFC: Now that you’ve been through the program, any advice for others who might be enrolling in the Recording Connection? What would you tell them?
One the biggest things I think I could recommend to people is to definitely stick with what your dream is, but also basically make yourself prepared to be able to kind of be flexible with that dream… I think one of the best things as a student is to be asking questions…Be interactive and be interested as much as you can be, because I mean, it’s something that you love, you know, and this is someone that knows what you’re wanting to do. I think you really need to respect what they’re doing and also let them do their work. [Then] after the session you could ask them like all the questions that you need…You need to take that chance when you have it.
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