Wild Turkey Studio
Studio Owner John Hopen (R) with Grammy-winning
Engineer/Producer Khaliq Glover
Studio is home of Love
Passion for music is above all else, according to founder John
Hopen, "LCR is a true haven for the heart and soul of creativity
How? "Were nurturing imagination and artistry
knowing that we can be something greater together than we can be
on our own. Were a true community that just really loves collaborating
to make awesome music
thats why we are Partnership in
Artistry," adds Hopen.
Where? Welcome to NorCal's Wild Turkey Studio.
Back in the
80s, John Hopen had a vision to build a digital studio that could
help artists record at a lower budget. Fast forward 25 years, post
his successful career in aviation (Johns second love), he
has opned Wild Turkey studios to his growing artists along with
musician, engineer and songwriter Patrick Ballard. The studio has
been built from ground up with the same original desire to help
true artists record their best work.
For the past three years, John and friends organically have morphed
the studio efforts into a record label.
Jacqui Thompson (formerly of Paisley Park) joined the label, bringing
years of experience and passion for the craft. "Jacqui has
honed her skills not only as an artist manager, producer
and influencer, but as a steward for the music. Her talents for
promotion and building music brands are second to none," says
you visit our space, the first thing youll understand is our
respect for the craft," says Hopen. The leadership team is
comprised of music industry veterans. "We're proud of what
weve accomplished in this highly-charged industry, and were
a little more chill up here in Sonoma. We work with our artists
as true partners with transparency and collaboration
so we can bring out their own unique sound," adds Hopen. Indeed
the environment is artist-friendly where they have a support team
to succeed and build sustainable careers while doing what they love
best making music.
John has partnered
with Grammy-winning engineer, producer and songwriter Khaliq
Glover. Khaliq brings 30+ years of experience mixing with credits
to include: Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Herbie Hancock,
Christina Aguilera, Angie Stone, Jeffrey Osborne, & Marcus Miller.
Khaliq is also a mentor to over 15,000 aspiring audio engineers,
musicians, and songwriters throughout the world with his online
music and audio engineering tutorial sites. For Wild Turkey Studio,
he has specified the following gear, among them: PreSonus
Studio One, as his new DAW of choice. PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series
3 mixer, Universal Audio Apollo x8p audio interface,
Manley Massive Passive EQ (hardware) and SSL SiX analog portable
Coast songsmith Love Conquered's Stav (above) explains his artistic
journey: "Tending to focus on what brings people together,
as opposed to what tears people apart. And I think that starts with
allowing myself to be vulnerable in my songs." This is evident
in the personal and creative philosophy that has driven the journey
towards his debut EP Borders, which is due out mid in 2020. "He's
just 21, but has actually been performing in front of an audience
for nearly a decade, having made his first open mic appearance all
the way back in 6th grade," says label CEO, Jacqui Thompson.
Stav's own journey is about to take him to Boston's Berklee College
of Music, where he hopes to add "technical proficiency"
to his arsenal of talents. He also hopes the experience will help
him to develop and discover a deeper sense of himself as an artist
and songwriter. "I'm still searching. But it feels like with
every song I write I get closer and closer to my true music identity."
Earlier this year Grammy-winning arranger Brent Fischer was enlisted
to orchestrate one track "HOLD ON" for Stav's upcoming
EP due out later this year. Stay tuned!
Studio contact: John Hopen firstname.lastname@example.org
Label contact: Jacqui Thompson email@example.com