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FROM TODAY'S SHOW
If you know a DC based artist who might be interested, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is now accepting performance applications. See link below for details
Friday, December 16th, Black Dog Prowl takes the stage at Rock and Roll Hotel for one final 2016 show to end the year off right, so stoked to see these guys play live! They'll be joined by Lanternfish and Fellowcraft. Hope you take a listen and check them out!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793783000909027/
Venue and Ticket Link: http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com/calendar/fellowcraft-2/
- Make Me - Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Rock)
- Come On Over - Joshua Rich (Pop/Solo Piano)
- Leave the Light On - Ken Francis Wenzel (Rock/Roots Rock)
- Talk to Me - Dan Fisk (Pop/Acoustic)
- Silence Comes Easy - Hari Vasan (Indie/Alternative)
- Nearly Broken - Rachel Levitin (Pop/Rock)
- Dance Across the Sky - Kipyn Martin (Folk/Americana)
- Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)
VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT
Dave Mallen is an award-winning Producer/Engineer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Business Consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music, a "one-stop-shop" recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave has also helped dozens of DC area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized strategic planning. In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, a series of meetups, panel discussions, and showcases that has provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate.
In recognition of his work with the local music community, Dave Mallen received a 2013 WAMMIE nomination for "Most Supportive of Washington DC Music”. He is a voting Member of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and holds a Masters Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces, and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. Dave is currently building a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Northern VA -- set to open in March 2017. Info on this project can be found on Dave's Indiegogo page, www.supportdavesstudio.com.
Studio Website: www.innovationstationmusic.com
New Studio Crowdfunding Site: www.supportdavesstudio.com
Brian: Dave Mallen is an award-winning producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and music business consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music. It's a one-stop shop recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave's also helped dozens of D.C. area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized, strategic planning.
In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, which is a series of meet-ups, panel discussions, showcases, that provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate. In recognition of his work with the local music community, in 2013, he was actually nominated Most Supportive of Washington, D.C. music.
He's a voting member of the Recording Academy, the Grammys, and holds a Master's Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. You'll hear them later. Excited to share them. Dave is currently building a new, state of the art recording studio in Northern Virginia. It's set to open in March of 2017.
Guys, I stumbled across Dave ... Shout out to Eric "Soup" Campbell, he's a phenomenal bartender over at Hamilton. Just an all around amazing guy. Introduced me to Dave and I'm so thankful, Eric, for that introduction. The stuff that Dave is doing is just absolutely phenomenal. Listen, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Dave Mallen. Thanks so much for being here, Dave.
Dave: That's my pleasure. How are you doing? Here we are. Yeah, no I got to give a shout out to Soup, as well. He's a guy that really gave me a boost in the local music scene. I'm from Jersey, originally, a small town in Jersey. Came to D.C. in 1995 for college, and Soup was one of the first guys I met and was just a great friend. He worked at all the local haunts here, and just found a way to get me playing in the D.C. scene. I can't say enough about him.
Brian: You know, I just realized...
Dave: My mic was off?
Brian: A little bit of a mistake with the mic there. What I do want to say is, thanks so much to Soup and thank you for being here. Tell us about you. Tell us about Dave.
Dave: Well, you know, maybe you heard this, maybe you didn't, but I am from New Jersey, originally. I bring the small town feel to what I think is ... D.C. is a big city with a small town feel. It's one of the things I love about being here. I've planted my roots here, and I just feel that music, for me, is the way for me to connect with other people.
What I've learned about myself is that I'm all about the community. I'm all about making people feel as good as they can. When they're playing music and we're all playing music together, there's a magical thing that happens. I experienced it last week, actually. We had some guys wiring the new studio. One of them was up from North Carolina. We just had this amazing connection. She had played D.C. in the past, actually in a band that I was a super fan of, called Cecilia, back in the day.
Brian: That's amazing.
Dave: Turns out, we had all these things in common and we just started jamming together and had this musical connection. It reminded me that that's what it's all about. It's not about money, it's just about people connecting and making their lives a little bit better through music.
Brian: That's amazing. I introduced you with a lot of different things that you're doing. Just give us a brief rundown. Run us down on those things that I was talking about.
Dave: Right, well, so, just breaking it down, what I do during the day is I'm a producer engineer. I run Innovation Station Music, which is, at the moment, a small recording studio, about to be a lot bigger. The idea behind that was really to create a place where musicians could come and feel comfortable to create, collaborate. It's a highly collaborative environment. I play on a lot of the records, I'm constantly composing, writing, and bringing in different elements of my background in music, but also others. We're just trying to create the best music we can.
The twist on that is I wanted everyone to understand their potential. I'm unrelenting in making sure that we make sure that the music is the best it can be. Then, what do we do with it? Let's work together to actually chart a course for your music. I started, after my program at the Berklee College of Music, I learned about the industry, and I took it from there. Keeping up with the very latest trends of how people are consuming music. What are we going to do together to actually find some success with this music? There's so much music out there, as you know, how do you get heard and connect with the people? That's been the vision, from the beginning.
Brian: Tell us about Dave, outside of the studio. There's that part. Do you have any hobbies? What's the personal side of Dave like?
Dave: It's a trick question because I don't really do anything outside of the studio anymore. No, I love, actually, going out to the wineries out in Virginia. That's my happy place. We go out there, my wife, Emily, and I, and just sit and listen ... Of course, there's music involved.
Brian: Of course.
Dave: I can't escape it entirely.
Brian: I'm sensing a theme here, okay.
Dave: There's a theme. Just sitting there. I love wine, I love sitting out in the country, in the mountains. I wish that were a little closer and I could do that every day.
Brian: Got it.
Dave: You know?
Brian: Wine country and the incredible wife. That's the outside. What's one thing you love about the D.C. music scene?
Dave: I have to say, I've traveled around, I've talked to a lot of folks about this. Everyone I've talked to has confirmed this. D.C. has a very cool sense of community. Obviously, I'm trying to push that, with the work that I do through the studio, through Metro Music Source, which you mentioned earlier. It's native to D.C. and it's natural. There's a spirit of camaraderie and service to others. This is the kind of thing that doesn't necessarily come through, when you hear about what's happening in Washington, politically. This is the underground indie artist scene. Everyone helps each other out.
I love to see ... There are tribute shows that are formed, just organically. I'm actually playing Jammin Java on December 23rd. There's a Christmas show that a guy named Todd Wright, who's an amazing singer-songwriter. You might know Todd. He's a singer, songwriter, producer.
Dave: He puts them on ... This is 14 years running.
Brian: Holy smokes.
Dave: It's a cavalcade of great local musicians. A lot of them don't live in D.C. anymore, they've moved away, started families, whatever. They come back every year from L.A., or whatever, because they just love the community here. If I had to say what I love about it, this is a place where people can feel like it's not competitive. At least that's my take on it.
Dave: It's a great community.
Brian: Yeah. That's amazing. Tell us about the best success story that comes to mind.
Dave: Wow, best success ... Every day, I have many successes and failures. I don't feel like I've hit the big time yet, per se. I don't even know if there is a big time anymore. My successes are, right now, related to my studio. The fact that I'm going to build a world-class studio in this area, with one of the top designers in the world, I pinch myself that this came from an idea that I had 10+ years ago to even do recording. Now I'm expanding. It's been a ton of work, it's nearly killed me, but I'm still standing.
Now I'm in excitement mode, because things are happening. I think that's the success is the staying power. Now, to know that I've got this ... I've talked to my wife about this concept of escape velocity. I don't know if you're familiar with this. It's basically the amount of energy required for anything to escape Earth's gravity.
Brian: Sure, okay.
Dave: I look at my life that way. I'm always trying to escape my own gravity. This studio, I've put the energy in, and I'm about to hit that escape velocity.
Brian: Escape velocity.
Brian: That's cool. You've mentioned it now. Say more about this studio then. Where is it at in the stage? Is it coming? What's going on with that?
Dave: Right now, it was over a year of design, painstaking design. Working with one of the top designers, Wes Lachot. He's built studios ... The Jimi Hendrix studio up in New York, Electric Lady. He's one rooms there. Chris Daughtry just did a room with him. REM's producer, Mitch Easter. I'm really excited to work with him and his team. Right now, we're halfway through the construction phase. We're looking at about another three months. Then a little bit of finalization and we should be up and running in March.
Yeah. We're doing a crowd-funding campaign, just for a tiny piece of it. Costs have gone up and I'm just an indie musician trying to do this, just like everybody else. We did an Indiegogo and if you want to check that out, just to see what's going on, or support, that would be great. That's www.supportdavesstudio.com
Brian: Supportdavesstudio. Got it. We'll make sure we put that in the notes for this episode, as well, so you can get back to that later.
Brian: Check out the amazing things that are going on with the Innovation Station Music, and the cool things that you're doing.
Dave: Yes. It's going to be a multi-room studio, fully soundproof. All the rooms will be connected with audio and video screens, so everybody can see one another, with great line of sight. Totally state of the art. I'm psyched.
Brian: Wow. Sounds like a kid at Christmas, man. You've got this new thing that's coming along. I absolutely love it.
Brian: What's one thing you have in your music collection that might surprise us?
Dave: Oh goodness. Well, I don't know if it would surprise people who know me, necessarily, but I basically grew up in the 1950s. When I was a kid-
Brian: You look so young, Dave. I find that so hard to believe, man.
Dave: I know. Well, I use a special Korean skin cream.
Dave: Anyway, I grew up listening to the records that my parents listen to. I would sit there and every morning, instead of watching cartoons, I would watch Ed Sullivan broadcasts that I had recorded on PBS.
Dave: I would study what they were doing. I love '50s rock and roll. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, all that stuff.
Dave: You know, of course, people love that. I literally felt like I was living in that decade.
Dave: It influenced me so heavily.
Brian: 1950s rock. I love it.
Brian: All right. The crazy thing about that is there's no new 1950s rock that's going to come out. That classic stuff is so good.
Brian: It almost never seems to get old. I love it.
Dave: I think there are a lot of groups that are trying to throw back to that. You look at like a Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray LaMontagne is definitely throwing back to the '60s.
Dave: There's some stuff. No one's going to ... Even you talk to the Beatles, the Stones were all influenced by these guys. That's where I get my inspiration.
Brian: Do you have any rules, as a studio professional, that you follow? Are there any that you always break?
Dave: Well, I'll tell you, I run my studio very democratically. The one rule that I have, above all else, is to treat everyone with respect and as if they are ... They are, truly, the most important people to me, when they're in the studio or out of the studio. I don't ever want to think, "Well, this guy doesn't have quite as much talent as the other guy, so I'm going to give him less." No. For me, everyone gets my absolute best because you never know. It's a matter of disrespect, and you get that back too. I just feel like everyone's got such potential. I am the guy that wants to see everyone reach their potential.
Dave: You treat everyone fairly and democratically, in that way. That's my big rule.
Brian: Got it. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and the things that you have going on, where can they find you?
Dave: My main studio website is InnovationStationMusic.com.
Dave: The crowd-funding site which, actually, has some great video stuff that I put together, and a lot of content about what we're doing, going forward. That is supportdavesstudio.com. Between the two of those, you can get a lot of information. On the Innovation Station Music website, you'll be able to hear tracks that I've produced. I don't know if there's any repeats of what we're going to hear here today, but you can hear a lot more on that site.
Brian: Are you a social media guy too? Is there anywhere they'd find you there?
Dave: Yep, I'm on Facebook. Just go to Innovation Station Music, you'll find me. Twitter, I'm @MallenMusic on Twitter.