Rock Garden Studio
Marc Golde, is the owner of Rock Garden Studio and a celebrated record producer/musician/song writer in the Fox Valley. He’s also the mastermind and producer behind “Rock Garden Live,” which airs on CW14 (Sundays 4 p.m.). “Rock Garden Live,” is Appleton’s own “Austin City Limits” of sorts, featuring live performances of local musicians. All of this gives Golde a unique vantage point to a lot of great music. So what does he listen to? Read on!
“As opposed to most others in my field, I don't consume many different artists' music. The same with movies. I tend to find something I like, become obsessed with it, and play it on repeat till I've devoured everything I can from it. When I discovered The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper as a kid, I had no reason to listen to any other record for a year.
“That habit never left me. I'll bet I've listened to both Ryan Adams' Gold and Radiohead's OK Computer at least 500 times, straight through.
“These days, I have a new pool of new music, my own recording studio. Every year, there are at least 3 recordings that I can't stop listening to. Only after it's been finished and shrink wrapped can I listen without judgement of my involvement. Once it's done, I can hear it as a fan.
This week's obsession song is "Cinci" by Nicolas Raymond. He and Brandon Domer, both formally from The Traveling Suitcase, recorded it at The Refuge with a very inexpensive recording device then brought it in to the studio to edit and mix. I was the Suitcase's biggest fan and I still love what they're working on these days. I'm not sure when they plan to release it as a single or if they might just wait for a full length release. [no link is available for this unreleased single but we’ll be watching for its release! In the meantime get a taste of Traveling Suitcase at Rock Garden Studio here https://youtu.be/RoeAb_j-_dU]
“Another recent musical discovery reminds me of a day in 1994. I walked into a large chain record store to find a huge poster of a real good looking man, on the wall. My knee-jerk reaction was of disgust. Record labels were pushing a bunch of good looking pop stars with little talent, at the time. I stared at this photo thinking "Who is THIS guy? What kind of crap are they pushing now?" Boy was I wrong! It was Jeff Buckley. Once I heard "Last Goodbye" I realized it wasn't his fault for being genetically blessed. https://youtu.be/3MMXjunSx80
"The same thing happened a few weeks ago. While surfing YouTube, I stumbled on a video of a super pretty teenage girl playing on Jimmy Kimmel. I thought she would do some droned-out shoe-gazing nothingness. Once again, I was wrong. Elise Trouw, performed a mashup of Radiohead and Police using a looper and playing all the instruments. And what a beautiful voice. I started the research immediately and found her debut record Unraveling. It's been playing non-stop for over a week. https://youtu.be/u9lAIvLosyg
“I must remember to stop prejudging the beautiful people.”
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