Canadian Recording Services Featured in BC Music Magazine
Company Profile: Canadian Recording Services
By Nathan Stafford
So what exactly can she do for you?
“CRS (Canadian Recording Services) hooks artists up with studios, producers or engineers - based on the style of music and budget,” said Northcott. “I’m pretty tapped into the whole pro-recording scene across the country, so I know who’s who. After years of doing this, we’re ‘in the know’ with reputable producers, engineers and studios in most of the cities across Canada.”
Sounds great. How do you get started?
“For a local band, we usually start with a budget so we have a rough idea of what to work with,” continued Northcott. “Then we send them some producers’ credits and demo reels and they pick who they like based on their music style and budget. Then I send the producer the band’s music. If they want to work together, then we take the budget and try to get the best studios for the best rates. In a nutshell, we try and get the best people and studios for the money they have to make it go the furthest.”
So, how do I know Northcott can help me get the best bang for my recording buck? Starting out as a receptionist in a recording studio, Mimi soon realized that “it’s the producers and engineers that are the key to a successful project.” She moved on from the studio to work for a U.S. based referral company for bands looking to tour or record in Canada back when U.S. dollars went a lot further. She began working as an agent for a few producers and engineers; referring artists to them for a small fee, and years later the idea morphed into a nation-wide network, boasting the slogan, All Audio – All of Canada. Her experience and connections speak for themselves.
Take a look at her client list if you’re still uncertain. It looks a bit like a who’s who of the music industry with acts from all over the world. AC/DC, REM, Snoop Dogg, Moby, plus B.C. favourites Colin James, Limb-lifter and The Cruzeros among her many happy customers.
As you can tell, Northcott doesn’t mind going that extra mile just to make the customer happy. I heard that when REM was in town working on their new album Accelerate last year, Mimi was asked to find the band a lawyer to have something notarized at the studio. I didn’t see legal services on the Canadian Re-cording Services website, but for you Michael Stipe, anything goes.
That last one sounds a little bit difficult to organize. I can just imagine the waivers one would have to sign! All in a day’s work though, I suppose. Speaking of work, I wonder exactly how Northcott and her staff go about gathering contacts for this huge referral service.
“I think just years of doing this when I don’t know where to find a piece of gear or something someone has requested I get on the phone and find out. For local connections in Toronto or Halifax I work with studios and people in those cities and rely on their expertise. I have aligned myself with companies and people that have that “can-do” attitude and are all about making the client happy,” said Northcott.
As if she wasn’t busy enough, she is also the business manager for one of Canada’s top record producers, and a mixing engineer with a resume longer than my iTunes playlist.
You probably wouldn’t see Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) producing A Smurf Christmas Carol. Northcott and her staff take this into account and try to look for projects that their roster will be interested in doing not just from a financial standpoint.
Organizing so many successful recording projects over the years would be hard work, but I bet it has its re-wards. I envisioned the walls at the Canadian Recording Services covered in Gold Records.
“Yep, I have a few,” stated Northcott. “The latest was an Australian Gold Record for Xavier Rudd which I’m really proud of, as we put the whole project together and the whole camp are wonderful people. We did the studio, Dave Ogilvie as producer/mixer and Dean Maher was the engineer so great to see success come to great people. Plus I love my gold record.”
Dave Oglivie featured in Pro Sound Magazine
Producer Jeff Dawson Featured in Music Connection Magazine
MIXER MIKE FRASER FEATURED IN ENCORE MAGAZINE
|MIKE FRASER CURRENTLY MIXING FRANZ FERDINAND'S LATEST
...Now the band’s frontman, Alex Kapranos, tells us their long-awaited third album may be released in January. “The album is finished but there is a little bit of mixing left, a lot of which is being done by Mike Fraser who’s known for doing a lot of heavier rock stuff like Aerosmith and AC/DC,” Kapranos says...READ MORE
|VANCOUVER MUSIC INDUSTRY RAISES 60K FOR SARAH MCLACHLAN FOUNDATION
Vancouver, B.C. - July 29, 2008 - The Vancouver Music Industry held it's 3rd annual non-profit gala and golf event at the Canvas Lounge on July 29th and the UBC Golf Course on July 30th.
The goal of this annual event is to raise money for several charitable organizations including the Sarah McLachlan Foundation’s Music Outreach Program, while bringing together members from the local music industry. Thanks to the dedication of the Vancouver Music Industry Committee, and this year's fabulous turn out, $60,000 was raised, surpassing last year's total by $10,000.
Live and silent auctions were held at the gala, bringing in a pretty penny with items such as a signed Avril Lavigne guitar, a signed Alanis Morissette acoustic guitar, and a signed telecaster from Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen. The evening was hosted by Terry David Mulligan, and featured the Bruce Allen / Sam Feldman Legend Award, which was presented by Bruce Allen to Red Robinson for being an individual who has significantly contributed to the local music industry for many years. Several local artists performed live in the intimate setting of the Canvas Lounge including Art of Dying, Aliqua, Ryan McMahon, Christina Maria, and Sherry St Germain.
Founded in 2005 by producer Jeff Dawson (State of Shock, Daniel Powter, Kelly Rowland), the Vancouver Music Industry Committee focuses on creating unity, and ensuring continued growth among members of Vancouver’s local industry. Also on the committee are mix engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica , Aerosmith), and from Hipjoint Productions, Mike James, Troy Samson, and Jordan Thorsteinson.
|PRODUCER JEFF DAWSON FEATURED IN ENCORE MAGAZINE|
|MIMI NORTHCOTT FEATURED IN ENCORE MAGAZINE & CELEBRITY ACCESS|
Industry Profile: Mimi Northcott— by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen
Mimi Northcott is the founder of Canadian Recording Services (CRS), which focuses on bringing artists of all levels into Canada to record, mix, write and rehearse. CRS' services are free, and they will coordinate everything from accommodations and rentals to studios, producers and engineers -- whatever it takes to bring a project to Canada."CRS' goal is to make the most of a budget for the artist and ensure a smooth and successful session," Mimi notes.
Mimi began her career in the late 1980's as a receptionist at a recording studio in Vancouver, B.C. She went on to manage studios and quickly identified that great producers and engineers are the key to successful projects. She has focused her energy on this facet of the recording industry ever since.
In the mid 1990's, Mimi became the Canadian representative for US-based Studio Referral Services (SRS). In 1997 and again in 1999, Mimi stopped to have a couple babies and bake muffins.
In 2001, she launched her own company, Canadian Recording Services. Mimi, along with her staff (Bree Cassidy and Jordan Birch), is based out of Vancouver and are authorities on the professional recording industry from coast to coast in Canada.
"Whether an artist wants to record or rehearse in Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal, CRS will hook them up with reliable studios and talented people that fit within their budget," says Mimi. "CRS prides itself on going the extra mile for every client."
CRS works on a referral or project basis with an arsenal of producers and engineers across North America. This year, Mimi has taken on management of legendary mixer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica, Elvis Costello, Stone Gods) and writer/producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, State of Shock, Kelly Rowland).
"CRS is paid a fee by the studios, producers and engineers we bring the business to," notes Mimi. "The exception being large scale rehearsals where CRS is hired to be on site." There is no government funding.
This past year has been very exciting for CRS. The company was hired twice for scouting rehearsal spots for The Police 2007/08 World Tour. The second time, Mimi and Cassidy were hired as on-site coordinators for the duration of the rehearsal. Other clients include REM, Elvis Costello, AC/DC, Rihanna, Korn, JD Fortune, Snoop Dogg, Xavier Rudd, The Jonas Brothers and Sam Roberts.
What were The Police requirements for rehearsals?
What did being on-site coordinators entail?
Have you been asked to secure rehearsal space for other artists?
What did you do for the Jonas Brothers and Theory of a Deadman?
Has the declining US dollar business hurt you in securing American clients?
Vancouver has a history as a recording mecca. It's a cosmopolitan city with a great climate, laid back people and killer studios, but the biggest draw is the huge producers and engineers that live and work here. Guys like mixer Mike Fraser and producer Jeff Dawson bring a lot of clients here. So for the big acts, I don't think the exchange is an issue at all. They either want to come here or they don't.
For the smaller acts, we just have to get more aggressive to make their budgets go further. For artists to come from the UK and Europe, it's a fantastic deal, hands down. Every British pound goes exactly twice as far here, and the euro goes one and a half right now.
What is the US Studio Referral Service?
Referrals are all about saving time and money and finding a quality studio/producer/engineer in a market you aren't familiar with. For example, instead of a manager googling "neve recording studio los angeles" and coming up with 45 studios, they make one call to US Referral Service or Canadian Recording Services for Canada. They describe what they want to do, where, when and their budget, and we use our expertise to put them in reputable studios with great people. SRS' services are free as they are paid a fee by the studios. Same with CRS: we charge the client nothing: the studios/producers and engineers pay us a fee.
Are SRS and CRS aligned together at all?
What makes a good artist manager?
First concert attended
First industry job
Best business decision
Best advice you received
Mistakes that you have learned from
Most memorable industry experience
What friends would be surprised to learn about you
Industry pet peeve
If I weren't doing this, I would be...
STATE OF SHOCK GOES PLATINUM - March 25, 2008
their sophomore album Life, Love and Lies (Cordova Bay/Fierce Panda).
|Dave Ogilvie contributes to the Heroes Soundtrack - March 25, 2008
The Heroes Soundtrack was digially released in the US last week. The All Star line up of artists includes Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The song "All Things Must Pass" by JAMC was mixed by CRS mix engineer Dave "Rave" Ogilvie.
|MIKE'S NEW WEBSITE - March 2008|
Legendary mix engineer Mike Fraser has completed his new website! Check it out at www.mikefrasermix.com.
|STATE OF SHOCK WINS #1 RADIO SINGLE OF THE YEAR!|
Astral Media, Canada's largest radio network, has voted State of Shock's single "Money Honey" (Cordova Bay) as the #1 Radio Single of the Year in the 2008 Independent Music Awards. State of Shock beat out Feist, Arcade Fire and many others.
"Money Honey" was produced/mixed by our team of Jeff Dawson (Producer) and Mike Fraser (Mixer).
|2008 JUNO NOMINATIONS|
State of Shock
New Group of the Year
State of Shock's "Life, Love and Lies" was produced/mixed by our team of Jeff Dawson (Producer) and Mike Fraser (Mixer).
New Group of the Year
illScarlet's "All Day With It" was mixed by Mike Fraser.
Group of the Year
Hedley's "Famous Last Words" was engineered by our very own Dean Maher and mixed by Mike Fraser.
|Swedish rock band The Hives came through Vancouver on Friday, Feb 22nd to play the Commodore. But before their big show they stopped in to GM Place for a hockey game with Swedish Canucks Alex Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin. |
The game went great, with the Canucks narrowly pulling away with the 6-5 victory. This boost of confidence no doubt was the reason for their big win over the league leading Detroit Red Wings the next night.
The event was coordinated by Canadian Recording Services. Though we usually only hook up bands with recording studios, producers, rehearsal space and accommodations....we were happy to help with The Hives request.
In this picture is Pelle, Chris and Vigilante from the Hives, Alexander Edler, Jordan Birch of CRS, Nicke from the Hives, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Matt from the Hives.
|MIKE FRASER IN PRO SOUND MAGAZINE|
Mike Fraser was featured in February's issue of Pro Sound Magazine
|CRS In the News|
Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts came to Vancouver to work with legendary mixer Mike Fraser. Sam's 4th studio album will be released in 2008.
|STARS IN VANCOUVER|
Indie rockers "Stars" just finished recording their 4th studio album "In Our Bedroom After The War" in Vancouver.
|CANADIAN RECORDING SERVICES NEWSLETTER 2007|
CRS has had a busy few months. Lots of exciting projects past, current and upcoming.
Most notable is The Police !!! CRS supplied rehearsal location services in Vancouver for the band in January/February. We will also be arranging and supporting their upcoming rehearsals in Vancouver before their North American tour kicks off in the spring.
Mix engineer Mike Fraser has been venturing into some other styles of music this past year. In April, "Dirty Girl", the first single from Terri Clark's upcoming Sony/BMG release will hit the airwaves. Mike mixed the single and is finishing mixing the upcoming album. The album is being produced by legendary country producer Garth Fundis.
Dave "Rave" Ogilvie mixed two tracks for GOB recently. Rave is also currently mixing Australian surf/roots artist Xavier Rudd's latest CD. Rudd's upcoming CD will be released on Universal in Canada and Australia, and Anti for the rest of the globe. Rave and Xavier produced the album together, and Dean Maher engineered it. Dave is just back from Australia where he went to the Outback to record some Aboriginal voices for the CD. Rudd is set to play Bonnaroo in June 07. Last time he played this prestigious festival, his CD sales broke festival records. Xav is opening for The Dave Matthews Band on the Australian leg of their tour.
Other projects include; The Mars Volta in Montreal, Rihanna, Hilary Duff and Englebert Humperdinck in Toronto, Snoop Dog in Australia and Biffy Clyro in London.
Through CRS, Mike Fraser recently mixed an artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia by the name of Nathan Wiley. Quite a buzz about this talented singer/songwriter! Steve Berlin was at the production helm and came to Vancouver to oversee the mixes.
CRS currently has a band called Travega from Ireland working in Vancouver with producer Gggarth Richardson. Garth will take a quick break and head to London, England with Mike Fraser for some tracking and overdubs for UK darlings Biffy Clyro. Biffy's CD was recorded in Vancouver with Gggarth and Mike. It's been a while since our last newsletter, so to keep you updated, other CRS clients over the last year included; Stars, Jamie Kennedy, Lucas Films, The Odds, Timbaland, Vanity Falls, 5AM, Big & Rich, 7th Rain, Ice Cube movie "Are We There Yet?", Tal Bachman, Rita McNeil, Darkest Hour (accommodation), Fear Zero, Genero, THQ (PS2 Game), Fox (The Family Stone), Bob Rock, The Tragically Hip, Palmerston, Blind Army, Spirit of the West, Gypsy X, The Trews and lots more...
Some of CRS's services across Canada include FREE referrals for: recording studios, post production studios, producers, engineers, mastering engineers, live sound recording companies & mobile units, and rehearsal location services in Vancouver (thanks to The Police). CRS also specializes in Residential Recording Studios around the world.
Thinking of bringing your project to Canada? Give us a call or drop us an email. We'd be happy to put together studios, engineers, accommodation...whatever you need done to help bring your project to Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. The US dollar is currently worth $1.20 CDN. Our studios and services in Canada are already priced very competitively. Competitive rates coupled with the favorable exchange rates...you can get more for your money!
Mike Fraser - Biffy Clyro, AC/DC, Hinder, Hedley, Terri Clark, Satriani, Metallica, Aerosmith, Big & Rich, Nathan Wiley, Rush (new 5.1 DVD); Jeff Dawson - Producer for Daniel Powter, Tal Bachman, John Wozniak (Marcy Playground), State of Shock, Holly McNarland; Garth Richardson - Biffy Clyro, Hedley, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chevelle; Dave Ogivlie - Xavier Rudd, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Jakalope, Yothu Yindi; Chris Potter - Sarah MacLachlan, Run DMC, Delerium, Rufus Wainright, The Cranberries; Paul Silveria - Billy Talent, Jamie Kennedy, Ashanti, Busta Rhymes, Macy Gray w/Wu Tang Clan
Please phone or email for more information, schedules or rates.
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