Hopatcong, NJ (September 26, 2005)–Rick Slater and Cherry Suede recently joined the roster of producers and musicians utilizing the Barber Shop Studios recording facility in Hopatcong, NJ. Since its grand opening in June, the Barber Shop has hosted producers All-Star, Tony Black, Jason Corsaro, Ben Elliot and Carl Nappa, working with up-and-coming artists such as Lil Rok Playaz, Maia Davies, Denis Woods, Mike Ferentino and Coundd. The studio has been booked solid over the past several months and owners Scott Barber and Mark Salamone expect much of the same moving forward.
Austin Briggs (far left), assistant engineer at the Barber Shop Studios, in studio with Cherry Suede members Randy Young (second from left) and Randy Scott (far right), and producer Rick Slater (second from right). “The first months are integral to the success of a professional recording studio and we are excited about the feedback we’ve received from established producers and the momentum we’ve developed to this point,” Barber stated. “Word of mouth is imperative in this industry and we have received numerous calls from recording professionals who have heard positive things about the Barber Shop Studios. Our first priority is the comfort of our customers in providing a creative recording environment. Having built the studio in an old abandoned stone church on the shores of beautiful Lake Hopatcong, we offer a unique and elegant recording experience.”
Slater, who as a member of the staff at Quad Recording in New York worked with the Rolling Stones, Yoko Ono and Paul Young, is currently co-producing, engineering and mixing the first release from Cherry Suede, a rock band from Ottawa, Canada. The goal is to release the full-length debut CD early next year.
While mixing at the Barber Shop, Slater became the first producer to utilize the studio’s ATR half-inch machine, which Slater dubbed, “the Holy Grail of half-inch tape recorders.” As he explained, “Cherry Suede has a lot of heavy 80’s influences and we’re trying to include some of those vintage cut rock sounds. We’ll be able to capture that sound using the ATR half-inch recorder.”
With regard to his experience at the Barber Shop, Slater revealed, “I was impressed with the phenomenal sound of the live room and the relaxed atmosphere throughout the facility. The professionalism of the staff made our job easier; everybody has a ‘can do’ attitude, and they are willing to do whatever needs to be done to keep the wheels rolling.”
The Barber Shop Studios