Chicago, IL (July 20, 2005)–The Rhythm Café recording studio has long been a destination for advertising clients in the Midwest. In fact, until now, advertising was the only industry served by the recording studio, even as requests came in from recording artists. In March, Rhythm Café agreed to rent the “nightclub-style” space to the Oprah Winfery Show for a rehearsal.
“They were looking for a studio that not only takes pride in catering to the artist, but also looks great on-camera. So we opened our doors to them for a few days, and they really enjoyed the experience,” said Brando Triantafillou, owner/composer of Rhythm Café.
“Since the day Oprah thanked us for the rehearsal time, we’ve received many more calls for studio time,” said Jim Olen owner/producer of Rhythm Café. “Brando and I sat down and decided to change the way we look at our facility. We came up with the concept of being a music and sound production center.”
Additional staffing has helped Rhythm Café continue to focus on original compositions for advertising, while also pursuing its new services. Steve Cole, a top selling recording artist out of Chicago, has begun collaborating with Rhythm Café composers to create a Song & Artist Development department. New song material will be written and produced at Rhythm Café, then presented to major labels for use on album productions. Brian Carrigan was brought on to develop the new Studio Rental department.
“Many artists are looking to work in a studio that represents an extension of their creativity and level of experience. The ‘home studio’ environment is designed to keep everyone associated with the project energized and inspired,” stated Carrigan.
Rehearsal Space services offer the artist everything they need to be comfortable and productive. “Client services is a huge priority in the advertising industry, and we intend to continue that tradition with our studio clients to a level that they have never seen before,” Olen commented.
In addition to opening its doors to the record industry, Rhythm Café has given keys to one of Chicago’s top post-production audio engineers. Steve Wilke of Open Sky Sound & Music has begun renting the Rhythm Cafe studios to service his clients. “We wanted to take advantage of Steve’s talents in the ‘post’ world,” Olen explained. “Open Sky rents the studio like any other artist. We aren’t concerned about the source of the music for those projects, and the client shouldn’t be concerned either. The job’s rates and scheduling all goes through Open Sky. Rhythm Café staff does not participate in the session at any level.”
Triantafillou added, “With such a wide range of artists working around the clock, the Rhythm Café has taken on a whole new energy. It truly has become a music and sound production center.”
For more information about Rhythm Café services, contact Jim Olen at 312-787-8010, or visit www.rhythmcafe.com.