Bethlehem, PA (December 12, 2005)–Far from where they started back in the early 1970’s, longtime Kansas drummer Phil Ehart and producer Jeff Glixman discovered and are working with Orange Sky, a heavy metal reggae band from Trinidad and Tobago. Glixman and Ehart were in Trinidad recording a Kansas record in 1996 when they met Nigel Rojas, a teenager in a local band, Jaundis-I, with whom Glixman went on to produce a record. Hooking up with Nigel’s new Band, Orange Sky in Barbados two years ago, the commitment was made for the team to begin work.
Orange Sky members (left to right) Richard Hall, Nigel Rogas, Obasi Springer, Adam Murray and Nicholas Rogas recently stopped by StarCity Recording Company in Bethlehem, PA to catch up with Jeff Glixman, executive vice president of StarCity and producer of Orange Sky’s debut release, “Upstairs.” Here, Orange Sky is shown with Lily Salinas, director of operations for StarCity. Glixman and Ehart are currently enjoying the fruits of their efforts, as Orange Sky recently began its first tour of the U.S. in support of their debut CD, Upstairs and DVD Live in Trinidad. The group is appearing with guitar legend, Yngwie Malmsteen.
Recorded at Real 2 Reel in Atlanta, GA, and mixed at Roselane East in Wildwood, NJ, Upstairs was produced by Glixman; Ehart serves as the band’s manager. Orange Sky was founded by vocalist/lead guitarist/songwriter Rojas and features rhythm guitarist Adam Murray, keyboardist Richard Hall, bassist Nicholas Rojas and drummer Obasi Springer.
In an additional effort to capture the band’s unique and energetic style, Ehart and Glixman decided to capture a live performance of Orange Sky at Club Zen in Trinidad. In front of 1,500 fans, Orange Sky poured through a set of original songs, such as “Escape,” Beautiful Day,” and “Tug of War,” while also including an interpretation of the Cat Stevens classic, “Peace Train.” The show was recorded for 5.1 DVD release and mixed in surround sound at StarCity by Glixman, the studio’s executive vice president, and Carl Cadden-James, StarCity’s vice president of engineering.
“Working with Orange Sky is a unique experience,” Glixman stated. “We handled preproduction recording in the Caribbean, which presented many challenges. Simply finding equipment like guitar strings is more difficult than here in the States. It’s not as if we could run to the local Guitar Center to pick up the equipment as needed. We shifted to Real 2 Reel for the recording of ‘Upstairs’ and everything went smoothly.”
Producing the DVD was vital for Orange Sky’s presence, according to Glixman. “The DVD enables would-be fans an opportunity to witness the band’s distinctive live performance style and passionate dedication to music,” he shared. “There is also a short ‘documentary’ that provides an excellent feel for the band members, truly talented and humble individuals. The strategic simultaneous release of the CD and DVD will help further bolster the band’s fan base.”
StarCity Recording Company is located in Bethlehem, PA, and offers clientele more than 50 years of combined professional recording experience and the state of the art in 5.1 surround sound. For more information, contact Lily Salinas at 610-865-9455.
StarCity Recording Company