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A Talk with Mixit Studios’s Ever-Innovative Jhosua Rodriguez

Headshot of Jhosua Rodriguez in front of his studio computer.

Jhosua Rodriguez has seldom had a moment in his life not surrounded by music. He grew up in Cali, Colombia, a city brimming with constant dancing and musical influences from all over the globe. His upbringing was instrumental to what would become his life’s work. “I started writing songs at the age of ten,” he said, “and I’ve been just in love with music. It’s been my essence, ever since I found out that I had some sort of talent for it.”

Though he is now primarily a producer, Rodriguez’s beginnings were rooted in singing and songwriting. Rodriguez’s knack for music was spurred further by winning a local award for “the best rock singer” in Cali. This title brought him some regional fame when he was only a teenager, inspiring him to constantly tour with his band for three years. As he progressed as a musician, he took up more interest in the behind-the-scenes of his songs.

Meet Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter, the Uber-Mixer

Chris Carter in deep thought at the studio

West Coast record producer and sound mixer Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter now calls D.C. home
Award-winning record producer and sound mixer Chris ‘Von Pimpenstein’ Carter discusses his journey from the West Coast to D.C.

Before you reflexively defend our city and its music scene, at least hear out Chris Carter, an audio mixer and record engineer who moved to the capital region—but isn’t quite on the bandwagon that D.C. is a music mecca. Carter, who earlier lived in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, claims that he isn’t “down on the D.C. area” and its soundscape; rather, it’s simply not the main business keeping the capital city going.

“This is a government industry area. Los Angeles is [based on] entertainment. Nashville is the center of all songwriting,” Carter said. “By going to Los Angeles and wanting to get into the federal government, it’s not going to work out super great.”

Carter wishes to reiterate that he isn’t hating on Washington but being realistic. Audio engineers tend to gravitate to the coasts, Atlanta, Austin, and the aforementioned country music capital of Nashville.

NOX ETERNA Thrills with Debut Single “All I Wanted To Say”

Charles Maybee of NOX ETERNA plays with shadows

Recent Articles Multidisciplinary artist and multi-instrumentalist Charles Maybee of NOX ETERNA is a consistent creator and collaborator (full disclosure—he’s one of our contributing writers here at Alchemical). So when Charles found in-person collaboration impossible during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic he took the opportunity to develop a completely brand new project from scratch […]

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center Celebrates 65 Years of Music Retail

Adam Levin of Chuck Levin's Music shows pictures of Stevie Wonder visiting the historic Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center.

Go Beyond the Artist in this week’s feature with Adam Levin of Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, exploring the essential role of the local music store, in this series highlighting the individuals and organizations that are amplifying the DMV music community, often from behind the scenes.
“Everyone loves a star!” Or, so I’ve heard the saying.

In past times, the complete view of the team of people that worked to bring an artist to the national or internation stage was mostly obscured; the wizards behind the curtain that you need “pay no attention to.” With the rise of the DIY music industry came the global stardom of Taylor Swift.

Kimberly Shires of Hear Me Roar Studio: “It’s Not a Dude’s Thing”

Kimberly Shires, Female Producer and Owner of Hear Me Roar Studios

A continuing conversation in the music industry is the role of female music producers; today, about 4% of the music producers are women. Kimberly Shires, music producer and owner of Hear Me Roar Studio, is looking to change that statistic. Join contributing writer, Margaret Adams, as she and Shires discuss the industry and how producing music isn’t as hard as it looks. Shires’ deep background with music informed her journey to being a studio owner. She played in an orchestra as a kid, leaning on a classical side for most of her life. After graduating college with a degree in Clarinet, she felt burnt out from music and took a hiatus. “I just pivoted, I changed directions completely and put it away,” Shires said.

KONZI from Austin, TX Balance the Best of Music Video Storytelling “In The Ether”

Konzi - Indie Alternative Rock Band from Austin Texas - Press Photo

More to Watch Konzi – Press Photo Indie-alternative rock band KONZI is releasing the music video for “In The Ether”,  whose light-hearted humor only amplifies the band’s quality storytelling. The songwriting and performance, as well as the production and distribution of the music by KONZI only further reveal how comprehensive the story is that the […]

Paul Roessler Sees ‘The Turning of the Bright World’

Paul Roessler - Photo by Rachel Roessler

Recent Articles By Jaci Jedrych Paul Roessler – Photo by Rachel Roessler Stepping out from behind the production booth, Paul Roessler has released his album ‘The Turning Of The Bright World’. A prolific producer and engineer, Paul Roessler has orchestrated songs for Josie Cotton, Eddie Spaghetti & Frank Meyer, Hayley and the Crushers, Tombstones In […]

Creature Canyon Fans the Flames in Music Video for “Faded Fire”

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More to Watch By Margaret Adams San Diego-native band Creature Canyon has released the official visualizer for their new single “Faded Fire,” a reflection of a relationship that is slowly burning out. This is the band’s fourth single of the year, following the release of their previous singles, “Mirrors,” “Pressure,” and “Simulator.” The California pop-rock band […]

Tai Mystique Tells All Her Secrets in New EP “Where Do I Go”

Tai Mystique Press Photo

Recent Articles By Daniel Warren Hill “If music were a person, they would be who I would tell all my secrets to.” – Tai Mystique Singer-Songwriter Tai Mystique has unveiled a vibrant new five-song EP “Where Do I Go”. The title track is a duet featuring fellow Wisconsin-based R&B / Alternative artist Felix Ramsey. Their […]

Lead Into Gold – Episode 4 – with Massimo Zaru-Roque

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Todays guest, Massimo Zaru-Roque, is an Audio Recording and Mixing Engineer, specializing in On-Site and Remote Live Recording. Massimo has spent years in the D.C. and Northern VA music community, getting his start studying at George Mason University and recording audition videos and recitals with Music Performance students. He has also worked recording both Jazz and Rock Bands during live performances at venues including Twins Jazz and Epicure Cafe. Massimo provides both Audio Recording and basic Video Recording, alongside the ability to provide professional Videographers on special request.