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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.

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 […]

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.

Alchemical Records Playlist Updates: Week of April 30, 2022

New Music Friday - New Music This Week on Alchemical Records

Recent Articles By Daniel Warren Hill There is much great music in the world today! You may have noticed we are fans of a little bit of everything. Unfortunately sometimes we just don’t have enough time to give each track the attention we feel it deserves, but here are some tracks we just don’t want […]