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On Episode 34 of The Normandie Records Podcast we interviewed Audio Engineer/Producer Cesar “Ceez” Mejia. Cesar has worked with Grammy Award winning artists such as Herbie Hancock, Los Lobos, Brian Eno, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine to name a few. He is also co-owner of “The Shelter Studios” in Boyle Heights. On Episode 34 of The Normandie Records Podcast we take a deep dive into his upbringing in Boyle Heights, how he got into audio and what it's like working with music giants like Herbie Hancock. Here’s a brief preview of the conversation.

Published August 17th, 2021 | Erick Sanchez

A lot of people ask about the story behind the name Normandie Records. Their questions always vary slightly depending on where they’re from or where they grew up. Are you French? Do you live on Normandie? These are questions I've been asked before. I'm writing this to give context on why I chose the name Normandie Records.

Published September 21st, 2020 | Kristina Didero

A song is written, the instrumentals are arranged, and now it's time to get into the studio and record it. Typically the first step is to individually record each instrument playing the song from start to finish so that you end up with a number of different tracks. Next, the music is edited to adjust the tempo, timing, or pitch of any of the performances. Then, the music producer hands the files off to a music mixer who will adjust the levels of the sound and put the tracks together.

Published September 10th, 2020 | Kristina Didero

The recording industry has proven itself time and time again of its potential to be very lucrative. Since the 1920s, it has been a major income generator with a straightforward process: put out a record, sell a couple hundred thousand, go on tour, and sell even more albums, and then bask in the glory of your earnings. However, in 100 plus years, a lot has happened for the recording industry. In current times, the business struggles to accrue wealth in the same way it used to for pretty much one reason: consumers aren’t willing to pay that much for music anymore. Let’s take a look at the history of recorded music and see how we got here.