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 May 20th, 2021 | Kristina Didero
Welcome back to part 3 on music publishing. This is the last part of this series. In the last article, we discussed the different licenses involved in music publishing. In Part 3 we are discussing a few options available for songwriters to protect their works when a publishing company is involved.
Published November 18th, 2020 | Kristina Didero
Welcome back to a review on music publishing. In the last article, we discussed a publisher’s job, obtaining copyright, and performing rights organizations. In this section we'll go over some of the ways to identify the different licenses involved in music publishing.
Published October 14th, 2020 | Kristina Didero
When a new song is released, it is usually accounted for by the artist or record company who recorded it. However, we often forget that without songwriters many of the songs that these artists produce would never come to fruition.
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 DideroThe 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.