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Matt Kabus

My name is Matt Kabus. I’m a dedicated songwriter, producer, vocal coach, musician, certified Pro Tools / Logic engineer, and overall positively spirited music guy based out of Los Angeles, CA.

A little background for ya- My music began at an early age with piano as the foundation. It then escalated during high school as I rocked out with various garage rock and jazz bands. I also started interning at a number of recording studios including DARP and M-Studio Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. After paying my dues as a studio intern, I moved up as an assistant engineer on sessions across the board in regards to genres. Then college rolled around, in which I trained vocally under Jan Smith (vocal coach for Rob Thomas, Usher, Justin Bieber, etc.) and wrote songs that caught industry attention. While studying Music Business, Music Theory, and Advertising at The University of Georgia, I toured with some internationally acclaimed artists, continued recording/producing, and picked up many mentors along the way. After college graduation, I took a job in film/tv music placement in Santa Monica, CA, and started building a growing list of artists, advertising agencies and publishing companies I currently write and/or produce songs for. Songs I’ve written and/or produced have charted on iTunes top 20 lists, been placed on TV shows, used in TV commercials, and have earned great reviews from various sources including The Fish Pond!

I believe that the connection between the producer and musician/s is the most critical part of creating music. Although I find myself working a great deal with acoustic and indie artists, I’ve also had success spanning from orchestral scores to electronic dance music and everything in between. That being said, I know where my strengths are and won’t hesitate to refer you to another producer if I feel that he or she would better serve the song at hand. I’m very close with the producer/engineer community in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Nashville. I will always put the quality of the song and satisfaction of the artist first.

I own my own studio in Santa Monica and also produce with King Recorders in Hollywood Hills as well as other great studios around Los Angeles. I make sure to select a room that works best for the artist in terms of recording equipment, room sound, and overall feel. Artist comfort in the studio (even just the vocal booth) does wonders for bringing out his or her best performance!

When you work with me, you not only get a producer/engineer, you also gain my professional vocal coaching and proven production methods I’ve both created and picked up from some of the best in the industry to make your tracks shine! As a songwriter, I am happy to provide guidance with lyrics and/or music progressions when asked.

Overall, my focus is to establish a comfortable and creative synergy with the artist, bring out his or her best performance, and deliver radio ready music that aligns with the artist’s intentions. I take pride in the morals/values I follow when practicing my craft and am dedicated to deliver artist satisfaction. More importantly, I’m happy to say that I’ve created lasting musical friendships with the artists I’ve worked with and look forward to creating new ones!

Welcome to the Fish Pond!

Matt is an amazing singer songwriter who puts out some exemplary quality work, and you can listen to him here:

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Ricky Furr

I am a recordist, a mixer, a musician, an educator, and a general audio addict. I have over 8 years of experience in the audio industry and I am ready for 80 more. While I am equally comfortable in the studio and on the stage (or backstage), I have a true passion for the recording arts and an ambition to create the perfect sound for an artist’s song and vision.

I offer a wide variety of audio services, including:

– Recording
– Mixing
– Mastering
– Audio Instruction
– Custom Drum Tracks via the Web

Here’s an example of my work with My Lucky Fish:

Special discounts available for Fishpond members! Please contact me to discuss details.

Email: ricky.furr@gmail.com
Twitter: @rickyfurr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rickyfurr

More About Ricky

My interest in music sparked fairly early. I was fascinated by the drums. The pulse. The beat. It just… spoke to me. I knew right away I wanted to be a part of that. My parents were always very encouraging of my sister and I, but I was at an age where interests change like the seasons, and there was no point spending money on a drum set if I was just going to decide the next week that what I really wanted to do was lion taming. So they bought me a pair of sticks and a practice pad. I used those sticks to beat on everything. Except, of course, the practice pad.

I taught myself how to play by watching other drummers, hearing the sounds each piece made, then comparing the sounds to what I was hearing on albums. Then I would practice by “air drumming” to those albums. Little did I know, I was not only learning how to play, but I was also learning how to critically listen, a skill that now comes in very handy.

I kept teaching myself how to play drums, finally beginning formal lessons toward the end of high school, but another interest began to sneak its way into the forefront of my mind. An interest I later came to know as ‘Professional Audio’.

I knew I wanted to have a career in music, but I also wanted to continue my education (in case becoming a rock star didn’t work out). As I began looking into college majors, I focused on music degrees, but I wanted something with more to offer than a basic performance degree. When I found the Music Production degree at Shenandoah University, I was immediately drawn to it.

I fell in love with recording my very first semester at college in an intro-level recording class. I began gaining experience recording and mixing in classes, live sound, electronics repair, and so much more. I began putting my developing skills to use by recording my band and friends’ bands.

Before I knew it, four years had flown by and I had gained a significant amount of knowledge and experience in the audio field. I had several recordings under my belt, and even had the chance to mix for some pretty significant artists. I suppose I had proven myself fairly well, because  Shenandoah University asked me to stay on as a lab instructor. I’ve been teaching there ever since.

In addition to teaching, I’ve been recording, producing, mixing, and mastering music of many different styles. I’ve recorded voice overs for international radio stations. I currently run sound for several bands (including the Souled Out band, a well-known dance band based in Winchester, VA) and my church. I’ve even done system installs. So I’m more than prepared to take on whatever task comes my way.

Here are two more examples of my work, these are demo reels with Souled Out and Ghost Children:

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