When it comes time to find a music producer, musicians more often than not are looking for someone with experience, industry knowledge and passion for their craft. The Houston area is blessed to have several producers who fit that description. Many producers own or work at local studios, which provide a one-stop shop for musicians’ recording needs. Picking a producer sometimes comes down to personal relationships. These five establishments are a good place to start the search because each has good relationships with their clients.
Lucky Run Studio
777 Settegast Rache Road
Richmond, TX 77406
Musicians looking for a laid-back, creative setting for music production may want to consider the short road trip to Lucky Run Studio. In its country setting in Fort Bend County, studio owner and producer Michael Mikulka has amassed a stellar record of making records, country and otherwise. Mikulka has more than 30 years of recording and production experience and has built a lengthy client list. One of those clients, Savanna Berry, a country singer from nearby Sugar Land, recently appeared on “The Voice.” Past clients have applauded Mikulka for professionalism, top-of-the-line equipment and having the patience and ability to deal with all types of musicians.
10214 Georgibelle Drive
Houston, TX 77043
One of the most recommended music producers in Houston is Troy Warren Jr. Warren previously operated TroyboyJr Production, which is now part of the Celebrity Sound Recording Studio. Warren has been in the music production business for almost 30 years. He earns points from musicians for being easy to work with – he’ll take on just about any music genre or size of group. “Never have I met someone who is more engaged in creating great music than Troy,” said David Savoy, who worked with Warren on a rock and blues recording. “He’s very knowledgeable and accurate at his craft as a producer.”
Smiley Face Records
3507 Graustark St.
Houston, TX 77006
Considering the end results and the budget-friendly costs, it’s no wonder musicians often leave Smiley Face Records smiling. The Montrose-area studio is owned and operated by musicians and songwriters who have a reputation for getting the job done right. The rates starting at $60 an hour also make it enticing to rock, folk and acoustic groups. The producers are music industry veterans Cindy Pruitt and Charles L. England Jr. Both use their abilities as musicians to enhance the production process, often drawing compliments for their understanding of sound.
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Spring, TX 77373
Duotone Studios markets itself as a full music production business by musicians for musicians. It makes good on that pledge thanks in large part to its award-winning producer. Daryl Youngblood has produced music for local and national music labels and his work has appeared on TV and films. With a track record of radio placements, Youngblood has drawn praise from his clients for bringing out the best of rock, dance and hip hop songs. They also like his deep music knowledge, writing experience and the passion and patience he displays on the job.
Magellan Sound Studio
Sugar Land, TX 77479
A musician, composer, audio engineer and artist consultant, W.C. “Hank” Hamberg has also added record producer to his title. Hamberg has worked in the music industry for 25 years. As owner of Magellan Sound Studio in Houston, he specializes in working with independent artists and bands. Some of the artists he’s worked with include Tabitha Monet, an acoustic rock singer-songwriter, and the modern rock band Brother Luck. Hamberg casts Grammy votes and he is a member of the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy Texas chapter.
Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.