There is this piece of music burgandy heaven located just outside of Langdon/Chestemere area. You can see the sky for kilometers and the mountains are so clear they look minutes away from their recording/rehearsal space where a massvie rainbow of colours stain glass Beatles mural stands. It's a secluded, stunning and yes, full of more fun and colourful Beatles memorbilia!
It's close enough to the Calgary to be easily accessible, but far enough from hustle and bustle of city life, that as a musician, it's perfect for focusing on recording and producing music magic with an incredible group of fellow musicians, producers and engineers and a really fun manager and owner!
It's called OCL Studios.
On Monday, Kevin Wallace and I walked into Western Canada's only commercial-grade Residential Recording Studio.
Last week, Josh Gwilliam (one of the OCL music engineers) had reached out and asked if we wanted a tour of the studio. OF COURSE! It's not like we hadn't heard amazing testimonials from every Made in Alberta/Canadian artist who has had the privilaged of working in their studio spaces or anything.
It was a bucket list moment for sure!
Kevin and I totally nerd out over music and audio production as well. So, yeah, we were over the moon.
We met with Meg Owen, the Manager, and Josh for a couple of hours to converse about everything music, geek out over their world class equipment, learn what each of their stunning studio spaces and rehearsal halls have to offer.
Since it's residential, artists don't need to feel rushed (there are schedules of course, but artists have the option of booking a couple of days) - they have five bedrooms, full kitchen and six fridges and a pool in the backyard for them to make !
Their passion and geniune honestly towards striving for best sound and creating intriguing and engaging music for every artist that walks in those doors, and for the listeners of that artist, was inspiring.
Just really good vibes all around. From wall to wall to floor to ceiling - IT was welcoming and warm, and yep, I can see it feeling like home - or well - your best friends home.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a pool party there with live music in the background and all your friends? Yeah!
Thank you to Josh and Megan for having us at OCL Studios and we can't wait to hear more music come our way from your studio! If you're curious, give them a call. They'd love to show you around.