SweetSounds Welcomes New Studio Manager : Alec Bahta
If you've worked at SweetSounds in the past year, or have been following our recent growth, you'll know that SweetSounds has been undergoing tons of changes with our technical set up as well as our overall aesthetic. One recent change has us very excited about the coming months -- meet the new Studio Manager at SweetSounds, Alec Bahta.
Alec is no stranger to SweetSounds, having interned here in the fall of 2015. Known by fans as Quiet Luke, Alec is a recent grad of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts, where over the years, he has been developing his craft as an audio engineer and songwriter. Recently, Alec has been building momentum through various showcases around Lower Manhattan, and is planning on releasing a new body of music by the end of the summer.
We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to get to know Alec a little better, so we recently did a Q & A with him. Enjoy!
Favorite part of NYC?
I love being on the subway and looking around at the people on it and seeing faces I've never seen before. I don't think I've ever seen the same stranger twice on the subway. It just really humbles me to people watch on the train and realize that everyone is living as vivid of a life me. It kind of makes me feel lonely, but it's also really cool.
What music did you listen to growing up?
One of the first CDs that I remember my parents having was Sade's Lover's Rock. It's one of my favorite albums to date. My father is Ethiopian, and he played a lot of African music in the house. I don't even know the names of the artists, and I just call this music "my father's music." He was also really into classical music and artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. My mother on the other hand introduced me to a lot of late 70s into 80s music like The Bee Gees, Tears for Fears, Madonna, Prince, Hall & Oates.
What's your favorite piece of gear at SweetSounds?
I love the Distressor. I'm very used to digital-style compressors, and this compressor gives the user a lot of control to dial in really specific settings. You can do so much with it — it's so underrated and it has a setting on it called "NUKE." Highly recommended.
Tell us about your recording projects?
I'm currently gearing up to release a short project that is transitional in a way. I believe that nowadays making music can be like painting in the way that each sonic artist can have their own specific stroke, their own specific voice. This is me starting to find mine. Since finishing that project I've been writing a lot of songs on the guitar — I want to be the 21st Century's first Great American Rockstar.
What do you recommend clients do before booking a session at SweetSounds?
I really think that people should come in and take a tour to see the space. We're having an open house on July 13th. It has such a homey vibe with a great lounge that feels like your best friend's apartment — but then there's also state of the art gear 10 feet away from you in the rooms. I love the layout of the studio; I think if I could erase my memory and was given a tour of the studio without ever laying eyes on it I would fall in love right away.
Here's a link to the open house mentioned above: https://sweetsoundssoundsofsummer.splashthat.com/