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Meet Blake Paulson, Andrew James, and Chris Vazquez of LA Session Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Paulson, Andrew James, and Chris Vazquez.

Blake, Andrew, and Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Chris: LA Session Group was founded in 2016, but all three of us have known one another for so long. As freelance musicians, we’ve all played in different contexts together, and I think at a certain point we realized that we each brought different strengths to the table from a business stance and that together we could really create something special that serves the LA music community.

Blake: Yeah, I believe all three of us played together for the first time in 2012 on a gig, and then over the years we just organically saw the opportunity to create LA Session Group. Each of the three of us had business experience and skills to manage this type of group, and that’s really why it made sense for us to come together.

Andrew: I actually knew Chris way back in Boston, so as far back as 2005 or 2006. He auditioned for a band I was putting together. Then we reconnected in Los Angeles years later. Blake and I have been friends for just as long. So this whole connection is decades in the making.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Andrew: First of all, there was certainly a need for something like LA Session Group. It has always been a struggle for artists to easily find quality players with a good attitude. The struggle for us was figuring out how to communicate what we do and bring everybody together.

Chris: The struggle for us was to create a place where creatives, artists and producers can find this rare hybrid of awesome players with an awesome attitude.

Blake: All of our members are thoroughly vetted. They are highly referred, well-credited musicians know for being incredible to work with.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LA Session Group – what should we know?
Blake: LA Session Group is a collective, or network if you will, of the best musicians in Los Angeles. Our members do not pay to be part of our service. Instead, they must be referred in, and I think that is a big difference from some of our competitors. When you hire LA Session Group you know, in fact we guarantee, you will get an amazing top notch experienced professional.

Chris: Our mission is to empower artists with the best musicians, singers, songwriters, and engineers in the world. We specialize in putting bands together for live shows or tours, assisting artists with songwriting or production, contracting for recording sessions, and remote recording. Our whole operation is designed to alleviate the burden of coordinating schedules with, as well as finding and vetting musicians so that artists can focus on creating and realizing their vision.

Andrew: Pretty much anything you would need to bring your musical or artistic vision to life, we can provide. Whether it’s connecting artists with a hit songwriter or connecting them with musicians they see on television backing up other artists, LA Session Group is a special network of inspiring and talented professionals with character.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Blake: Our roots definitely go back to the city of Boston, and for Chris and I, to Berklee College Of Music. That education introduced us to many of musicians we work with now and laid the groundwork for our success in Los Angeles.

Chris: For me, I owe much of what I know about the music scene to my mentors. There are so many I wouldn’t even know where to begin. But I can say that Los Angeles is not necessarily the big scary monster people make it out to be. There are amazing people here with huge hearts that love what they do and share what they know.

Andrew: We owe the musicians, writer, producers, and engineers a lot. This company was built by musicians, for artists. We’ve looked to musicians every step of the way to make sure every one is fairly represented, and we are thankful to all of these people for trusting us, referring work through us, and believing that together we can really make a massive impact on future.

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