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Meet Eric Klem of Studio Z in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Klem.

Eric, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Born and raised in Western Massachusetts. I dropped out of college (UConn) in my second semester of studying electrical engineering. I decided I wanted to make a career out of producing and recording music. Through email, a few months later, I was able to land an internship in a recording studio in Santa Monica ( 4th St Recording).

I moved across the country and built a new life. I got a job at Staples and worked mornings, so I could spend the afternoons and evenings in the studio. The large number of sleep-deprived nights I spent in the studio earned me the nickname “Zz”. I learned a lot about recording and built connections that allowed me to earn paying gigs as a recording engineer all over LA. I spent about two years working as a freelance engineer before I decided to open my own studio.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest obstacle was definitely staying comfortable financially starting out. Recording internships are usually unpaid, so if you don’t have a free/cheap living situation things can be tough. I took a number of interesting jobs to support myself during my intern and early freelance days.

Please tell us about Studio Z.
My studio is called “Studio Z”. My specialty is recording hip hop, rnb, and pop vocals. Working freelance has allowed me to work in some of the most prestigious studios, all the way down to home recording. My goal is to offer people the opportunity to record radio quality vocals with an experienced engineer for the price of a smaller studio. I also offer mixing and mastering so that my clients can have the confidence that they are releasing music at a competitive sound quality. Some of my clients/ credits include: Kid Ink, Silento, 24 Hrs, SOBxRBE, Dax, Hopsin, Joe Moses, Mozzy, Gangsta Boo, DOK2, Snowthaproduct, AD, etc.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Owner, Kathleen from 4th St. Recording took a chance on letting me come intern at her studio and I credit that internship with jumpstarting my career. Studio owner, artist, and friend Dylan believed in me and provided me with some of my first paid engineering jobs. Bootleg Kev, Boogie Fre$h, my girlfriend (Anna), fam and friends.

Pricing:

  • Studio Z rate: $50/hr 3hr minimum

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @la_studio_z

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