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Meet Kevin Yamada of Studio 637 in Hermosa Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Yamada.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started with a crappy garage band in high school. We would practice at my mom’s house all the time and I eventually started recording us right there in the garage. After I graduated from a recording school in Hollywood, I interned at 2 different studios, Studio 637 being one of them. At that time in 2012, we were still working on the build out, from acoustic treatment to putting the hardwood floors in. It’s no secret that the recording studio industry is declining, so we decided to add in video services to boost business. As work picked up, I fell into a management position and we began expanding our staff and services. We now proudly produce commercials, music, and live stream events. This year in 2017, we have been funded and now have new ownership, myself included. We are now looking forward to bringing more music and entertainment to the Hermosa Beach and South Bay area.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has NOT been a smooth road. With adding additional services like video and live streaming, we would get a variety of different projects and we had to grow a solid “A team”. We’ve had failures in the beginning but we’ve learned and grown exponentially. Now with funding and a professional staff, we’re able to improve our gear and studio to take our work to the next level. To be on the forefront of the video and music industry, we are always improving and thinking of new ideas to keep getting better.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a one stop shop for music and video services. We have separate departments that specialize in their individual fields. Our music guys, focus on the music, our video guys, focus on the videos. This makes sure all work is to the highest quality possible. It also gives us more options and services that we can provide to our clients. For example, if we are recording a band’s new album, we can have our video guys come in and film behind the scenes segments of the recording session that can be edited with the new music we recorded. Or if we have a business owner making their new commercial, we can have our audio guys recording, editing, and adding audio sweeteners and music to the video. Not only are we a studio, but we are also a full fledge production company as well. Plus, we’re right by the beach!

What were you like growing up?
When I was younger one of my favorite things to do was to pour a bunch of cereal in a huge bowl and watch cartoons. On the flip side, I was a pretty active kid. I played all sports, Hockey was my favorite and still is, I’d skate or surf with my friends, bike rides, all that kind of stuff. My first concert was Metallica with Godsmack at the Forum when I was 12. Still have to thank my dad for that one that might be where my interest in music stemmed from.

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