Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephen Trischitta.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up as the youngest brother, I always had my two brothers to follow in their footsteps. Music came very naturally to me, but I didn’t see myself doing it as a career in the beginning. My brothers and I all started on guitar, and I really started to excel. A few years later, I picked up the drums and began playing in local churches, and playing as a pit drummer for a local theater. About ten years later, I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I began my higher education. I went to Berklee with the intent of being a music teacher, but I fell in love with the production scene. I began studying Music Production and Engineering (MP&E), and I worked very hard. It’s amazing to see how much I learned over those four years. Not to mention the connections either!
Growing up, I lived at the Jersey Shore. My dad is in educational technology, and my mom is a teacher; they both appreciated music and felt it important to have it in our lives. In elementary school, I studied guitar and percussion at the same time.
I got my first drum set when I entered middle school. I began playing as a drummer at a local church, and for a local theater as a pit drummer. Living at the Jersey Shore, I began gigging a lot with a lot of different bands, playing in Atlantic City, Asbury Park, NYC, and Philly. Broadway talent would come down to the Algonquin (the local theater) all the time! I got to see so many industry professionals work and perform their craft which inspired me so much! Not to mention, I also had an amazing experience of playing with “The Village People”!
In 2016, I went up to Boston to begin studying at Berklee College of Music. Berklee is such an amazing place, and the perfect environment for any musician to develop. I could study and practice my craft 24/7, with an amazing group of students, faculty, and cutting-edge facilities. The connections I have made at Berklee are forever. Graduating during a Pandemic was interesting, but I am so proud of Berklee, and all of my fellow classmates for making it work out.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a winding road for sure, and that keeps me engaged and alert. I challenge myself and push myself to be a better person every day. I struggled all throughout my career as a musician and as a person. I naturally am a listener, and I like hearing all about perspectives on issues, and am never too quick to make an opinion. I had a hard time saying Yes to things, because of all of the “What if’s?”. My mentors shaped me into the person I am today, and I am grateful for them. Berklee gave me an environment where I could work on my craft 24/7, meet and collaborate with fellow students, teachers, and visiting artists from all around the world, and from all parts of the industry. Seeing how hard these people work inspires me. If you have a dream, go for it!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rising Tide Productions – what should we know?
My business name is Rising Tide Productions LLC. It’s my company, and I specialize in mixing music. There is a lot more to a song than just mixing one. You have the writing stage, where the song and the form is written. The production stage, where instruments are recorded–adding parts like drums, guitar, vocals, etc. Then it goes to the mixing stage, where you balance, and refine, and showcase what is happening in the song. The stems (drums, guitars, piano, bass, vocals, synths) are sent to the mixing engineer who is responsible for balancing the song. This could be done with volume, adding effects, and so on. Mixing requires matching the song sonically to its genre, and working with the producer and talent until the song is finished. I always want the listener to be engaged, and for the song to connect with its audience. And finally, I make sure the song is being heard the way the producer(s), writer(s) and artist(s) intended.
Being a small business owner, all of my clients can depend on me to be timely, thorough, consistent, and pleasant to work with. I always want their songs to engage their audiences and stand out in today’s market.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had amazing mentors along the way. Jason Stokes was the first teacher I had at Berklee that challenged me in my major. Jason helped me set an amazing foundation to be in the position I am today. He is an amazing mentor and friend. His lessons, knowledge, and industry insights were life-changing. Jason is the person who got me into mixing music in the first place.
Another mentor in the post-production scene is John Whynot. John let me in on some amazing sessions at Warner Bro’s, where he was working on the score mix of the newest Addams Family movie that came out October 2019. John is known as a Wizard, and after watching him work, he really is. Aside from that, the rest of the MP&E faculty at Berklee have given me so many amazing opportunities to push myself as a music producer and engineer. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the entire MP&E department because they are all incredible individuals.
- Website: www.risingtide.llc
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Edits – Peyton Propst.