MUSIC NEWS (FEBRUARY, 2012)- Record producer/engineer Malcolm Springer (Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Fear Factory, Spiderman Original Soundtrack, Full Devil Jacket, Greenwheel, Salvia, Fuel, One Less Reason, Clutch) has announced the formal opening of his new recording company AngelCrush Entertainment. Based out of Nashville, TN, the company will be tracking their productions at the legendary House of Blues Recording Studio in Music City. In addition, Malcolm plans to utilize a pre-production, overdub and rehearsal hall in Memphis, TN.
“My team has been dedicated throughout the formation of AngelCrush Entertainment in Nashville, proving they can change everything for our artists,” explains the four time grammy-winner. “I want to give young talent a chance I never had growing up to record their albums in the best studio, with the greatest engineers in the world.” Springer adds, “Recently taking a fews years in my hometown of Portageville, MO to enjoy my family was exactly the right move for me to make as a producer.” But Malcolm was hardly idle in MO. His passion for music and working with young talent are relentless. It wasn’t long before Springer had opened a major recording studio and local residents started popping up on Billboard’s rock charts as session players. Soon after came the largest artists and industry names in commercial rock music, enjoying the audio experts (and world-class hunting) in Portageville, MO (FYI population 3,295).
Malcolm was the first engineer to use ADAT Technology on a major label release and continues to pioneer audio techniques as one of the first engineers/producers to test the latest pro-tools software prior to release. A featured lecturer on Joe Galante’s new program ArtistGrowth.com, Malcolm’s philosophy is clear that talent and drive have never been more needed in this industry. “As disruptive technologies developed and recording equipment became digitally replicated through software, we had this phenomenon of young men calling themselves “producers” right out of audio school,” says Springer. Young artists should be aware that “producers” are those who utilize cutting edge technology to edit and manipulate recorded material into something accessible and marketable on a commercial scale. Not only do they receive the sound recording copyright but the arrangement credit too. (Often, Malcolm will also be included as a writer).
Malcolm Springer, Paul Worley and a handful of other producers still take the their time to do full pre-production, rehearsal and arrangement. (This means literally living with the artists for up to a month). Many of the great producers have given over their creative liberties due to pressure from labels to beat deadlines offered by the younger masses of engineers, record sales going from millions to thousands, and their wait for dusty royalty checks. In fact, most of them are just plain fed up with the current industry model. Producers have a tight knit network of artists, musicians, writers, managers, labels and engineers who have decades of experience for every one of their projects. “You have to build a team, managers, labels, booking agents et cetera. We are committed to joining the artists and guiding them through the entire process. We champion our cause.” says Springer. Malcolm will be approaching every project with a unique development strategy; he hopes to use his world famous team- building abilities outside the studio and not just inside the tracking room. The list of engineers and producers Springer has lined up to assist with the new studio are impressive to say the least. Their credits range from Paul McCartney, Lady Antebellum, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, James Otto, The Band Perry, and Smashing Pumpkins to 3 Doors Down.
“I thought of what I would want if I were young again, if I were an artist on a mission to take over the world, and what I would need to have a fair chance to succeed at completing my mission,” Springer says on a final note.