Blue Light Studio welcomes all musicians and all genres of music. We have worked with names such as Anderson Paak, Boyce Avenue, Said the Whale, Sean Kingston, and Swollen Members. Whether you can make it to Vancouver BC to record in the studio, you need remote mixing & mastering, or you need an instrument added remotely, we can make it happen.
Blue Light Studio has been operating in Vancouver since 2010. Since that time we have worked with thousands of artists from amateurs to complete professionals. We love working with any style of music and are confident we can help you with whatever musical needs you have.
Remote Recording and Mixing
We specialize in remote mixing and mastering. Send you tracks and we will help you make them pro.
If you can make it to Vancouver we offering full recording sessions with multiple rooms and all the instruments you need.
Whether you are coming in for a session and need a session player, or you have a song that needs any instrument added, we have a large roster of session players and we can remotely add any instrument to your song.
We offer in studio music videos, as well as story driven music videos outside of the studio. We also offer video editing services.
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Bluelight studios is great, they will be my go to moving forward.
I've been recording my music with Kaj at Blue Light since 2013, he's honestly the best. Whether he is mixing, mastering, or producing he knows what he's doing and always enhances anyones project to a professional sounding level. I would recommend Kaj to anyone. At first, I went in not even knowing how to play to a metronome and over the past 6 years he's helped me evolve my writing skills. Thanks Kaj, you're awesome.
Interview with Blue Light Studio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is tracking and mixing. Instruments vary as does genre, but typically I like real instruments, and often have electronic instruments mixed in as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have recorded so many amazing musicians I think seeing them nail a performance in the studio inspires me just as much as famous people, but I really like Dave Pensado as a mixing engineer. His stuff sounds amazing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have 2 studio rooms, Studio A and B. Studio A is the main room. It consists of a control room, large live room, and 3 isolation booths. I love the drum sound I get in the room. It is the perfect size for drums, big enough to get a great room sound, but not so big you have to spend time managing it. My control room is full of fun gear. Toft board, 10 channels of Chandler pre's, UAD plugins and pres, API, Warm Audio, Chameleon labs...there is a lot. Some really cool mics as well, a Neumann Sm69 which is a vintage stereo Neumann mic. I have never heard a nicer mic on acoustic guitars. A vintage RCA 44 ribbon mic. Studio B is more of a vocal tracking and mixing room. It has a control room as well as vocal booth, and has a Neve Summing mixer. This room is ideal for hiphop productions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends if it's remote or the client is coming to the studio. If I'm working with a client that is coming in and we're working on the whole thing start to finish I'm generally producing. I like to get to know the song before we start recording and I'll do this by laying down scratch tracks. During this time we'll work the song and figure out any kinks so it's ready to start actual recording. If it's a full band that plays together then we'll generally set everyone up with the intention of keeping drums and sometimes bass. From there we start adding instruments on at a time, usually multiple takes, comping tracks, editing as needed, and tuning needed. If I'm doing remote it's often mixing and mastering. Typically clients will send me all the tracks as well as reference's for the sound they are going for. I'll do my first draft mix and send back to them for notes. From there we work back and forth until everyone is happy. Same thing for mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of musical and production experience. I am a multi instrumentalist, and have owned Blue Light Studio since 2010. My musical instinct is very good, and I always hear parts in my head, and I am quick at coming up with harmonies on the fly. Mixing wise, I am able to pay attention to details that are required to mix, but I mix from an overall musical standpoint more so than just the clinical details. The result are that my mixes are dynamic, and musical because to me this is the most important part of a mix. You can obsess over the snare sound on it's own for days but it's much more important how it fits in the mix, and does it make the song better?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing and editing. I think I am able to pull out what people are hearing in their head for a mix and I am not afraid to tweak timing and such in a mix to help the song if needed (with the permission of clients of course).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically indie pop and other sub pop genres. Stuff with strong melodic content, and catchy hooks. Wether it's more indie focused, more traditional pop, or even country. I like mixing full band stuff where it's more than just a stereo track and a couple vocals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Not all the instruments need to be playing the whole time. Sometimes taking out adds more than adding an instrument.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Sia because her songwriting and production are next level awesome.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my mixes are present, full, and punchy...and on a personal level my nickname is Casual Kaj, so I guess you could say I'm pretty chill. That's an interesting question.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started instruments young. I was playing in bands in high school, toured for a few years after, and then went to recording school in 2005-2007. After school it took me a couple years of freelancing to get everything together to start Blue Light Studio. Since then I haven't looked back. Been going full time recording and mixing ever since. So going on 10 years at Blue Light Studio.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neuman SM69 Mac Computer (not sure this is what you meant, but gotta have a computer to record your expensive pieces of gear) UAD Apollo (I use a lynx aurora in the studio, but gotta be able to run UAD plugins on the island) SM57 Chandler LTD-1
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Send me a message. I'm happy to listen to tracks and give advice if you think you are close to ready. Seeking professional help will teach you so much and make all your productions better so why not start now.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Other than the technical questions like "how many tracks" and that kind of thing, stuff like "who do you want your music to sound like" or "who inspires you musically"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People always are confused about the difference between mixing and mastering. Mixing is setting levels, adding fx, etc. Mastering is the next step after that and it is meant to prep the song for distribution on intended medium. The results of this are often it is louder, more full, and it translates better on different speakers. That is a very short descriptive difference, but no, I can't remove the acoustic guitar during the mastering process, you have to do that during the mix :)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? Unfortunately there is no blanket answer for this in the studio. With Soundbetter this is a bit easier because they have made such a great system. Have you recorded anyone famous? Yes, Anderson Paak, Sean Kingston, Said the Whale...
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with music all day and generally really great people.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything within my power to make you hear your music like you hear in your head.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid of both. I mix with some analog and digital together. It allows me to make use of all the best parts of digital, while still having the magic of analog.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes Jessia. She is a Topline vocalist with talent to spare.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Several projects on the go. A new single with Small Town Artillery. I have a few albums I'm mixing. One from a band called Black Owl as well as Marty Zylstra, and David Newberry.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am really proud of a lot of projects, but in particular the work I did with Aza Nabuko. She is a young talented singer and I produced an EP with her from start to finish. I also played a lot of the guitar on it as well as bass and synths. Definitely watch for her on spotify.