Water Tower Studios

Bluegrass/Folk sound

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Water Tower is a Bluegrass/Indie Folk Trio signed to Dutch Records that doubles as a studio band. Water Tower has done studio work for Major label artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Mondo Cosmo, Tim Timebomb, Mike Herrera, Travis Barker, and hundreds of other artists.

We play every folk/country instrument known to man between us, and have our own studio equipment. Together we can help you achieve the EXACT folk/bluegrass/country sound that you envision by giving you the “Water Tower Touch”.  We have given the Water Tower "Touch" to many tracks from Major label artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Mondo Cosmo, Tim Timebomb, Mike Herrera, Travis Barker, and hundreds of other artists.

Services include: Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Cello, Stand-up Bass, Electric Bass, Ukelele, Harmonium, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, Harmonica, Kazoo, 12-String Guitar, Piano, Vocal harmonies, Production, Song-writing, Ableton (beats), Mixing and Mastering (if needed).

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Interview with Water Tower Studios

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The last track on our new album was sung by Ron Reyes (Black Flag) and we are honored that a famous animator was inspired to make a now famous music video for "Anthem": ALTERNATIVE PRESS: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=779526502896171 
 BROOKLYN VEGAN:  https://www.brooklynvegan.com/watch-ex-black-flag-singer-ron-reyes-psychedelic-bluegrass-trio-water-towers-new-video/ 
 MEDIUM:  https://medium.com/@Charlotte_Baker/ex-black-flag-singer-and-the-germs-drummer-collaborate-with-psychedelic-bluegrass-band-water-tower-dfb3091428fa 
 Super proud of our new album with Willie Watson (Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, Old Crow Medicine Show) singing lead on the first single! Bluegrass Situation: https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-water-tower-fly-around-feat-willie-watson/

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Currently we are working on some music for an up and coming artists out of Canada named Alex Southey. Also working with rappers and just produced the debut single from 182 Water "Lodi Dodi" which 50 Cent was kind enough to feature: https://thisis50.com/2020/07/04/182-water-dre-drinkard-team-up-to-release-lodi-dodi-summer-version/

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I would recommend Tommy Fingers aka Dre Drinkard because he is part of the Water Tower crew. He also produced this hip-hop track AND artist in our studio: https://thesource.com/2020/07/04/182-water-and-dre-drinkard-drop-their-latest-cover-of-lodi-dodi/nujuu

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog is the way to go if one can afford it, but digital is easier if you are on the desert island. This article speaks to our "analog" way of life lol https://www.yourbestlifenashville.com/post/soaking-in-the-positivity-with-water-tower

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: You will be overjoyed with your music after we collaborate on it. The promise is we will take it one day at a time, and we will learn on the journey together : ) https://music-trails.com/interview-water-tower-inspires-fans-to-take-it-one-day-at-a-time/

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Getting to work with artists who LOVE their own music. We love getting to be OURSELVES with YOU: https://www.bsquaredmagazine.com/post/water-tower--authentically-you

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can we achieve "this" sound? (this being ANY sound you hear or have heard) answer: YES! we can achieve ANY sound you like.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Sometimes people think we get tired of music. We do NOT. We eat, sleep and breath it.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Is your favorite band/artist YOU? If so, we are going to get along, because meeting new artists who believe in their material is heaven on earth for us.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Go with your gut ;)

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Fiddle, Macbook, SM 57, XLR, and a power cable ;)

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Music in every way shape and form. I started playing and studying seriously at age 12, I am 33 now. 20 years in music. This interview talks a bit about our career path: http://thehollywooddigest.com/7656-2/

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Focused, mellow and determined. This interview talks about our definition of success, and I believe that we help artists become successful. https://www.bigsound.blog/blog/water-tower-town

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: We would LOVE to work with Billie Eilish one day because she is rad and fun!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Less is ALWAYS more.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Indie and Punk Rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Our strongest skill is working together as a team to create something that everyone is happy with in the end.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: We bring a very specific edge and folky energy. Some people describe our sound as the "mountain" sound with an edge. Here is an artist that we produced from the ground up, we recorded the song, produced the song, played all the instruments, directed the video, filmed the video, and edited the video: https://music-trails.com/interview-water-tower-hustle-everyday-to-connect-with-fans-after-release-of-fly-around/

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: We talk to the artist about what they want, and hit the studio. We work fast and like to have our clients directly involved as much as they would like to be involved.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: We use two macbooks in conjunction. We have rugged and time-tested microphones (the basics, U-87 clone, RE-320, SM 57, 58 and a couple of pencil condenser microphones.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: We are very inspired by ANY musician who LOVES to play music, talk about music, and just generally obsess over music. A list of our five biggest influences are in this interview: http://teenmusicinsider.com/water-tower-band-chat-with-tmi-about-their-musical-journey/#.X9EWSulKhTb

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: We talk with clients about what sort of sound they want in order to become more authentic to themselves. We guide and coach all aspects of a music career.

Terms Of Service

Depending on your time-line, we can make things happen within a couple days. We work with you until you are happy with what we provide.

GenresSounds Like
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bob Dylan
Gear Highlights
  • Martin DM guitar
  • Eastman MD-815 mandolin
  • Kay Stand-up bass
  • Harmony Parlour Guitar
  • Fiammato Violin
  • Cello
  • Fender 12- String CD-100
  • Macbooks
  • Good lighting
  • Microphones (RE-320
  • WARM audio U-87 copy
  • SM 57
  • 58)
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