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Richard Perso

Richard Perso is another member of the rapidly growing acoustic/electric guitar folk scene in Australia. Richard arrived to record 4 songs, for this he arrived with a van FULL of equipment. 3 guitars, 3 didgeridoos, a pedalboard, an amp, stompbox and tambourine provided Richard a massive opportunity to make one hell of a rich sound. Add into the list of equipment Richard’s massive voice and you have the 4 videos below.

To download FREE mp3 versions of the tracks above click here

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The Return of Shaun Kirk

At Main Street Studios we take great pride in our work to ensure the artist is as happy as possible with the product they take home. Clearly we’ve been doing something right as Shaun Kirk returned for his 2nd visit to Main Street Studios for another Main Street Session.

Shaun was last in the studio in March 2010 and now 18 months later his sound has developed; as has his progress in pushing the boundaries of the singer-songwriter/one-man band genre.

Bringing with him this time his same old trusty Cole Clark and stomp boxes as last time, Shaun also brought with him enough electronic drum components to make some 1980s’ pop bands blush. In a few short hours Shaun laid down a few tracks which we are glad to share with you here.

Shaun’s debut album is now out.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Main Street Sessions proudly present Shaun Kirk (again)

Shaun Kirk – Thank You For Giving Me The Blues from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Shaun Kirk – Going Back to the City – Main Street Session from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Shaun Kirk – Chicken & Corn – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

To download FREE mp3 versions of the tracks above click here


Over-Reactor Vs Main Street Studios

On the 12th of May 2011, Over-reactor were scheduled to play a gig in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. At late notice the gig was canceled so the Main Street Studios crew decided to invite some of their mates over and have the band in the studio.

“The Energy” is the result of a 14 hour impromptu collaboration between Over-Reactor and a selection of Wollongong musicians who saw a post on Facebook and thought “beer and music, why not?”.
There were members of Mind At Large, Common Grounds, Free Agent Crew among others…

Written and recorded in 14 hours, the days events were filmed. This video clip is actual footage of the genesis and recording of the song.

Over-reactor vs Main Street Studios – The Energy from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Over-Reactor Vs Main Street Studios


Faye Blais and The April Maze

Perennial repeat offenders The April Maze returned for yet another Main Street Session, this time they brought with them their close friend and touring Canadian singer songwriter Faye Blais. We must be doing something right as these guys can’t seem to help stopping in each time they pass Wollongong.

Since this marked the 4th visit for The April Maze to the Main Street Sessions we all took a step back and let Faye dress the set and throw some ideas forward, which is exactly what she did. Full of ideas ranging from the simple to the down right Hollywood blockbuster and everywhere in between, Faye managed to add a nice refreshing touch to a look which we had done before and her beautiful voice and playing to the music.

We start with a track by Faye called “Winter”. Sivan from The April Maze provided backing vocals and cello to the track. The original idea was the have the umbrella look like it was floating and for feathers to fall down on Faye throughout the song, we recorded a 2nd take of this song as the video for this version went so far from the plan. There was however something magical about this performance so a little bit of doctoring brought the video back from the brink.

Faye Blais & April Maze – Winter – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Canvas, another track by Faye Blais and backing provided by The April Maze. This was the first song we shot on the day and was the first time Adam and I had heard Faye sing. Impressive way to start if you ask me.

Faye Blais & April Maze – Canvas – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

The Ways That I Love You, another Faye Blais track with backing by The April Maze.

The ways I love you from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

If I Can’t Walk, A track by The April Maze off their self titled EP.
When we called for lunch Todd and Sivi went into action, decorating the floor of the studio to look like a 1950s kitchen (at least that is the impression I got) so upon returning to the studio it was a time warp.

If I cant walk from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Where Do They Go? – The April Maze featuring Faye Blais
This is a track co-written by The April Maze and Faye from their previous tour together, it is the current single available off The April Maze’s debut album “Recycled Soul”. As Faye is Canadian it is not often that the full writing ensemble get together to perform this track, so it was an absolute pleasure to watch them perform it live together.

Where do they go- from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

The last track we shot on the day (with the exception of a slightly drunk carpark jam) was a cover of Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch. It is not the first time that The April Maze have performed this track in the studio, having done it on their 2nd visit. This time the exception was that they wanted to do it with Faye, they wanted to do it in the back of their Kombi van called Shirley and of course being a Main Street Session we had to do it in one take.
This is without a doubt the most interesting and unique music video I have ever shot, the setup is one 500watt light as you can see in some of the shots, the SE Gemini II microphone also visible in the shots and one camera.

Ladies and Gentlemen please sit back and enjoy The April Maze and Faye Blais

April Maze & Faye Blais – Miss Ohio – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.


Gym Instructors

This session was originally planned to be a Main Street Session with local rockers Hy-Test. However on the day their drummer was unable to make it, thankfully for us 2/3 of Hy-Test are Gym Instructors!

Having toured Europe and America with Nick Oliveri and Mondo Generator last year Hy-Test are enjoying a period of success as they proved by organising the hugely successful Hy-Fest festival at the Cabbage Tree hotel in Wollongong a month after this session was filmed.

This session was a about nailing a rough and ready sound, we experimented with some toy mics and our usual SE Gemini II go to mic was used in a different setup than the norm. For this session the Gemini II was in the corner of the room recording a broken china cymbal which was vibrating with the room. Sounds a bit artsy fartsy but the amazing reality is alot of the mix is coming from that mic!

Ladies and Gentlemen and those in between, we proudly present Gym Instructors.

Gym Instructors – My Toyota – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

“Every band rips off My Sharona at some stage, here is our attempt”

Gym Instructors – Johnny B Goode – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Johnny B Goode. Chuck Berry classic with a minimalist twist.

Gym Instructors – Down On – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Gym Instructors – DNA – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Gym Instructors – Bliptronic 5000 – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

This song had no name until the guys got to the studio and started playing with a sampling pad. Any guesses what the sampling pad was called?

Gym Instructors – A F – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Gym Instructors – Nightwalker – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.


Jamie Slater

Jamie Slater came in to the studio to record some videos for the Main Street Sessions in early January.

Jamie covered John Farnham’s classic Burn For You

Jamie Slater – Burn For You – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

and performed one of her original tracks entitiled “Little Things”

Jamie Slater – Little Things – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.


Khyle Frost

In December 2010 Wollongong singer songwriter Khyle Frost was in the studio to record his debut EP. The 4 track EP was engineered by Adam Jordan and features Alex Barker on drums and Murray Stace on bass.

When Khyle was tracking his EP he saw some of the Main Street Sessions videos and was keen on doing a session of his own. Time was limited as Khyle was due to head off on an East Coast tour in early January, so to make sure that viewers of the Main Street Sessions were able to catch some of Khyle’s music we managed to record and film 3 tracks in between Adam mixing the 4 tracks of the EP.

To hear the EP please visit Khyle Frost on Reverbnation.

Khyle Frost – A Quiet Corner – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Khyle Frost – Frozen – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.

Khyle Frost – Gone Since Yesterday – Main Street Sessions from Relative Silence on Vimeo.


The Return of The April Maze

Hi all,

We had such a fun time with April Maze the first time that we said to them;
“Next time you come through, we HAVE to get you in”,
and that’s exactly what happened.

Making their way up and down the east coast of Australia in support of their debut album “Recycled Soul”, Todd and Sivan came to the studio with a clear goal. They wanted to capture their live sound and energy on video. All of the videos (except Sandman) were shot single setup, single microphone and single take.

Playing some originals off the album Main Street Sessions are proud to present for the second time “The April Maze”


Which Artists Would YOU Like To See Do a Main St. Session?

I thought we’d open up this post as a bit of a forum. We want you guys and girls out there to help us by letting us know which artists you would like to see come in and do a Main St. Session?
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TEASER AUTUMN 2010

A look back at the Main St. Sessions so far.

Free Agent Crew
April Maze
Bennie James and the Hesitant Few
Shaun Kirk
Nick Oliveri and Michelle Madden


NICK OLIVERI


SHAUN KIRK


BENNIE JAMES AND THE HESITANT FEW

Bennie James and the Hesitant Few came into the studio and performed 4 tracks for Main Street Sessions.


APRIL MAZE

April Maze were a part of the Main Street Sessions and put down several songs… Here are a few of their live performances.


FREE AGENT CREW

Main Street Sessions is proud to present the first of the Main Street Sessions. Free Agent Crew performing their single “Snake Bite” live in the studio.