Possessing an advanced level of perception to sound and musical expression, as well as being adept at several instruments, Lucy Soundlab owner/operator, Kevin Koehler, works passionately to steward musical ideas from the initial conception in the brain of an artist to its final waveform. Lucy Soundlab is a safe space for artists to explore their own musical visions and intuitions.
Whatever the need, Koehler is delighted to accommodate. Many engineers lack the flexibility that working with artists of all types requires; Lucy Soundlab is tied to no particular process that would ever limit the vision of an artist.
Not afraid to take experiments in sound, Koehler has taken on some of the most avant-garde recording projects, which have required new solutions and strategies.
While his work is strongly rooted in capturing acoustic instrumentation and “organic” music creation, Koehler is no stranger to electronic music production either. For examples, check out his hip-hop group's (iLLPHONiCS) 2017 release, ‘Purple Piano Society’. The song “Give It All” is a wonderful fusion of both worlds: live/acoustic and programmed/digital.
~All projects that undergo construction at Lucy Soundlab will start with pre-production, an essential part of the recording process. Writing down and becoming familiar with all the details of the recording session will ensure that no time is wasted during the session. Depending on the scope of the project, pre-production will be offered as a complimentary service.
~Modern production methods have certain established norms, and while they are often helpful, these common techniques shouldn’t be applied to every project. Recoding to a metronome, for example, can be a tool to produce an extremely clean and even rhythmically perfect song. However, forcing a band to utilize this technique (especially when they may be unfamiliar with that process), can be counter-productive.