Metalworks would like to congratulate graduate Jay Baty on recently being awarded Engineer of the Year at the Niagara Music Awards for his work on hip-hop/funk/rock band Theatre Crisp’s album ‘Growing Up’.
Upon graduating from the Professional Sound and Business – Studio Production Major Program in 2010, Jay a Niagara native, spent a brief time interning with famed Canadian producer Gavin Brown. He then went on to an internship with Black Box Music engineer Dan Weston, which resulted in Jay earning an assistant mixing engineer credit on Classified’s Handshakes & Middle Fingers album.
Once back home in Niagara, Jay developed Tangerine Studios in the confines of an old high school classroom where he recorded wide range of artists including Rita Carrey (Jim Carrey’s sister), Louis Vanaria (actor, A Bronx Tale, Boardwalk Empire), and singer/songwriter Michael Banks. Jay soon ventured into his own studio business, developing Freshly Squeezed Studios. He spent a year building his dream studio, all the while continuing to produce and record bands from the Niagara area.
While running his studio, Jay has also been playing and recording with two local Niagara bands: Mrs. Johnston and Theatre Crisp. The latter band has been gaining considerable notoriety in the Niagara region, winning multiple honours from the Niagara Music Awards, and opening for artists such as Fefe Dobson, Bedouin Soundclash, Shad, Current Swell and USS. Theatre Crisp’s third studio album is set for release at the end of 2016.