Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) Diploma Program graduates Neilroy Miranda and Josh Correia recently collaborated on the newly released 12 track album ‘How Did We Get Here?’ by jazz fusion/progressive indie rock band ‘Dog Drive Mantis’.
‘How Did We Get Here’ was recorded at Slaight Music studio in Toronto. Josh and Neilroy made use of analog and digital recording techniques to capture the band’s artistic vision. The recording of the album was done entirely without a click track with various time/tempo changes, “we isolated each instrument in separate rooms and made sure all musicians had a good headphone mix and were ready to go. The band was well prepared with all their songs and that made the recording much more effective.”
In addition to this recent project, both Josh and Neilroy have maintained a busy music schedule since graduating. Josh has been the house engineer at Slaight Music’s Toronto location since 2015 and has had the opportunity to work as the recording engineer for renowned Canadian country act ‘The Good Brothers’, on their album ‘Wide Awake Dreaming’. While Neilroy works as a Music Instructor teaching drums/piano and band programs at various schools and as a private music tutoring. He has recorded/mixed projects with various musicians to continue to grow as both a musician and a producer.
We asked Neilroy and Josh to reflect on their Metalworks experience.
What has been the most helpful aspect of your Metalworks education?
“The most helpful aspect of our Metalworks education was the hands-on experience from the very experienced staff and teachers. Also, all the connections we have made just by simply being graduates of Metalworks has been very valuable.”
Any words of wisdom for current students or your fellow graduates?
“Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, make your own opportunities. To survive in this field, you have to make it a lifestyle. Show the industry ‘why you belong.’”
Last, but certainly not least, make sure to check out ‘How Did We Get Here?’