Alumni Update: Tal Vaisman, Audio Production and Engineering
Graduated From: Audio Production & Engineering Diploma (2011)
Tal Vaisman graduated from the Audio Production & Engineering Program at Metalworks Institute in 2011, and has been maintaining a busy schedule as the lead guitarist in the band Ascot Royals. The band released their debut album in 2015 (via Slaight Music/Sony Music Canada), featuring the lead single Best is Yet to Come, produced by Gavin Brown.
The band promoted their new album and single with a number of live dates, including an opening slot for Collective Soul, a spot in the inaugural Way Home Festival, and a tour of the Canadian Maritimes. The Royals also made the finals of the Vans Warped Tour/Ernie Ball Music Man Battle of the Bands (one of four finalists from across North America), which was capped off with a sold-out show in front of 2,000 people at L.A.’s Fonda Theater.
On the production side, Vaisman has worked as a freelance recording engineer for a number of indie bands, including The Maysides, Black Collar Union, Andrea Gal, and Danny Lamb. He also has production credits in both Canada (Sons of Revelry, Hey Brother, Flood the Sun) and overseas (Hammercult, in Germany). Vaisman has also worked as the in-house engineer at Toronto’s Iguana Studios, working on projects for an array of artists, including Jace Martin, Little Foot Long Foot, The Unchained, and Katie Francis.
As if that were not enough, this past year saw Vaisman producing and writing music for several television productions, including a pair of Netflix/Family Channel Shows – Lost & Found Music Studios and The Next Step. Vaisman also wrote the music for a Mazda commercial, which recently went to air.
This summer, Tal will be back in studio recording with The Ascot Royals (with producer Jeff Diesel), and engineering and occasionally co-producing several indie records with Toronto producer Andre Kaden Black.