A new local recording studio |

CHESTER, Vt. – A new recording studio, Vermont Recording Studios, has opened its musical doors in southern Vermont. It was launched in June by local studio producer and engineer John Sawyer, who came to Vermont from Nashville, Tennessee and now resides in the peaceful surroundings of Chester, Vt.

Sawyer’s studio experiences are extensive. He has been involved in studios since 1993, having worked in many professional settings with iconic artists throughout his career in the recording industry. Early on, while attending Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, he began working with a band called Tabitha’s Secret, which would become part platinum-selling band Matchbox 20. Sawyer later received a platinum selling award for his work with the band.

After college, Sawyer began an internship at the legendary design firm Walters-Storyk Design Group, before going to work for the legendary Giant Recording Studios in New York, NY. During this time he had the opportunity to work featuring many well-known artists including Sting, David Bowie, Dr. John, Queen Latifah, Q-Tip, Will Lee, Paul Shafer, Lou “Blue Lou” Marini, Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin, and more.

Sawyer eventually moved to Miami where he co-owned a recording studio named Mad Hatter Studios while also working at several other prestigious studios including Criteria Studios, Studio Center, and Audio Vision. While in Miami he worked with many other established artists including Barry Gibb, Barbara Streisand, Scott Stapp of Creed, Ronnie James Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Matchbox 20, Lauryn Hill, Inner Circle, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden , Danny Spitz of Anthrax. , and several local Florida groups.

After starting a family, Sawyer moved to Nashville to work as a manager of the Pro Tools Training Center, before moving to Chester to pursue high-end sales, service and support, and also to begin building his own recording studio.

“I love music and having fun with musicians to help them achieve their dreams,” Sawyer said in a recent interview. “My immediate plans are just to bring professional recording and mixing to central Vermont. I have already generated a lot of interest since launching the website and social media pages, and we are now booking sessions in the studio.”

Vermont Recording Studios. Photo provided

If you’d like to learn more about Vermont Recording Studio and meet John Sawyer, visit his studio’s website at www.vermontrecordingstudios.com or a call 802-631-0707. You can also contact the studio by email at [email protected] and follow them on social media at @VTRecording.

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