Alton’s recording studio combines old school and new technology

ALTON – The Old Mississippi Sound House started where it left off.

Recording studio founder and owner Modert Clark III stuck with the artists he worked with before he envisioned having a commercial recording studio. Clark, 36, grew up in Madison County — Alton, Wood River, Roxana, etc. – and ran his first studio from his Ridge Street apartment in Alton.

An engineer and musician, Clark was in Morbid Minds and opened for Twister at Pop’s, played Fubar and on Pop TV, as well as starred in the Battle to Open For Tech N9ne.


“Somebody else won,” Clark said. “I worked with Kutt Calhoun and for Rittz, DJ for Jelly Roll at a place in Litchfield and The Bottom Of the Barrel Tour, with Lil Wyte, Ezzy Money and Jackie Chain. I did a lot of things. I was the person who kept work and I didn’t care about the different forms of spreading my name. I work, I don’t need people to know my name. I’m too busy.

“For a while I recorded from home, for a long time,” said Clark, who now lives in Benld with his wife, Katrina Clark, and their sons, Modert Bradley Clark IV, 10, and Leo Elliot Clark, 2 years. “Then my first son was born and I stopped music for five years.”

Katrina Clark manages the company’s social networks. She also decorated and designed the color schemes for the studio.

“It was an empty concrete room when I got it,” Modert Clark said. “My stepdad and stepdad did the flooring. My cousin and I did all the drywall and tape. The framing was done by a friend. The family got together and we we did.”

Clark is known for supporting, promoting and recording local hip hop artists. As a hip hop artist himself, Clark has developed as a DJ, graphic designer, and video designer. He and his studio cater to all styles of music, with full bands, a gospel choir, full drums, and live guitar, but his list of hip hop clients and collaborations is extensive.

“Tonight Clay The Rapper is in there,” said Clark who interviewed The Telegraph while working on Tuesday night. “The biggest one I did recently was a video for 350 Honcho with DJ Drama; 350 Honcho did the beat, DJ Drama hosted the song. That’s how hip hop works, not so well known artist will go up on a mixed band with a It’s a way to get your name out there to people who know them.

“DJ Drama is famous for his mixed tapes with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.”

Right now, “Level Up” by 350 Honcho and DJ Drama is circulating on Hot 104.1 right now.

Clark also works with Fresco Kane, an artist, producer and songwriter from East St. Louis, who co-wrote Mariah Carey’s hit “With You” and performed songs with Nelly, Chingy and Def Jam Records under Jermaine. Dupri, prior to its release from the label.

“I’m finishing up the Fresco video right now, as we speak. It’s over there on the desk,” Clark said. “When we’re not booked with studio time, I do video graphics and go back to editing. It keeps me busy.

“The artist comes into the studio with instruments and performs,” Clark said.

The Old Mississippi Sound House Recording Studio, 1320 Milton Road, Alton operates during business hours and by appointment.

“We’re always super busy,” said Clark, who works with two other engineers, Michael J. Stansfield, who also edits videos, and Hobie Hobart. “Unfortunately and fortunately, it’s a double-edged sword.

“It was me and Mike first, then Hobie,” Clark recalled. “Mike and I have been making music together since we were kids, between 17 and 18.”

Clark formed the Old Mississippi Sound House as an LLC in 2018, then it took a year to open the studio doors, located at the Milton School House. The Sound House is the oldest tenant. Clark moved in under the original owners. Although Clark would like a bigger studio, his clients love the studio’s current intimate setting. There’s little ambient noise and privacy, Clark noted.

Clark is also a videographer and sometimes brings in the beats.

“As far as hip hop goes, I’ve been doing hip hop forever,” he said. “I quit because of the pandemic. I worked for the Midwest Sanitary Service in Wood River, with Olin Brass and ConocoPhillips doing roll-offs, then decided to open a studio again – but not my house.

“During COVID, I decided to quit my job and focus on (music) full time,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘You only live once.’ I was a garbage collector during COVID and when I had a chance (for my own business) I did it. Here I am.”

Although technically a millennial, Clark embodies a Gen X aesthetic.

“Because of my older sister, I heard Green Day, Nirvana, 311, Smashing Pumpkins,” Clark said, “and then she got a Nate Dogg mixtape and it changed everything. I remember that. . I remember it distinctly.”

Now Clark the Old Mississippi Sound House on the next level. He will appear on August 23 on the reality show “The Blox”. Filming will take place from July 23 to August 23. 3 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The Blox” dubs itself “the greatest competition TV show on the planet for startups,” created by MTV legend Wes Bergmann of “Real World Road Rules Challenge” fame. Find more information about the show at www.betablox.com.

“I was searching about entrepreneurship on Google and found this,” Clark said. “BetaBlox is one of the world’s largest business incubators and accelerator. I found it interesting, filled out a form, and here I am.”

Additionally, within the Milton School House, Maeva has an open mic once a month for the artist to come play guitar, read poetry, etc., Clark noted.

To book studio time, contact Clark and the Old Mississippi Sound House at 618-541-7472.

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