Award-winning local recording studio

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High River’s Wheelhouse Sound, a recording studio run by producer Paul Zacharias, received several YYC Music Award nominations this year.

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“Recognition like this helps me feel part of the Calgary music community,” said Zacharias. “I am also very happy that some of the artists I work with are recognized. »

Zacharias is nominated for Folk Artist of the Year with his song “Which Part of Me Will Win?”, Two artists he produced/recorded are also up for the same award; Two Late to The Party and Natalie Inga. Zacharias is also up for Recording Studio of the Year.

“I record music with songwriters, partnering with each in capacities that best suit their needs, goals and style,” Zacharias said.

Having been at High River for nearly three years, he does everything from songwriting coaching and co-writing to full production, where he does most of the instrumentation.

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“I have a fairly gentle but direct approach to working with songwriters, which means I want us to bring out the best in them while making them feel as safe and confident as possible,” a- he declared.

When people hear something Zacharias has been working on, he wants them to “feel the big lump in their throat, burning in their chest that the artist who wrote it felt as the words poured out of them and on the page”.

A life full of music

“I grew up in a house with so much music,” Zacharias said, “Our house was always full of vintage audio equipment and beautiful, luscious sounds coming from big old speakers.”

After buying his first electric guitar at the age of 12, Zacharias continued to play in bands; eventually, while touring and creating albums, he discovered his love for the studio and creating music.

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“Great music is as honest as it is intelligent. A marriage of melody and poetry, a production that triples each pen stroke of the writer. Good music makes me sing, cry, dance, laugh,” Zacharias said.

Camaraderie, connection and realizing a vision in the studio is like nothing else according to Zacharias. His wife encouraged him to buy recording equipment 14 years ago and he hasn’t looked back.

“I quickly realized how committed I was to supporting and empowering other musicians,” he said.

In the future, Zacharias hopes to hone himself more while writing with artists and do more “live recording” sessions (recording everyone at once). “Five years from now, I imagine I might be thinking more seriously about the next (bigger) space I’d like the studio to live in,” he said.

The YYC Music Awards will take place on September 18 at Gray Eagle Resort & Casino, for more information and the list of nominees visit: yycmusicawards.com

To learn more about Zacharias and Wheelhouse Sound, visit: www.wheelhousesound.com

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