‘Nu Wav’ music recording studio is making waves in Missoula
MISSOULA — A new one-stop-shop for musicians is live in Missoula, and it’s been more than a decade in the making for four creatives.
June marked the first chapter of Nu Wav Studio, an interactive music recording studio, and the team behind it is ready to go.
“Overall, it’s a lot of hard work, but very rewarding,” Shadow Devereaux, co-founder of Nu Wave, told MTN News.
Devereaux is an audio engineer, music producer and hip-hop artist known as Foreshadow. As a Blackfoot and Salish descendant, he is well known for the viral song “Protect Your People”.
The song has racked up over half a million views online and was created to encourage safety within tribal communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Devereaux is completely self-taught and has used his bedroom to record as he grew as a musician over the years. Having a professional studio is something he had dreamed of for a while; “So many years for me, all those 10 years. I always wanted to do this, it was my dream.”
The idea of a studio space was an ongoing conversation about bar stools.
“After shows or after really successful studio sessions like between me and Elair, just like the man, we need to get a real professional space that we can use and bring other people into,” said Devereaux.
Erik Langan, a musician who goes by the name Elair, is one of three other minds that came together to make the studio a reality, taking their ambitions fully into their own hands.
“Going from the conversation area to trying to do that is a bit of, what would you say, a journey, I guess, in itself. You just have to do all the logistics of getting commercial space, getting the capital, investing time and energy in building and resources, other people,” Devereaux explained.
While Devereux and his friends have traditionally moved to the Resurrected Records label, as new people were added to the team they changed their name to Nu Wav.
From now on, the commercial space is intended for artists who wish to record, mix and master at a competitive price. Using his instincts to help others, the prizes were chosen by the team. Recording session rates start at $40 per hour for voice and acoustic instruments. Other services include music video production and podcast mixing.
“It’s very accessible for people who don’t have a lot of money. And besides, we just want to get people to live their passion, and so we’ll work with just about anyone,” Devereaux said.
The operation does more than help artists create tracks. Third member Evan Ferris is called Rude Max, but he does more than that.
“’I’m a jack-of-all-trades, really. I’m an artist. I have been playing and making music for over 10 years. I make beats and I produce and I do graphic design,” Ferris said.
Ferris said his friendship with Shadow goes back 10 years when he was just starting to play music. “I was one of his first clients, at the time, you know I had nowhere to go, so I found out that some people were playing a show, I went to that show and I met Shadow.”
Ferris said Nu Wav Studio is a place that budding artists could really find useful. Artists who may share similar roots.
“Recording studios sometimes take a lot of money, and when I was younger I didn’t have a lot of money, especially when I was 15, 16 trying to find a studio to record, and I didn’t really have the money, you know. And so providing a service that is, you know, inexpensive and quality by creative, like-minded people who want to help you is something I believe in.” , Ferris said.
Overall, the co-owners say the studio is a creative space.
“For me, music is an outlet for all my traumas and past, you know, things and so I will always encourage people, young, old, anyone to make music or write or do a sort of creation,” Ferris said.
Colter Olmstead is the fourth member of the Nu Wav team. He’s a sound designer, sound mixer and filmmaker in waiting for artists who want music videos or portraits to complement their sound.