Well it’s mid-April folks and the train is rolling smoothly at Tree Sound. Yessir we have all been holding on to our hats this 2010 first quarter while enjoying the music and new talent coming in from both coasts. I am excited to say that between our 7 rooms we are banging out the Rock, Rap, R&B, & Pop hits & everyone is enjoying the vibe!!!! What a life, what a blessing to have this multicultural and musical business under one roof.

Tree Sounds very own “Rock Star Farms” is growing and producing yummy organic veggies and have added some very special restaurants around town to their client list. All of our staff has been enjoying the fresh spring air and food that the farm provides! Go Sunshine our “Mother Earth!”

On the Tree Leaf films side we are knocking out the videos, web sites, and photo shoots as well. If you are interested in shooting high quality HD videos or commercials and are on a tight budget please email info@treesoundstudios.com for assistance. If you’re interested in live music and in helping a great cause, get your tickets now for Michael Tolcher & the Pros on April 24th – tickets are limited. Concert in the cave for a cure for Autism.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/106289

The S.O.S school is a huge success, we have accepted a few choice students and are excited to see them grow. This school is not only teaching the basics – there are also advanced classes that serve as a sort of masters/residency program for those who would like to learn from our Grammy nominated teachers. One on one classes are available as well. For those that are interested we are accepting applications all year round.

Last but not least there’s Big News Everybody!!!!!!! Tree Leaf Artist/Co-Owner Groove Chambers has released his much anticipated single “IN THE BAG” on the internet and we are all very excited to see the success of his much anticipated solo record. It is currently spinning in a few different cities including Atlanta’s very own V103 on the Green Lantern & Greg Street Invasion hour at 9pm. Famed as the platinum producer for Nappy Roots first record with hit single “Awe Naw” and also for producing Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss.” Groove is known for making the stars and now since the stars are lining up for him we expect to see the biggest things in 2010 for this MC that everyone is calling “The Voice.”

Malissa “Mali” Hunter
Tree Sound Studios
(General Manager)
Sr. Director Marketing/Booking
Sr. VP Artist/Producer Relations
Mali@Treesoundstudios.com

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Earth Hour Atlanta

Earth Hour AtlantaMake the pledge, spread the word, Earth Hour Atlanta is March 27

Earth Hour Atlanta will join World Wildlife Fund’s annual event on Saturday, March 27, from 8:30-9:30 pm, by asking residents and businesses to pledge lights out for one hour. This single action is a reminder to consider the lasting impact you can make regarding energy, water and air quality. Make your pledge at www.myearthhour.org.

For local information on Earth Hour Atlanta visit www.SoutheastGreen.com with updates posted at www.twitter.com/EarthHourATL. Activities include the Earth Hour Family Fun Festival on Saturday, March 27 at Atlantic Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entertainment features the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, arts and crafts, kids’ parade, environmentally conscious vendors and children’s poster contest winners.

For Earth Hour 2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents turned out the lights. More than 400 buildings participated in metro Atlanta’s 2009 effort. The Georgia Aquarium and Bank of America Plaza will be dimming lights along with U.S. landmarks that include Mount Rushmore, Empire State Building, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Photos: Promotional images of the Feed & Seed Marching Abominable and Petunia Garner who will be at the Earth Hour Family Fun Festival are available.

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Well it’s March folks and the train is rolling smoothly at the studio.  Yes sir we are all holding on to our hats this 2010 first quarter while enjoying the music and new talent coming in from both coasts.  I am excited to say that between our 7 rooms we are banging out the Rock, Rap, R&B, & Pop hits and everyone is enjoying the vibe!!!!  What a life , what a blessing to have this multicultural & musical business under one roof.  We are also knocking out the films, websites & photo shoots as well. The S.O.S school is a huge success, we have accepted a few choice students and are excited to see them grow. This school is not only teaching the basics; there are also super advanced classes that serve as a sort of masters/residency program for those who would like to learn from our Grammy nominated teachers. We are accepting applications all year round.

Big News Everybody!!!!!!! Groove Chambers has released his single “In the Bag” on the Internet and we are all very excited to see the success of his much anticipated solo record. Famed as the platinum producer for Nappy Roots first record with hit single “Aw Naw” and also for producing Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss.”  Groove is known for making the stars & now since the stars are lining up for him we expect to see BIG things in 2010 for the MC that everyone is calling “The Voice ”.  Groove Chambers “In the Bag” single has got the streets and the industry buzzing about this Hit Maker. Yes this has happened before, but this time it’s his turn.  Also if your planning on being in Austin for SxSW look out for “Groove.”  He is performing with some of his peers Donnis, YellaWolf, Pill, & Sean Falyon to name a few. Everyone keep your ears open for more buzz about (James) “Groove” Chambers!

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The Sound of Green

When we say Paul Diaz is bringing “green” to the music industry, we aren’t just talking about money

The Sound of GreenWhen he’s not recording albums for Elton John, Whitney Houston and other mega-celebrities, Paul Diaz might be on his farm, teaching inner city kids about biodynamic organic farming.

Or he might be working on a project for his record label, his production company or a franchise deal. Diaz, owner of Tree Sound Studios, is a very busy man. Not too busy, however, to work tirelessly to create a green revolution.

A lifelong nature-lover, Diaz grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and Flipper and spending time appreciating nature. “I was always really into nature,” Diaz said. “I wanted to grow up and be an activist or even an environmental lawyer. But I always wanted to do music.”

Diaz has managed to do both, working on the forefront of the music industry and leveraging his work to promote the green movement.

Even though he always lived an environmentally friendly lifestyle, it wasn’t until a live broadcast of Dave Matthews band at his studio that Diaz made dramatic changes to the way he ran his business. Diaz’s wake-up call came during a question-and-answer segment of the broadcast.

“This guy in the audience asked [Dave Matthews] what political agendas he supported and he said ‘Green things. I support anything green. The reason to focus on green is because I don’t want our great, great, great grandchildren to look back at us and say I hate you because this is what you left us,’” Diaz said. “It was like a light bulb went off, and I was like ‘Man, I’ve got to get back on point, I’ve got to get on this mission.’”

Diaz recognizes that his stature in the music industry provides him a highly effective means for promoting social change.

“Twenty-five years ago if I’d tried to express my views in the political arena it would have been pretty radical,” Diaz said. “If I’d made any headway, someone would have stopped me. But if I do it through music, by the time someone wants to stop me, I’ve already gotten to their kids. I firmly believe that fighting the government is a losing battle. I support the people who do, but I’m creating change through music.”

Tree Sounds Studios has taken dramatic steps to be green. From the biodiesel fueling station and organic garden outside the studio, to the solar panels on the roof, solar water heater, and dual flush toilets (not to mention the wind-turbine, for which he applied for the first permit in Gwinnett County), Diaz is doing everything he can to live the green life – including offsetting all carbon emissions from his business, home and vehicle.

But Diaz recognizes that even small changes help, and is working hard to spread the word to those it may not have reached.

“People feel like they can’t afford to be part of the green movement because they can’t afford a hybrid,” Diaz said. “It’s an us-and-them mentality. You have to go after the blue-collar average guys and get them involved in the green movement. You have to give them the knowledge and tools. It doesn’t have to cost you money to be green – you don’t have to be a tree-hugger or left-winger. We need to bring green to the common man because we are all in this together.”

It’s not every day you meet someone who owns a place called Rockstar Farms, where musicians go to get away and write, inner-city kids come out and learn how to farm, produce is grown biodynamically and organically for local restaurants, and a chicken-cam and farm-dog cam are about to be installed for viewing pleasure. But as interesting as Diaz is, there is another world than even better exemplifies him: cool.

This is exactly what Diaz is hoping for. Because for green to really reach the masses, it must become cool.

“If kids believe it’s cool to be an environmentalist, they will be,” Diaz said.

Diaz may be making green cool, but not at the expense of running a profitable business.

“I believe the bottom line will benefit,” he said. “We’re ahead of a lot of people in the green movement. Not because we’re smarter or spending more money. We’ve been doing a lot of little things for a long time. Every time we find something new, we do it. We are always discovering some teeny new thing and we do it.”

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Studio A @ Tree Sound StudiosAs the semi-new manager of Tree Sound Studios I would like to take the time to thank all of our clients & staff members for making our studio one filled with peace & enjoyment . Since I took the position as Manager in July 09′, I can not tell you how many calls and emails I have gotten from visitors describing the unbelievable energy within our over 16k sq. feet of  creative space. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Some of you know me as the Sr. Director of Marketing or as VP of Artist/Producer Relations which I  still enjoying heading up thanks to the supportive staff around me. Drew, my Executive Assistant & Marketing Coordinator & our Sr. Creative/Marketing Director, Kristen, have stepped-up to help on the marketing side. I would also like to congratulate and welcome Nick Lanzner to the position as Sr. Booking/Staff Coordinator. If you would like to book & cannot reach me please call the studio ask for Nick at (770) 242-8944 or email nick@treesoundstudios.com. Miguel Scott, our recently promoted Cheif Engineer ,enjoyed a bustling 09′ by not only Recording artist like Whitney Houston but by also finding himself in LA with a Grammy Nomination for Lil Waynes’ “Tha Carter III.”

Yes, yes, new vines are growing in and around the Tree. The Music is alive and well at Tree Sound Studios, we are enjoying a steady amount of booking from Past & New Clients. Thanks to Our Indy Rock Specials we are now able to accommodate full live band recordings on a low budget. We also have been in full swing in our D Room for lower budget Rock, Rap, Pop & Country production. How very appropriate that we at Treesound Studios are also breaking into the 2010 New Year by Celebrating our 20 Year anniversary & the opening of the Tree Sound S.O.S (School Of Sound). For those of you that haven’t heard we are launching the School Febuary the 1st, and we are now accepting applications & interviewing possible students. For more information e-mail schoolinfo@treesoundstudios.com.

2009 was amazing, but I look forward to the best 2010 we can possible imagine! To those of you that are family, Thanks for being a part of an amazing journey thus far and I look forward to a wonderful successful year of meeting new friends & making new music.

All the best,

M.H.

Tree Sound Studios

(Studio Manager)

Sr. Director Marketing/Booking

Sr. VP Artist/Producer Relations

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Tree Sound Studios, pt 3

More from James “Groove” Chambers and Paul Diaz at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, where we also found the Motown veteran and great soul organist Ike Stubblefield working on his latest album, Old Soul, New Shoes.

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Tree Sound Studios, pt 2

If you’ve ever heard the Nappy Roots, then you’ve likely heard the production work of James “Groove” Chambers. This week we hit Atlanta and visit him at Tree Sound Studios, where Chambers was hard at work on his next chart-burner.

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Tree Sound Studios, pt 2

If you’ve ever heard the Nappy Roots, then you’ve likely heard the production work of James “Groove” Chambers. This week we hit Atlanta and visit him at Tree Sound Studios, where Chambers was hard at work on his next chart-burner.

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The Walker County Messenger featured some of our work in making the studio sustainable. Thanks, Walker County!

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treesound5561An Atlanta-based music studio is powering live music at Cherokee Farms with wind and solar power.

Featuring four state-of-the-art studios, Tree Sound Studios has recorded tracks for a variety of artists, including Usher, Gwen Stefani, Outkast, Collective Soul, Matchbox 20 and Elton John, to name a few.

The studios are filled with power-hungry equipment, but after implementing solar power at their cabin in Alaska and home in North Georgia, Paul and Sunshine Diaz are turning Tree Sound to the “clean and green” philosophy.

“I have always been a bit of a tree-hugger. We believe in combining music and environmentalism, and we hope to subliminally affect our clients in the green direction,” said Paul, president of Tree Sound Studios.

The environmentally friendly approach isn’t limited to just the studio. Tree Power and Sound uses solar and wind power to provide energy for live performances. The eco-friendly power rig was used for a second time in LaFayette at the Keel Family function at Cherokee Farms this past weekend.

He and Tree Sound’s engineers were able to maintain two stages, with a total of 25 hours of music, and drawing an average between 12-15 amps at any given time. The power was mostly generated by the solar panels due to minimal amounts of wind. Diaz and event organizer Thomas Helland have a concept of a larger permanent stage at Cherokee Farms, powered by solar and wind power.

The ecological energy supply is provided by a $15,000 converted enclosed trailer that handles 780 watts of solar and a biodiesel generator trailer with a 40-foot-high wind turbine that handles 300 watts.

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