Paul Diaz

Owner/President

Paul founded and built Tree Sound 30+ years ago with one distinct mission in mind: “Educate the world on the importance of sustainable living and the impact of conscious consumerism through the power of music.” To that end, he has recorded with Outkast, Elton John, Whitney Houston and countless others, all on sustainable and solar powered energy. With 2015 marking 25 years in business, Paul is still searching for and finding new ways to improve the quality of sound and awareness of preserving the planet through his several other counterparts: Rockstar Farms, Tree Power & Sound, and Tree Leaf Music.

Kia Shine

Engineer/Writer/Actor

Nakia Shine Coleman better known by his stage name Kia Shine, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is perhaps best known for his commercial debut single "Krispy", which is also the lead single from his 2007 debut album Due Season. He has worked with several fellow rappers, such as Mike Jones, Yo Gotti, Nelly, Jim Jones, among others. Kia Shine is co-CEO, alongside rapper Jack Frost, of Rap Hustlaz. Kia Shine won the Southern Entertainment Award (S.E.A.) in 2008 for best underground artist having sold over 200,000 albums with his independent label, Rap Hustlaz.

2020 was a year that tested the world however; in the later part of 2020, Kinfolk joined a social media app by the name of Clubhouse. By engaging on the app, he was able to create a bigger platform along with others entitled “Industry Connection” in which he hosts a media room where artists and others wanting to break in the industry can connect with others of like minds. Although the room started as merely a chat room via social media, it has enabled the team to film a test pilot of the show as well as the team going on press runs and doing several media interviews to discuss their unique and dynamic panel. With media, merchandise, and daily motivation; there’s no doubt the Kinfolk and his team are on the way to bigger and better things.

Kinfolk in addition to all that he does, is a husband and a father. Kinfolk and his wife that he has been married to for years, share a son with Autism. Kinfolk is very vocal about family values and the importance in pouring in to the support of dealing with children with autism. Kinfolk holds family and GOD near and dear to his heart. He makes sure to incorporate his family and family values into everything that he does.

Kinfolk has new songs, new shows, new merchandise and more on the way. He just finished up with the sitcom, The Johnson, with Cedric The Entertainer as executive producer. Make sure you are staying tuned and watching out because major moves are being made.

Kinsfolk is credited with the following:
Writer of Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”
Discovered by Yo Gotti ,
Creator Swag/Drip Music w/Gold single “SoKrispy”
Actor TV &Film :SuperFly Movie :BigMan
Star on Fox : Season 3 Episode 313-318
Atlanta :Season 2 episode 203
GreenLeaf :Season 4. Episode 402
VoiceOver : Red Dead Redemption II Rockstar Games
SonyATV Publishing Broker 🔌
Husband of 18 years to Queen Coleman @yogalecia. Autism Parent
Father , Artist, Actor, Writer, Music Executive , Publisher, Inspirational Speaker.

DJ Burn One

Engineer/Producer

Producer/DJ/Engineer/Mixer Recording and Mix Engineer for the last 15 years.

Over the last dozen years, Burn One has cemented a reputation as one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the modern South. Known for producing trunk-rattling and deeply funky hip-hop, Burn One began releasing mixtapes as a high school student. This led to the first part of his legend: as the DJ who educated Gucci Mane about the necessity of doing mixtapes, and who de facto executive produced the Zone 6 icon’s seminal, Chicken Talk.

During the blog era, Burn One was the DJ and tastemaker widely credited as helping to break Freddie Gibbs, Yelawolf and Pill. Shifting his focus to production, the Atlanta, Georgia native made the beat for "Houston Old Head," one of the most celebrated songs from A$AP Rocky’s classic, Long.Live.A$AP. Over the years, Burn One’s production resume has included underground kings like Starlito and Young Dro to platinum superstars like Lil Durk, Nicki Minaj, and Rich the Kid. One of the first to create original samples for other producers, Burn One and his Five Points Bakery have had their names pop up in the credits for everyone from Jidenna to Young M.A. In addition to his compositional work, Burn One engineers for David Banner and helms the mixing and mastering at Atlanta’s Treesound Studios. He calls his sound “retro-future.” Something old, something new -- always knocking. bio by Jeff Weiss

Black Metaphor

Producer

Black Metaphor is a producer from Atlanta, GA. Most noted for his work on "Ali Bomaye" with The Game, and "Idols Become Rivals" with Rick Ross, he brings a new age retro sound. He has produced for artist such as French Montana, Jeezy, Meek Mill, Isaiah Rashad, Rick Ross, Curren$y, Benny The Butcher, Boosie, and more. If you choose to work with Metaphor, it will be timeless.

Ken Oriole

Engineer/Producer

Ken Oriole started recording bands and local musicians while still in high school and he decided to pursue a career in the field. He enrolled at Full Sail University and graduated with a recording arts degree in 2005.

Ken moved to Atlanta seeking new opportunities and soon landed a gig at Atlanta Pro Audio, a premier studio equipment dealer and consultant in the area. Big name producers and artists were quick to recognize his technical abilities and work ethic. He started working freelance with Andre Benjamin (Outkast), Sonny Emory (Earth, Wind, and Fire) and continued to do projects with local/regional rock acts.

His versatility with different genres and technical knowledge paid off in 2010 when he became a full-time staff engineer for mega-producer Tricky Stewart. With Tricky he engineered sessions for the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Usher, Jessica Simpson, Semi Precious Weapons, and The Pilot Kids. He separately did projects with Aretha Franklin, and Frank Ocean. In 2013, Ken's work with Frank Ocean was nominated for an "Album of the Year" Grammy.

He has more recently expanded into sound for TV/Film productions. As of 2017, Ken has also become more involved in the business side of the industry. He continues to work with major label clients in multiple capacities.

Matt Gammon

I.T. | Videography

Matt Gammon Director/Cinematographer/Music Producer has helped shot music videos for Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Dj Holiday, Waka Flocka, J Cole, T.I., Rittz, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Future, Young Jock, Jarren Benton, Watch The Duck, Almost Kings, Poynte, Avenue of the Giants, EQO, AztroGrizz and more. He also shot live shows for Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Run DMC, Dj Paul, Three 6 Mafia, Bubba Sparxxx, Bush, Bruno Mars, Yelawolf, Struggle Jennings, Lil white, Jelly Roll, Kanye West, Future, Wale, B.O.B, 2 Chainz, Drake, Rittz, T.I., Wiz Kahlifa, Metro Boomin, Post Malone, Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Jon, Riff Raff, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Migos, Ludacris, Gunna, Lil Keed, Quest Lov, Ceelo Green, Trina, Ciara, Talib Kweli, Big Krit, Usher, Scotty ATL, Diplomats, Curren$y, DJ Jelly, Dj infamous, Armin Van Burren, Bassnector, RL Grime, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, The Glitch Mob, Griz, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Dara, DJ Ruckus, Diplo, Rezz, Marshmello, Tipper, Deadau5, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Jamie Fox, Yo Gotti, Pastor Troy, Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Nappy Roots, Rebelution, Zac Brown, Jarred Neiman, Chris Janson, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, and many more. In his early days he did audio engineering and worked on songs for Ying Yang Twins, Tyga, Dead Prez, Jarren Benton, Bone Crusher, Kilo Ali, Raheem the Dream, Cool Breeze, Bubba Sparxxx, and many more. He also shot commercials and events for AT&T, iHeart Media, Arby’s, Burger King, Krystal's, Mazda, Jeep, Reebok, The Westin, Omni Hotel Amelia Island, Topgolf, PGA Tour Championship, PGA, Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson, Malibu Boats, Sports clips, Nascar, Braves, Atlanta Hawks, GA swarm, ATL United, Georgia Tech, CC Image group, Pro Wake Board Tour, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, NCAA College Football, College Football Hall Of Fame, Braces Braces, Meineke, Atlanta special FX, Cadillac, Mercedes, Cloud Capital, Comcast spotlight, and many more.

Ashley Dennis

Sound Engineer

Ashley Dennis is a “First Call” Audio Production Renaissance man with a Career spanning over two Decades in which time Mr. Dennis been sought out by some of the worlds Top recording Artists , Performers , Record Labels , Management Companies , Film Producers , Awards Shows , Music and Arts Festivals as well as the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta , to lend his Talents and tireless work ethic to Bring even the seemingly impossible Dreams to Life . He is an Accomplished Live Audio Mixer , Studio Mixer , Tone Consultant , Record Producer of the Highest Caliber , as well as Producer and co founder of one of the City of Atlanta’s largest and most successful Jazz festivals . An Accomplished Guitarist and Songwriter Mr. Dennis Never seems to slow down , His Calendar is always full and he always delivers the Goods , as He stands By a Motto He learned early on in the Business , “you are only as good as your last Gig”

As the owner of Smash Productions llc Mr. Dennis Heads up a National Network and Team of Professionals and vendors to Serve his Clients on a National and , international scale. Services offered are : Concert Touring Design and Consultation , Venue Design and Consultation , Production. Mgt. Services , Festival Design and Services. , Large Scale Televised Sporting Events and Product Rollouts Live Event Services include : Personnel , Equip. , Staging , Lighting as well as all aspects of event Mgt. Recording Services , Live Award show Production and Staffing as well as House of Worship Production Design and Consultation and Staffing His Ability to Connect with Artists across many genres has brought him together with such greats as : Al Green , Bob Dylan , to Tony Bennett to Gerald Albright , Usher,Widespread Panic , Phish , Dave Matthews Band , The Pixies , Deacon Brody , Ziggy Marley , Steel Pulse , Tribe Called Quest , Ice -T , Branford Marsalis , REO Speedwagon , Marilyn Manson , Love Tractor , Elvis Costello , Steve Earle , TheSamples , Drivin and Cryin and so many more. He has Served as House Sound engineer at many Venues throughout the years including Trax in Charlottesville Va. , Georgia Theater in Athens , Ga and the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta , Ga where under his tenure They Recieived the “Rolling Stone Venue of the year Award “ Mr. Dennis Has Recorded in and has a continuing relationship and Association with Many of the Top facilities in the Country including but not limited to Olympia Studios ,Tree Sound Studios , Southern Tracks Recording Studios , Exocet Studios , Musiplex Atlanta, Ardent , Memphis and many More.

Karl Heilbron

Sound Engineer

Based out of Atlanta, Ga.
Engineer/Producer/Mixer/FOH engineer
He has 38 platinum albums and four Grammy nominations.
Karl was born and raised in Miami Florida. Started engineering after graduation from Full Sail University in 1987 at Miami’s famed Criteria/Hit Factory Studios in Miami. After freelancing for a few years, he moved to Atlanta and found himself at the beginning of the r&b and rock explosion. Karl began his run in Atlanta as Chief Engineer at the seminal rock studio, Southern Tracks. Working with Brendan O’Brien and Nick DiDia on records for the Black Crows, Rage Against the Machine, Kings X, STP and Pearl Jam. Soundtracks for Waynes World 2, Dumb and Dumber and The Crow. He also began a working relationship with R&B great Keith Sweat, They together worked on Silks multiplatinum debut that yielded the single “freak me”. Karl then moved operations to Keiths Private studio, The Sweat Shop and continued to work on his multi-platinum album with the single “Nobody”. Karl recorded, mixed and played bass on the single. Then came albums from Silk, Kut Klose and 2Pac (Vocals for Pain from the Above the Rim Soundtrack). Where then followed by 4 years of world tours where he began his live life doing FOH. After owning and managing his studio Ocean VU in Miami, he returned to Atlanta to work with Jeezy. Engineered on 4 mixtapes including “trappin aint dead” and albums TM103 and Pressure. Subsequent tours followed including Lil Waynes Most Wanted tour and Jay –Z Blueprint 3 album and tour. This working relationship yielded two Grammy nominations and 3 plus million albums sold. Karl then wanted to give back and began teaching at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Teaching beginning and advanced multitrack recording, mixing and protools certification prep. Karl now splits his time between scoring (did the score for the indie films Pet, the indie The Intruder and the feature Unleaded) and studio sessions. Also peppered with live shows and onset recording as he recently was called in to record the choir and church service for the film “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx. Hoping for a Oscar win in 2021. He is now happy to call Tree home base and look forward to making great music.

Jojo

Social Media Manager/Content Creator

Jolanda “JoJo” Harrison is Tree Sound Studios’ in-house videographer, editor and content creator. She is also their social media manager and a member of the marketing team. Jojo is a Full Sail Alumni with a Masters in Entertainment Business. She’s the sole curator of The Underground Roster, a digital space for Musical creatives to share their stories. Through her proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, and LiveStream, she has proven that she is credible in digital publishing and production. Her background in strategic planning and execution has enhanced her work in project management.

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