Silk City provides full production, label development and marketing/distribution services to Independent Artists and Venues. Since1980 , our staff has been involved in the varied facets of recording and production, with experience from conception to completion! Meeting the needs for small to large studios and "on-location" recording capabilities...
Our approach is to offer a personalized and customized solution that matches your artistic vision. We are not a "large corporate presence" and we can offer you the care and attention that your vision requires.
Both established and emerging artists are taking advantage of the new digital revolution to plot their own successful futures... No longer "chained" to the concept of "waiting to get signed", artists are self-producing and creating their own labels to maintain control over their artistic direction, retain ownership of their creative works AND enabling themselves to retain the maximum amount of revenues generated by their work!
Using our "End to End" capabilities (or our "turn-key" solutions) the artist can concentrate on the creative process, and focus on the music.
Our solution is designed to provide the artist with just one point of interface (us) to manage the multi-tiered and time consuming process of bringing the product to the fans.
Silk City will enhancement to artist's strengths and capabilities for distribution and promotion of the recording.
It's YOUR art and YOUR vision and YOU should control it!
Well, the initial idea for your project starts with you... After that, there is a long and arduous "pipeline" of actitivies that must take place in order to bring the project to a successful end. What we do at Silk City is pick up the tasking at one end (the start) and put all the other pieces in place with you as we travel down that pipeline together. While many service providers in this industry are very good at producing individual pieces of this "pipeline", Silk City is the only company that can take you "End to End" with one team effort. Some of the services that we can provide include:
Consultation- An initial team conference where we scope out the direction and make sure our goals are set with your end in mind.
Development - We can assign an experienced Executive Producer to your project who can work up the Development Plan and define all of the required activities and milestones.
Recording (analog and digital)
Studio and Field/Remote Recording- The Recording Producer and/or Engineer will make sure the proper recording technologies are at your disposal to insure the best possible physical and emotional environment is available to augment your creativity. We offer a wide range of Studio and Remote Recording solutions that will be custom configured around your goals (and your project budget). Our capabilities include both Digital and Analog Multi-Tracking Recording Decks in our in house studio facility. We can also provide various other technologies for any Special Projects that may arise.
Mixing- Our experienced engineering and production professionals will provide top notch analog or digital mixing with the artist present (if you desire) in our in house studio. Mix Down can be done to Digital Audio Tape (DAT) or CD-R.
Mastering- Our in house capabilities and our strategic alliance with Luna Sound (an outside mastering lab just minutes from our facility) gives you access to a state of the art Digital and Analog Mastering, under the direction of our master engineer and producer Jonathan Bross.
Package & Graphic Layout and Design
Designing something to look great in a 4.25" x 4.25" space can be a challenge. Our Graphics Department makes use of a wide variety of artists, each with different styles and perspectives. We have designed and implemented magnificent CD designs, as can be evidenced on our releases "Standing Room Only:Songs from the Last Roadhouse", "Dance, You Sinners", and "Hobo Jungle:Independent Blues Artists". Silk City offers complete layout and design for your project in a Mac/Quark ready format, templated for Compact Disc manufacturing, complete with Bar Code (UPC) symbology*. We can also arrange Photography sessions as part of our Graphics Design Services.
Manufacturing and Duplicaton Services
Using state of the art Duplication/Packaging facilities, Silk City can deliver a "retail ready" product! See our attached page for some of the printing and packaging options available for your Project. Did we mention the free UPC code?*
Make use of Silk City's Network of radio, print media, venues (clubs, festivals, etc.), promoters, agents, etc. to assist you in getting your product in front of the right people.
Internet based Retail Distribution
Silk City can provide On-Line Retail Store Distribution as well as access to dozens of legal "digital download sites" through our relationship with CDBaby.com. As "physical distribution" continues to wither or become the vehicle of major labels and "big box chains" this is clearly the future of independent distribution.
Because Silk City works with Staff Producers and Engineers, inside of our own Recording Studios (and Remotes), and with our own Graphics Design Group, we can get your project in motion almost immediately in most cases.
Our initial no charge Project Consultation meeting will enable you to meet with us,get your goals and objectives outlined, and develop a Project Plan that will clearly define how we can help obtain those goals.
Our experience in the total spectrum of recording production has resulted in a number of critically acclaimed independent releases. Combined experience in excess of over 65 years in all facets of the production of live and recorded music can be utilized to make your project more manageable and more successfully executed.
*UPC and Distribution Services may be offered at the discretion of Silk City following review of the content and artistic quality of individual projects. We strive to insure that artists represented by us are consistent with the image presented by Silk City and other artists and genres represented in our catalog.