origin of lake studios
Lake Studios was established in 2012 by father son team Andrew and Zachari Smith. They decided to venture into the studio business together after first playing as folk duo "Andrew and Zachari Smith" all over Canada and Europe (andrewandzacharismith.com).
Various components of Lake Studios came together over the summer of 2012 and what eventually emerged was a partnership between Andrew and Zachari. Lake Studios offers the combined skills of Andrew and Zachari who are both accomplished musicians and studio engineers. On top of that Andrew brings many years of experience in producing while Zachari adds the graphic design component - creating CD and LP covers, websites and videos.
Artists who record at Lake Studios get a very reasonable rate, and (if they choose) can get the multi-instrumentalist skills of both Andrew and Zachari at no extra charge. We also have great working relationships with the best session players in the valley, the province and beyond.
2014 Okanagan Arts Award
2006 Winner of Kerrville New folk
2006 Okanagan Instrumentalist of the
2005 Okanagan Producer of the Year
"I enjoyed the atmosphere and professionalism at your studio this afternoon - not to mention the no stress style you work with musicians at the mics...Take care and many great sessions ahead!"
Saxophone and clarinet session musician.
Andrew Smith has worked as a music producer since 1997, first in Winnipeg Manitoba and in Kelowna since 2003. He calls music producing his ‘day-job’ and he continues to spend about 25% of his time performing and touring internationally. His work as a music producer is enhanced by his award-winning skills as a guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter.
Though Andrew records music of many different genres, he has become known as a specialist in working with songwriters and with acoustic and roots musicians. He continues to collaborate in the studio and on the stage with the Okanagan`s finest musicians. Because of Andrew`s work as a performer in the folk, roots and instrumentalist community, and the international recognition he has gained as a songwriter, he tends to attract original songwriters to his studio. Some of the artists he works with only want help with getting great sounds. Others want more of Andrew`s input from instrument and vocal arranging right through to lyrics, melody and song structure.
His excellent producer skills come down to his ability to work with and understand the artist and his/her goals. He believes that great records come out of cultivating great creative relationships. It is Andrew Smith`s job as a producer to create the kind of supportive environment and relationships that will unlock an artist's unique voice and sound – to optimize an artist’s potential. This cannot be learned in a technical manual, but results from years of experience working with artists.
Zachari Smith has been involved in music recording and production for 10 years. He has engineered and produced many projects over those years developing a wide variety of skills. Zachari has toured Canada, the US and Europe as a professional musician both with Andrew in their duo, with his band "The Geese" and as a solo performer. He is a multi instrumentalist who specialized in drums, dobro, guitar, pedal steel, and percussion.
"The mix sounds great, thanks for having me along for the ride. I'm glad that the artist was pleased.
Yeah, let's do this again!"
Fiddle and violin session and touring musician
(Lyle Lovett, George Straight)
"Working with Andrew Smith was effortless. Andrew has a calm and down to earth presence that put me at ease in his studio. He got the feel for my song and what I wanted to convey and I loved that he played banjo and mando and sang harmonies on the recording. I wish Andrew and Zachari great success with Lake Studios!"
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