Raptor Studios Clients - Demo/Small Projects

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Although Raptor Studios specializes in full-length CD production, we occasionally do shorter projects, based on the studio schedule. Here are some of our recent demo projects -- which, by the way, all feature in-house graphic design work by Linda Coates:

 

New vocalist demo-- Aflame
The outstanding Christian rock band Aflame recorded both of their two full-length CD self-releases at Raptor Studios: "The Goods" (1997) and "In My House" (1999). Following the release of "In My House," the band did some internal reshuffling, which resulted in band member Scott Flaten stepping up to handle the majority of the lead vocal duties. Scott came back into the studio to record his lead vocals to the existing tracks. Producer/engineer Mike Coates mixed and mastered the resulting demo and the band is currently pitching their updated materials, including a full press kit designed and compiled by Linda Coates, to Christian labels.

Six-song demo-- Raven Darkcloud
Raven Darkcloud, a 32-year-old singer-songwriter originally from North Chicago, has recorded his debut CD at Raptor Studios. Produced by Mike Coates, the six-song disc, titled "Crazy Crazy World," includes five original songs and one cover, the Lennon/McCartney classic "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." The disc captures Raven's "organic folk rock" style which takes inspiration from classic rock and transforms it into his intense, street-influenced style of acoustic solo live performance. Catch Raven in performance around the Fargo-Moorhead area at venues including Babb's Coffeehouse, Red Bear Tavern, Fargo Cork and Bertrosa's Chicago-style Deli.
  Two-song songwriter demo-- Chris DeSherlia
It's a familiar story -- a Nashville producer, publisher, artist or A&R person heard your song and wants a demo to pitch as soon as possible because the artist is in the studio...Fortunately, we were able to fit Chris into the studio to record his two songs before our next album client (and just days before his first baby was born!).
  Two-song vocal demo -- Becky Gulsvig
Becky Gulsvig, 18, is familiar to Fargo-Moorhead arts patrons as a perennial Trollwood Performing Arts School leading lady, Red River Dance & Performing Company principal dancer, Moorhead High School music standout, and much more. She recorded a personal demo in the spring of 2000 to shop to production companies in New York and, just weeks after arriving in the Big Apple, she landed the role of Wendy in a touring off-Broadway production of "Peter Pan." Read the story by arts columnist Tom Pantera in the Forum (Fargo-Moorhead's daily newspaper) here.
Hometown Christmas -- Pat Koenig
A Christmas cassette single produced by Barking Dog Records and released statewide in North Dakota as a fundraising project for 1997 Red River Valley flood relief. Donors to the project included Raptor Studios, musicians Sheila Childs, Mike Coates, Linda Coates and Debora Harris, Precision Powerhouse duplicating in Minneapolis, Litho Express printing in St. Paul, and MAG Media Productions in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Songwriting demo-- Shane Lamb
Former student, good friend, colleague, all partially describe our fond connection with this fine musician and songwriter. When the skunk decided to abandon our fair Fargo-Moorhead community and head for Nashville with paramour and Barking Dog Records artist Lisa Briggs, we grudgingly sent him on his way with demo in hand of all the outstanding work he had compiled during his years at Moorhead State University. Good luck, compadre...
   Powerful Destiny -- Casey Lankow
CD single by young Minnesota Christian singer-songwriter Casey Lankow. Check out Casey's website
 6 Moons -- Terry Lausch
Four-song, 25-minute solo EP by Fargo singer-songwriter Terry Lausch. Extraordinary guitar textures, spellbinding arrangement and compelling lyrics -- songs include "Moving Slowly," "Heroin," "Wasted (Time)," and "Holy Angel." Check out Terry's Colorado band, High Seasons.
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite -- Elise Midelfort
This personal CD project by pianist Elise Midelfort included location recording (in her living room) of her vintage Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano and post-production in the studio including editing, selecting reverbs and mastering.
Live Performances -- John Pederson
Compilation of jazz trumpet/flugelhorn/cornet player John Pederson includes live performances of Mr. Pederson as guest soloist with various jazz and concert bands. Pederson is principal trumpet of the Jazz Arts Group Big Band and is a teacher in the Fargo Public Schools and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
New Music for Saxophone and... -- Russell Peterson
Demo of Concordia College music faculty member Russ Peterson's saxophone compositions includes performances by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Concordia College Concert Band and the Robert Asp Elementary Preharmonic Orchestra - more info about the sax maestro here.

 
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