August 2014

Studio Trilogy Engineer Rebounds After Serious Bicycle Accident

Pictured (L-R) at Studio Trilogy are recording engineer Willie Samuels and Enemy You members David Jones, Ken Yamazaki, Luke Ray, and Chris Matulich.

Pictured (L-R) at Studio Trilogy are recording engineer Willie Samuels and Enemy You members David Jones, Ken Yamazaki, Luke Ray, and Chris Matulich. Photo by Noah Killeen

San Francisco, CA, July, 2014 —  On the evening of Father’s Day, June 15, Studio Trilogy recording engineer Willie Samuels was found unconscious on the side of the road, presumably after being hit by a car while on his bicycle.  Determined to finish a project with the punk band Enemy You, Samuels was back in the studio for sessions two weeks later on June 29.

“It’s really a mystery what happened,” says Samuels.  “A good samaritan found me unconscious and I have no recollection of the accident or the following few days.”  With a major concussion, his forearm broken in half and his left hand nearly separated from his arm, Samuels spent the next ten days in the hospital.  After five surgical procedures, he refers to himself as “a man of steel.”

Enemy You was formed in 1997, and Samuels first worked with the band in 2003 for the album “Stories Never Told” on the Red Scare label.  The project was tracked and mixed at Samuels’ Nu-Tone studio in Pittsburg, CA. The Enemy You lineup is David Jones, lead vocals, guitar; Ken Yamazaki, guitar; Luke Ray, drums; and Chris Matulich, bass guitar.

Ten years later, the label asked Enemy You to record a new song for their ten year anniversary compilation.  “Initially we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to pull it off,” commented guitarist Ken Yamazaki.  “It had been over ten years since we last played together, but we got together and started working on a demo at home.”   

“It was a blast working with this band in the past,” said Samuels. “I was thrilled when they contacted me for their new project.  I assured the band I’d be out of the hospital and ready to go because I’ve always prided myself in not canceling or rescheduling sessions,” said Samuels.  “I was released from the hospital on June 25 and we were in the studio on the 29th.”

“I was a bit worried that Willie would be in pain or be uncomfortable after the serious injuries,” said Yamazaki. I was wrong.  He was fast and didn’t miss a beat.  Studio Trilogy was beautiful and relaxing.  The session went smoothly, Willie was awesome and all of us were happy.”

Samuels acknowledges much help from Trilogy assistant engineer Noah Killeen and the studio’s interns.  “I soon realized it wasn’t easy to setup or move microphones with one arm, but we had a cool time and it was a great reunion with the band.”

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MeringCarson Posts “California Rocks” at SF’s Studio Trilogy

 

Pictured (L-R) at Studio Trilogy are MeringCarson ad agency creative director Scott Conway, producer Christina Staal, and Trilogy post-production engineer Chris Konovaliv.  Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured (L-R) at Studio Trilogy are MeringCarson ad agency creative director Scott Conway, producer Christina Staal, and Trilogy post-production engineer Chris Konovaliv. Photo by David Goggin.

San Francisco, CA, June, 2014 — The cutting-edge MeringCarson advertising agency, with offices in Sacramento, regularly makes the trip to San Francisco’s Studio Trilogy for audio post-production. “We don’t mind the trip at all,” says creative director Scott Conway.  “Trilogy has such a creative atmosphere, quality gear, and some of the best post engineers in the country.”

 “California Rocks” was a recent campaign posted by Trilogy’s popular post engineer Chris Konovaliv, with agency producer Christina Staal and creative director Scott Conway on hand for the recording of talent from all over the country via ISDN.

“Everything revolves around the ‘California Rocks’ concept,” explained Conway.  “We start out with the unspoken rules of California: always bring a sweater to the Bay Area, bug spray for hiking in the Sierras, and finishing with earthquakes and the peace of mind that comes from insurance with the California Earthquake Authority.”

“We’re recording seven voiceovers today,” added producer Christina Staal, “The first two are at Studio Center in Virginia, the rest are all calling in from their home studio’s ISDN, and then Chris will edit and work his magic with the music.”  

With offices in Northern and Southern California, MeringCarson serves a roster of clients that include Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Visit California, Pebble Beach Resorts, Sacramento Kings (NBA), San Diego Tourism Authority, CA Speedway (NASCAR). The finished “California Rocks” TV spot can be seen on Youtube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX-0xl22k2A

Trilogy’s Chris Konovaliv considers post production his speciality, but brings more than 12 years of experience covering all facets of the audio production process.  Konovaliv has mixed short and long format television for Current TV as well as spots for advertising clients around the Bay Area, including Evolution Bureau, Venables Bell & Partners, Hal Riney, Ogilvy PR, MeringCarson, Runyon, Saltzman, and Einhorn, BBDO West, Engine Company #1, Hubstrategy and Pond Creative Output!, among others.

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