Bellmore Sound Lab offers new outlet for local artists | Herald Community Newspapers

A new business on Bedford Avenue is blending the “creative vibe” that already exists in the neighborhood, according to Bellmore resident Jay Ortiz.

Ortiz is the studio manager of The Sound Lab, a new mastering and recording studio in Bellmore Village right next to The Rock Underground. Earlier this year, the music school scaled back its master plan to save money on rent due to the pandemic, opening up the other half of the space to new opportunities.

The Sound Lab opened in mid-October, offering established and up-and-coming artists an outlet to record and produce singles, full albums and other audio projects in one of two studios. Studio A, which overlooks Bedford Avenue, is equipped with “top of the line” recording equipment, Ortiz said. He added that while Studio B hosts the same capabilities as Studio A, its goal is to meet the needs of podcasters.

“I’ve lived out east my whole life, but moved to Bellmore to be closer to the Sound Lab,” Ortiz said. “We want to bring a mecca scene of music to Long Island because there is no structure [for musicians] to do promotions, videos and graphic design in one place. There are things we can do besides recording your voice – it’s a one stop shop for artists looking to build a brand.

Behind Ortiz is a team of two experienced producers, including Lem Payne, a Grammy-nominated songwriter born and raised on Long Island, and Jesse Eplan, a 21-year-old artist/recording engineer hybrid from Merrick. (see box)

Eplan recently graduated with an associate’s degree in audio production from the Los Angeles Recording School in Hollywood, California. The education allowed him to work with artists and producers across the country and see how their musical styles were influenced by where they grew up, he said.

Although Eplan spent his teenage years playing in bands, he became an independent hip hop and R&B artist and now produces his own music. With experience on both sides of the recording booth, he’s able to offer unique “insight” to artists coming through The Sound Lab, he said.

“A regular day is constantly working on music, and if I don’t have an artist there, I work on my own stuff,” Eplan said. “We offer quality recording to take their sound to the next level. Whether it’s a great artist or someone just getting started, we want them to sound better.

Ortiz is in charge of scheduling, troubleshooting production schedules, and raising awareness for The Sound Lab via social media. About a handful of artists come in to record regularly, but Ortiz said he hopes residents stuck at home amid the pandemic will be able to use the studios as well.

“Now on a Friday night, when you can’t go to a bar or a restaurant, you can come to the studio,” he said. “People back home are trying to complete their creative projects, and they’re using us to do that.”

The Sound Lab also plans to offer classes for children and young adults to teach the basics of recording, Ortiz added. “I would love to find talent, people who are willing and able to bring our resources together and work on something to make an impact.”

The Sound Lab is located at 300 B Bedford Ave. at Bellmore. For more information, call (516) 804-2222 or visit @thesoundlabli on Instagram.

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