We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelly Jane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelly, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Initially when I first started on my journey I was pursuing a singer/songwriter career. As a female when you are first starting out in the entertainment industry there’s a lot that goes unsaid that you kind of just have to already know. One of piece of information that I wasn’t aware of was that not all engineers are the same. When I was going to school my Professor DAVID COLE, was always professional, knowing of all things audio, and made the creative process a blast. Fast forward to the real world that wasn’t the case.
I always felt that the engineers I worked with didn’t really cater to my sound or knew how to properly record a singer/songwriter, that ultimately led me down my path of audio engineering and being self sufficient in my creative process.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
my position in Art is more on the technical side (as ironic as that sounds). being a female sound engineer, you’re kind of looked at as a unicorn or black sheep in the music industry. But when I started out as a sound engineer I never looked at it like that. I was just a girl that wanted to make amazing music and I was going to figure out how to do that one way or another.
The journey has NOT been an easy one. People will ask you why you wanted to do music in the first place and try to test your intentions immediately afterwards. I’ve had people book sessions, find out that I’m the engineer and cancel on me because the other engineer in the studio “looks like he knows more my style”, or they will flat out just ask “what does a girl like you know about engineering?” (I honestly can go on and on about this subject but I digress). It hasn’t been an easy journey but it’s been the most rewarding one to me thus far.
All and all, if there was anything I wanted the readers to take away from this it would be that you should NEVER give up on your dreams, or something you truly want. Even if there isn’t a lane for you, and all odds are against you, as long as your intentions are pure and genuine, and you’re willing to put in the work, you can achieve it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would for sure take bestie to one of the hot spot beaches here in San Diego. (Mission Beach, La Jolla, Sunset Cliffs) then probably take them to Convoy Street, where you can get the best Asian cuisine in San Diego. Shopping probably by Fashion Valley Mall.
And anything night life related will probably be somewhere in Downtown or North Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shout out to my family at SOUND LOUNGE STUDIOS – SAN DIEGO and my squad 8o8 SOUNDZ.
Sound Lounge Studios: Royal, DJ Rek, Okeefe, HookMonger,
8o8 Soundz: J. Anders, Kace, Britney Small
Squad: Kaje, Basshead Beatz, Rizleigh, Matty, Snap God
Thank you guys for being so supportive but also keeping me accountable. I appreciate you all so much for everything you do and I can’t wait to drop all this new music!!!!!!!!!
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