We had the good fortune of connecting with Vincent Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vincent, how do you think about risk?
Risk is one of the key fundamental creative drives. Taking risks means pushing boundaries, and when you are able to push boundaries, you can create art that no one has gotten to experience before. Also without risk there is no failure and without failure you can not grow. I encourage every artist that comes through my studio to take risk, and choose the harder path with the greater reward. We tend to be be very afraid in life to take something down, or break something apart. It requires a certain level of risk, that we have been told we can’t push past. But the greatest lesson I learned this year, is with the proper dedication to your vision, you can deconstruct anything to make it better, as long as you let your creativity and ability to take risks, lead over your understanding of how society may have taught us how something should be. I challenge myself in my creative endeavors, as well as the artists who pass through BirdlandSound, that no thing we try should be judged. Take a Risk. Find Joy in Risk. And Fail, because failure gives us more information about how to succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I picked up instruments very quickly as a kid and could get my head around an instrument in a matter of months. I started writing musicals in LA, with a group of friends after we all graduated college, and in fact proposed to my wife with a musical I had written for her. Around the same time, me and a few friends started a big band, swing concept with 4 leads, crooning harmony over, big swing arrangements. It was an absolute blast. We found a lot of success in a short time, signed to CAA. big management, great shows, residencies at some of LA’s coolest jazz venues and a live set that couldn’t be beat. All we were missing was great recordings. Which is where my passion for sound and production started to come into play. Through the swing group, I met Lucas Cantor, who changed the direction I was going, he convinced me to dive in head first into the production world, and I haven’t looked back since. Now my full time job is working at a studio I built from the ground up, Birdland Sound. My day to day changes depending on what project I am working on. It’s exactly as they say ; If you do what you love in life work will never feel like work. When I show up to the office my day is filled with making peoples dreams come true, because they get to see their music come alive, I help get them from what’s in their head, to hearing it alive in front of them. I also get to make the music I want to make. At the start of 2020 my best friend Jamie and I created a composing duo called ADIEAUX, and our first concept album, was to make lush cinematic orchestration, over trunk rattling Trap. We themed the album off of heist music, and got our friend Justin Starling involved. And Music to Rob Banks to Vol. 1 was released. Since the albums release in July, it’s been the theme for a Call of Duty campaign, as well as being featured in a new film coming soon. We are very excited for people to discover this style of music we are tapping into. Since my studio opened in 2017 I have worked on countless projects with with over 30 million streams across platforms. The history of my mics and the talent that they have seen is something I will carry with me, forever. I am a nostalgic person, who has had over 100 of the greatest singers “I think” on the planet bless my mics. I can’t wait to be old, and see the history of what was made, in this space.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First night I would take them to Korea town, and eat Korean BBQ. Then we would take a hike to the Griffith Observatory, and see the tallest point in the city, past the observatory. After a tiresome day of hiking we would eat Fish Taco’s at the Best fish tacos in Ensenadas, down the street from the observatory. Also we would have a park day, at the Old Zoo, in Griffith, followed by the LA Zoo. Highlights and things I love about this city: Downtown Pershing Square, Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Strip, Hiking the Wisdom tree. Restaurants: Stella Barra, Stout, Mama Shelter, Bludso’s Bar & Que, India’s Tandoori Hollywood, Breakfast by Salt’s Cure, Electric Owl, Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ, Chibiscus. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The light that I always look to grow and get better is my wife Asia lee. She is a prolific artist herself, a creative, and costume designer in LA. I wouldn’t be anywhere without her support and day to day encouragement. I have been lucky in my life to surround myself with some of the most inspiring people, who make livings as artists, and a huge part of that, is my writing partner, and insane talent Jamie Churchill better known as LAXX. I have almost too many people to shout out, but among the list, are my studio family. WE all work out of the same building in Los Angeles, and anytime I am stuck on an idea, I know these guys will pull me through! Alrt, Joyryde, Minirva, Diiva, Lucas Cantor, Demur, Michael Korte. Among those direct links to the creative process in my day to day, are all of my long time creative friends who are always there to hype up an idea or share one of their own. Tj Brady, John Beavers, Ian Merrigan, Noah Gilbert, Seth Gilbert, Olivia Henry.
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