Shawn Kreitz, a graduate of The Recording Arts Center, released a new single today, “Waters,” with Modern Me, his Indie Rock band that’s getting some buzz and is produced by the Colourist’s Adam Castilla. Finding success as a performer comes as a surprise to Shawn. “I never thought I’d be on this side of the console,” he says, laughing.
After graduating from TRAC in 2014, Shawn was getting his audio engineering career started when he saw an ad on Facebook. The pop punk band Empty Spaces was looking for a guitarist. Thinking it would be a fun hobby, and liking punk music since high school, Shawn auditioned and got the gig immediately. Soon after joining, the band decided to try to do something bigger—to try to make music a career. That’s when a lot of luck came their way. They were introduced to Adam Castilla, who agreed to produce them.
With Adam’s help they found a new sound, inspired by Alternative Rock powerhouses Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Vampire Weekend and The 1975. Adam tracked and mixed the band in his studio; Brian Lucey did the mastering; the result is Modern Me’s debut EP Touch of which “Waters” is the first single.
Shawn said his training at TRAC has already helped him considerably in his new endeavor, such as in their recording sessions before they met Adam Castilla. “During the recording process I knew how to do everything they were trying to do,” he said. “If anyone told us they couldn’t do something, my knowledge helped us not get screwed over. One engineer told us he couldn’t fix the timing, and I said, ‘that’s not true, here’s how to do it.’ I’ve been there, I understand the technical aspects. I can record demos. My bandmates appreciate it.”
In addition, the music production degree taught him about the wider aspects of the music world. “Because of the Business of Music class, I understand more about the music industry,” he says. “I know about how contracts and licensing works. It’s been a huge help just knowing where to start. Having that knowledge has been a huge confidence booster as I deal with people on a professional level, because I’m a professional too.”