Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Perfect Gift.... The Lab Gift Certificate!

'Tis the season of giving and Lab Gift Certificates are now available!
Please call our studio 802-863-8500 or email us at thelab123@gmail.com 
for more information.... Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Weekend's Activites.....

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Lab Goes To UVM Activities Fest

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Lab Summer Hip Hop Camp......

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hip Hop Camp Presentations @ North End Studio!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

July Newsletter: Summer Edition

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

SUMMER HIP HOP CAMP 2011 (Aug 8th-12th)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April's Monthly Newsletter "Spring Discount"

Araab Muzik Goes In On The MPC

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 2011 Monthly Newsletter "Open House"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Lab Presents A Benefit For WRCC

On February 25th from 6-9pm, after the closing of the "15,000 and Up" Art Show, The LAB is hosting a fundraising event at Club Metronome for the Women's Rape Crisis Center. The LAB owner, Derrick Brown, along with instructor DJ A-dog and former LAB student DJ Jazzy Janet will provide the music on the one's and two's. There will be give-aways, raffles, finger food and drink specials. Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased at The LAB.  For questions or concerns feel free to contact Derrick at (802)863.8500.

15,000 and Up Art Show

On February 19th from 4-8pm The LAB will host a kick-off benefit party in celebration of its very first art show. "15,000 and Up" is Vermont's first sticker and street art show that will feature 100's of artists from all over the world, from Japan to San Francisco. This event will be happening all week long and will be a fundraising event for The LAB's Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to Vermonters of low income households. Suggested donation: $1. We appreciate your support!

February's Monthly Newsletter

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Producer: Calvin Elmore (Capital C)

My name is Calvin Elmore (Capital C), and I first got into music production when my mom got a mac and it had Garageband on it.  I would just mess around with friends and record my guitar and what not. I later found out about The Lab and began to attend music production classes with owner Derrick Brown. I went through some courses in Garageband which gave me an understanding of the basics of music production. I later moved into the advanced music production program using Propellerheads Recycle/Reason at The Lab and progressed in my sampling skills.

I always had a passion for electronic music. Some of my biggest influences were sts9 and pretty lights, so I switched over to Ableton Live to see what it was all about. I began taking classes with Miles Ewell for a bit in Ableton Live and really liked what it had to offer. After, I experimented with Ableton Live I decided to come back to The Lab and take classes with Chad Bechard who taught me live djing techniques and production skills as well.The Lab has given me many skills in music production which has provided a strong foundation for me to run with!  I have now started to do some live sets in various places and am hoping to progress and build up a new set of all originals. I will also have a new EP releasing soon and here is a little preview of it.

I Make It ILL by The Lab Music School

Mystery by The Lab Music School

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Producer: Rob Mertz

My name is Mertz and I am an MC/Producer from the group Present Rhymes. I am also co-owner of Mertz & Sun Productions, LLC with Rico (also from Present Rhymes). I have been making Hip-Hop music for about 8 years and have been featured on 2 (soon to be 3) releases. The first was my debut solo project, The Rise Above It EP. The second was, The Woogmatic LP by Aleck Woog, which I was the executive producer on as well as a featured MC. The next release I will be featured on will be the debut album from my group Present Rhymes entitled, Livin’ The Mission.

 I started out making beats using a drum machine and instrumental loops in high school. When I was in college I stepped my game up and started using VST instruments to create my own melodies with a MIDI keyboard controller. That really changed my perspective on making beats and music in general because now I see how all the different parts of a beat come together to create the whole. It also pushed me to develop depth in my beats because with VST instruments you are responsible for everything that’s heard; from the highs down through the lows. At the same time, it gives you the creative freedom to go wherever you please. Most of the production on my debut project, The Rise Above It EP, was done with VST instruments and drum machines. 

Later in college I heard about The Lab through my partner in rhyme, B Rouille (also from Present Rhymes) and I started taking production classes there. Sampling was a whole new world in production that I didn’t really understand up until this point. Through The Lab I learned how to sample records, chop those samples, filter them and rearrange them to create my own beats. This was also the first time that I experimented with making drums in a computer program. Again I was able to see making music through a new perspective and this really helped me grow as an artist.

Now that I know how to use samples as well as VST instruments I am able to blend these techniques together and make some really good music. I feel like sampling and VST instruments are at opposite ends of the beat making spectrum but that the best beats come from somewhere in the middle. Mixing samples with VST instruments is how most of the production on our upcoming release was done and I think it shows a lot of growth from our last project. Be on the lookout for the debut album from Present Rhymes, Livin’ The Mission, dropping in 2011.

Below are 3 songs that I produced. “Take It or Fight Back” is off of The Rise Above It EP and features live violin played by Tim Swanson. “Paradise” is off of The Woogmatic LP and features vocals from Aleck Woog. “Slow Down” is an unreleased exclusive for everyone who read this far. All cuts by Rico.

Outside picture by Bryant Moscote
Studio shot by Rico

For more info go to www.PresentRhymes.com

Peace & Love

06 Take It Or Fight Back by The Lab Music School

Paradise Feat. Mertz by The Lab Music School

Slow Down by The Lab Music School

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Producer: Patricia Bristow-Johnson

Hello, my name is Patricia Bristow-Johnson, age 13. I have been into music for as long as I can remember. My dad is very interested in music, and was always introducing me to new songs. I have been playing piano since second grade,(I also play flute, violin, acoustic guitar, and bongo-drums), and knew Beethoven's Fur Elise since fifth grade.  I discovered The Lab about a year later through an after-school program, and have been making "beats" ever since.

What I am currently doing at The Lab is hardly different from what I had done here at the very beginning, except for the fact that I am now working with a program called "Reason" by Propellerhead, and sampling sounds off of vinyl records. Although most of the beats I make are somewhere between pop, techno, and rock, I listen to all genres, primarily soft and/or religious songs. (I am a pagan, btw.)


Dreams by The Lab Music School

Faeries' Yule by The Lab Music School

Death Race by The Lab Music School

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I started my interested in making beats after I saw how much fun one of my friends was having sampling sounds off records. I started playing around with it but didn't have a good basis of knowledge as to how to use the equipment and the structure. When I moved to burlington for school, I became firmiliar with the LAB and Derrick, so I began taking classes as a Burlington College student. The Lab was where I learned methods for sampling, layering, building the beat and recording. This opportunity has been an essential stepping stone to where I am today as a producer and recording artist.

Currently I am part of a team that has been making some uplifting, soulful and simply amazing tunes out of my little home studio over on Cedar street. My homie Es-k and I hold down the production with the help of skilled musician from around the way. We got a few talented female vocalist, and the Milkman is always in pocket! Its pretty cool when technology allows you to make music out of your own home. Music for me..... Is what it does to your body and the feeling it gives you! I can't help myself sometimes, I just gotta move! I love the natural high you get from hearing music made with love and emotion and that's what I strive for. I love getting up with everyone huddled around the mic, flowing off some true inspiration. I listen to the stuff I've made and like what the TheCedarStreetCongregation has put together. I hope you do toooooo!!!!!  Peace


10 Another Day (Sonja) by The Lab Music School

09 Let's Have a Party by The Lab Music School

01 It's the Congo by The Lab Music School

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Monthly Newsletter: January 2011