Next Gen Producer Supports Next Gen!

Next Generation Producer Campfire Method Supports Notes for Notes!

Ben Gamble aka The Campfire Method has been volunteering as a producer/instructor at MusicBox Studio Nashville North since last fall as part of his internship at Big Picture High School. For his Senior project he has produced A Morphemic Deft, an EP of experimental electronic/ Hip-hop. He is giving the record away for FREE with a suggested donation to Notes for Notes because he is a solid dude. Get some rad music, support N4N and spread the word of the next big producer… The Campfire Method! Thanks Ben!

Download A Morphemic Deft HERE

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Head over HERE and give him a Like on Facebook too!

Studio Report- Nashville North Nov 2012

MusicBox Studio Monthly Report

Month/Year: November 2012
Studio Location: Nashville North Studio @ Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club
Program Director: Nick Oldham

CLICK HERE to view report

Videos and Music:

Grand Opening- MusicBox Studio 93

Please join us for the Grand Opening/ Open House of our 2nd Nashville location, MusicBox Studio 93 in the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club/ YMCA on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

What: Grand Opening of Notes for Notes’ second Nashville MusicBox Studio. Yes, we have been open since June cranking out new tracks every day but this is your chance to “officially” see the studio and bring your friends!

When: December 6th, 2012 from 5:30-7:30

Where: MusicBox Studio 93 @ Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club/ YMCA
915 38th ave North
Nashville, TN 37209
Google Maps link HERE
(Note: Directions will bring you to Mckissack Middle School entrance.
Continue on 38th, make a LEFT on Clare, followed by a LEFT on 39th after Club Sign)

Please feel free to share and invite your music-loving friends!

MusicBox Studio Reports

Read, watch and listen! Get the scoop on the MusicBox Studios through these totally accessible reports on

As an organization that prides itself on transparency and constant improvement we have begun uploading monthly studio reports to to help us in our own evaluation of our programming as well as provide our audience with in-depth recaps of the studio’s activities.

So please read, watch and listen to the magic that happens every day in the MusicBox Studios. Here are a couple of reports to give you an idea…

Nashville South- November 2012

Nashville North- September 2012

MusicBox East- October 2012

MusicBox West- December 2012

Studio Update- Nashville North Sept 2012

MusicBox Studio Monthly Report

Month: September 2012
Studio Location: MusicBox Studio North @ Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club
Program Director: Philip Gilley

In-Studio Highlights:

After a very busy first summer, the MusicBox Studio has settled into a great “rhythm”. Opened in June 2012, just in time for the summer break the MusicBox became an instant draw for new and existing participants. While the summer saw a variety of new members, by the time September rolled around we began accumulating consistent members who (after the chaos of summer excitement) were ready to start focusing on finishing product. As a testament to the word-of- mouth outreach approach we have seen it infiltrate the studios and schools; family and friends of existing members have started to explore the studio. Joseph and Mandrel’s cousin, Laquisha has started coming to the club and studio as a result of her cousin’s music creation.  (Insert pic of goofing around on couch)

Laquisha has an incredible voice as well as a natural talent for songwriting. While production is still being wrapped on her first track, she proved that she can write a song in a day… actually an afternoon. Her first time in the studio resulted in a finished hook and almost 2 complete versus over a beat Mandrel and I had previously worked on together. She has whatever that “IT” factor is! Mandrel contiunes to work on his first song about struggle while becoming increasingly more proficient on making beats on Reason.


We have some incredible volunteers helping us out including Tito, an extremely talented songwriter and player who has started working with our first ever Country Band to come through ANY Notes for Notes’ studio. The band’s name “C-4” is Christian, David, Joey… and they are still looking for that 4th to complete the band and band’s name! The first day they came to the studio was an eye-opening experience for all… while they claimed to be a band it was in name only as they had yet to learn instruments. In our first session I helped create the music for what would be their first hit “Hey Girl” We are already at work on their second song with Tito’s mentoring. A special workshop is also in the works in collaboration with CMT and one of their artists to visit the studio and appear on TV… Stay “tuned”!

The studio is packed with a variety of instruments and one of the most popular is always guitar. Q has found that his “axe” of choice is the Epiphone Joe Bonamassa signature Les Paul. He is incredibly diligent about practicing every day and we are arranging it so that he can have a guitar of his own come holiday time courtesy of an Ohio guitar maker! I turned Q and Jacari onto one of my favorite Foo Fighter’s tunes, “Ever Long”. Check out our rehearsal…

While we rock hard we also rock softly. Dalylionte is obsessed with the Ukulele, so much I just had to send her home with it over the weekends to continue practicing. We spent some time learning “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show as well as a Jack Johnson tune, “Banana Pancakes” We are hoping to record it and then perhaps ask Jack to contribute something musically to the cover!

We spent some much needed time mixing down tracks from the summer into complete recordings. Check out some of these hits blasting from MusicBox Studio North in Nashville.

Swag Walk featuring Monquisha, Deasia & Tori (sample of Temptations’ “Get Ready”)

Make That Move by Yasmine (at only 13 yrs old)

Hey Girl by C4 (mixed by Zach at the Tracking Room)

Family by Joseph featuring LaQuisha

Outreach/ Outside Collaborations:

Summer produced and introduced some amazing new talent to the MusicBox Studio that unfortunately only come in the summer. Our next step will be to find a way to do outreach to this summer population to engage them year round. So much talent that I would love to see return. We are currently coordinating with Mr. Jeff of the Preston Taylor Boys & Girl Club on some outreach ideas especially to the built in population directly above the studio in McKissack Middle School!

We would very much like to thank Sonos who have generously sponsored all N4N studios with HiFi wireless speakers allowing us to stream music to multiple rooms. This is a great tool for not only exposing our members to new music but also for learning. I can put a song on repeat in one room (as I have done with Q so he can practice Ever Long) for someone to continue to practicing or listening while I am able to work in the other room with a new member.  It is the closest we have come yet to cloning! We will also be putting a unit out in the club so that we can pipe music from the studio throughout the club engaging the entire facility in music and what’s happening in the studio. (pic of sonos speakers)

Cross-Country Collaborations:

We have been focusing much of our energy on wrapping up orphaned projects started from the summer and are nearing completion. We currently have a track in route to Santa Barbara for Caesar to contribute a hip-hop hook too. It is a brand new track from a very talented new member, Mary-Grace. Can’t wait to share it with you all.


2011 Rewind

2011 RewindA look back at an epic year

Whether you are just joining us or have been following from the beginning let me recap the amazing 2011 year Notes for Notes had…it was a BIG ONE! We opened two studios, grew to a national organization and threw some incredible events with the Steve Miller Band andMartin Gore.

Westside MusicBox Opens!

February saw the completion and opening of the newest MusicBox to the Notes for Notes arsenal inSanta Barbara. We began talks on this studio in 2009 and active development later that year, however it would take almost two years before we would strum the first guitar and spin the first record in this new studio. Our mothers always told us…” All good things come to those who wait” Agreed! The new MusicBox also meant we needed to expand the team and we were lucky to find our new Program Director inTaylor Hurtadoand Booking Agent in Dakota Gartner. Check out some press from the Grand Opening! Click to Play (will open video in another window)






P-Nut rocks the studios!

The folks over at Seymour Duncan do so much for us from outfitting all our guitars to the big show to some amazing introductions. Our good friend Evan Skopp reached out to P-Nut (bass player for 311) considering SD endorses him and asked if he might be interested in stopping by the Notes’ MusicBox Studios when he had time. That time was in May of 2011. P-Nut came up from LA specifically to hang in both studios, jam and offer his words of wisdom on music and life! He is also one of our newest Advisory Board members. Thanks to Evan Skopp,Peter Rasplerand P-Nut for hooking up an amazing experience! Check out the video recap!

Steve Miller Band and Seymour Duncan Rock it for Notes for Notes

There were about 600 of you that had the opportunity to experience what was perhaps one of the most special concert events Santa Barbarahas seen. In commemoration of Seymour Duncan’s 35th Anniversary of making the world’s best pickups a benefit concert was conceived to support Notes for Notes and celebrate SD. Thanks to Cathy Duncan and Maricela Juarez (MJ) they were able to secure The Steve Miller Band as our headliner…Yes THE Steve Miller Band. Steve is a big supporter of youth music and stepped up to kick start what will be an annual concert with Seymour Duncan to benefit Notes for Notes. Keep your eyes out for announcements of this years show and check out the recap of the 2011 show including performance by N4N participants who opened for Steve.

Nashville Bound

Still whirling from the success of the Seymour Duncan Steve Miller Band show, Notes for Notes began the final leg of the Nashville expansion. After 3 very successful trips to Nashville over the past 8 months I packed up a Uhaul trailer and made the drive along a south bound route through Austin andNew Orleans. Now a national organization, this is only the beginning. Call it the Notes for Notes Tour, can anyone guess where the next stop is? After a few months of painting, carpeting, wall postering and equipping we opened the first of two (possibly 3) Nashville MusicBox Studios in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The first is located at the Andrew Jackson clubhouse and is made possible by some really great folks and organizations including the Hot Topic Foundation, Gibson Foundation, KRK/Stanton, Seymour Duncan, KVB S.A.C.K Foundation, Peavey, Propellerhead, Avid, Thirdman Records and Jack White, Sheryl Crow, MV Pro Audio, SM Pro Audio and Line 6. Check out some of the pics and video from the Grand Opening (even though the official opening was in Feb 2012) Click to play (will open in another window)





Martin Gore spins the 1,2’s for Notes for Notes and New Noise again

We ended the Year as we should with a party… a fundraising party which was also especially celebratory for us considering the huge year we have had.Martin Gorewho remains one of our most influential and active Advisory Board Members (as well as a close friends) came back for round 2 to DJ the Holiday Soundcheck to benefit Notes for Notes and New Noise Music Foundation! It was another great event thanks to Jeff Theimer and the New Noise and Notes for Notes’ teams. We raised great support and awareness. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for this event! Thanks to Martin, Jonathan Kessler and all of the folks and businesses who donated to the silent auction. Check out the video recap!

N4N Participants Rock it… Everywhere!

2011 also provided opportunities for our next generation of musicians to hit the streets and pay LIVE! From opening spots at our big fundraiser with Seymour Duncan and The Steve Miller Band and Zion I at Velvet Jones to Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebrations. One of our goals is to provide outlets for our musicians to perform, get out there and show the world the skills they have been honing in the MusicBox Studios.  Check out some footage from the Fiesta performance.

You can imagine that if I were to list every amazing thing that happened in 2011 you would have to take a few days off from work to read the full recap. I realize that you don’t have that kind of time (and that this has already eaten the better part of a lunch break) so feel please checkout the N4N Facebook for the daily updates and the video page for loads of cool vids HERE. A very special thank you to everyone that supported us in 2011 and continues to support us; The Hot Topic Foundation, The Wood Claeyssens Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation,Matthew FisherFoundation, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Gibson Foundation, Seymour Duncan, KRK/ Stanton, Numark/ Alesis/Akai, and our dedicated Board of Directors (Rod, Michael, Anna, Ian, Matt, Eric, Jeff and Natalie) as well as our Advisory Board including now members in 2011-P-Nut and Alan Parsons.  Thank you all for a great year and here’s to looking forward to a great 2012!