Everyone's had an awesome idea for a hit song, but without proper guidance, potential classics such as "I'm Wearing My Gray Pants Today" will at best end up as Facebook status updates -- though really, a song about pants is best kept amongst Friendsters. Giving your inner rocker a tangible goal, East Side Music.
Started by a UT-educated classical guitarist in a wood-adorned suite at 501 Studios, ESM is a full-service music school and recording studio that eschews drill-based regimens in favor of a learning process centered around start-to-finish song-creation, with classes for both absolute beginners and shredders avail in one-on-one, group, and even impromptu-band settings, but not impromptu The Band settings, because you've got to pre-assign someone to bring the bag of Danko. Instrument fundamentals are ingrained via video documentation (so you can take teachings home) and a pro recording rig to help share/dissect newfound "skills", thus giving you the ultimate feedback -- how you'll sound to those CD-hungry tweens at Walmart. Higher tech tutelage covers computer-production programs Reason (drum machines, soft synths, sampling) and Logic Pro (recording, mastering), full-band studio sessions, hip hop schooling (they supply the beats or show you how to make your own), and even the art of the remix, so as to Puff life into songs that'd otherwise be Ready to Die.
For the launch, they're holding an open house this Saturday with a performance by pop revivalist Greyson Singleton and free grub from latenight sandwichers Jimmy John's, whose slogan is "Free Smells", also your slogan if you re-wear those gray pants tomorrow.