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Well Known Strangers

Well Known Strangers

Credits: Vocal production & engineering, final mix and master by Stephen Helvig. ...
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Laken Hil

Laken Hil

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Snoti

Snoti

Credits: Salute To Mama: Beat Produced by Stephen Helvig, Lyrics by Snoti Jappah. Produced, Mixed, Recorded by Stephen Helvig. Mastered by Greg Reierson. King of the Night, Cause I Said So, Do You, & Toast To Life: Vocal Production & Engineering, Mixing by Stephen Helvig. ...
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Mr. Lova – Foreplay

Mr. Lova – Foreplay

Fighting for survival and chasing a dream in a cut throat industry such as the music industry is not a new struggle for KAY, who’s humble beginnings go back to surviving the war torn Somali. Kay managed to endure the horrific Civil war where at the point in time the only focus and dream was to stay ...
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PLNEmode

PLNEmode

PLNEmode is made up of two producers/creators from Minneapolis, Dan Cater & Wade Donze. Their music spans multiple genres including electronic, funk, and dance. With help from local artist Colin Hodges, PLNEmode has successfully infused their electronic production with Colin's guitar and vocal abili...
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Kasasosay – Watch Me Go For Mine

Kasasosay – Watch Me Go For Mine

All song written, arranged, and performed by Kasasosay. Beat produced by Purps. Recorded by Stephen Helvig at Droptone Studio. Tracks for the upcoming "Watch Me Go For Mine - Part 2" Kasasosay's Website ...
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Cameron Mann – Mann of the Hour

Cameron Mann – Mann of the Hour

"Mann of the Hour" is a must-hear record from local Minneapolis rapper Cameron Mann. Recorded in a only a few sessions, Cam showcased not only his songwriting talent, but his precise delivery and smooth flow. With our Neumann U87 and the Universal Audio 6176, the vocal tracking was simple, yet class...
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Hip Hop/Rap Sampler

Hip Hop/Rap Sampler

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Droptone Sampler

Droptone Sampler

Nothing speaks better than actual results. The Droptone Sampler represents our signature production work in almost every genre. Like something? Click "download," it's free. Droptone Sampler - Breakthrough Productions Vol. 1 by Droptone Studio
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Vision The Kid – Fly By Night

Vision The Kid – Fly By Night

Fly by Night is the latest project from Minneapolis rapper Vision the Kid. Tag teaming with his once-high school producer, Fly by Night is hip hop’s pop-inspired love child with American music. Technically-not-illegal samples of Queen, Bob Seger, Imogen Heap and Albert Hammond, Jr. never sounded so ...
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Jake Manisto – The Lucky One

Jake Manisto – The Lucky One

Song Credits: Written by Jake Manisto Produced, Mixed, and Recorded by Stephen Helvig Guitar and Vocals - Jake Manisto Piano - Patrick Vogl ...
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David K – Big News Cafe

David K – Big News Cafe

David Keiski's album, Big News Cafe, is a collection of 12 original songs that range from piano-driven country to classic rock to power ballads. It was an ambitious project that made its way down to Nashville and back. The result is a powerful representation of David K's creativity, songwriting, and
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Whalen & The Willows –  The Passing Days

Whalen & The Willows – The Passing Days

This indie folk band hails from the prairies of Austin, Minnesota. I spent several days in the studio with them crafting their release, The Passing Days. The group features the singer/songwriter Joshua Whalen, violinist Victoria Torkelson, and singer Jessica Williams. Together, this trio creates cla...
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T. C. Ortberg – Half Finished Novel

T. C. Ortberg – Half Finished Novel

Todd Ortberg is a local recording musician based in the Twin Cities. He's released 4 full length albums over the past 25 years and he actively performs with bands across the metro area. His latest album, Half Finished Novel, was an incredibly fun project to be a part of. The album was recorded at 3 ...
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John Stokman – Longest Time

John Stokman – Longest Time

Song Credits: Written by John Stokman Produced, Mixed, and Recorded by Stephen Helvig Guitars & Vocals - John Stokman Drums - Isaac Carlton Bass - Stephen Helvig...
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Matt Dodge – Living Days

Matt Dodge – Living Days

Today marks the release of Matt Dodge's 3rd full length album, "Living Days." I've had the privilege to make music with Matt since 2008, stemming all the way back to some of my first solo recording sessions. Not only is Matt an incredibly creative, hard-working artist, he's also become a dear friend...
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Mia Johnson – Ambiguous

Mia Johnson – Ambiguous

2014 is off to a great start with the release of "Ambiguous" by Mia Johnson. This 3 song EP is as creative as it is raw, as catchy as it is unique. Mia's songwriting sits somewhere between alternative and pop, bridging her influences ranging from Avril Lavigne to Copeland. Producing and mixing this ...
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The Sota Boys – Sitting On The Amp

The Sota Boys – Sitting On The Amp

Written By Drew Schmalz: After the success of our first project in 2010, we were ready to take things to the next level. Over the course of more than 2 years, we wrote almost 3 albums' worth of songs, and narrowed it down to 14 of the best. Throughout this long and winding road, we applied what we h...
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Bella Pistola – The Western Road

Bella Pistola – The Western Road

If you haven't had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Bella Pistola's mix of alternative, punk, and classic rock, please sit back, tighten your seat-belts, and begin the streaming now. Andrew, Karl, and Jon came to Droptone last winter to start work on their EP. They had everything worked out ...
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Chester Bay – Changes With The Midwest Moon

Chester Bay – Changes With The Midwest Moon

Recording Chester Bay has been one of my favorite recording experiences in the last 21 years. Their acoustic/reggae/rock/jam/folk style called for a very clean, transparent, and in-your-face production. Having a nice, big sound room and some seriously pristine mics and preamps allowed us to capture ...
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Hounds of Finn – Gravity Pulls

Hounds of Finn – Gravity Pulls

Recording and co-producing “Gravity Pulls” by The Hounds of Finn this last year was a remarkable experience. I was constantly inspired, educated, and allured by the four core members and their unique way of blending the very best aspects of folk, Celtic, and rock music. All musical juggernauts in th...
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Hot Southern Mess – Forever & A Day

Hot Southern Mess – Forever & A Day

Hot Southern Mess is a brand new country music trio consisting of Katie Doffing, Kristen Thomas, and Kayleen Goettsche. HSM approached me to help them do some songwriting, production, and recording back in February of 2011. At that time, they were working on a few songs but didn't have anything full...
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Mikel Wright & The Wrongs – We Get Down

Mikel Wright & The Wrongs – We Get Down

Droptone is pleased to announce the release of Mikel Wright & The Wrong's first album, "We Get Down." This was an incredibly fun project and we enjoyed the opportunity to work with some very talented local musicians. Since 2007, Mikel Wright has been building his fan-base with his progressive be...
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Michelle Bergh

Michelle Bergh

The past two years I've had the pleasure of working with Michelle Bergh, currently the "Miss Minnesota Preteen" title-holder. Michelle is very talented and has accomplished a lot for being so young. She previously was the "Miss Preteen National Sweetheart" and is VERY active with volunteer work. Jus
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Ariel Strasser

Ariel Strasser

Last summer I had the sincere pleasure of working with singer/songwriter Ariel Strasser. A recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Ari is an up-and-coming artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. Ari is deeply rooted in music. Her father, Tamás Strasser, is a violist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, h...
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Samuel Crown – Dream My Way Up

Samuel Crown – Dream My Way Up

Samuel Crown has released a new E.P. "Dream My Way Up," a collection of 5 songs recorded over the past year.  Ranging from electronic, synth-based dance tunes to bare-bones acoustic ballads, Samuel Crown covers a lot of territory. Toni Adedeji, whose stage name is Samuel Crown, got started record...
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The Sota Boys – Mistleflow

The Sota Boys – Mistleflow

The Sota Boys are back to follow-up their album "Always Say Always" with a Christmas EP, "MistleFlow". The EP consists of 5 songs, 4 of which are originals, and one of which is a Sota Boy twist on George Michael's classic "Last Christmas". The project includes featured vocals from Jarryd Haag, who h...
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Vision The Kid – Lost Summer

Vision The Kid – Lost Summer

Over the last several months we've been fortunate enough to track and mix Vision The Kid's upcoming album "Lost Summer". Together with Producer Ryan Tru Truax, making this album has been an amazingly eclectic adventure. Our pristine signal chain met its match with Vision's lyrics and incredibly sync...
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Culture Cry Wolf – Día de los Muertos

Culture Cry Wolf – Día de los Muertos

Culture Cry Wolf came into Droptone in January 2011 to start production of their debut studio album, Día de los Muertos. Produced by both David Kellogg and myself (Stephen Helvig), this album has made an impact in both the hip/hop and punk rock scenes. Culture Cry Wolf is comprised of 6 members and ...
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The Sota Boys – Always Say Always

The Sota Boys – Always Say Always

The Sota Boys are a local pop/hip-hop group managed by Droptone intern Drew Schmalz. The group consists of members Brent Haglund, Jesse Johnson, and BJ Skoog, with occasional features from some of their friends. This past summer, we had the privilege of producing their first full-length album, "Alwa...
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Danielle Gassmann

Danielle Gassmann

Dancer and model, Dani Gassmann has just released her single, "Can't Take It Anymore." Dani came to Droptone with a notebook full of lyrics and a few melodies in her head, but wasn't sure where to start with her first song.  After talking about a stylistic direction, Dani and I dug in and started...
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9Tomorrows – Gravity In Love

9Tomorrows – Gravity In Love

Gravity in Love by 9Tomorrows Produced, mixed, and arranged by David Kellogg With additional vocal arrangements by Stephen Helvig and Dax Young Recorded, edited, and engineered by David Kellogg and Stephen Helvig at Droptone Studio, Excelsior, MN All songs performed by 9Tomorrows: Dax Young
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Parallax – Nice

Parallax – Nice

Parallax made their way back to Droptone in early August to record their second live album, "Nice 2."  This project is a collaboration among some of the state's finest artists including Big Zach (of Kanser), St Paul Slim, Jellyfish and Corey (of More Than Lights), Colin Hodges (of Know Breaks), Mari...
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Rellium Prime – Sideways 8

Rellium Prime – Sideways 8

Sideways 8 by Rellium Prime Mixed by David Kellogg & Stephen Helvig Vocals recorded by David Kellogg & Stephen Helvig
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Corby Pelto – Merry Go Round

Corby Pelto – Merry Go Round

The summer of 2010 has come and gone, but on September 1st one full length album remained.  Corby Pelto recorded his debut album "Merry-Go-Round" over the last 3 months here at Droptone and it's out now. Corby is a new artist and is clearly devoted to his craft.  His songwriting skills are well deve...
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Mukama Morandi

Mukama Morandi

We just just finished a killer one drop track "Turn Back Time" for African based lyricist and singer Mukama Morandi. He had a great time performing his first studio vocal session and the track came out really strong. We are just starting to work on his second track. The song caught the ear of L.A ba...
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Nikki

Nikki

New artist Nikki (Nicole Rodriguez) recorded her first 3 singles at Droptone Studio. All 3 songs were a collaboration between Nikki and I. Nikki supplied the lyrics and I wrote the music and recorded the tracks. Nikki was fantastic to work with and made huge strides in her musical abilities. Nikki ...
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The Dayshapes – Monster Clouds

The Dayshapes – Monster Clouds

Several months ago I started working on a project with singer songwriter Keaton Kronberg. Before we got too far on his solo project, he ended up adding a full band to the mix and we switched gears. We both decided it would be best to let the band work on the songs for the next 4-8 weeks and then hit...
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Noah Cornelius – Love All Over

Noah Cornelius – Love All Over

"Love All Over" was the culmination of 2 years of work by singer/songwriter Noah Cornelius.  Noah and I began working together in the summer of 2007.  We put down a handful of acoustic guitar scratch tracks and experimented with different tempos and song structures.  Once we had that foundation set,...
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Morrison Boomer – Down The Hatch

Morrison Boomer – Down The Hatch

Morrison Boomer is an acoustic duo from Seattle.  They were in Minneapolis over the last few months and I had the privilege to record their first studio release, and their second album throughout July and August.  This album is mainly acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals.  We added strings, djembe, and...
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Maria Isa – Street Politics

Maria Isa – Street Politics

Maria Isa's latest release, "Street Politics," was another product of Droptone Studio.  Maria brought her album to us this last spring and we helped her re-record, re-mix, and re-think her album. The project began by adding the support of her extremely talented band.  I captured the live sounds f...
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Esera Tuaolo – Alone In The Trenches

Esera Tuaolo – Alone In The Trenches

Feel like you recognize the name Esera Tuaolo?  That's because Esera is a former NFL pro-bowler, playing in the 1998 Superbowl with the Atlanta Falcons.  He's also an accomplished author. His autobiography, Alone In The Trenches: My Life As A Gay Man In The NFL, was released in the spring of 2006.
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Helen Thul – A Christmas Journey

Helen Thul – A Christmas Journey

2008 was full of fun and lots of music. It went out with a bang as the studio stayed open around the clock working on Christmas music. Helen Thul, a local christian artist, recorded her first solo project, A Christmas Journey. The last track is one of Helen's originals and is acting as a teaser for
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Loren Lukas – Local Knowledge

Loren Lukas – Local Knowledge

Local Knowledge by Loren Lukas Produced by: Loren Lukas. Associate Producer: David Kellogg Engineered by Loren Lukas and David Kellogg Mixed and Mastered by David Kellogg. All songs by Loren Lukas.
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Great Big Dreams – Tap Solo Just Kidding

Great Big Dreams – Tap Solo Just Kidding

Tap Solo Just Kidding by Great Big Dreams All Song Written and Performed by Great Big Dreams. Produced by David Kellogg and Chris Fahey. Recorded and mixed by David Kellogg and Chris Fahey at Droptone Studio in Excelsior, MN.
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Dave Evans – Broken Game

Dave Evans – Broken Game

Broken Game by Dave Evans & The Expansion Produced, Mixed, Mastered and Arranged by David Kellogg. *Crashing Down co-produced by Chris Fahey. At No Time by Dave Evans & The Expansion Produced by Dave Evans, David Kellogg, & John Wright Recorded at: Droptone Studio - Engineers D
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Jammie Wright & DTK – Jah Bless The Child

Jammie Wright & DTK – Jah Bless The Child

Jah, Bless The Child by David Kellogg and Jammie Wright Produced, Mixed, and Recorded by David Kellogg
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Spyda Boon – Based On A True Story

Spyda Boon – Based On A True Story

Based On A True Story by Spyda Boon Produced, Mixed, & Recorded By David Kellogg
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CDN

CDN

CDN by CDN Produced, Mixed, & Recorded by David Kellogg
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Courage Band – Vitamin C

Courage Band – Vitamin C

Vitamin C by Courage Band Produced, Mixed, and Recorded by David Kellogg
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Youngblood Brass Band – Unlearn

Youngblood Brass Band – Unlearn

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Sara Hendrix & Kellogg – Ghost Stories & Sliding Reins

Sara Hendrix & Kellogg – Ghost Stories & Sliding Reins

Ghost Stories by Sara Hendrix and Kellogg Produced, Mixed, and Arranged by David Kellogg. Additional arrangements: Sara Hendrix: vocals, piano on No Time, Thompson Theme. Acoustic guitar on In The End, verse of Marriage of Three. Lath Freymiller: strings on No Time, Low and Heartbeat. Jas
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