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Becky Rae Dalton – Ready or Not

Becky Rae Dalton – Ready or Not

Purchase on iTunes All songs written by Becky Rae Dalton Ready or Not and Sunny Day produced, mixed, and recorded by Stephen Helvig at Droptone Studio. Love Him All The Same and A Little Longer produced and recorded by Davide Raso and Owen Sartori at F5 Roundhouse. Mixed by Stephen Helvig. Ol...
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Brent Haglund – The Lifted Arrows

Brent Haglund – The Lifted Arrows

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Whalen & The Willows – Ash

Whalen & The Willows – Ash

Whalen and the Willows are an Indie Folk band based out of Minnesota. From dark and brooding to bright and hopeful Whalen and the Willows create a theatrical landscape with depth. Currently in the works is a new record to follow up The Passing Days released in 2014. Whalen and the Willows are Jos
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Fat Fish – Brews For Breakfast

Fat Fish – Brews For Breakfast

Credits: Produced, Mixed, & Recorded by Stephen Helvig All songs written by Fat Fish. Check out the latest on Fat Fish's Facebook page. ...
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2016 Releases

2016 Releases

I've had the privilege of working with some great musicians, songwriters, producers, and singers in 2016. There have been a lot of releases over the last 12 months, below are just a few of the highlights. 2017 is off to a great start. Expect releases from Sharikov, Savannah Brennan, The Tone Deaf An
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Ralph Bandz – Just Ralph

Ralph Bandz – Just Ralph

Credits: "Real Sh*t" - Vocal Production, Mixing, additional beat production by Stephen Helvig. ...
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Culture Cry – Phoenix

Culture Cry – Phoenix

Culture Cry was formed in the wake of local Minneapolis band Culture Cry Wolf's breakup. Rising out of the ash, "Phoenix" continues the sound Culture Cry Wolf established, but takes it even higher. With guest appearances from some of the Twin Cities finest MC's, Phoenix showcases the best rock/latin
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Leslie Rich & Rocket Soul Choir

Leslie Rich & Rocket Soul Choir

After 15 years of silence, the Rocket Soul Choir is back with a crisper, tighter set of tracks. This time the Rocket Soul Choir utilizes the arrangement skills of new drummer, Pete Boulger, and finally succumbs to stalwart bassist Jason Wahl's wishes to plug in an electric and turn it up. The result...
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Sharikov – Ты моя жизнь

Sharikov – Ты моя жизнь

From the moment Sharikov started singing for me shortly after they walked into the studio for the first time, I knew that I wanted to work with this family. Not only because they are phenomenal singers and musicians in their own right, but because they are a pleasure to be around. Given my own backg...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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