UC San Diego's Department of Music

June 22, 2006

  Recently, Kristy Wulbers, the department's Student Affairs Assistant, had the opportunity to ask Shammy Dee a recent graduate of the ICAM-Music major about his experience recording his first cd. 

KW: What was it like recording your first CD?
SD: Intense!!  It was very, very time consuming (this was my final project!) but very rewarding.  This whole process was very eye opening into what goes into albums and I can honestly say that I put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and everything else I could into this album!  I can't wait to do it again!!!

KW: What were your inspirations for this record?
SD: They were everywhere.  From jazz artists like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to hip hop emcees like Mos Def and Kanye West, the range runs deep.  Some of the artists that worked on the album were also inspirational for me. 

KW: How did ICAM help you in the development of this project?
SD: ICAM helped out a lot in terms of the fundamentals of recording.  I didn't feel lost inside a studio because I had a basic theoretical knowledge of what's supposed to happen inside a studio.  But I learned a lot more 'in the field' as I went along with the project.  There is only so much a classroom can teach you. 

KW: How did you find musicians to record with?
SD: All of the musicians, except for one, were friends (and even teachers) of mine from school who willingly gave their time and talent toward the project.  So if you are working on projects, do not underestimate the power of a working relationship with your classmates.  Really, all of the live tracks would not have sounded as good as they did without their skills.  I'm not THAT good...ha!

KW: How did you find a recording studio?
SD: I have my own studio where I handle most, if not all, of my preproduction in.  I recorded some vocal tracks with one of my classmates in his bedroom studio (you would have never known if I didn't tell you...) and I did the rest of the tracking, recording, and mixing at a studio in Escondido.  I found the Escondido studio through another artist I have contact with.

KW: What techniques did you use to record this cd?
SD: No extended techniques...that's for sure!  It was pretty straightforward when it came to recording.  There wasn't anything too fancy to mention.  Layering played a huge role in a couple of songs (the last song on the album has a 20 piece string section, but there were only 2 players).  Digital technology is fabulous!

KW: What concerts do you have lined up?
SD: I've been busy doing a lot of DJ gigs recently.  We are working on booking more live shows in the upcoming months.  In the meantime, I do have DJ gigs that my 21+ crowd can catch on Saturdays and Sundays.  Check out or for more details.  Upcoming shows will be posted soon online.

KW: How can others buy your cd?
SD: Ah yes, great question.  Right now, you can buy the album via paypal on my myspace site.  Go to and click on the button that says "CLICK HERE TO BUY!"  The rest should take care of itself and you should have a great CD to listen to in a couple of days! 

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