Today we’d like to introduce you to Bo Lamar.
Hi Bo, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m just a kid from St. Louis who decided to bet on himself! Growing up, I found my purpose and passion at a very early age. Music has always been a vital part of my DNA, inherited from my father and supported by my family and loved ones. Alongside sports, I was always involved heavily in learning and actively performing.
Whether it was playing drums in church, or percussion in the school band. I chose to attend college and study music, earning a bachelor’s and master’s in Education & Arts. After teaching for a few years, I decided to move to Los Angeles, California to tour and record full time.
This was one of the best decisions of my life. In LA, I developed relationships and worked with some of my favorite Artists. I began to record, tour, and even write with many great and talented vessels within the music industry. The chapters of my journey are still being written, and as one of my mentors instructed me, I am “enjoying the process!”
As a music producer, I am enjoying every fragment of the creative process. From song production to mixing and mastering I am truly grateful for all the Artists who trust me to take their projects from my studio to your radio!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth? Oh of course not! (lol)… I have surely earned a wealth of bumps and bruises along the way.
Whether it was from learning the rough lessons of the music business, sometimes in the most brutal way, or if it was just having to overcome my personal limitations of the mind. The life of a musician is rough, and there were times when my passionate vision and reality clashed.
Tours were canceled, politics sometimes got in the way of “that gig” or “that record” that you know would’ve made a difference. But what I’ve come to learn is that the moments that are “rough” are the times where I grow the most. There are no such things as losses, only lessons.
In hindsight, I’m grateful for those things because I’ve become a stronger and wiser Business Man, Artist, and Creative.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the owner of Bo Lamar Productions. We specialize in everything music production including; recording, song production, mixing, editing (vocal tuning, drum editing/replacement), live drum tracking for records, & mastering.
One thing that I am proud of is that I’ve taken the big step toward being an Artist by releasing my own music. Robert Glasper said it best when he noted, “Anybody can be a killing musician. It takes heart to be an Artist!” – or something close to that lol. (Sorry Rob if I jacked that up lol). But the underlying point there is true. Check out my single “Purple Flowers” Bo Lamar ft. Berkley The Artist.
This is a song that was collaboratively written by Berkley & me along with my band, “Sanctuary.” We used to perform it live in LA a lot and it always hit well. Last year, I invited Berk to come to Houston and record the song at my studio. We wrote a second verse, I recorded drums and booked a session in LA for the rest of the guys to lay their parts. And from there I produced and mixed the record. It’s available on all digital platforms.
The thing that sets me apart from others is that I religiously believe that “It HAS to FEEL GOOD!” I don’t care about the “rules” as long as the product is something that resonates with the people on a human level. If it’s relatable, it feels good and sounds good, it’s ready. I don’t stop until it’s Ready! “It’s not the fill, it’s the feel.”
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I think the best advice I can give anyone, would be to remember to always remain a student.
There is not one individual, one experience, or one encounter that you cannot take something away from.
Learning never stops. Except for that and place all of those tools in your bag of tricks. This will keep you fresh, and continuously growing.
- Production ~ $1,000-$2,500 per song.
- Mixing ~ $600 per song.
- Editing ~ $75 per song/per edit category.
- Live Drums ~ $300 per song.
- Mastering ~ $100 per song.
- Website: www.bolamarproductions.com/rates
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1bolamar/
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/track/469RWqgqAIEvhn58qPSQ7j?si=ae72c3e9a8704bca
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