The Masterlink Sessionsis creating Jazz/Funk/Soul/Blues music videos - live in the studio
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- exclusive listen to all takes before they turn into mixes and the finalised video.
- help choosing songs and artists
- have a say in choosing the 10 best Masterlink Sessions to be released on the Masterlink Sessions #1 album
- exclusive live streaming of the whole session. Basically you'll have 'fly on the wall' access and you'll witness what is going down in the room (i.e. the chat, multiple takes, Leo filming the session, etc.) [from September 2019]
- access to pre-production materials (chord charts, recordings, etc.)
First things first, click HERE to watch our videos!
‘The Masterlink sessions’ are a joint venture of James Welch (MLP studio) and Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher’s Funkestra) to strengthen the community of creative and open-minded musicians who love Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz in the London, UK and surrounding areas.
To achieve our goals the MLP ‘house (or studio) band’, AKA the Redtenbacher’s Funkestra rhythm section will perform originals or re-imagined covers live in the studio ft. guest vocalists and instrumentalists, recorded and mixed by James and filmed by Leo Mansell.
Standing on the shoulders of the legendary studio bands The Wrecking Crew (Gold Star Studios/LA), The Swampers (Muscle Shoals, Fame Studio/Alabama), The Funkbrothers (Motown/Detroit), Booker T & The MGs (Stax Records/Memphis, Tennessee), 'MFBS' (Philadelphia Sigma Sound Studio) and inspired by NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, Snarky Puppy, Patreon's own Scary Pockets (we love you guys!) and Daryl's House we are excited to set up our own version in our geographic location (London and surrounding areas).
The (growing) collective are:
Stefan Redtenbacher (bs, MD), James Welch (sound), Mike Sturgis (drs), Helena May (vocals), Mike Outram (gtr), Leo Appleyard (gtr), Nat Martin (gtr), Karl Vanden Bossche (perc), Ross Stanley (keys), Rich Milner (keys), Dave Limina (keys), Jez Davies (keys), Pete Billington (keys, viola), Jim Watson (keys), Stevie Watts (keys), Gemma Stoddard (vocals), Piers Green (saxophone), Tucker Antell (saxophone), Graeme Flowers (trumpet), Leo Mansell (video), Jo Harman (vocals), Orphy Robinson (vibraphone), Tony Remy (guitar), Mike Gorman (keys), Anders Olinder (keys), Rob Blackham (photo) and many more to come with your help.
We have also a limited capacity for people to sit in and watch our sessions. Let us know beforehand and bring good vibes!
Watch us on YouTube, on LinkedIn, on Pinterest, on Vimeo, on Facebook, on Instagram or listen to the audio only on Soundcloud.
As we are only at the beginning stages everyone has so far volunteered their time for free to help building our community and to be involved in something creatively, professionally and artistically rewarding. James and myself have picked up the costs for food, travel expenses and the general running of the the sessions. However for our venture to be sustainable we need to raise some money so people can get paid for their artistic work. Everybody wants to be involved but needless to say creatives need to make their money somewhere and unless we can offer a little bit of money we have to seek our income elsewhere, which means for most that they simple cannot commit to the sessions (in case something lucrative engagement will come in). Of course we are totally understanding of this. Who doesn't know what it is like to have a mortgage and family (and pets) to feed and then the rest!
So this is where you could come in. We are setting our goals low to start out with but if we could cover the food for all musicians and possibly the editing of the videos - it would already be a massive help!