New Positively West Virginia guest Joshua Swiger is helping artists across the state get started with a quality record through his company, Blues Alley Studios.
He enjoys being a native of West Virginia and hopes his work with local artists can help keep the talent within state limits.
Although Swiger has been in the music industry for over 25 years as a teacher, musician and active voting member of the Country Music Association, his journey has not been easy. He spent many years working to become a successful studio owner and producer.
“I was young and there weren’t a lot of recording studios around,” Swiger said.
Instead of outsourcing, Swiger decided to create a space for artists to make great music in a comfortable space – his parents’ basement.
Today the studio is located in a commercial space in Morgantown and is a second home for many West Virginia artists. Swiger’s favorite part of his job is producing music in collaboration with seasoned and young artists across the state. It excites him to see new bands advance in their careers and become more popular.
Swiger claims the studio’s struggles have been minor and even expected. With any startup, there can be months where the rent gets scraped, or the creativity doesn’t flow the way you would like it to.
However, for Swiger, these struggles are all worth it for the opportunity to share the art that West Virginia creates with the world.
The moment Swiger knew he had “made it” was when he found himself recording a song in his new studio that he had first recorded about 20 years ago. He continues to grow his business by creating lasting partnerships with other local resources for the creative community.
“It’s going to take a long time for me to leave,” he said.
People like Swiger are helping West Virginia grow every day. If you are a promising artist or an artist who has established a career, you can find a home at Blues Alley Studios. Visit http://bluesalleymusic.com/ to learn more.
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ADVICE: “Make partnerships,” Swiger advised.