On January 1, MilkBoy Recording, (previously of Ardmore, PA) moved into Larry Gold's "The Studio" at 7th and Callowhill in Philadelphia. Rebranding as "MilkBoy the Studio," producer/engineer Tommy Joyner, composer Jamie Lokoff and its staff have taken over studio operations from the legendary Gold, who will continue working in his own suite as a much sought-after string arranger and composer. The move amounts to a merger of The Studio's and MilkBoy's impressive gear and client lists. The new space boasts a George Augspurger-designed studio centered around an SSL 4000 console, and the best vintage microphone collection in Philadelphia.
Joyner and Lokoff have given the space a full makeover - they added color to the previously whitewashed interior and refurbished the wood floors. They have updated the ProTools rigs, expanded the 2-studio operation to add a third editing suite, and added a Yamaha C6 concert grand piano. The new studio has already set tracking sessions for R. Kelly, Marsha Ambrosius, Jazmine Sullivan, The Philadelphia Irish Folksong Society, and others.
Among several drivers for the move is an expanding focus on commercial clients and a desire to be more accessible to Philadelphia businesses. MilkBoy's commercial composition and mixing work includes spots for Sprout TV, Discovery HD, Comcast, and Huggies. They also specialize in scoring and sound design for film projects, including last year's festival hit "Lebanon, PA" and, currently,"Digital Dharma."
The new location and amped up studio come at a busy time for the MilkBoy group. Last year they opened their third food and beverage operation, MilkBoy Philadelphia, at the corner of 11th and Chestnut streets in Midtown Village. The bar/restaurant/venue holds an up-to-200-person audience and features live music almost every night. Lokoff and Joyner are also diving into new roles as producers of a feature film, "Bad Boys Crazy Girls," which will be shot in Philadelphia and is slated to go into pre-production in the next few months.