One of the best things about PreSonus is having our roots run deep into the heart of the Louisiana music scene. Louisiana has long known that the things that make life worth living are good food, good drink, and good tunes and we couldn’t be more onboard. Rich character and soul runs deep throughout the whole state. Baton Rouge is primarily known for one of the country’s largest blues festivals, the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival. But Red Stick locals will tell you, our town is littered with talented singer-songwriters and musicians from Downtown to Tiger Stadium to Mid-City and all in between.
We recently had the opportunity to connect with some local favorites Molly Taylor and Denton Hatcher in their home studio. Check out their performance of their original song “Don’t Leave Me Hanging” recorded right here in Baton Rouge!
They’re also Studio One users and own a Studio 192! We wanted to know about their workflow so we took the opportunity to interview Denton. Read more from him below.
Give us some background on yourself. How long have you been making music?
Making music for over 25 years, I started playing guitar at age 13 on my grandfather’s old harmony acoustic guitar and the rest has been a party!
How has the music industry changed since your early days?
When I started playing we only had VH1 and MTV, no Internet, and none of the streaming formats like kids have today. That’s totally different!
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Describe the first time you wrote a song? Produced it?
The first song I really remember writing was about Superman and Wonder Woman and their love for each other. My first recordings were very Daniel Johnston-like, using two jam boxes and overdubbing while playing one jam box and recording with the other. Around the age of 18, I got a 4 track tape recorder and that changed my life.
Who has been an influence in your life?
My influences growing up varied. I loved Motown and Stax artist and also the old country from the sixties and seventies, which are still my main influences. When I started playing guitar in the ’90s, it was Nirvana that made me want to play guitar. I went from soul and country to grunge soaked jams. Nowadays my fellow songwriting friends are my biggest influence.
Have you ever wanted to give up on music? What keeps you going?
At one point in my journey, I told myself, “if I don’t make it in the music business by 27, then I should stop.” But that was a ridiculous thought. Music is more than “making it” whatever that means. I couldn’t stop now, it would kill me.
What do you like about PreSonus? What caught your eye?
I bought my first PreSonus interface about 12 years ago. One of the first two input interfaces which came with Cubase at the time then I bought an 8 channel firewire interface about 10 years ago from PreSonus and recorded my first project with it and Studio One. I haven’t used another program since. I recently purchased the 192 and love it! I love the zero latency and how fast and easy the 192 works with Studio One. Such an easy program to learn. The layouts that are preprogrammed for whatever interface and type of session work to be done, make everything and no brainer. So simple. Just pick click and record.
Any other thoughts on Studio One or PreSonus gear? Recent projects? What’s next for you?
I have used studio one and the 192 for several of my last projects, which includes local artist like Jodi James, Clay Parker, Molly Taylor, and many others. I’ll be working on my next album soon. I have been writing a good bit the last year and need to get busy making the magic happen with the wonderful tools Presonus has given me.
Local to Louisiana? Looking to up your rhythm section chops? Look no further than Music Inc. of Louisiana in Gonzalez. This Saturday, May 24, James Cook and Kent Slucher of the Luke Bryan band will reveal some of their gifts of groove to an appreciative audience. Plus, you might win a killer Aguilar Tone Hammer pedal, just for showing up—Come on down!