Recently, I got to work with well known rapper on a song for the hit TV show, South Park at the legendary Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, TX. This was an amazing experience and it really opened my eyes on the speed of production for high level television.
Firstly, we received the call around noon on the day of the needed recording session. Apparently, another studio had not been able to accommodate the production team and Nomad was called. Gary, the owner of Nomad, sent me a message to call back a prospective client and get them in the studio. He nor I had any idea who the client was and by the time I got off of the phone, I was amazed that another studio would pass this one off.
The call was from an agent for well known rapper, Killer Mike. An artist I am very familiar with. I was enthused to hear that I would be working with him that very afternoon, but it really blew me away when I found out that the project would be featured on South Park and was being commissioned by the South Park production team. I spent most of the afternoon on the phone with Bruce Howell going over the production schedule and requirements, then prepped the studio for Mike's arrival.
Upon Mike's arrival I received a phone call from Bruce with a guest on the line. It was Trey Parker! Trey Parker called my phone! I'll put that in the list of cool but pointless milestones in my life. The reason for his call was to speak with Mike, whom I take it he has never met in person, but still...he called my phone number!
The song, written by Trey Parker, specifically for the show, is ridiculous (to be expected) and was set to premiere just two days later on Comedy Central. This amazed me. It really gave me perspective on the work ethic behind popular shows like South Park. These guys have ideas then immediately execute them with full effect. If there was one valuable thing for me to take away from this experience, it's this concept.
The rest of the session went very well. Killer Mike is a super cool guy. He ended up adding me to the guest list for his show in the town at the South Side Ballroom, which was a blast - you all should have been there. All in all it was a great experience and I look forward to doing more work with the South Park team and Killer Mike in the future.