In this Student Spotlight we feature seventeen-year-old singer/guitar player and Pro Tools new believer Christian Pelonis.
Christian recently completed ProMedia’s latest training class in Santa Monica at the fabulous Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. We caught up with Christian at his home in California and he told us all about his latest project.
Wasting time isn’t part of Christian’s master plan. Not only is Christian a senior in high school, he also has his own band, Stolen Thunder. Stolen Thunder has already played at some iconic venues, The Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, The House Of Blues in Anaheim. The band also received the most votes in the VH1’s nationwide music video contest for DoSomething.Org with their cover of “American Woman”. In addition to all the performing at major venues, Stolen Thunder is thrilled to be involved in some major charity events such as the “No Kid Hungry” campaign. They have also shared the stage with Kenny Loggins and Jeff Bridges to promote the Free Summer Meals Program and Concert Series in Southern California.
Christian explains how the ProMedia training classes helped him get a handle on how he was going to approach recording his band’s latest album, “The classes were really cool, it gave me a great start on the basics” “ My band is currently working on a new album and now I feel like have more control over what’s going on creatively”
Christian found one element of using Pro Tools as his recording medium especially exciting, “ Learning about all the different plug-ins were what I found totally cool” “Being able to bring in Plug-ins on the each individual track was the one thing I found really useful”
Christian is really excited about recording with the band. When asked if there were any songs he was really excited about Christian announced, “Personally, I would say, we have a song right now actually that we are working on called ‘Down In Flames’. It’s a gnarly song. We actually have a video for it!”
The Pro Tools classes have something for everyone. If you are new to the recording scene, like Christian, you can get an excellent overview of the basics of working within Pro Tools, or if you are an experienced engineer and just need to pick up the latest tips and tricks. Christian is mainly interested in using the studio to record all the parts to his songs live. We talked a little about whether he had used the Pro Tools instrument Plug-ins in the creation of his band’s music. Christian was excited to try out that element of recording with Pro Tools but he hadn’t done much up to now.
Pro Tools is a fairly complicated, powerful and professional-level piece of software. Christian knew it was pretty critical to get some basic training if he was to get the most out of the Pro Tools recording platform. Christian now knows that he has the skills necessary to move to the next level with his music and his career.
Christian’s future is looking bright. We wish him and Stolen Thunder continued success.
If you want to connect with Christian and his band’s music here are some links:
Special thanks to Christian’s mom, Kim for coordinating the interview.