White Elephant Records Presents signed artists to perform at Pocket Park

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BIG RAPIDS — Producing music is like painting a picture. Some artists can do it in ten minutes, while others take a year.

In the end, producer of White Elephant Records Presents, Jeremiah Pilbeam, only cares that his performers are happy with the result.

Three artists managed by White Elephant Record Presents will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, in the Pocket Park music series.

“Making albums comes down to having trust in me,” Pilbeam said. “If I think it’s cool and they trust me, it makes things go smoothly. If I say you can do better, that also comes down to trust. Artists can be self-conscious and be their worst enemy.”

The genre diversity of White Elephant Records Presents will show at the Pocket Park performance. One performer, Jessica Wheatly, will sing while playing ukulele. Another, Damned by Dawn, will play acoustic.

Reputation and word of mouth is how Pilbeam discovers artists as a producer. He’s been producing his entire life and, with how digital music is, can do mixed projects from across the nation after discovering performers through social media.

“Being a producer is challenging,” Pilbeam said. “You deal with so many kinds of people and the biggest goal is to take someone’s idea or vision and make it real. The hardest thing is doing that and making sure they’re happy.”

Pilbeam never hesitated to enter the world of producing. He said he jumped right in to “get his feet wet,” recording mixed tapes as a teenager and stuck with it.

“I became a producer just by paying attention,” Pilbeam said. “It’s one of those things where if you do something good, people want to work with you. There’s a fundamental you need to learn, and a lot of technical things. It’s an art.”

He said his experience playing instruments and songwriting helped him realize he was good at “taking the ingredients and cooking it up,” he said.

“I love seeing the people I work with happy,” Pilbeam said. “When an artist sits down and listens after I mixed it — I love the reaction. That’s my joy. I feel that excited when it sounds awesome too. Sometimes, I’m even more excited than them.”

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Posted by Brianne Twiddy

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