BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tucked away on the corner of Hertel and Norwalk, and inside the back room of The House of Jacob, you may hear the sweet sound of independent artists Quincy Wilbon, otherwise known as Vvibez. Alongside him, you’ll find Edalo Marinelli, the guy who made Wilborn’s artistry possible.
“Being able to take someone who is very talented and take them to the next level is something I really have a lot of passion for,” Marinelli said.
So in July of 2019, Marinelli founded Hertel Sound Lab, a recording studio dedicated to helping independent artists. Wilborn is one of the artists Marinelli helps and even manages.
"Artists here have a tough time really giving themselves a chance to be successful because it literally cost so much to do this," Wilborn said.
The average studio session costs about $65 an hour, but at the Hertel Sound Lab, studio sessions are $35 an hour. Almost half the average price.
"Being able to give back in that way is the best way because you can use it in ways to help your music career like marketing," Marinelli said.
But, the Hertel Sound Lab is not just about saving artists money, they are also dedicated in helping an artist grow.
"Having somebody that can say, you know what you sound amazing, but if you do X, Y, Z, it will make the recording sound better. That’s a very beneficial thing,” Wilbon said.
The Hertel sound lab offers music lessons to artists as well. Edalo even works to connect his artists to other musicians in his network,.
“When you find somebody that is willing to invest as much as you are in your own music and your own creations, then you know you found something special," Wilbon said.
Edalo can mix and produce music for any genre of music and will open to the general public by the beginning of December.