Jeff Oehler Producer & Engineer:
My interest in making music and recordings began as a teenager while living in St. Louis, MO, the birthplace of Miles Davis and Chuck Berry. I bought a cheap used Fostex reel-to-reel 8-track and went to town recording myself and friends. Creating and recording all sorts of useless noise was great fun and it ultimately pushed me to take it more seriously.
I headed to Berklee College of Music in Boston and then on to the New School College of Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City. During my time in New York I had exposure to the inside world of major labels while working for EMI Records and GRP/Impulse. I quickly became disenchanted with the realities of the big corporate music scene and grew determined to devote myself to the support and development of independent artists.
Along with my partner Susan Bibeau, we formed Beehive Productions in 1996 out of an interest in grass-roots artist development. We built our first studio in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY State, creating a relaxed and open environment for artists to come to for weeks at a time to work on writing, performing and recording. That space was a massive turn of the century industrial building converted to a residential studio and workspace. It was there (inspired by the sounds I knew from so many Columbia 30th Street recordings) that I developed an interest in the use of ambient sound and developed my own techniques for capturing inspired performances while constantly modifying and utilizing the presence of dynamic room acoustics.
Currently, I often travel to produce folk, rock & jazz recordings for independent albums & artist development projects, as well as live recordings for broadcast media like Folk Alley.com and NPRmusic. I still strive to endlessly create unique acoustic settings for every project.
Jeff Oehler has been putting his Peluso mics to good use! Take a look at these links to Jeff's recent Folk Alley sessions at the Green Rover Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts with Chris Smither, Lake Street Dive and the Sweetback Sisters done entirely with Peluso Mircophones:
Lake Street Dive
The Sweetback Sisters