4

In the Studio With Critical Recordings, Hosting Battle of the Bands at Churchill's This Sunday

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Miami punk rock mainstay Christian Salmon (also known as Chris Critic from the Basicks, the Critics, Boy Prostitute, UFC, and the Repromen) runs a tight ship at Critical Recordings.

When you visit the studio, he's guaranteed to be taking out the trash or balancing his QuickBooks while talking on the phone to a prospective client. With his partner Chris Velasquez, Salmon's cranked out some solid records from his studio, including stuff by the Crumbs, Pool Party, Can't Stand Ya's, and Los Rock Addictos.

Both national and international acts have enlisted the services of Critical Recordings for everything from production to mastering. The studio itself is professionally outfitted for acoustic perfection, and features Pro Tools, auto-tune, sound booths, computers, and candles. Everything you need to make a record.

Initially conceived as a place for him and his friends to rock, practice, and record for cheap, Salmon was kicking the idea around since he graduated high school. After eight years of hard work, pain, and perseverance, he was finally able to save enough money to take the plunge.

The studio's main producer Armando Doval was hand picked by Salmon. "I'd worked with so many engineers and producers in the past that didn't seem to care or respect the band they were working with. But Armando is really easy going and hard working, he gets exactly what the band is looking for."

Keeping with punk's if-you-wanna-do-something-right-you-gotta-do-it-yourself-or-someone-else-will-fuck-it-up-spirit, Critical Studios is taking control of Churchill's semi-annual Battle of the Bands this Sunday.

"Most Battles of the Bands are total ripoffs. They offer prizes, but no one wins," says Salmon. "The bands playing this Sunday are all going home with a live CD of their performance at Churchill's. The champions get three songs mixed and mastered for free at Critical."

Velasquez adds: "I'll be one of the judges. I'll be fair. I have no problem letting a band know they sucked, in a nice way."

Critical Recordings Battle of the Bands, featuring Naked Vengance, White Noise, Atomik, Last Summer, and Krisp. Sunday, November 28. Churchill's, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Visit churchillspub.com.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.