In today’s highly competitive entertainment industry, success often depends on both the preparedness and the vibe (i.e. a look, sound, image or energy that separates the artist from the average public). Producer/drummer David Bourgeois has that vibe. His position as President and Creative Director of White Lake Music & Post (a full-service production facility: recording studios w/rehearsal space) and Bridge Road Entertainment (specializing in performing artist development) makes him a very unique and very busy man.
WLM&P (named after their home on White Lake in the Adirondacks) is not your average mom-and-pop business. David and his wife, Anna (herself a multi-talented individual in both the creative and business sides of the industry), have run the business since 2010 at their current location at 26 Vly Road in Colonie. Bridge Road Entertainment now has two artists signed exclusively to their roster: The sister-and-brother team of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt (who were featured at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this month) and Myron James, an indie-pop artist currently recording his debut album.
Nippertown recently sat down with David and Anna to discuss their hard-earned success and how it came about:
Q: Anna, let’s get to the how’s and why’s of this unique venture?
AB: Well, David has always worked in recording studios and written music, so it was a natural progression. We’ve worked together from the ground up, and we’ve been here since 2010. I went to school for radio, television and film. I also worked previously at the NBC affiliate in Utica and PBS here. I handle staff, payroll and human resources.
DB: Yes, I could NOT function without her.
AB: Well, yes you could, but nobody would get paid! (Laughs)
DB: Back when we started, I was hopping around as a producer and drummer for hire for anyone that would have me, including the talented Ted Hyland, who now works with me here and is a member of my staff. Anna and I have similar likes, especially regarding music and musicians. It wasn’t a grand master plan as much as it was an evolution. Prior to being at this location, we spent eleven years in Schenectady.
NAME: Mike Lisi
BAND AFFILIATION: Currently vocalist/bassist with the Rob Skane 3; also gigging with the Bremners (duo with Rob Skane); Mersey Beat (acoustic rock). And a reunion show with C. Jane Run on August 3.
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, bass guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Bought it with Christmas money. That Christmas, I got Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour, too, so it was a really good holiday!
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Doobie Brothers, Syracuse War Memorial, 1978.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A really cool Strat knock-off guitar. It was red with a silver pick guard that my cousin, Vic, got for me. He was a roadie for the Todd Hobin Band, a local Syracuse band at the time.
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