Alton recording studio combines old school, new tech

ALTON — The Outdated Mississippi Seem Household started out where it still left off.

The recording studio’s founder and operator, Modert Clark III, has stayed loyal to the artists who he labored with right before he at any time imagined obtaining a professional recording studio. Clark, 36, grew up in Madison County — Alton, Wood River, Roxana, and many others. — and ran his initial studio out of his condominium on Ridge Street in Alton. 

An engineer and a musician, Clark was in Morbid Minds and opened for Twister at Pop’s, performed Fubar and on Pop Tv set, as well as performed in the Battle to Open up For Tech N9ne.


“Anyone else won,” Clark mentioned. “I labored with Kutt Calhoun and for Rittz, deejayed for Jelly Roll at a location in Litchfield and The Bottom Of the Barrel Tour, with Lil Wyte, Ezzy Funds and Jackie Chain. I did a ton of things. I was the individual who kept functioning and did not care about diverse types of acquiring my identify out there. I am working, I will not need to have people to know my identify. I’m far too hectic.

“For a though I recorded out of my residence, for a long time,” explained Clark, who now life in Benld with his wife, Katrina Clark, and their sons, Modert Bradley Clark IV, 10, and Leo Elliot Clark, 2. “Then my initially son was born and I quit songs for 5 yrs.”

Katrina Clark manages the business’ social media. She also adorned and made the colour techniques for the studio. 

“It was an vacant concrete room when I received it,” Modert Clark explained. “My grandfather-in-legislation and my father-in-regulation did the flooring. I and my cousin did all the drywall and taping. The framing was accomplished by a buddy. Household came collectively and we did it.”

Clark is acknowledged for supporting, selling and recording hip hop artists from the area. As a hip hop artist himself, Clark made as a deejay, graphic designer and video clip graphics. He and his studio supports all variations of songs, with whole bands to gospel choir and comprehensive drums and are living guitar, but his roster of hip hop clientele and collaborations are huge. 

“Tonight Clay The Rapper is in there,” mentioned Clark who interviewed with the Telegraph although he was doing work Tuesday evening. “The most important I have done recently was a video for 350 Honcho with DJ Drama 350 Honcho built the conquer, DJ Drama hosted the music. Which is how hip hop performs,— an artist not so acknowledged will get on a blended tape with a huge title. It is really a way to get your title out there with persons who know them.

“DJ Drama is famed for combined tapes with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.”

Proper now 350 Honcho and DJ Drama’s “Stage Up” is in significant circulation on Hot 104.1 proper now.

Clark also is performing with Fresco Kane, an artist, producer and songwriter from East St. Louis, who co-compose Mariah Carey’s hit “With You” and performed music with Nelly, Chingy and Def Jam Information beneath Jermaine Dupri, prior to his exit from the label.

“I’m finishing Fresco’s video ideal now, as we discuss. It really is around there on the desk,” Clark explained. “When we are not booked with studio time, I do video clip graphics and go back to editing. It retains me occupied.

“Artist arrive in the studio with instruments and play,” Clark claimed.

The Previous Mississippi Audio Property recording studio, 1320 Milton Road, in Alton, operates through organization several hours and by appointment.

“We are always, like, tremendous chaotic,” mentioned Clark, who performs with two other engineers, Michael J. Stansfield, who also edits video clip, and Hobie Hobart. “Regretably and luckily, it is a double-edged sword.

“It was me and Mike 1st then Hobie,” Clark recalled. “Mike and I been accomplishing tunes with each other since we had been youngsters, like 17 and 18.”

Clark formed the Outdated Mississippi Seem Household as an LLC in 2018, and then it took a yr right before he opened the doorways at the studio, found at the Milton University Property. The Sound House is the oldest tenant. Clark moved in beneath the unique entrepreneurs. Although Clark would like a greater studio, his customers really like the latest cozy personal studio placing. You will find tiny ambient noise and privacy, Clark observed. 

Clark also is a videographer, and from time to time can make the beats appear in.

“As far as hip hop, I’ve been undertaking hip hop for good,” he explained. “I stopped because of the pandemic. I labored for Midwest Sanitary Support in Wooden River, with Olin Brass and ConocoPhillips carrying out roll offs, and then resolved to open up a studio once more — but not in my house.

“During COVID I made a decision to quit my occupation and go at (songs) whole time,” he recalled. “I considered, ‘You only reside when.’ I was a trash man during COVID and when I got a opportunity (for have organization), I went for it. Listed here I am.”

Though technically a millennial, Clark embodies a Generation X aesthetic.

“Because of my more mature sister, I read Eco-friendly Working day, Nirvana, 311, Smashing Pumpkins,” Clark explained, “and then she bought a Nate Dogg blended tape and it altered almost everything. I don’t forget that. I bear in mind that distinctly.”

Now Clark the Previous Mississippi Sound Dwelling to the up coming degree. He will look Aug. 23 on the fact clearly show “The Blox.” Filming will get put July 23-Aug. 3 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The Blox” dubs alone “the greatest competitiveness Television set show on the earth for startups,” developed by MTV legend Wes Bergmann of “Serious World Road Policies Problem” fame. Discover a lot more facts about the present at www.betablox.com.

“I was googling about entrepreneurship and discovered this,” Clark claimed. “BetaBlox is a person of the greatest business enterprise incubators in the planet and an accelerator. I uncovered it fascinating, filled out a sort, and below I am.”

Also, inside the Milton University Dwelling, Maeva’s has open mic when a month for artist to appear play guitar, study poetry, and many others., Clark noted.

To book studio time, get in touch with Clark and the Previous Mississippi Audio House at 618-541-7472.

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