Wes Yoakam: ProTools/Reason/Abelton
Mix/Master/Edit/Singer/Guitar
Instructor/Tech/SD/Keys/Drum


Performed right at 3000 professional gigs with signed original bands, guitar accompianist with classical/opera/pop style group, and as entertainer around the country. I have produced and released 4 full length albums plus 5 eps. I have produced done vocal coaching music for many local artists around Atlanta. Studied and worked with grammy award winning producers Phil Tan, Jan Smith, Billy Hume, and John Keane among many others. Proficient in Protools, Reason, midi applications and software, Ableton live, and many more. I specialize in helping solo artists finish and produce their songs with a full arrangement. I am a lead singer quality vocalist/backup singer; I play guitar, keyboards, program bass and percussion, and have experience arranging for strings etc. I can also score to picture within ProTools.

Wes began his professional music career in the fertile music ground of Athens, GA. He was the founder of “Catfish Jenkins” a rock/pop group that released their first cd “Normaltown”, (produced by Athens legend John Keane) through Birmingham, AL-based Kudzu Records.The band sold out the local 1000 seat Georgia Theatre consistently and toured the country from Georgia to New York to Colorado to Michigan and back again. The band was included on the AWARE II compilation along with Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, the Verve Pipe, and Vertical Horizon which garnered them national attention. Lead track “The Wishing Time”, received college and AAA airplay, and the band toured and performed with The Verve Pipe, Hootie and the Blowfish, Vertical Horizon, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Samples, Blues Traveler, Cowboy Mouth, The Freddy Jones Band, Jupiter Coyote and many others at clubs, theatres, and big festivals like Atlanta’s Music Midtown, and Birmingham’s City Stages.

After Catfish, Wes formed “Big Atomic” with Tigger Ferguson (of 5-8 fame), Jackie Ferguson, and Sean Arington which released “Four Star Explosion” to rave reviews and much critical acclaim. Track three “Breathe”, placed 5th out of 10,000 entries in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, while other tracks “A Postcard” and “Evaporate” were selected by Smithereens frontman and B.E.A.M. chairman Pat DiNizio to earn a B.E.A.M. grant for emerging artists. Three songs from the album were also featured in director Ben Taylor’s feature film, “In the Flesh” that was accepted into film festivals in the U.S. and Germany and earned a national distribution deal. Even MTV recognized the band: power rocker “When Sparks Fly” was featured in the “Making of the Video” program for Brittany Spears’ “Stronger”.

After a crazy record deal shopping experience, Wes moved to Atlanta and re-formed Big Atomic with Marcus Petruska (Zac Brown Band, Corey Smith) and Todd Weaver. Performing 15-20 shows a month in Atlanta and around the country, they released “Wrestling the Dragon and the Rat” which is on its 3rd pressing and has sold almost 4,000 copies.

In 2009, Wes released “A Voice From Home” his first solo album, which he recorded and produced in conjunction w Aaron Thompson and ABS studios. Featuring a range of sounds and styles, it was departure into musical areas outside the traditional band framework. Wes has also been a frequent guest performer with the Southeastern Festival of Song (SEFoS) and Singers Beyond Borders, two world-class groups of classically trained musicians and opera singers that, from show to show, will perform anything from Mozart to the Beatles! Wes has appeared in the SEFoS performances of “The Great Escape” at Emory (Atlanta), “Secrets of the Sky and Sea” in the Berkshires(MA), and was with them in Bar Harbor, Maine as part of the annual Bar Harbor music festival. In Spring 2010, Wes joined some of his SEFoS friends for the Singers Beyond Borders tour of Hawaii, China, and Singapore. It was an incredible 24 day VIP tour of some amazing parts of the world, and the money raised went to help children in need. Wes last joined this amazing group of performers in February of 2012 for a concert sponsored by the Dallas Symphony to coincide with the Jean Paul Gautier exhibit during it’s worldwide tour.

 

 

Rates: Production $40/hr - Classes $50/hr.

Gear: ProTools, Reason, Abelton, I have UA Apollo interface, 4-710d preamp, avalon 737, pendulum preamp, chameleon 7302, countless UA eq's, software compressors, mastering pugins, effects, etc

Styles: Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Electronic, Praise and Worship

 

 

Classes

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Mastering (Beginner)  -  Mixing (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 

Tracking/Micing (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)  - Editing (Beginner) 

StudioCraft (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)  - Sound Design (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 

Pro Tools/Reason/Ableton (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 

 

 

 

 

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