Studio Blue operates and manages 30+ active artists in a curated and designed 30k sq ft building in downtown Providence Rhode Island. The facility offers private rooms in a shared live work environment as well as private suites. We provide a unique variety of tools and equipped spaces with helpful working professionals for feedback & guidence. Providing mosrt the necessaryy and relivant services to inspire & support a growing creative community.
Artist Services: artist space, prop development, product development, merch & brand design and implementation, web design, logo & business card design, screen printing, flyers and advertisements, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, 3D scanning, 3D design, product mass production, commissioned public art and installations, custom jewelry design and production.
Music Services: rehearsal space, music instrument design, high quality audio recording mixing, mastering & production, music video production, creative consultation, room tuning, recording studio design, music venue design installation operation & training, radio & tv adds produced with airtime included, sound design for film & video, soundtrack sweetening, location sound, sound effects, Foley sound and more..
We provide follow-through support and progressive production methods to serve your businesses & projects with the most efficient & effective results, from concept to execution.
Studio Blue is known for curating and sustaining the most creative & inspiring places in the city. We offer a dynamic variety of creative tools and services, including an artist in residency program, project management, brand development, audio & video production, and never-ending jokes.
Studio Blue originated in 1999 in Upstate New York as a recording & rehearsal studio. It was part of a larger art collective called The Resonance Center. As Studio Blue grew, it managed recording and rehearsal clients from all over the world and soon it was apparent that it needed a bigger more accessible space. Open to musicians collaborating and supportive of open jams and improv sessions. Its existence helped many individuals and groups form the solid groundwork for successful futures in the creative world. It leads to the development of the Utica City Orchestra (a dynamic group of 20 + musicians) countless bands and solo careers, The Artist Network, The Artists Village and the continued existence of a nonprofit community art center in Utica New York still in operation today.
Rick and his studio found himself working in Manhattan & Greenpoint Brooklyn New York with some friends he knew from Providence. Eventually, some of the Providence creative community helped make the decision easy and transitioned Rick and his studio equipment to Rhode Island.
He found himself knee-deep in the heart of Olneyville / Providence Rhode Island at 62 Dike St. in the early 2000s."I'm glad I made the move, then, space was cheap and the people were perfectly out of their minds." After building out a 3 room music studio he would invite other local artists & musicians to enjoy the space when it was not being used as a recording studio. He developed a few bands and produced a pile of demos, worked on everything from art films, traditional jazz, experimental blues, noise rock, rap, metal, thrash and punk projects, and some interesting radio commercials. Hosted some amazing open jam nights and networking events that would often produce more opportunities for work. Rick and his studio grew out of the Dike st location in about 5 years. Since then they have built 5 other creative environments in Rhode Island and curated the development of 2 successful music venues in Providence still in operation today.
Interview with Rick of Studio Blue
Interviewer:. How did the idea of Studio Blue come about? "
R: It probably got the bug around 1992 on a dirt BMX track in Huntington Long Island NY where I grew up. Then there was a half-pipe next to the church, I would ride my bike on it, we would have little parties there. When i was 16 we moved out of the city to a farmhouse upstate NY. I started playing guitar in a band and recording it with my homemade microphones and a tape deck. We eventually would invite people over and have little concerts in the yard, then more people would come, we put lights in the trees, we were in the woods.. It kept us out of trouble for the most part.. Our band was named OHM we even played at our high school graduation and one of our teacher's kids birthdays - we don't need no education, 2001 space odyssey, good times bad times, dirty love, that appropriate classicy rock kinda stuff... Then I moved to Florida worked at my families silver jewelry company Tombstone Silverworks played some music with my cousin and friends, learned how to sculpt and cast silver and drink Guinness. Moved back to NY, Went to college and opened up a studio and now here we are.
Interviewer: I'm sorry,I meant how did you come up with the name Studio Blue
R: oh hahaha, the walls were blue in the studio. also, it's magic.
Interviewer: How did playing music turn into building creative production studios?
R: Making a place to do what we loved to do and be with friends, developed into creative production studio gatherings. Its what happens when you put enough creative people in one spot. They figure out how to have fun and still get things done, in the most unintentional way.
Interviewer: Did art or music class in school have a big influence on you as a kid?
R: No, in 5th grade I took drums in band class, the teacher yelled at me a lot because I held the stick wrong and one day he threw a chalkboard eraser at me and told me to go home until I learned how to hold the sticks correctly. I never went back. I didn't start playing an instrument till I picked up a guitar when I was around 15. I never studied as I should have. I mostly played with the radio, whatever came on next or to my favorite records from my parent's collection. While I was at college i took a lot of philosophy sociology classes, learned web development, coding programs, how to build computers ect. But music eventually took over, I founded "Jam Sessions @ MV" the school's first music program and musicians club, where I set up a bands worth of equipment in a rarely used room in one of the buildings. kids would sign it out to rehearse with their friends and I would host an open jam on Wednesdays, it turned into an almost everyday thing. I had to pretend to have a vice president, secretary, and treasurer but I really just had friends sign the papers and did it all by myself. I think they knew, That was a trip. We received a budget based on the proposed use of potential funds. We got a considerable amount per semester. I certainly learned how to manage a budget and write proposals! Unfortunately, that wasn't a class. So to answer the question, no, I'm mostly self-taught.
Interviewer: Who are your main influences?
R: Good or bad?
R: Picasso, Basquiat, Coltrain, Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Beck, Beastie Boys, Bruce Bickford, Hendrix, Miles, Bowie, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, James Brown, Beatles, Roberto Rodriguez, Anthrax, Corey Henry, j.Scofield, Clint Eastwood movies, Loony Tunes, King Diamond, Tesla the inventor, Anton Webern, Mr. wizard, Stravinsky, Bob Ross, Jim Henson, The Muppest, My Family.
Interviewer: Did you ever play in any bands people may have heard of?
R: Probably not, I did some obscure things, played lead guitar in The Shower of Bastards - improvisational madness, The Dukes of Havok - Zappa and Mahavishnu Orchestra covers and originals, Slug - grateful dead tribute band - 30 songs per night 2 nights pr week for 2 years. That's how i paid the rent then. We opened up for the Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals, I was in the Utica City Orchestra for a year or two but so was everybody else. haha thats funny. When I moved to Providence i mostly produced and engineered recordings. I played a little with a band called Brio and filled in when people need a crazy guitar guy, nowadays i play dual Fender Rhodes and various keyboards and it's getting quite interesting.
Interviewer: What are you working on these days?
R: STUDIOBLUE hosts over 20 artists in residence and manages over 15k sq ft. We are working on developing more opportunities for people we dont have space for. We host open art nights, sculpture for casting classes, offer all age music lessons, audio engineer apprenticeships, do live recordings, screen printing & 3d printing items every week. To see current service list click here.
Interviewer: How does a music studio help the creative production community?
R: Well, It started as a music studio but i think whatever we're doing, if we're not having fun were doing it wrong. All the things are connected and creative people no matter what medium inspire excite and inform each other in a natural way, we all work together surprisingly well in my experience and everyone is creative in one way or another if you think about it.
Interviewer: You have made studio space a primary objective of your mission. Can you explain that?
R: I believe space is the ultimate currency, especially in a city. It is where the best things are all squished together, it makes it easier for the most people to do more in a shorter amount of time. In the inner-city creative space and experienced help is harder and harder to come by, but more important than ever. To stay dedicated to the arts and still pay the bills you need all the help you can get. Especially rent prices go up! We work on a sliding scale, always have. 20 years and 6 locations later, we have produced & supported countless artists, groups, creative projects, events & venues along the way. Helped a lot of people make it happen when no one else could. Made many life long friends, learned something new every day and progressed with real first-hand experience. 20 years of doing everything I could to help other creative people. I am proud to know I've made an impact and a home in such a beautiful community like Providence, but even more proud of the impact it has had on me. The lessons learned, make us uniquely qualified for the unknown job ahead. In my case, to maintain a fantastic sanctuary and showcase for creative people and magnificent things, and we're just getting started.
Interviewer: Whats next?
R: Its time to let the anchor down and own our space. We are responsible for supporting a valuable creative community and at 15k sq ft we are out of space. We are Providence we want to remain here as an inner-city resource for creative people. Just another reason for talented people, students and thinkers who live here, stay in Providence. To see our vision & plans, click here
Studio Blue is a high end audio / visual production company & studio.
Offering class A event sound & lighting, analog & digital live & studio recording, web and design services of the highest quality.
We specialize in creative space, audio, photography, web design, invention & product development.
We have affiliated studios internationally adding to our ability to help you extend your reach to your potential fans or clients.
From Audio, Design,Video, Photo, 3D Developments we have someone here who can help you with your production
We have the experience and the tools to make your project a success, guaranteed.
We employ a network of incredibly talented artists, technicians, engineers & professionals dedicated to delivering quality beyond your expectations.
We have extensive knowledge of the entertainment and media industry with over 50 years in combined experience we get things done right, the only question is, are you ready to make it happen...
“I REHEARSED HERE WITH 2 OF MY BANDS FOR ABOUT A YEAR, PLACE IS AWESOME, VERY COMFORTABLE, INCREDIBLY CREATIVE ATMOSPHERE, RICK & HIS TEAM ARE GREAT. VERY HELPFUL. VERY COOL.”