We had the good fortune of connecting with Havell Teylar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Havell, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue a career in the music industry because I knew I was going to be unhappy with my life if I didn’t do it. I decided at early age right after I graduated high school that I was going to save up some money and move to Atlanta to get into the music industry…I actually planned on being homeless and sacrificing certain creature comforts until I figured out how to make money from my passion. I’ve never been the type to be too concerned with what others thought of me, so I was willing to forego being comfortable for some time in order to live a life that I truly wanted for myself, free from the pressures of what society normally dictates.
What should our readers know about your business?
I opened up The Frathouse Recording Studios back in late 2012…What sets my studio apart from others is the care and time I take to give each artist a personalized experience, where the service I provide as an engineer depends totally on the needs of the artist…So if an artist needs a little more guidance and input from the engineer as far as critiquing their peformance and correcting their mistakes, that’s something that I provide as a part of the studio session. I’ve heard a lot of stories from artists that the engineers at many other recording studios don’t put in much effort during their session and only press “Record”…So I pride myself on being a Sound Engineer that goes above and beyond in being an integral part of the artist’s creative process. My biggest challenge as a Recording Studio Owner/Operator was learning to adjust to and communicate with people with different personalities, different backgrounds, different levels of experience, etc. I have to be able to quickly determine if a new person I’m working is experienced or a beginner, or somewhere in between…If I’m working with a novice, I have to exercise patience and explain to them the basics of recording and how the music industry works, and I have to make sure I deliver my message in a way that doesn’t sound impatient or annoyed, so I can be sure that they will have a positive experience and come back as a returning client.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m a big basketball fan, so I would definitely hit up State Farm Arena first and attend an Atlanta Hawks game…Also, I would pull up to Edgewood on a Friday or Saturday night, and just walk up and down that strip and bar hop in that area…I would definitely check out an Atlanta Braves game, and chill at the Battery….Next I would go to Mazzy’s and shoot some pool on a late night tip…We definitely have to go to Lenox Mall, and “Locker Room by LIDS” at Cumberland Mall to cop some new jeseys…I guess for a friend coming here for the first time, we can do all the touristy stuff like Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola, etc…One thing I love about Atlanta is that there’s always something to do if you’re looking…
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a Shoutout to Amber Punchanella for linking me up with you guys…And first I would like to shoutout my family, my Pops, Mom, and my bros A.D., Michael, Von, Melvin and the Fluellen family…I also want to shoutout my mentors and my ATL fam who’s been my support system and who’s played an integral role in my maturation as a person, creative, and entrepreneur. Shay Barnes, Cortez, Que Mussolini, C. Suave, Jazzy Beatz, and everybody who’s every rocked with me at The Frathouse in Marietta, GA