Originally Posted by heart4us
Ah yes sir, I live in a province called Cebu in the Philippines.
Dunno if this thread is still alive. Anyway I couldn't resist replying.
I live in Europe but I've been to Cebu a couple of times. I have no reason to doubt the OP's credentials unlike some others who think him suspect. He writes like a polite Filipino would talk. FYI There is a lot of poverty in the Philippines, but also a few ultra rich families who are quite altruistic for the local community. So the story adds up for me.
Also one of the main exports it seems to me from the Philippines are bands working throughout Asia on cruise ships and in hotel resorts.
So what could your employer do for the local music scene?
I heard some great cover bands in the PI whilst traveling there.
But it would seem to me the thing that they need more help with rather than a recording studio is
1) access to high quality instruments to practice /play on. They make do with really cheap second hand and 'fake' stuff but still get decent tones.
2) some mentoring from other people who have made it in the cruise ship type business
3) a live venue to practice in and grow (including access for foreign tourists like divers in Moalboal or Cebu City)
4) a trusted booking agency who can get them contracts and who doesn't rip them off
To be honest, one of the best places I visited in the PI for music was Bedrock Bar in Malate, Manilla. If you could copy something like that in Cebu I think you'd be contributing greatly to the local music scene. So it would be more of a music school with a live performance area and auxiliary production facility attached, rather than a pure mega studio.
But of course with so many ex-pat Filipino's I guess there's some export market for recorded music in Tagalog there too. I mean just look at Bollywood in India. They don't produce Spielberg classics, but they do produce lots of desirable product and they certainly make money (unlike a lot of Western film studios).
That decent sized bar / live venue / music school, together with a basic medium sized project studio and practice room attached so that they can make demo's, and more to the point some well-connected international distribution / management / exposure (e.g. via Internet / iTunes / mySpace / YouTube) may get the ball rolling and help local musicians make money. I don't see how transplanting an up market studio like a copy of Abbey road and with a lot of fancy electronics churning out CD's would make more impact on the local music scene than that simple people-based set up.
Sounds like the sort of project I could get enthusiastic about although I there's no way I have the proper experience for the job.