Echo Studios’ reputation in the hip-hop community was enough to persuade Andrew Allen, audio technology ’09, to intern there without pay. The Atlanta-based studio has been associated with such famous musical artists as Wyclef, DJ Drama, Snoop Dogg, Young Dro, and Young Jeezy. Producers who have worked with the recording studio include Polow da Don, Chad West, Mannie Fresh, and C-Gutta (a.k.a. Lil C).
As an intern, Allen’s responsibilities were keeping everything “neat and clean, stocked, and enjoyable” for the professional artists and producers using the facilities. “[The internship was] exactly what I thought it would be—hard work,” says Allen. “But the hard work pays off when you are immersed in something you love.”
Indeed it has. Allen has recently been promoted from intern to assistant and has been offered a full-time job with Echo upon graduation.
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Without the structure and expertise of the professors Allen has had in his three years at AU, he would not have been so comfortable in the studio. Allen describes the caliber of the professors in the audio technology department as “unmatched.”
“My education at AU gave me insight on the correct terms used and the skill to know what to do ...[I was] certainly prepared ...for the internship as far as working hard and being knowledgeable about what was going on,” Allen says.
After his experiences with AU’s audio technology department and at Echo Studios, Allen feels the best advice he can offer is to follow your passion: “No matter what you do, do it because you genuinely like doing it. Then everything will simply fall into place.”
Adapted from “CAP Intern Amps Up Career at Echo Studios,” by Rafeena Ahmad, Catalyst Spring 2008.