Over the years a family of talented people has grown around the Sweet Spot. Together they offer a wide range of skills and constitute an incredible resource for any dedicated musician. We are blessed to count them as our friends and collaborators. You can learn about them below. We would be happy to put you in touch with them so you can work together.
vocalist / song writer
Tamara Wellons is an independent American singer, songwriter and producer of Soul, Jazz and House Music and has executive produced three full length albums (Life Is 2008; Songs for Janie 2012; Pretty 2016). Tamara is internationally recognized and nominated in the Roundglass Music Award 2018 Best Jazz Single category for the album’s title track, Pretty.
Tamara’s voice possesses the power to flow seamlessly from hymns to house music, upholding her southern Virginia roots and musical tradition, yet performing on prestigious national and international stages, such as London’s Jazz Café, DC’s Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Winter Music Conference and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is a two-time grant recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Independent Artist Award for Vocal Performance. Tamara and her multi-octave vocal range has cultivated an audience that appreciates and values her sound. She has shared stages at Jazz festivals with 6-time Grammy winner and saxophonists David Sanborn (Silver Spring Jazz Festival 2016), Grammy-nominated Jonathon Butler and Gerald Albright (Richmond Jazz Festival 2016).Tamara has had a profoundly diverse career as a performer and a recording artist.
Art / design / videography
“The visual presentation of music can completely change the way a song is heard and felt. I like getting to know artists and what they’re trying to accomplish and finding a way to pair their work with visuals that not only align with the artist, but can take their work into new spaces.” Leveraging a wide variety of skills in visual media to create art that acts as an extension of a song, Jake, a D.C area native, now finds himself as busy in NYC as he is back in his home turf. He has crafted original artwork and directed videos for grammy-nominated artists and bands from NYC to LA.
Matthew "MTS" Shell
Producer / Engineer / Music Business Consultant
Matthew Shell (MTS Music Production), is a versatile producer (jazz, rock, RnB, soul, pop) with production, mixing and engineering credits including Selina Gomez, Philip Lawrence, Gerald Albright, Paul Jackson Jr., Vicu Schek, and O.A.R., among others. Matthew's work on his own jazz albums and for various artists have been featured over 80 times on TV, radio and in press articles, including three times on the Billboard Top 10 charts, twice on GRAMMY.com, and multiple times on FOX 5 News DC, WPGC 95.5, WTOP, WPFW 89.3, Trish Hennessey's Hybrid Jazz Radio and on The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM.
To learn more about Matthew Shell and MTS Music Productions' marketing services, contact us here at The Sweet Spot Studios or visit http://MTSmusic.net/
producer / educator
Daniel Merrill is a veteran producer of a wide spectrum of electronic music, ranging from ambient, downtempo, idm, drum n’ bass, hip hop, deep house, dubstep, garage and many spaces in between. During his seventeen years of experience, he’s recorded/produced/released multiple acclaimed albums both through collaborative work as Aligning Minds and most recently his solo project A Path Untold. In addition to countless live/DJ sets in clubs and festivals all over the world, he’s spent most of his time in the studio becoming one with Ableton Live (which he’s been utilizing since 2001, v.1) and is equally passionate about teaching others the skills of music production as he is making music himself. His focus is on artistic authenticity and exploring deeper levels of communication through the medium of music.
Aaron "AJ" Halpern
Producer / Multi Instrumentalist / Engineer
Aaron "AJ" Halpern is an award-winning composer, songwriter, DJ and producer of music in many genres, especially Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, Electro, House, Soundtrack. He is equally comfortable in "in the box" DAW based projects, or sessions with a myriad of live instrumentation. He is especially expert at multimedia music - for shows, video games, etc. His singles have been Billboard Top 5 and his tracks have been Beatport Top 10. His TV themes have been heard all over the world.
Producer / Engineer
Man of many aliases, wearer of many hats, Mike Moxham has produced and released records all over the world, notably on the label Libyus Music (Japan, home of Nujabes and Fat Jon) during his nearly 20 years as a producer DJ and Musician. Mike has run the gauntlet through many musical styles including Hip Hop, Pop, Various styles of Electronic Dance/Bass Music, Scoring/Atmospheric and more...
See releases under ST/MiC, St. Mic, SaintLike, Saint Michael, H. G. Swells, TRNK JWLZ, The Essentials
Production / Engineering / Guitar / Songwriting / Videography
Lazzo (Annaken Media, Feedback Studios), is a producer, engineer, and songwriter specializing in the rock, electronic, dance, and pop genres. He has produced singles, EPs, and LPs for numerous artists and done remixes for Grammy Award-winning and Platinum recording artist LeAnn Rimes, Rites of Ash, Blue Skies and Death, and Great Good Fine OK . His music has been featured on numerous MTV shows, FUSE, MTV2, MTVu, and the Aeropostale® PS Mobile Application. He has taught Master Classes at the Los Angeles and Brooklyn Grammy® Camps, music production at Apple (Los Angeles), songwriting and production workshops at The School of Music (Annapolis, MD), and was a judge/mentor at WPGC 95.5FM’s ‘The Opportunity’ (Washington DC). In 2018, Lazzo founded his video production company that specializes in music videos. Lazzo is a member of ASCAP and a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy (NARAS).
composer / producer / engineer / educator
Nicolas Laget (call him Nico) plays flute, tenor sax, and keys. He loves writing movie scores and string arrangements but has a genuine appreciation and respect for all music that is honest and true. He brings this love into any project that comes his way and happily collaborates with any musician who finds his input and skill helpful.
Nico is an award-winning score composer and an experienced producer with a few major label releases under his belt. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy and has served on the board of the Washington D.C. Grammy chapter for years.
Nico is also the founder and lead engineer of the Sweet Spot Studio.
To listen to some of Nico's compositions please visit his SoundCloud.