Cootes Paradise Completing 2019 EP at Psychotropic Studio w/ Marcone (Halo Studio)

July, 2019 Lily Sazz and Cootes Paradise, with Nick in one chair and (the ever caring and talented engineer) Amy King in the other, accomplish recording 7 bedtracks at Grant Avenue Studio in one day. Throughout August and September every member of Cootes Paradise joined Nick and Lily here at Psychotropic Studio for overdubs of all songs. The first single was completed and sent to Whitehall Entertainment as soundtrack to their poignant video. The Song is “You Were Meant For Something More”

September was very painful for Nick, physically, and he was determined to keep working. Finally, with three mixes complete, he could no longer maneuver the stairs to the studio.

These particularly remarkable folks in Cootes Paradise showed great patience and empathy for Nick. 

TONGUE FU MIXES begin this week, March 2014!

Andy Sarnoff has produced a live-off-the-floor 8-song collection of Tongue Fu’s latest output and Lou Molinaro and the lads are bringing the project in, starting this first week in March for several guitar overdubs and then mixing. This item should have been sent out almost 6 years ago. Thanks gents for the confidence in me. It was a fun project. 

January 26, 2020

MJ here, and as the website administrator I was remiss. It was me who forgot to post this and several other noteworthy projects over the last 5 or so years. Please excuse me. If there is anything you’d like to add to this story, please let me know.


With the quintuple bypass surgery securely behind me, I’m back to work and this summer some of the finest “A” players around this end of Lake Ontario, have gathered in the form of Lily Sazz-Fayter’s ‘Cootes Paradise’.
Lily and I chatted in March this year, and decided to collaborate on a Live-Off-The-Floor concept album project that she hoped her band-mates would rise to by mid August, and they did.
We all gathered at Grant Avenue Studio for 3 half days and we successfully laid down 12 bed-tracks, with the very talented expert and professional, Amy King. Then we continued with two weeks, evenings only, of overdubs here at Psychotropic Studio. All happy, I proceeded to mix and master the project with Lily by my side; that is, until the power supply on my tower died and I was forced to buy a new iMac to complete the final mastering.


We have completion!
What a joy working with great musical talent and great friends. Congratulations to all involved!
This album will be released before November 10th, 2017

January, 2020

Update: This first Cootes Paradise Album, received a Best New Artist Nomination in the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, and it grew legs, recieved serious rotation on Canadian and American Blues programmes across North America.

The Browntasauras Record Label paired with Mastering Tone Guru

Browntasauras Records and I (here at Psychotropic Mastering Lab) have recently finalized a mutually sweet arrangement in which all Browntasauras Records recording Artists’ projects will be mastered by me. It makes perfect sense. Brownman and I have been working together for almost 20 years now, having been introduced to each other by Ritesh Das of Toronto Tabla Ensemble while recording TTE’s First and Second Palla albums in the mid 1990s. It was love at first blow for both of us. It’s been a Jazz road far less traveled that was so exciting for me when I heard Brownman make love to his horn. Now Brownman, with all these years of touring, being in command of his own multifaceted international career, has the background in developing artists and the mandate of his record company to draw on.  Browntasauras Records is set to remain a catalyst, rather than a cash grab. Brownman has always been a visionary. He lives by the ideology that ‘if we all link arms and build each other up, we’ll all be stronger for it.’ It’s a beautiful way of living creatively, cooperatively.

So I’m honoured and thrilled to offer my sonic service to this select boutique label. (as Brown says) Peace! I’m Out!
Browntasauras Records Store


In the works…

I’ve started working with a band from the 1970s which is resurfacing at the behest of fans. The band is “WARPIG” and Rick Donmoyer contacted me to help him track and mix material the various members of the band have created since WARPIG broke up over 30 years ago. To date we are nearing completion on 4 tracks. The project encompasses newer compositions and material written in 1974 just as the band operations were suspended.
They gathered in 2004 to get reacquainted and discuss a number of offers on the table for an authorized CD release of the original WARPIG album, started writing together, and voilà.

I’m also working with a young and very talented local singer/songwriter: PURE (Nancy Vincic). While Nancy will be attending the Humber Jazz program this fall, she’s determined to finish at least a single prior to that. The basic acoustic track is done and we’ll be adding as the song dictates. We’re bringing in Neil Nickafor, Bassist extraordinaire and fine lad, too, second week of June.


The ‘Uncommon Journey’ Syrian Refugee Project

January 2016. Local hero, Frank Koren called to ask me if I would be interested in donating my services to a project he’d devised to help the Syrian Refugees coming to the Golden Horseshoe area. Frank had asked every musician he knows to contribute a song to the project. The response was unanimously positive and grew as local musicians found out about it. The result: an large eclectic collection of the finest talent and song-writing I’ve ever heard on one compilation CD. It has garnered great feedback and plenty of funds for our newest landed immigrants. Thanks to each person for your gifts. UNCOMMON JOURNEY

Gail Obediah’s Album “Let The Eagle Fly”

For 3 years, this fine lady has been waiting on a miracle to complete her life’s work, “Let The Eagle Fly”. This past autumn we began by helping Gail collect all the media from various studios scattered in the Golden Horseshoe. We were able to retrieve all the tracks and compile, re-record and assemble this album. I created loops for some of the loosely knit recordings and Gail sang up a storm. It was a rewarding project for all involved. We completed this project by the end of February 2016, and we wish Gail great success in presenting it to her target audience – thinking aboriginals of all tribes and North Americans at large. This is a universal musical legacy built on Gail’s hope for a world in which all women walk fearlessly, safely. Onagawake!

Who’s been in the Studio this year so far?

Well I know it’s been since the fall of last year since we last updated you all. No complaints. I’m on it now.

The autumn and winter of 2015-2016 was filled with the re-treatment of Jim Italiano’s latest project, “Like A Rolling Stone”. Jim faithfully came, reworked, re-recorded, remixed and finally I mastered this album project for an early Spring 2016 CD Release. Congratulations, Jim! We’re glad you’re happy with the final product.


Audio Group Therapy Workshop #3

Calling home studio engineers in the Golden Horseshoe!

I am having another exciting weekend of discovery; how to accomplish refining your in-the-box recordings and mixes. We will gather September 11th & 12th to exchange your problem areas, find solutions to sonic and acoustic issues you have, learn techniques I’ve discovered over my career, help you realize the quality you’re striving for when creating for yours and others’ projects. Here’s something you’re never going to forget!!

noon ’til 10:00 Friday and Saturday

Please contact MJ Russell at, text or call 905-870-5516.