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In the decade since he moved to Grand Rapids, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer Matt Ten Clay has undeniably helped shape the sound of the city.
With his studio, Amber Lit Audio (240 Front St. SW), Ten Clay has recorded nearly 100 different artists. His work with close friends and likeminded bands, such as Heaters, Coffin Problem and Lazy Genius, has helped grow the city’s expansive psychedelic rock scene. Last year, he also won WYCE’s Jammie Award for Best Engineering/Production, thanks to work on albums by area artists as diverse as Hannah Rose Graves, Haunted Leather, Hollywood Makeout and others.
Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize continues searching for new ways forward as an organization. Executive director Christian Gaines says the nonprofit has worked hard to establish itself as a hands-off entity, focused on proprietary technology and the events that correspond with it. Gaines spoke with Revue on the past, present and future status of the annual arts competition.
With ArtPrize, a growing creative class, plenty of jobs and still-affordable space where artists can create, Grand Rapids would seem to be on the verge of an artistic renaissance. So why are the city’s artists so worried about their future?
Head to Seven Steps Up on Oct. 7 to celebrate the fourth album from Red Tail Ring.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has put together what it refers to as a “mini exhibit,” full of voting related artifacts.
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