BosTune Studios was founded back in 2005 by self taught musician Bruce Yochum. Shortly thereafter, BrightLight was established. In the past, Bruce has been a one man band playing most of the instruments on his songs (other than the drums) and doing most of the singing on his many hundreds of compositions. Seeking to change his one man approach of just hanging out in his studio and making up songs, Bruce decided to broaden his horizons and maybe find some quality musicians to join forces with. With this in mind and to put his foot forward in this worthy cause, he and drummer/bassist Jordan Clark have been working together on making the current music videos you now see here on this site.
As you might have already noticed in the BrightLight’s music videos posted here, Bruce and Jordan are playing multiple instruments. “It is our goal to get rid of our clones and have each part played by different singers & musicians.” Bruce.says, explaining how the goal here now is to have other people’s energy involved in the music videos. “We look forward to other peoples’ input musically – as well as their presence visually for the videos. A real band will not only bring more realism to the videos, but diversity as well. I really look forward to working with some like-minded musicians.” he blabbers to Homer Clone #5.
We need singers of any genre & of any gender
The BrightLight Project is looking for lead vocalists, back-up singers and musicians for our music videos. If you know of anyone who might be interested in being a part of the BrightLight band, please let us know. Experience is not necessary, but some talent would be nice for sure. If you are a singer, want to be a singer, or know of a talented singer then please contact us. We have songs for everyone, male or female. If you are a musician and feel this is something you might want to explore, or if you’re interested in volunteering in some capacity at BosTune Studios, click here
BosTune Studios is located in ‘Eastie’ – stop on by!
BosTune Studios is about 5 minutes from Logan Airport and a minute or so away from the Sumner Tunnel (which connects to downtown Boston). If you’re taking the T, we’re a six minute walk from the Maverick T (one stop from downtown’s Aquarium Station). BosTune Studios is the place where all BrightLight songs and videos are produced.
Maybe this is a good fit for you!
The BrightLight Project is a revolving door for musicians to come in, lay down their tracks, and be placed with other members of BrightLight in the music videos without having to quit their day job or music gig. We structure the videos so that each player can be moved around like chess pieces so that we can place you with musicians that fit your style. Because of how we do things here, you may see yourself playing with other BrightLight band members in a BrightLight video before you actually meet them. This will make playing the songs with others easier when we call you all in to the studio. BrightLight’s rehearsals should be on point because the videos, lyrics and chords are all contained here on this website for you to view and practice to. After we get our chops down as a group, we can see who wants to make the move towards playing out at some gigs.
BosTune Studios’ mixing console is a 24 track Tascam 4800 mixing board. We record, mix-down and master audio using Avid Pro Tools with an array of top of the line plug-ins. We have several video editing workstations that have Adobe Premier loaded on them for members of The BrightLight Project to help expedite music videos if that’s your wish. BosTune Studios was constructed using ISO technology which allows us to record several musicians simultaneously without sound bleeding into other mics. The amp room has many top of the line choices of amp heads and cabinets that can be combined to your needs. Some choices would include Bogner, Mesa, Vox, Line 6. The drum room is equipped with a Pearl Master Series drum set that is ready to record with 12 state of the art mics. Through the close circuit TV, the drum room and console room can see each other during the recording process. Both rooms have ready to go green screen set-ups with high-end HD video cameras in place. This makes set-up time minimal so that when artists like you come over to be recorded in a video we’re not wasting your valuable time – or ours.
About BrightLight rehearsals
At rehearsal, we practice ‘together’ utilizing up to 3 rooms at once. Everyone can see each other via closed circuit TV and hear each other through headphones. Rehearsals are generally recorded because we don’t want to miss any good sessions and also this way the rehearsal can be reviewed by anyone who wants to see it. Rehearsing, recording and videoing songs is what we’re all about here, but there’ll always be times when we just want to let loose and jam. “This helps to keep things fun, interesting and fresh… and it’s always interesting when the jam is over, to listen back to the creations we came up with”, Bruce explains. “We generally record these jam sessions because many really good ideas have come out them in the past. We then are able to go back and turn them into actual new songs. Usually this is how our songs start off.”.
BrightLight has a vast array of original songs to choose from
One advantage to being a BrightLight band member is that you have many hundreds of original songs to choose from. Pick one you’d like to do and we can all morph it into something that fit’s the tastes of the performing members. The BrightLIght Project’s goal is to keep making music videos which means a complete videoed set list should be available to those who partake in the not too distant future if we were to play live. This is a thing that makes us different from many other bands in that every song you’ll be playing will literally be at yours, as well as everyone else’s fingertips already
You can help yourself by sharing
If we’re smart, then smart phones are the smart target to go after. When you’re finished performing here at BosTune Studios, please share your performance with others online. That’s the way things work nowadays as you know, the bigger our online presence, the more apt we are to succeed as a group. If we all promote what we’;re doing here, then the BrightLight videos will produce a fan base who want to see us perform live – rather than trying to create an audience from scratch. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHARE!
Our plan: Get Things Done – & HAVE SOME FUN!
Most of BrightLights’ past songs were produced using equipment, software and recording techniques that weren’t up to the standards of what BosTune Studios has in their repertoire today. The general goal now is to re-do these songs using the better equipment, software and more sophisticated plug-ins. The other major aspect that has changed is that we’re also now creating music videos to these songs at the same time. This obviously is pretty hard work, but we try to always keep an upbeat attitude and have a good time doing it. “We should always try to keep it fun here because we’re making music man, and hopefully we’re doing that because it’s fun! But it’s also fun because at the end of the day (so to speak) each musician involved gets to see the fruits of their labor. You’ll get to see yourself in a totally unique music video with a song that has a nice, catchy groove at the click of a button. From the point a video is done with you playing in it, it can be viewed by anyone on this planet… FOREVER! You can show your future grand kids how cool you were! How cool is that???”. Bruce laughs
We welcome and encourage your individual creative input, but at the same time we request BrightLight Project members to go with the flow of the song, embellishing it, not changing it into something else. The general game plan here is to take a BrightLight song and perhaps make it fuller and more interesting. Keeping the integrity of the song intact is important so that all the various versions of any given BrightLight song should remain just that, different versions of that song. We welcome as many different versions of a BrightLight song as there are BrightLight artists wanting to play that song. Various BrightLight song “versions” can utilize tempo changes, style (genre) changes, instrument changes and vocalist changes, again just trying to keep in mind that the integrity of each song should be kept intact. With that said, we’ll be openminded to an extent, some BrightLight songs might have more flexibility than others. Bruce summed this up by saying, “We’ll all take it on a song by song, person by person, jam by jam basis and see what shakes out. We pretty much record everything we do here so it’s pretty easy to explore all possibilities. We’ll see what’s up and if as a group we really think a change to a song is needed, then that’s what we’ll do. In general though, that shouldn’t be the case as most of my songs I feel are pretty much ready to go. Properly playing each part should be the main goal, embellishing it a bit in your style a secondary goal perhaps. Honestly, in the end we’ll get a lot more done, the band a smoother jam flow and it’ll be less problematic if we stick to that for the most part.”
Great Opportunity for Interns and Volunteers
We are interested in talking to anyone who’s looking to expand their horizons in a creative music & video studio. This is a great opportunity for a college intern as it will not only satisfy their college requirement of being an intern out in the workforce, but it also will give you hands on experience in all the various aspects of what’s going on here. Working here at BosTune Studios gives all those interested the opportunity to better themselves at whatever goals you professionally spire to – whether that be video editing, audio editing, camera work, marketing, studio operations, business management, or all of those things. Interns & volunteers will not only gain experience but will also achieve actual results that can enhance your portfolio in a big way. Interning or volunteering here actually gives you the rare opportunity to be the producer, performer, or both, in an actual cool original music video. Each BrightLight music video & song that is posted online will have your participation listed in that video’s credits. This is a great way to diversify your portfolio if that’s something that you’re looking to do.
A bit about BrightLight’s composer
Bruce Yochum has had the good fortune to be around a variety of very talented musicians over the years whom have taken part in his improv style jams. Many of these musicians have come and gone as life goes on and people move on. With each musician he’s played with he’s gleaned some knowledge and gained from the experience, “Every musician I jammed with has helped me get BrightLight to where it is today.” These improv style jam sessions, which were generally recorded, generally had much more conventionally trained musicians playing along side the not so technically savvy Bruce. “I learned to play music by ear, never had a lesson and until just a few years ago didn’t really even know the name of even the most basic chords. I didn’t start playing music until I was 20 so I guess I didn’t have the time or inclination to approach music in a normal way”, he explains, “I play by feel and it’s always been my goal to make up songs rather than cover songs. When I make up a song I try not to overthink it or be influenced by others. I explore my mind’s eye. I make it a point not to learn other peoples songs for example because I fear it could influence me. That’s probably wrong and it’s not something I recommend to others, it’s just been my personal approach musically from the beginning. I have no real regrets about my approach but I think collaborationg with others is now the logical and necessary next step. I’ve made some efforts to actually learn the names of what chords I’m playing now.” Bruce laughs, “Now I can understand what the hell it is I’m doing and actually communicate what the hell that is to others! It’s definitely made a positive difference when it comes to jamming with others even if my brain still kind of thinks in other terms when I play.”
These are a few older videos of Bruce’s from many years ago to see his genesis from then to now, “you got to start somewhere…”
A bit about BrightLight’s engineer
Jordan Clark is from Houston, TX. He served 5 years in the U.S. Navy, did construction for a bit then decided to use his G.I. Bill to attend Berklee. That’s when he met Bruce. Jordan has been a self-taught musician (drums,guitar, bass, writing lyrics and songs) since he was 11. It just so happened everyone needed a drummer and that became his strongest suit. During his time in the Navy, he invested in a home studio while attending Berklee Online for a Master Certification for Music Production where he learned how to record, mixing and master. “I figured since I learned a lot with just online classes, why not physically attend the campus to learn the dots on paper… now that I’m free.” Jordan laughs. He has produced several bands, performed in a wide variety of styles (ranging from Death Metal to Reggae) before moving to Boston and has made a great fit in The BrightLight Project. “I enjoy having multiple roles because I love being creative and busy.”