Living a Music Life
I'm Mikey "Vegas" Villegas, a Producer/ Engineer/Mix Engineer, and owner of Area 67 Recording Studio based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (centrally located between Cleveland & Akron). My passion is MUSIC!!! I started Area 67 Music in 2006, to help Artists/Bands develop their image & sound while guiding them through some of the potholes that can side track creativity. I quickly began artist and tour management for a number of artists throughout the NorthEast USA. I utilized my experience in the industry as a artist, engineer, and producer to help artists overwhelmed and needing direction, working with them to create a solid foundation that will help to prepare for those moments when opportunity knocks. I feel very strongly about educating up and coming musicians about the in's and out's of the industry and equip them with the knowledge to make the best decisions for their careers as well as protecting themselves from the many scam artists that are out for a quick dollar.
I have had the opportunity to manage a number of talented artists throughout the USA, as well as engineer, produce and mix over a 100 records. For 2 years, I worked as Label Manager for a small boutique label, Soundmine MusicWorks (East Stroudsburg, PA), where I managed a roster of 8 bands as well as the day to day functions of a record label manager. During my time with Soundmine MusicWorks, I stepped into the position of Studio Manager, Staff Engineer/Producer for Soundmine Recording Studios, owned by Dan Malsch (Producer/Mix Engineer). While there, I learned from one of the best in Industry. Dan gave me the opportunity to cut my teeth in his state of the art studio, getting to learn and work on an SSL 4000 & Trident Series 70 recording consoles. I had the luxury of having every piece of outboard equipment that any "gear nerd" would love, at my disposal. The knowledge I gained at SRS with Dan Malsch was invaluable, and led to helping develop a recording program at Soundmine. 3+ years later, the program is thriving.
In 2017, I decided to open my own studio, Area 67 Recording Studio. It's a small production/recording/education studio located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. I am excited for what the next 10 years holds for Area 67, but if the last 10 are any indication, it should be a fun ride.
- Mikey V.