fall of 2000 the ever moving production unit
has it's home by the beautiful Iddefjord..."
Hitsville facility of today was initially producer/songwriter
Ole Evenrude's own project studio. The old setup
was mobile, so the budding team quickly fell into
the habit of working "on the road". The
early Hitsville was mainly booked with Evenrude's
own productions, with off-time used by the engineers
and programmers who also did their own work.
Country houses and sea-side cottages were often
used for sessions. This suited the artists well,
since they could get away from pretty much everything
- except making music. Most of the acts were "computer-based",
so a large room facility was barely needed.
With time several of Evenrude's commercial successes
were created in this manner, while larger studio
complexes folded... Music technology progressively
favored small scale production units.
Evenrude's staff were mainly recruited from larger
facilities, and the musicians and programmers from
a crop of successful productions. All became thriving
freelancers and Hitsville could harvest their skills
when needed, suited to the size of the current project.
It would be anything from a local childrens' album
to top singles like A-Teens "Mamma Mia"...
Considering all this, Hitsville decided to leave
Oslo permanently, and settle down outside the town
of Halden. Since fall of 2000 the ever moving production
unit has it's home by the beautiful Iddefjord, right
on the norwegian/swedish border.
The creative essence of early Hitsville is still
the driving force. The scenery is so relaxing compared
to the cramped conditions in a large city. No boring
hotel rooms, normal home-cooked food, and the studio
is the client's own domain. The staff you choose
to work with is always available during the project,
and an open minded attitude naturally spreads
among both artists and production team.
The sea-side facility is residential, accommodating
anything up to 12 people. Artists won't be kicked
out of the studio in the evening, or share time
with other clients. Hitsville is dedicated to it's
clients and to making music.
Most importantly, Hitsville is totally scalable
- Low-budget is not a shameful term around here,
while we still maintain the professional
clout to serve the major players. Our production
environment is always adapted to the task at hand..