"Music production can be a magical thing, a great process. It's the process... songwriting, arranging, recording with new and classic tools and mixing that turns me on. My heros and mentors have been so inspiring and have paved the way for all of us in the industry to create at the highest level. You can do that if you're willing to put in the time, to learn what came before you, and to seek great vibe and inspiration at every level. From the first drum groove to the last vocal overdub, creating songs is an inspirational and beautiful thing.
-Paul Smith, Founder
Owner of Eight Days a Week Studios
Meet Paul Smith
Paul remembers being fascinated by a reel to reel tape deck his father owned when he was a child. He spent his youth playing various instruments, piano, trombone and the electric guitar. Paul went on to earn a music degree in recording from Lebanon Valley College. He became well versed in professional sound production: editing, arranging and writing with his band, The Badlees, while working both independently and on Polydor and A&M Records. Over the years he’s worked at various studios including Quad Studios in NYC, Planet Studios in NYC, Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, NY, Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA, and Royaltone Studios in LA. He is the co-founder of Saturation Acres Studios where he and his production partner Bret Alexander recorded and produced records for The Badlees, The Cellarbirds, Darcie Miner, Alex Seier, and Breaking Benjamin, who’s first EP later led them to a multi-album contract with Hollywood Records. Paul taught audio recording at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA for 12 years. Working with Sylvia Massy at La Fabrique Studios in the south of France, he was inspired to build a new studio. He has most recently returned to 48 A Street in Northumberland PA, the studio where he interned in his youth, to open Eight Days a Week Studios, a creative space inspired by his mentors and the records that have inspired musicians for generations.
Eight Days a Week started in the 1970s as "Susquehanna Sound." The control room and studio were designed by John Storyk (who designed and built Electric Ladyland for Jimi Hendrix in NYC) and built by Bob Spangler (who co-designed and built Whitney Houston’s studio). Bob then expanded the building in 1990 to include Studio B (currently Stone State Entertainment) and Studio C (currently a modern Hip Hop production room). Paul revitalized the original space and has turned what was a traditional studio into a vibrant creative space. This centrally located east coast production facility sits along the Susquehanna River and is within 3 hours of New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.