Recording Studio for Young Pals Music Productions

Saturday, September 29, 2012

JL Late Night Cabaret Show

Tapsoul Productions in association with Young Pals Music presents FELA! Broadway performer JL and special guest DJ CBoogie, Talu Green, Christopher Broughton and Andrew Sanford for a night of music, song and tap dance, love, laughter and good fun.

Young Pals artist JL will be performing songs from his upcoming compilation from Young Pals Music. The event will be at The Producers Club in Times Square, 358 W44th Street at 10:00pm.

Friday, September 28, 2012


DeAnna Choi recorded "That Boy"-- a song from the quirky whimsical musical "Them" narrating 8 social outcasts who pray and organize rituals to be abducted by aliens. The original musical was written by Shawn Northrip and Ayhan Sahin and received a couple of workshops in New York City back in early 2000s. "That Boy" arranged by Balint Varga will be part of Choi's Young Pals release in the upcoming days.

Final Recordings For "The Kitchen Riots"

Today, we finalized the recordings of the show "The Kitchen Riots." Sara Canter lay down vocals while Brianne Mavis did violins on two songs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Flamenco expert Rafael Cintron at 2C today

Long time collaborator Flamenco guitarist Rafael Cintron stopped by the studio today to record new material. Cintron has been in many Young Pals records, the latest in the upcoming release "Swedish Style" The Musical Concept Album, playing flamenco on "No Space For U-Turns"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


New York based music producer Ayhan Sahin and his manager Janet Castiel visited Pearl Studios to watch Seven Hills Anatolian Folk Dance Group's rehearsal.
Sahin, who recently celebrated his record label Young Pals' 5 years in the industry, has been living in New York City for the last 12 years. He has worked with world renowned names like Sezen Aksu and Sandra Bernhard. Sahin, who visited Pearl Studios to watch a rehearsal of the folk dance group quoted that it is a brilliant idea to spread our rich Turkish culture in the U.S. by staging our folkloric dance in various American venues. 
Sahin's American manager Janet Castiel from Redwood Entertainment was also there to watch the rehearsal. Redwood Entertainment also manages Sezen Aksu, Sertab Erener, Demir Demirkan and Fahir Atakoglu in the U.S. territory. Castiel, who is a big admirer of Turkish culture,  said that she has watched previously the staging of "Anatolian Fever" and loved it. She said that with persistence, the dance group's future looks bright.
Seven Hills Anatolian Folk Dance Group's first performance willl take place on October 29.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recording continues for "Kitchen Riots"

Today, recording continued for the show "Kitchen Riots" opening next Thursday at the Abingdon Theatre Company, with Paula Buresh, Sara Canter and Susan Rivas on vocals as well as Sara Canter on piano.

The original music is written by Young Pals Music artist Erica Jacob which will be featured on the second night of the festival (Friday, October 5.)

Michael Gastaldi

Michael was at the studio today recording guitar parts for "If I" --one of his compositions that will be included in his upcoming EP.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Recording For Kitchen Riots- A Three Night Festival

Erica Jacob and Danika Robertson were at 2C Studios today to record "Coffee and Tears For Breakfast" - a song that will be featured at "Kitchen Riots" -- a three night festival of dance, music and theatre on October 4, 5 and 6, 2012 taking place at the Abingdon Theatre Company.

Presented by The Purple Threads Ensemble, Erica is writing all original music for the second night of the festival. We will be recording demos of the authentic music for the group to promote during the festival.

Next week, we will be recording more material for the festival. Please visit their website at to reserve tickets

Dacada recording

Dacada Summer was recording today earlier, acoustic guitar parts for "Fourth and First," "Hunger For Thirst" and "He Wrote Her" for his upcoming compilation from Young Pals Music.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recording a new theatrical show

Today Paula Buresh sang for Erica Jacob's theatrical show that is on development stage.

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Day With Erica Recording

At the studio today with Erica Jacob recording "September 27" a beautiful vintage song reminding all happy feelings when everything feels right. Erica delivered extraordinary vocals despite the room temperature..We also did background vocals on "One More Chance" before i take a one week break from work,

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Upcoming New Show From JL Williams

JL Williams was at the studio today preparing the tracks for his live show on Saturday, September 29 10:30pm at the Producer's Club on 44th Street and 9th Avenue.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dacada Summer Recording

Started recording reference tracks with Dacada for his upcoming album from Young Pals Music.


Young Pals Music’s 5th Year Anniversary

NEW YORK – Independent record label Young Pals Music founded by Ayhan Sahin celebrated its five years in the business at a special event joined by artists, musicians, managers the company worked with through the years. Turkish Life News (TLN) crew was also there to witness the celebration.

From Civil Engineering to Music Producing

Ayhan Sahin who graduated as a civil engineer from Middle East Technical University founded the theatre group Young Pals during the years he used to work as an engineer. He staged the musicals he wrote back then—his first one “Gods” regarded as Turkey’s first rock opera, and his second show “Swedish Style” which was presented to Swedish music group ABBA with the support of the  Swedish Embassy in Turkey. After that occasion, Sahin’s career evolved into the international platform. In 1999, his music was arranged and performed by the members of the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra in Istanbul. Following that year, Sahin landed in New York to start his music education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After completing his master’s degree at NYU, he founded his recording studio and started his professional musical career. For a couple of years, he worked as a freelancer. He, then, joined Breaking Records as the A&R VP and the house-in-producer to work with famous artists like Sezen Aksu and Sandra Bernhard. In 2007, he founded his own label Young Pals Music. Within the five year period, he worked with more than 30 different artists/musicians to prepare 15 albums which were released by 10 artists in English, Spanish, French and Turkish languages.

Sahin’s manager, Janet Castiel who also attended the 5th Year Young Pals Music event also manages Turkish superstars Fahir Atakoglu, Sezen Aksu, Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan in the U.S. territory. She quoted that she and Sahin have been working on various different projects since 2009 and said that she has great respect and appreciation for his work: “He is a great talent with integrity, intelligence and experience in the market.”

“I Feel Very Indulged”

Sahin, who was interviewed during the 5th year party told Turkish Life News journalist that New York has been a dominant inspiration for his work. “There is tremendous amount of talent in this city. Being able to work with a sea of cultural richness, I feel very indulged when it comes to picking up talent. New York is the center for talent. Most of the creative people were not born here but somewhere else, in a different part of the world. Once they realize they can’t achieve further within their boundaries, they decide to move to New York. And that is pretty much my own story.”

When TLN asked what the difference is between Young Pals and any other record label, he replied: “Young Pals still function with an amateurish enthusiastic soul which works like a school for many artists. And in many cases, as a bridge to career evolution.. For instance, think about Karine Hannah with whom we did three albums, she is now signed to Universal Records for her big major debut.”

“My idols Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun”

Sahin who enjoys exploring diversities within the artists he works with, says: “If I see star sparkles within a musician/vocalist, I approach and invite him/her to work for a full length solo project with me and we go into the studio with more specific focused material that is tailored for the image that we create for them under Young Pals.

When we asked what his long term goals are within the next 5 years, Sahin said: “I am hoping that many of the artists I work with will be critically acclaimed. For me, personally, I regard myself as a follower to the two great Turks who conquered the New York music scene as well as the global industry; Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun.

“My Eyes Are Teared Up”

Lastly, we asked him “Do you regard yourself successful?” He said: “12 years ago, I came to New York with only a luggage, leaving behind my profession, work, family and friends, with dreams of creating music for the rest of my life. Now looking at this room, I feel successful when I see more than 40 musicians/allies filling this space to celebrate our 5 years. Makes my eyes teared up..”

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Young Pals Music Signs Deal With Dacada Summer

Wisconsin native Dacada Summer who writes in blue grass/folk revival/alternative folk, will be recording a 10 song album with Young Pals Music in the Autumn of 2012. Dacada's debut album is planned to hit the digital markets in January of 2013, followed by regular live gigs in New York City's Lower East Side venues.