Introducing The Artist Advisement Session

May 3, 2017 | Posted in News | By

Steve is launching a new venture called I Create Sound aimed at helping DIY musicians and engineers alike hone their sound at a bite sized affordable rate.

With so many projects these days being self-produced and recorded, who do you turn to when you get in over your head or need a second opinion about “Is this sounding good?!”

The Artist Advisement session was designed for just such a scenario.

For as low $29 you’ve got the answers you need on call. Think of it as a Producer in your Pocket.

Some of the topics we cover are:

Recording technique
Equipment selection
Home studio layout and design
Production advice
Mix critiques and second opinion
Career guidance

Stuck? Give us a call.

To book your free 15 minute session, email s t e v e @ i  c r e a t e s o u n d . c o m   and include a little bit about yourself and what you’re working on.

Building Castles In Air releases 11.11.16


November 6, 2016 | Posted in News | By


Female-fronted Progressive Metal act Lucid Fly recorded portions of their first full length album Building Castles In Air at the new I Create Sound studios in Santa Clarita, CA. Steven Leavitt produced and engineered bass guitar and vocals, and the album was mixed by Australia’s Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus).

The album hits hard, but also has a very etherial quality as well.

Lucid Fly just returned from Europe and will be officially releasing the album on November 11.

Hortus Animae sign to Flicknife Records


April 15, 2014 | Posted in News | By


When European metal band Hortus Animae reunited in 2013 to make their album Secular Music, drummer “Grom” Meragviglia recorded drums with Steve in his California studio.

The record signed to Flicknife records, making this the first official label project Steve has worked on.


Tribes reviewed in Sound On Sound Magazine


March 15, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Playback-0314-TestingTomorrowHow excited we all were to be reviewed in Sound On Sound! And the best part is, they liked the sound!

Unlike the writeup though, singer Jessie Dean, who is quite a talent himself, did not actually engineer or mix the record. That was a misprint which no doubt was due to his impressive resumé working for Blue Microphones.

But hey, I’ll take the compliment!

Producing “Tribes” for Testing Tomorrow


August 27, 2013 | Posted in News | By

Steve just finished producing and recording Testing Tomorrow for their new project Tribes: an 11 song hard-rock album which is currently pending release while the band courts major-label support. Affectionately referred to as “Desert Rock” by the band, the album shares a sonic palate with early Queens of the Stoneage and Muse while exhibiting a bad attitude the size of Appetite for Destruction.

Testing Tomorrow completes Tribes

August 7, 2013 | Posted in News | By

Via Testing Tomorrow

NEWSFLASH : Dear friends, fans and supporters worldwide. Our master effort TRIBES has been completed. For all of us, this has been the culmination of a lifetime of experiences and effort in the realm of music. TRIBES stands as the gemstone we are all the most immensely proud of. We wish to truly thank everyone who has been part of this dream. Steven Leavitt, Rich Mouser, Anthony Taglianetti, James Law and all the guest players + technical crew that made ‘TRIBES’ a reality. Without you, we would not have done it. Needless to say that now begins a long journey for us as a band. TRIBES will not be released to the public, although some previews of songs will be available through our upcoming full new website. For the next months, we will embark in one of the most intense shopping campaigns we have ever undertaken as a band and as individuals. The purpose is to get Testing Tomorrow signed to a record company that believes in this band and can provide the means and support this album deserves. It was an incredible ride started years back…it’s time for us to bring it home ! Thank you. – TT


Lobate Scarp successfully funds Kickstarter campaign

August 14, 2012 | Posted in News | By

This project has successfully raised its funding goal just now.

This project has successfully raised its funding goal just now.

Progressive Rock outfit Lobate Scarp successfully raised over $6,500 towards the making of their first full-length album Time and Space.

The album will be mixed on a 52 channel console by Prog Rock veteran Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles.

We are very excited to have Rich on board because of his experience mixing and producing progressive rock outfit Spock’s Beard, who’s 2001 release “V”  became the inspiration for Lobate’s title track Time and Space.

During the Kickstater campaign, we made a video of how we recorded a 30+ member choir made up of all volunteers from the indie music community.

If that wasn’t cool enough, we decided to have lead singer Adam Sears jump off a building.

Now that the project is successfully funded we are full-steam ahead for the CD release date of 12-12-12.

Thank you to all the backers of this project, friends, family, and strangers. We really hope you will enjoy the end result!

Lobate Scarp launches Time and Space Kickstarter campaign

June 28, 2012 | Posted in News | By

Time and Space is the full length debut album by Los Angeles based progressive rock band Lobate Scarp. This ambitious album, which took nearly five years to record is sure to please fans of the progressive rock genre as well as music appreciators that are looking for something fresh for their ears. The album has over 55 minutes of original tunes, including the 15 1/2 minute title track.

This video shows highlights of the recording process and was a lot of fun to make.

If you are interested in backing this project, please visit the Kickstarter page:

South By Southwest 2012

March 7, 2012 | Posted in News | By

Hello friends,

I will be in Austin during this year’s SXSW festival. If you will be there and you want to connect with me you can check out one of two very cool events I will be attending there.

A very cool magazine called ProxART is hosting a showcase at the Lomography store on Sunday, March 18th from 11am to 5pm featuring:

Christopher Paul Stelling
Hi Ho Silver Oh
The Stone Foxes
Unicycle Loves You
Miracles of Modern Science

Dry River Yacht Club is playing an unofficial showcase at Hole in the Wall with other bands from Tempe , AZ Friday, March 16th, 11am – 1am. (I wish I knew the exact time).

Dry River Yacht Club is a very unique band with 9 members that is signed to a very unique record label called 80/20 Records.

80/20 Records is one-of-a-kind because unlike most labels, 80/20 gives an 80% royalty to their artists.

Also, Rob Franco from The Venus Illuminato has a new Vegan Food-Truck calledArlo’s, which is brand-new and apparently is already winning awards.

I will try to present any more pertainant information as I get it.

New Video: The Venus Illuminato – Civil War Ballad IN STUDIO

July 11, 2011 | Posted in News | By

The Venus Illuminato in the studio at the Stunt Lab recording Civil War Ballad from their new EP Children of the Earth.