An industrial site may not seem like a breeding ground for local music artist and aspiring media professionals, but, tucked away east of Laurel’s train tracks along Lafayette Avenue, Copy Catz Media is making a name for itself on the local music scene.
Equipped with a photo-video studio, graphic design house and performance space, Copy Catz Media, partnered with Cat Walks Studioz, is envisioned to be a full service media company.
“[Copy Catz] is one of those places you go to for the ultimate resource for media needs,” said Carlos Garcia, 30, who owns Copy Catz along with John Eaglin.
Since 2009, Garcia and Eaglin have stitched together a high-end studio, investing as much as $60,000 into the facility. Garcia said in the coming months he hopes to merge Copy Catz and the studio into the Center For Arts Media.
Garcia sees the company extending beyond just music to handle corporate clients, events, and marketing.
Local, aspiring music artist said the studio has provided them with a pivotal stepping-stone to launch their careers.
Noah Green, 29, of Laurel said he’s been rapping since his teens. He hopes to make it big in the music industry to help support his mother who works two jobs to make ends meat. He’s recorded 12-tracks at the studio, working with a local music producer. Through the studio, he plans to a shoot a video for his debut single “Don’t Say Nothin’” in August.
“They have the right people there. They are legit,” he said. “I’d be nowhere [without Copy Catz]. I’m excited—I know I have something."
Garcia said Copy Catz often reaches out the community, giving students from Laurel High School internships and experience working in the media and music production.
“We love the Laurel community. We love to engage the youth,” Garcia said.
Michael “TK” Akinlosotu, 20, of Laurel, starting working in the studio as an audio engineer while a student at Laurel High School. He eventually formed a hip-hop alternative band called Cloud 9 in which he is the frontman.
“For now I want to serve the community and local artist,” he said.
The studio has already gained ground as regional hub for recording artist, video and photo production, those needing studio space.
Jinahie, 20, of Bowie is a touring performance poet who stumbled across the studio while working with Akinlosotu. She is now recording at the Copy Catz for her latest studio album.
“I think here…everybody is really supportive. Sometimes with artist you get competition, but here it was a very nurturing environment. “