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Memphis Record Producer Speaks to DMI Students

CLEVELAND, Miss.— Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, record producer, audio engineer and owner of Royal Studios in Memphis visited the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at Delta State University Tuesday, March 21 to impart some of his wisdom and experience to the program’s students. DMI Director Richard Tremmel said, “Boo Mitchell has been a longtime friend of the program. We’ve known each other for a while and every time I see him, I say ‘you have to come by sometime.’”

Mitchell grew up learning the recording business from his father, Willie Mitchell, and picked up the craft at an early age, working with artists such as Al Green, KC and the Sunshine Band, the Doobie Brothers and many more. At the age of 17, he played keyboards on an Al Green gospel album which won a Grammy Award.

Mitchell took over the reins of Royal Studios when his father passed away and has since worked with an expanding roster of clients including John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Rod Stewart, Cody Chesnutt and more.

Tremmel said that one of the things Mitchell talked to the students about was how to properly set up microphones to record drums. Mitchell gets interns at his studio from all over the country, and he told the DMI students that none of the interns arrive at his studio knowing the best ways to get good recordings of drum sounds.

“He came into the studio for a couple hours and worked with our students on that,” Tremmel said. “We did some recording, and he answered a bunch of questions and so it was really good interaction with the students.”

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University. Their mission is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technical, creative and business areas of the entertainment industries. For more information, visit

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