Engineers and Staff

Vital Sounds Recording Studio has a group of gifted engineers at the controls. They emphasize the unique aspect of every artist and treat each work as individually as possible. In doing so, you will notice a professional and creative atmosphere in every session.

Feel free to request an engineer for your session!

Josh Gotoy

Brooklyn native Josh Gotoy isn’t just another rapper. He’s a singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught musician who plays the guitar and piano. For the 20 year-old, success has always been about striking a balance between two different, yet equally important elements: an education and a musical career.

Growing up in a home where his mother was a teacher, education was always a priority.  Josh attended a small private school in Brooklyn called Poly Prep. Josh’s mother passed away when he was only 11, but he continued on at the private school while living with his brother and grandmother. In his junior year he would face another loss when his grandmother also passed. It was then that he wrote his first song. Shortly thereafter, Gotoy moved in with his aunt and uncle. This marked the beginning of his exposure to the industry. His uncle worked at a recording studio and occasionally brought young Gotoy to work with him as he grew up. Showing an interest and natural talent for music, Josh went on to learn even more about music production at his uncle’s home studio. “My family and everything I’ve gone through with them is largely influential, and impacted me to pursue music,” Josh says of the early years establishing his craft. For Josh this craft has always been as important as continuing his education. In school he excelled at athletics and languages, while having the opportunity to travel around South America. These experiences and his willingness to expand his musical horizons have started generating a buzz, creating an online presence with a growing fan base.

Paul Schoen

Paul is a resident New Orleanian who is a freshman at Loyola. He attended NOCCA for four years, which entailed two years of independent study. During this time, Paul had constant access to their recording facilities and produced a wide variety of recordings; ranging anywhere from 25-piece jazz ensembles to rock bands. Paul's catalog of recordings won two national awards from Downbeat Magazine for both live and studio engineering categories. Paul is also experienced in electronic music production, and is constantly looking for new ways to combine musical ability with technical witchcraft.

Flor Serna

Flor's love for recording music began when she realized that she could layer tracks of audio -- two at a time -- in Windows Movie Maker. This tedious process motivated her to learn and employ modern recording, mixing, and mastering techniques used today. A native of New Mexico, Flor thrives in New Orleans and never gets sick of the rain. Flor enjoys capturing talent and technique through the art of recording at Vital Sounds.