In a nutshell

Laura Lee (LL) Schultz provides original music composition, creative sound design and audio production solutions for the advertising, broadcast, web, Film/TV, multimedia and gaming industries. She is invested in engaging audience members through each heartfelt note, providing musical compositions that are sought after and recognized as the unseen powerful character in your favorite movie, television program and/or video game.DTL-hands

LL has been an active musician for over 25 years and was the recipient of an organ solo championship title from The Keyboard Academy of Music at age 11. She has been writing/producing/recording original music for over 15 years in bands such as Down the Lees, New Years Resolution, EP Island, The Skinjobs and Queazy. Having recorded and released 5 full length albums with some of Vancouver’s go-to engineers of the last two decades, she has engineered and co-produced much of her latest material at her own Off White House Studios. After receiving an Electronic Musician certificate from the Art Institute of Vancouver, she focused on scoring, composing and editing for film and various multimedia productions. Composition credits range from theatre, through web vlogs, to film: Raccoonery, Lez Renovate, George and Jorge, Hero of our Time, Alice and Martha and Chronicles of Daydude, to name a few.

LL also provides custom songs for any occasion. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and weddings have been personalized by LL collaborating with parents, kids, colleagues, and loved ones to capture the feel of an important event.

The Fine Print

A veteran of the Vancouver music scene, Laura Lee (LL) Schultz gained a plethora of experience playing in bands such as New Years Resolution, the Skinjobs, Singleseven and Queazy. Having a career that sparked in the early ’90s gave LL the opportunity to play with bands such as Minus the Bear, Pansy Division, Xiu Xiu and Propagandhi.

LL caught the music bug early while growing up in Calgary: in junior high, she snuck in after school to play the band room’s drums in the band room and was the 1984 organ solo champion. Dreams of riding around in a Lamborghini with a keyboard in the dash became a reoccurring theme. By age 13, she picked up the guitar, learning Blackbird and Stairway to Heaven — much to her guitar teacher’s delight… or possibly chagrin.

DTL-laughIn the early ’90s, LL moved to Vancouver and started her first band, Queazy, a 3-piece that saw regular rotation on MuchMusic and released the full length album Hurk that created a critical buzz and was well received. The band dissolved before they had a chance to rake in the millions.

Years passed, LL formed Singleseven (a 3-piece that had the chance to play with Ujme Doma), and holed up in a bachelor apartment with a crappy 4-track recorder. The humble apartment demos eventually turned up on the first Down the Lees full-length album 360 1/4 Degrees. Blair Calibaba (NomeansNo, Propaghandi) took on the role of engineer. A long tracking process didn’t hinder LL from releasing the first solo effort, completely written and performed by her.

Around the same time as recording 360 1/4 Degrees, LL drummed and co-wrote material in influential queer punk band The Skinjobs. The band was legendary for bringing queer alt punk to alt queer communities via over-the-top live shows complete with go-go dancers. Their album Burn Your Rainbow was released in 2003, and a split 7″ with Pansy Division was released on Mint Records the same year.

Next up? Vancouver favourites New Years Resolution. “White belt, dance and be sad”. This still-lamented band released one full-length album, Bullets of Love, recorded at The Hive by Jesse Gander. Again, the all-girl band broke up before they could make the cover of Rolling Stone.

Left to her own devices, LL decided to learn more about the technical aspect of sound, earning an Electronic Musician certificate from the Art Institute. She focused on scoring, music composing, editing for film and various multimedia productions. Composition credits range from theatre, through web vlogs, to film: Raccoonery, Lez Renovate, George and Jorge, Hero of our Time, Alice and Martha and Chronicles of Daydude, to name a few.

Her appetite still not satiated, she decided to start the musical side project EP Island with Melanie Covey (of Vancouver prog instrumentalists Trail vs Russia), whose mantra was to write and record as many songs as they could in one weekend. EP Island offered the option of an intense and focused creative process that produced immediate results.

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