Who We Are
Hot Milk Crew is Robinson Sartorius (guitars), Leon Schurz (bass), Benedikt Stehle (drums) and Fred Sauer (keys)—a group of highly talented musicians/producers/songwriters with many decades of dedicated experience under their belts. They deliver unique performances with the tight organic feel that can only come from a rhythm section that has been together for years.
Their home base is Hot Milk Studio, owned and operated by Canadian Robert Cummings, where Hot Milk Crew has recorded for years with a musical, seasoned engineer who has worked on hundreds of productions.
Immediacy, Spirit & Feel
Hot Milk Crew works exclusively at Hot Milk Studio, where we strongly believe in the creative process of group recording ‘live off the floor’. As an example, it is always preferable to record drums, bass and guitar together in the same room for entire takes. Sometimes this can include keyboards as well. This generates tremendous synergy between the players and simple decisions regarding arrangements and other details can be realized on the spot. The records gain a sense of immediacy, spirit and feel that could otherwise get lost in the overly edited and overdubbed production methods common today.
The performances are recorded together on the spot and musical decisions are made right then and there. The recording process is energetic, enthusiastic and, last but not least, highly effective and efficient. Why spend 8 weeks overdubbing and programming parts in your bedroom when you can do it all in 8 hours?
The excitement that musicians feel when performing together is palpable and the recordings will reflect this. Good musicians inspire more passionate performances from each other. Listeners can sense their spirit and identify with the humanity of the record. Unless they’re robots, of course.
When you listen to some of the most treasured records of the past, you are essentially hearing an acoustic Polaroid snapshot of the very moment the music was recorded. Embedded in this snapshot are the feelings of the musicians at the session. When you listen to the record, you pick up on what was being felt by the musicians. Just as seasoned actors can transform themselves for different ‘roles’, the Hot Milk Crew musicians are experts at adapting their ‘feel’ to suit the production at hand.