Owned and operated by Jon "JVO" Van Orden the studio origins dates back to the late 1980s and has seen talent of all genres pass through its doorways. With the talent coming and going so has the technology and music scene. JVO takes his knowledge of old school theory, modern day practices and his forever growing toolkit to ensure every project will experience its own success.
Instruments . Vocals
Media of any type.
Mixing at any stage . Tracks/Stems
Revoice for video & YouTube.
Beats . Drums . Remix.
Full scale design for movies & media.
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM:
In November 1992 at the age of 6, JVO helped his brother Joe stand up the first walls of the studio. At that time Dude Recordings as it was known, was a Rock and Metal dominant studio for likes of Gutwrench and Dillinger. As the dynamics and technology evolved so did the brothers. Dude Recordings was transitioned to JVO in 2003 and renamed Smileneck Studios. JVO had a heavy focus on Hip-Hop and Pop Punk/Rock as well as a strong music and studio education. These attributes stem from the endless lessons from his brother as well as having the opportunity to intern with Billy Graziadei of Biohazard at his New Jersey based studio Underground Sound, now located in LA under the name Firewater Studios.
In October 2012, almost 20 years to the day Super Storm Sandy devastated the Raritan Bay and destroyed what was the original Smileneck Studios. With heart, drive and dedication the brothers worked to rebuild the studio in an effort to continue creating and helping the area talent take their mind off the tragedy. The doors finally reopened in October 2018, but the story does not end there. Book a tour today and hear more first hand!