St. Croix native Padraic Coursey returned home after 20 years spent between Philadelphia and Los Angeles. All the while he dreamt of building a state-of-the-art studio on his home island.
He picked up a guitar at age 15 and instantly began writing original music rather than learning to play what was on the radio. Since then he has been featured on more than 200 diverse songs from blues to rock to reggae and beyond.
While in Philadelphia, at the age of 23, Padraic and his band Surge (later re-named Mothergod) opened for bands like Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Butthole Surfers, Sean Lennon and others.
In 2000, Padraic moved to Los Angeles, where he co-created Fluid Productions, a company housed in the famed Cello Studio. There he recorded with many artists, including Joss Stone. While in LA, he had the opportunity to work with Marc DeSisto, Grammy-nominated engineer and who then later became involved in designing the studio.
Padraic has worked on a number of projects for TV, including Discovery Channel, NFL Network, and the soundtrack for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) DVD featuring Benicio del Toro.
With his thriving independent production career, Padraic opened his own recording studio, Aqua Sounds Studio, on the beautiful island of St. Croix in 2008. He also opened his own label, Ocean Records, which produced American Idol alum Deanna Brown’s first two albums and the live acoustic series “Live at Aqua Sounds.”
Padraic is an accomplished songwriter, musician, producer and engineer. He is also one-half of the production team, SoundPonics. They have credits on five albums that have charted on Billboard, including the 2014 iTunes Reggae Album of the Year, “Beauty For Ashes” by Midnite.
Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred, a native of St. Croix, is a musician, producer, audio engineer and co-owner of I Grade Records. Since launching I Grade Records in 2001, Tippy I has produced, recorded and mixed more than 30 albums with a range of roots reggae artists including Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, and many others.
Tippy I’s skills as an audio engineer are highly developed after 15 years of actively recording and mixing music in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica and NYC. The current headquarters for Tippy I’s audio work is Aqua Sounds Studio in St. Croix, where he serves as head engineer and operates I Grade Studio out of Studio B. Tippy I is also an accomplished dub mixer – both studio and live, through his recently launched live dub sound system, I Grade Dub.
Tippy I is also a composer/producer of a wide range of musical creations, from hip hop to soul to film scores. While based in Brooklyn, NYC before relocating back to his home in St. Croix in 2005, he was a member of the Downbeat Production Collective that produced several notable hip hop songs including “Hell Yeah” by dead prez feat. Jay-Z.
As a musician and producer, Tippy I’s recent works are primarily centered around his collaborative productions with Zion I Kings and Soundponics, which has produced for a range of artists, including Snoop Lion.
As a recording engineer at Aqua Sounds Studio, he has recorded everything from steel pan orchestras to bluegrass bands to jazz ensembles. His mixing and mastering credits have branched out from his own label’s activities, and he has recently mixed for a range of artists from the USVI, United States, Jamaica, Europe and Latin America.