Music Mixologist: Growing Mesquite’s music scene

Music Mixologist

Mitch Mitchell, owner/founder of Piano Note 1 Productions and John Horn High graduate, established his company in 2012 and has since impacted many people and businesses, providing live sound, DJ and recording services. Mitchell records, mixes and masters audio for various genres and also does live sound events. His current project is in collaboration with Paige Lehmann, called Restore the Joy! where they’ve taken three Mesquite ISD orchestra students and recorded an album. They’ll also be putting on a show at the Mesquite Arts Center on March 29.

Why did you decide to start your own company?

I wanted to give back and create opportunities. I knew I had an entrepreneur spirit and goals I wanted to accomplish and do for other people, so I could never just work for someone else.

Why did you decide to go into the technical side of music?

I think all the different elements of music is important, and I like being able to mold them and create them in a way that can touch people.

How did you come up with your company’s name, Piano Note 1 Productions?

I love the piano and whatever I do I want to be No. 1 at it, and my vision is to have my company be a one-stop shop for their production needs whether they’re artists, musicians or businesses.

Why do you feel it’s important for you to be involved in the community?

I want to make sure the arts are being created not just in the Dallas-Fort Worth cities but more in the Mesquite area and make Mesquite more diverse. I want Piano Note 1 Productions to be an attraction for Mesquite because the city needs more things to be known for.

What kept you in Mesquite?

My family and business is here.

Were you involved in band growing up?

I was in the orchestra at John Horn. I played the violin for two years and the alto saxophone for four years.

Why are the arts important within a community?

Music brings all cultures together — the more a city is diverse the better, because it’ll help the city grow, people will enjoy each other more and it’ll spread more love. When people listen to music they put all their differences aside, they don’t think about how much they make, politics, they just think about music.

I have worked with all types of music, and one thing I realized about all of them is that they all have a message, but when you put everyone into one room they listen to the music.

Who was your musical idol growing up?

Michael Jackson. He was the person to always step outside of his comfort zone. He never tried to put himself in a box. The reason I say this is because when people ask me what type of music I record and what do I do, I tell them I record everything. He tried all types of sounds to create his own distinct sound that shaped who he was and his legacy.

What’s currently on your playlist?

I really don’t have a playlist; I like to listen to a little bit of everything because I’m always creating something. But I can listen to Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation album from beginning to end.

What is a favorite past Christmas memory?

I think about when everyone’s happy, everyone wants to be cheerful and joyful, and more people are giving during the holidays. Also listening to holiday music; I like listening to “Little Drummer Boy” and “Mary, Did You Know.”

What’s your vision for the future?

My vision for the future is to open doors for others who get overlooked with their talents, to be that person to tell them that they can do it, because I see a lot of talent being wasted that come in and out of these doors.

I’d also like to be recognized for my accomplishments and continue to create opportunities for people who have talent and continue to make the arts great.

Anny Sivilay with Star Local Media