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New recording studio looks to boost Atlantic City artists

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Kyshawn Wyman took a long drive alone 5½ years ago for a chance to hear three music industry pioneers speak.

What he wound up with was a goal.

“Atlanta was Atlantic City,” Grammy winner Jermaine Dupri told him in September 2019. “Atlanta was Atlantic City,” Grammy winner Jermaine Dupri told him in September 2019. “We just made you all pay attention to us."

Now Wyman is making sure people are paying attention to Atlantic City.

He took a major step Friday as he cut the ribbon at Hit Nation Empire Studios on the second floor at 25 N. Albany Ave.

June will mark two years since the DJ and Information Technology guru has been working to create a space for creators.

The space has a variety of studios, including a state-of-the-art recording studio, a more intimate recording area that allows the artist and engineer in the same space, and a podcast studio.

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The lobby will allow a space for classes, including a DJ course planned for May that will be for anyone ages 10 and up, with children and adults welcome.

"We're trying to put Atlantic City on the map to be respected like we’re a Motown," he said. 

He intends to make those celebrities coming in pay attention, just like Dupri told him years ago.

"We don’t have that stop-through place," Wyman said, of a recording area where celebrities passing through a town will stop.

He and his team are intent on making Hit Nation Empire Studios that place.

"We need something all the violence going on," he said. "We need to let creatives know you can be positive. If you’re going through something, put it out on the record."

Even Wyman's son and daughter are performers. The Kaleb and Kayla Show performed "ABC Dance On," which is available on Sony for download.

But even those who are not blood related will be family here, Wyman says.

"Everything that we do is about family for us," he said. "Even if you’re a new client of ours, we look at you as a family member.

"I want people to feel like they're at home when they come here," he added.

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That includes a space to have a coffee or water, and even some popcorn.  

Wyman said he wants the place to include everything. There will also be the option for events, and even a focus on mental health, which is an issue in the entertainment history and the area.

The property also has a 24-7 surveillance system, and security.

"We want to make sure everyone feels safe," he said. "We’re not dealing with any drama, but we want people to know we're taking the proper steps."

Wyman borrowed no money to bring his dream space to fruition, he says. It was all from working as a DJ, his jobs in technology for places like the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame and the city itself.

He had to find his own path in the business, and said he is hoping to guide other based upon what he has learned.

Wyman says his message to people is to "invest in yourself."

"You can work a job but don’t forget about your dreams."

photo  Part of the team, beginning front from left: Douglas Hoskins, Nakyia Hands, Wyman, Devon Parker, Ahmad Davis and Dougie. Missing are Wyman's business partner Don Anthony Jr. and Jaleel Muhammad.
 




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Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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