Our mission is to give clients the real deal. If you want Dance, Metal, Hip Hop, Pop, Indie, Arena Rock, Folk, Math Rock, Classical, we will enlist the artists and musicians who have been living and breathing those sounds their whole lives. Whether we license a track from an album or get into the studio to come up with something new, we have guys who have been mixing records, commercials and TV shows for 20 years to bring it all together. We love collaborations. We love taking on challenges. We love music.
Musicians/producers Woody Ranere and Christian Celaya (of With Lions), and sync agent/music supervisor Jenn Lanchart (of Syncalicious Music), spent the last handful of years working together licensing music for TV and film. After recent success, it became clear to With Lions and Lanchart that in a fast-paced, deadline-centric industry, meeting a clients full needs could be done more efficiently and most effectively if those resources could be found in one place. The three decided to create a boutique production company where their combined 30 years of experience translating the direction of ad agency creatives, producers, directors and music supervisors enables them to handle any request a client in the advertising, film, TV, web and video game industries may have.
With studio outposts in New York City, Los Angeles and the Baltimore/Washington DC area, WLP’s extensive network spans both film and music with a roster of artists, producers, engineers, video editors, sound designers, music supervisors and voiceover talent. Their expertise in music supervision, history of working in world-renown studios, and an extensive network of world-class musicians provide a great value and wealth of knowledge to our clients and collaborators.
5.1 Surround/Stereo Mixing
Born into a musical family, Christian’s first original composition came at the ripe old age of 4. It was evident to all around him that music was his calling in life. Christian’s musical journey progressed from simply humming melodies to playing violin and trumpet in middle school before moving on to bass and guitar so he could play his own music in garage bands while in high school. His college education came as a Studio Composition major at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music, where he not only acquired the tools to forge a career in music composition, production and licensing, it allowed him opportunities to collaborate with a wide variety of musicians and instrumentalists. Experiences that continue to benefit him and his work to this day.
After graduating, he spent the next 12 years in a variety of signed bands, such as Unspun (Universal Records), Joshua (Doghouse Records) and Benzos (Stinky Records), touring the States and Europe while promoting their albums. For the last 5 years, Christian has been composing and producing music for television, film and web. With placements ranging from national campaigns for automobiles, pivotal scenes in some of today’s most popular network/cable TV shows, or as the soundtrack to top fashion houses’ BTS videos, chances are you’ve heard his work.
Woody Ranere’s career in music is the result of years of collaboration in and out of the studio as a writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and touring musician/vocalist. The son of an archaeologist, he and his family traveled widely, spending several years living abroad soaking up the culture, music and sounds to which he was exposed. After receiving a degree in Composition and Computer Music from Goucher College, he has divided his time between composing and recording music, as well as touring nationally and internationally with his band Lake Trout. His various bands have taken him into the studio with world-renowned producers such as Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Weezer) and Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian, Super Furry Animals).
For the last 10 years, Woody has worked as a producer, composer and sound designer for television and award-winning independent films. His work has aired on almost every major network and cable channel, including NBC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, Discovery Channel, TLC, TNT, Travel, National Geographic, Showtime, MTV, VH1, TBS, ESPN and more. He has produced hundreds of songs from various composers and bands that have aired on countless networks and featured in many ad campaigns. His experience traveling the world as a live musician and the countless hours spent honing his craft in multiple studios along side many world-class artists and producers has prepared him to meet any musical challenge.
Licensing Representative/Music Supervisor
For the past 15 years, Jenn has been working with artists, managers, labels, publishers, supervisors, directors, producers, and editors to pitch and place songs into films, television, ads and video games. In 2009, she transitioned from heading up the licensing department for the Beggars label group (including 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador and XL Recordings), to starting her own company, Syncalicious Music, where she is an independent music pitcher and supervisor. Jenn carries over her deep knowledge of, and passion for, the music, and her strong relationships with artists and industry folks. Finding the right song, negotiating a great price, navigating relationships and papering everything properly are the skills she brings to the table for each new project as a representative and supervisor.
Sound Designer/Mixing & Mastering Engineer
With a music engineering background, Victor has been integral to the Baltimore-Washington television, multimedia and film recording industry since 1991. Early in his career he worked with the likes of Little Feat, Johnny Cash, Dr. John, Emmy Lou Harris and Walter Cronkite. While senior engineer/producer at Clean Cuts Music, he worked on hundreds of national television and radio ads, produced music CDs and was sound designer/mixer for several films. While at Clean Cuts, Victor co-produced and played several instruments on two CDs with Greg Kihn.
From 2003 –2006, he was a staff composer for Bunim-Murray Productions in Los Angeles, writing for NBC, FOX and MTV. Victor started working as a freelance audio mixer at the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. in 2004 and is currently working on many of Discovery’s most popular shows for all of their networks.
In the fall of 2005, he composed music, sound designed and mixed “Great Lake Shipwrecks” for Discovery Science. From 2006 –2007, he produced music for PBS Kids and Nick Jr. TV. He is currently working on shows for ESPN and promos for MASN – Mid Atlantic Sports Network (Baltimore Orioles – Washington Nationals) and sound design for the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Producer/Mixing & Mastering Engineer
Throughout his 24 years of working in production, Steve Wright has worn many hats. His experience runs the gamut of performing in nationally recognized bands, film mixing and production, studying classical guitar, engineering and producing artists, electrical engineering, owning and operating a studio, and traveling the world as a live sound engineer. These skills and experience have enabled him to look at music and production in a unique and diverse way. Steve is a true student of music history and has the ability to understand what makes each musical style so appealing.
After extensive travel and work in album production, Steve finally settled down in Baltimore and created his dream facility with the opening of WrightWay Studios in 1997; a four-room facility that specializes in the nurturing of artists and producers. His focus in the studio is to bring each song to its very essence and filter each individual sound into it’s own. This approach has enabled him to become a respected producer of a diverse range of music and makes him an invaluable asset to any project he takes on.
Just as Dusty Springfield famously sang, Josh is the son of a preacher man who cut his teeth in a Baltimore church playing piano, organ and drums at just 5 years old. Using that as his springboard, he expanded his musical palette from gospel to classical, jazz, soul, funk and rock n’ roll. In his quest to learn more, Josh went on to attend Baltimore’s School for the Arts where he was able to refine his compositional talents as well as pursue the production side of the business.
After graduating, Josh spent the next handful of years producing and composing for a variety of local artists. While looking to elevate his production chops, he approached studio owner (and WLP team member) Steve Wright about working at WrightWay Studios. Jumping at the opportunity to learn from one of the best, he agreed to work around the clock as an assistant engineer, while being able to work on his own projects in the studio during off hours. Two years later and Josh is now one of the studio’s chief engineers and has emerged as one of Baltimore’s top up-and-coming producers. His multi-instrumentalist chops and ability to compose in every genre, not to mention an incredibly versatile voice, has allowed him to propel the musical journey he embarked on 20 years ago.