Toledo Dreams in Sound: Making Toledo a musician’s paradise

. April 24, 2018.
(L-R) Lucas Madrazo, Ben Cohen, and Sam Woldenberg.
(L-R) Lucas Madrazo, Ben Cohen, and Sam Woldenberg.

An innovative studio space and collective in Downtown Toledo, invigorates the local music community. Dream Louder Music, founded by Ben Cohen, Sam Woldenberg and Lucas Madrazo, a group described by Cohen as, “Toledo natives who grew up together and played in a gazillion bands of all types.” Dream Louder, a recording studio with a wide selection of instruments and gear, is a project with an ambitious scope and vision.

Local music hub

The musical journey of Cohen, Woldenberg, and Madrazo led them to found the recording studio and creative epicenter. More than just a space to record, Dream Louder is intended to be a hub for musicians. “As a music collective our goal is to connect regional content creators, filmmakers, creative ad agencies, non-profits and start-ups with some of the most unique music from around the Great Lakes,” Cohen said.

The collective has a growing archive of local music for a broad spectrum of commercial applications, according to Cohen.

The collective has a growing archive of local music for a broad spectrum of commercial applications, according to Cohen.

Sustainable local music

Dream Louder seeks to enhance the ability if local musicians to make a living. Typically, they rely on a schedule of local performances. Cohen explained, “as an organization we are seeking to find ways to include musicians in a growing creative economy in more sustainable ways than the fleeting gig economy.” They boast “an ever-growing library of customizable pre-cleared music for licensing from some of our favorite artists in the region.” The founders of Dream Louder feel passionately about stoking the local music scene and creating a community hub. “[We have] lived all over the country, but are excited to live and grow in the 419,” Cohen emphasizes.

Dreaming at full volume

The goals of Dream Louder extend beyond commercial aspirations and into community building and education. Part of the collective’s mission is to create a welcoming environment, according to Cohen, “as a recording studio, we provide an inclusive and welcoming environment to explore and create.” The space will host a wide variety of entertaining and educational events “as well as a providing a space for workshops and learning,” explained Cohen. Dream Louder Music is definitely in tune with musicians and music fans alike.

Located in downtown Toledo.
dreamloudermusic.com