The Beach

About Us

The Beach Advanced Audio is a full service, world-class audio production facility, offering a complete creative package for clients worldwide and locally. Combining decades of experience in music, film, and advertising with our state of the art facility and cutting edge creative team, we offer our clients a complete experience to make their project unique.

We work very closely with artists and companies who share our creative ambition. We provide world – class voice and musical talent, plus a shooting stage for your convenience.Our creative team is ready for you!

The Beach Staff


Lanny Williamson - Owner/Producer

Lanny began as an engineer for CHUM radio in Toronto. After working in Nashville and New York, Lanny settled in Britain producing for EMI, Decca and Polygram. After working in Europe, Lanny returned to North America and settled in Los Angeles – the eye of the recording industry storm.  After much success recording acts from Black Sabbath to Nick Gilder, and movie soundtracks ranging from Apocalypse Now to Smokey and the Bandit,  Lanny came home to Canada to open The Beach in 1989. It is his wisdom and experience that continue to make him a sought – after producer and mentor to anyone with an interest in the music industry.


Derek Sylwestrzak - Chief Engineer, Head APRA Instructor

Derek is a graduate of the Beach’s Academy of Production and Recording Arts (APRA) and has engineered nearly every major project for the Beach since 2006. As our resident Pro Tools ninja, Derek has worked with a multitude of Beach clients including Ben E. King, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Our Lady Peace, Paul Brandt, Cool & Dre and hundreds of others noteworthy sessions.


Natalie Gregory - Studio Manager

What’s going on? Ask Natalie... she knows everything. It doesn’t happen at the Beach unless it has been brilliantly orchestrated by her. She’s the first and last person you’ll see on your session. Natalie has thorough knowledge of every person, place, thing and project that goes on and keeps things running as smooth as silk.


Steve Dodd - Production Designer

A veteran musician, Steve has worked on the Beach’s creative team as composer and Project Designer, working directly with the Beach’s clients, session musicians and performers. Spend time in a room with Steve and you’ll walk out with a fully realized concept for your project. He can write the music, record it, script it, and deliver it in the format of your choice - and put a bow on it if you like.


Paul Du Toit Schreve - Music and Media Producer/Engineer - APRA Instructor

Coming to us all the way from Cape Town South Africa,  Paul is a multi talented musician, Pro Tools jockey, commercial, corporate and music producer.  His ability to work with clients and musicians to maximize expectations is unique; always bringing more to the table than expected.


Ryan Koichopolos - Engineer - APRA Instructor

Not only is Ryan a top notch engineer, but he serves as our resident session drummer, program editor and our #1 production assistant. His skills include music and voice recording, commercial and corporate sessions, as well as sound design foley and sound to picture post production work.