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MAPS is a community of creators
supporting one another.

We provide a creative home, curated gear, shared knowledge, and real-world opportunities for music producers and related artists.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT US

Two like-minded artist advocates with rhyming names from Orange County, CA joined forces to build a creator community greater than the sum of its parts. Mike Willson (Music & Arts Production Studio) & Mike Filson (ArtiSans Label) formed ‘MAPS by ArtiSans Label’ to better support the art & business of our local producers.

But you can simply call it MAPS.
It’s a place.
It’s a source of help.
It’s a portal of opportunity.
It’s a community of creators just like you.

 
 

Mike Willson

Mike Willson smells pretty nice.

 

Michael J. Filson

Michael is the Founder & President of MAPS’ parent company, ArtiSans Label. Along with Ryan Pricket, Kyle Griffin, and family and friends, Michael designed and built the studio from scratch in 2006, which served as the production home for some of ArtiSans’ 374 albums until merging with MAPS in 2015. Filson spent 20 years in the local OC community as a guitarist, songwriter, and producer before relocating to New York in 2012. In addition to ArtiSans Label, Filson serves as Head of A&R Partnerships for BandLab’s 4 million+ musicians (BandLab.com, Cakewalk, Rolling Stone Magazine, Mono, Heritage & Harmony Guitars), and is a music supervisor for multiple upcoming films. He has dedicated all his adult life to educating, developing, and advocating for fellow musicians and their independence.

 

SHANE THOMPSON

Shane was born and raised in Costa Mesa, CA surfing, skating and playing music near the beach. Originally a drummer for multiple bands in the OC scene, Shane transitioned to writing songs on guitar and piano and forming the alt-rock band Shape Pitaki. He graduated from UCSB with a Bachelors in Music and emphasis in Ethnomusicology in 2009. Shane has spent plenty of time in multiple studios having recorded or been a part of some 15+ albums. Shane joined the MAPS team in May 2018 as Studio Manager, and looks forward to helping create a fun, welcoming and professional recording experience. His favorite artists include Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead and the Beatles. Don't ask him about favorite surf breaks. Too many secret spots...

WHY MAPS?

We dedicate every day to our producers, their craft, and their careers.

 Jesse Pridmore workin’ the Audient console

Jesse Pridmore workin’ the Audient console

Space & Gear

Our Fullerton, CA studio was built from scratch in 2006 to provide unparalleled acoustic excellence wrapped in a warm, inspiring space to foster unlimited creativity. The gear is expertly curated by Chief Producer Mike Willson.

 Kevin Reeves (Capitol) w/ Michael Filson

Kevin Reeves (Capitol) w/ Michael Filson

Opportunities

As part of the ArtiSans Label family, MAPS producers have direct access to real-world opportunities like tv & film placements, new recording clients, industry education, and exclusive perks as part of our dedication to your sustainable career.

 Mike Willson talkin’ shop with Jimmy Hua

Mike Willson talkin’ shop with Jimmy Hua

Humans

We believe music—and those who make it—are better together. 1 + 1 = 3. The people of MAPS collectively have more than 100 years of production and true industry experience, and are eager to share knowledge to help one another.

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MAPS COLLABORATION SPOTLIGHT:

Big Monsta & Collective Heartbeat

 
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We want to hear from you!

If you’re a music producer, audio engineer, music-centric visual artist, or
a band/musician looking for any of those,