By Michael Miller
Dave Wilton’s goal is to minister to others to help them make beautiful music.
The fact that he’s able to make his own beautiful music to the Lord is a bonus.
Dave runs Coalesce Audio in Lafayette, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Ally, and their three children. For several years, he has produced, recorded, mastered, and mixed albums by a variety of indie artists like Josh Garrels, Latifah Phillips (Page CXVI, The Autumn Film, Moda Spira), and Jason Upton.
“Everything involved in the making of a record, I love to have hands on,” Dave says.
Dave’s production work isn’t simply a business venture, though. In line with many other musicians in the Boulder, Colorado, area, Dave’s aim is to make sonic art, whether his own or someone else’s. As a Christian, he also tries to minister to the artists and their families to make the process itself a witness to his faith. That’s why he has made Coalesce Audio, which is in his own back yard, a family friendly place. It not only allows him to be closer to his own family, but is a comfortable space for artists’ families to be during the recording process.
“There aren’t too many studios—I don’t really know of any—that are family friendly,” Dave says in a phone interview while waiting to be served at a Colorado DMV facility. “A musician already will be out of town touring to promote and to make a living for their family, and they’re gone a lot. When it comes time to make a record, they leave their family again and go to the studio and they’re away. It’s very difficult for marriages to grow and for family relationships to mature and to grow as a musician. So what we wanted to do as a family is to offer a space where artists like Josh Garrels could bring his wife and children, where we could do good creative work but also have family there.
“The ministry I’m excited about is providing an atmosphere of faith, family, and art.”