Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00
When Alexandra Stirakis was looking for a gift for her mother’s 75 birthday, she knew she wanted something different. A friend recommended she go to Shoob studios, which writes customized songs for special occasions.
“It was wonderful, everybody was floored. They thought it was very enjoyable,” Stirakis says. “My mother listens to it every day. It was definitely unusual and she thought the clarity and everything about the song was wonderful.”
Hicksville native Raymond Luisi is the mastermind behind Shoob studios, which creates one of a kind songs for anniversaries, school reunions, weddings, sweet 16s and any other special occasion that deserves to be celebrated. A client will provide Luisi the details of the event or person (like names, dates, physical features) and then pick any genre, such as rock, acoustic, full band or ballad, and the studio will then create a personalized song.
“The best way to describe it is customized,” Luisi says. “Whatever their interests are, any special activities they like to do, anything that brings them more involved so they know it’s written specifically for them. It’s custom tailored.”
In addition to private clients, Luisi has written jingles for several businesses and non-profits, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the New York Cosmos. He recently also wrote a Muttigrees jingle for The North Shore Animal
League to help promote awareness of shelter pets.
Luisi says his whole life has revolved around music. He played various instruments such as trumpet and piano while he was a student in the Hicksville school district. After graduating in 1979, he moved to Florida and opened Apple Studios, a rehearsal and recording studio. He moved back to Hicksville in 1998, doing a lot of studio work like commercials and recordings. He decided to go solo and a year and a half ago, launched Shoob studios.
“I did it almost as an accident. I would write people songs for their birthdays and as gifts and was doing jingle work for other people. I saw that need,” Luisi said.
Jeff Ceraso from Hicksville used Shoob to surprise his wife with a song for their 25th wedding anniversary.
“He was great,” Ceraso says. “The song was awesome. I gave him bits and pieces of information like where we met, hung out, dates, and that’s all I had to do. He came back with a song that was so cool. He put it all together and it was really good.”
Shoob’s main studio is located in Garden City, and he also has sub-studios in Westbury and Bellmore. Luisi is the main producer, studio musician, and song writer, but also works with several other musicians and techs. He says that there is no musical request that Shoob can’t grant.
“There’s nothing we can’t do. Even if we haven’t done it before, we do it if its music related,” Luisi says. “There’s nothing I can’t do as far as making the song specific.”
To learn more about Shoob studios, visit www.shoobstudios.com