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Willie Samuels Back for Sessions with Punk Band Enemy You
Pictured (L-R) at Studio Trilogy are recording engineer Willie Samuels and Enemy You members David Jones, Ken Yamazaki, Luke Ray, and Chris Matulich.
San Francisco, CA — On the evening of Father’s Day, June 15, Studio Trilogy recording engineer Willie Samuels was found unconscious on the side of the road, presumably after being hit by a car while on his bicycle. Determined to finish a project with the punk band Enemy You, Samuels was back in the studio for sessions two weeks later on June 29.
“It’s really a mystery what happened,” says Samuels. “A good samaritan found me unconscious and I have no recollection of the accident or the following few days.” With a major concussion, his forearm broken in half and his left hand nearly separated from his arm, Samuels spent the next ten days in the hospital. After five surgical procedures, he refers to himself as “a man of steel.”
Enemy You was formed in 1997, and Samuels first worked with the band in 2003 for the album “Stories Never Told” on the Red Scare label. The project was tracked and mixed at Samuels’ Nu-Tone studio in Pittsburg, CA. The Enemy You lineup is David Jones, lead vocals, guitar; Ken Yamazaki, guitar; Luke Ray, drums; and Chris Matulich, bass guitar.
Ten years later, the label asked Enemy You to record a new song for their ten year anniversary compilation. “Initially we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to pull it off,” commented guitarist Ken Yamazaki. “It had been over ten years since we last played together, but we got together and started working on a demo at home.”
“It was a blast working with this band in the past,” said Samuels. “I was thrilled when they contacted me for their new project. I assured the band I’d be out of the hospital and ready to go because I’ve always prided myself in not canceling or rescheduling sessions,” said Samuels. “I was released from the hospital on June 25 and we were in the studio on the 29th.”
“I was a bit worried that Willie would be in pain or be uncomfortable after the serious injuries,” said Yamazaki. “I was wrong. He was fast and didn’t miss a beat. Studio Trilogy was beautiful and relaxing. The session went smoothly, Willie was awesome and all of us were happy.”
Samuels acknowledges much help from Trilogy assistant engineer Noah Kileen and the studio’s interns. “I soon realized it wasn’t easy to setup or move microphones with one arm, but we had a cool time and it was a great reunion with the band.”
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Wu Tang invites music producers worldwide to create new versions of a new Wu Tang Parental Advisory song at Blend.io
New York, NY – Online collaboration is gaining more and more traction in all areas, and most noticeably when it comes to music creation. Many musical styles are built on borrowing and manipulating works by other musicians; Hip Hop, Ambient, EDM, Trance, Rap and many others. Originally, DJs would physically manipulate records to isolate and loop the best breaks for rappers to perform over. Later this evolved into sampling snippets of songs and reworking those elements by adding layers of production on top. Wu Tang Clan is now taking that idea one step further, putting the raw session files of a new song online for anyone to deconstruct and reassemble as they see fit.
This new digital collaboration is part of the new Wu Tang project called Parental Advisory. “Basically we’re looking to find and nurture the next generation of Shaolin,” explains Oliver Grant, who was an executive producer on many of the group’s albums and helped create the branding and commercial empire around the music. “It’s about trying to be in touch with what’s going on in technology and marry that to the traditional methods we know.”
Wu Tang is releasing the first track from Parental Advisory on Blend, the online music collaboration network that supports Ableton Live, Maschine, Pro Tools, Logic, FL Studio, GarageBand and more, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. Wu Tang uploaded the session files for the new song, entitled “So Many Detailz”, in the three popular formats on Blend: Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic. Blend members will have access to original building blocks of the track, so they can take the song in new directions. Grant explains that Wu Tang is looking for inspired remixes of their own material.
The new track features Turnpike Ike, Mc Kash and Chunky, young rappers from the neighborhood where Wu Tang was founded. The hope is that Parental Advisory will help kick start the careers of some new Staten Island born rappers, but it will also rely on platforms like Blend to reach out to a much wider talent pool. “We’re gonna go through them and pick out the best remixes to make an EP,” says Grant. “We’re looking to be shocked, whether it’s EDM, or whatever version it is. It may be Switzerland, a guy who wouldn’t be on the hip hop sites, but he’s going to be on Blend, checking out what’s new.”
Blend has been the platform for the launch of tracks by other well-known musical acts, including Moby, who recently said: “The digital present we live in, you can’t control things, can’t lock them down. The best way to make a living as musician, I find, is to set this stuff free and let the love come back to you.” Wu Tang’s Grant has a similar mindset when it comes to giving away the sessions from Parental Advisory. Rather that fighting technology out of fear, the mindset is to embrace it and tap into the collective global talent that technology helps bring together.
Visit Wu Tang on Blend at https://blend.io/WPA.
New TELEFUNKEN C12 Mic For Hit Parodies and New Originals
Pictured with a TELEFUNKEN C12 microphone at Bedrock.LA are (L-R) "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bedrock.LA partners KamranV and Phil Feinman, recording engineer Brian Warwick, and studio manager Eric Rennaker. Photo by David Goggin.
“Weird Al” Yankovic returns July 15 with “Mandatory Fun,” his 14th studio album and first since 2011′s “Alpocalypse.” The reigning King of Pop Parody chose to work at Bedrock.LA studios in Echo Park, the new creative heart of Los Angeles music, art and culture.
“This was my first visit to Bedrock,” Yankovic said. “I was impressed by how enormous it is — over a hundred rooms. It’s really a wonderful experience to be here where there’s so much art going on, so many musicians, so many people rehearsing, recording.”
Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” His 2011 album Alpocalypse (featuring the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way”) debuted in the Billboard Top 10, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video).
“Bedrock has been so accommodating,” commented Al’s recording engineer Brian Warwick. “It’s got a great vibe, like working in an old studio where you constantly have people around, where there’s always something happening. Al and I were walking around here late one night, just trying to find out who was playing the interesting music we were hearing. In a lot of the bigger studios these days, they shut down late at night, but here it’s still really, really active. And everything we’ve recorded sounds great. This room in particular is really well designed for doing vocals and overdubs.”
The “new Mandatory Fun” album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the past year, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”). The album also features several inspired originals and pastiches (“Lame Claim to Fame,” “Sports Song,” “My Own Eyes,” “Mission Statement,” “First World Problems” and “Jackson Park Express”) along with Al’s latest accordion-fueled medley, “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”
"Weird Al" Yankovic is seen outside Bedrock.LA's 12,000 square foot mural by the art duo Cyrcle with a TELEFUNKEN custom red, white and blue M80 dynamic microphone. "There is just nothing like the natural reverb in Echo Park," he quipped. Photo by David Goggin.
For the vocal sessions at Bedrock.LA, Yankovic chose a new TELEFUNKEN C12 large diaphragm condenser microphone. “This mic is great, with all the characteristics of the classic C12,” Warwick continued. “If anything, I feel a little more secure using this one versus a vintage C12, because you never quite know the age of the tube. You don’t know when the last time the capsule was redone or if you have the right power supply. With a beautiful new C12, it just gives you a little more confidence when you walk into the studio.”
Al added, “The equipment at Bedrock is state of the art, and the studio just feels like home. I’ve been in situations before where I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere and sequestered away. That’s another way to work, but I prefer to be around creative people and feel like I’m part of a community.”
Further in the spirit of Mandatory Fun’s bid for world domination, beginning July 14th Al began releasing 8 music videos in 8 days. Yankovic’s production partners for the world premiere videos include Nerdist Industries, College Humor, Yahoo, Funny or Die and TruScribe, as well as talented auteurs like Liam Lynch, Jarrett Heather and Tim Thompson.
Weird Al, along with his band of over three decades, has performed thousands of live rock and comedy multimedia shows throughout the world, and will be back on the road in 2015 for The Mandatory Tour.
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Blend hosts exclusive Live sessions by Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan
New York, NY – Wilco drummer and composer Glenn Kotche has granted musicians, producers and audacious fans unprecedented access to remix his seven-movement piece Anomaly on Blend (http://blend.io), the premier music collaboration platform. Featured on his latest album Adventureland, out now on Cantaloupe Music, Kotche composed Anomaly and recorded it with the famed Kronos Quartet.
To aid in the remixing of this adventurous multi-dimensional piece, Blend has teamed up with Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan from Noisemaker Academy to deconstruct all seven movements of Anomaly into multi-track sessions that Blend members can download and remix with Live. Hogan has also filmed an informative tutorial video that take the user through his approach to laying out each movement in Live and tips on how they can utilize the software’s features to get creative with their remixes.
“We’ve had access to all of the multi-track stems from the album,” says Hogan, “I’ve broken them down into scenes and beat-matched ‘warped’ clips, which fit to Live’s transport, making it really useful for remixing, blending, and mashing up.”
The combination of the Live sessions and the video tutorial give users a powerful set of tools to work with Anamoly. “Josh has taken Glenn’s incredible compositions and given them a new dimension for Ableton Live users”, adds Alex Kolundzija, CEO of Blend. “By sharing his expert knowledge of Live in the video tutorial, producers, remixers and fans have everything they need to add their own personality Glenn’s astonishing work.”
Anomaly is available for listening, remixing and reimagining on Blend, a music collaboration platform that allows musicians to share and remix, or “blend” each other’s tracks. Hogan’s Live sets for movements I and II of Anomaly are currently published on Blend, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
Blend is currently an invite-only community and new users can use this VIP link to get instant access to the Glenn Kotche project: https://blend.io/vip/cantaloupe.
To view the video tutorial, please visit: http://vimeo.com/98912775
SAE Institute Miami 2007 graduate Oje Ken Ollivierre, who performs under the name Protoje, is currently completing his third full-length album, which will be released in September 2014. The album is a joint venture between Kingston-based Overstand Entertainment and Protoje’s self-owned independent label Indignation Collective.
SAE Institute Miami 2007 graduate Oje Ken Ollivierre, who performs under the name Protoje, is currently completing his third full-length album, which will be released in September 2014.
“The album will be a whole new sound for me,” says Protoje. “My previous albums were more R&B-tinged, while the next one will be more dub/rock/roots-reggae. In terms of the songs’ subject matter, I’m aiming to re-establish the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism.”
SAE Institute Miami 2007 graduate Oje Ken Ollivierre, who performs under the name Protoje, is currently completing his third full-length album, which will be released in September 2014.
Protoje grew up in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, which is located in central Jamaica, and attended Munro College, a prominent boarding school near his home. Both of his parents were involved in music: his mother Lorna Bennett, a vocalist, had a hit song in 1972 called “Breakfast In Bed,” and his father Scotty Bennett was a Calypso Monarch of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Along with being of fan of such reggae stars as Black Uhuru and Buju Banton, Protoje also enjoyed the sounds of American hip hop artists as a youngster, including Slick Rick and Jay Z.
VIDEO: Protoje ft. Ky-Mani Marley – \”Rasta Love\”
In 2006, Proteje decided to pursue course work in audio engineering. He researched several leading colleges in the United States, and ultimately chose to enroll in the Audio Technology Program at SAE Institute Miami.
“SAE Miami’s location, curriculum, and facilities were the right fit for me,” says Proteje. “I appreciate the education and training that SAE provided, and I really learned a lot about the technical side of music. The experience helped me to have a disciplined approach to my work as a solo recording artist.”
After graduating from SAE Miami in 2007, Protoje returned to Jamaica to begin his recording career. He had been writing songs while studying at SAE, and in 2009, Protoje released his first single “Arguments” on Don Corleon Records. His first album, “The Seven Year Itch”, was released in 2011 and charted #2 in Canada, #3 in the U.S. and #4 in France. It included the single “Rasta Love” featuring Ky-Mani Marley, which was a major reggae hit across the globe and has garnered close to 15,000,000 views on YouTube. Protoje’s follow-up album, “The 8 Year Affair”, came out in 2013 and climbed to #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
“The audio technology principles that I learned at SAE have helped me to guide the engineering and mixing of my music,” says Proteje. “I have also produced many of my songs, one of which will be featured on my new album.”
Protoje’s success has created demand for his live performances on stages across Europe, including Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, and Slovenia. He’s also gigged in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, French Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, and Jamaica.
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“For SAE students or grads who are aiming to be recording artists, my advice is to get right into it,” says Protoje. “You have very limited time to hone your craft, develop your brand, and present it to the world. However, once your pursuits as a recording artist have ended, having the engineering skills that you developed at SAE will be extremely valuable, and will always be useful.”
M80 Dynamic Mics for the Acoustic Basement Stage
Pictured with a Telefunken M80 dynamic mic is performer and Van's Warped Tour producer Brian Marquis. Photo by Dani Fresh.
LA-based producer/recording artist Brian Marquis has chosen TELEFUNKEN’s M80 dynamic microphone for the Acoustic Basement Stage on the Van’s Warped Tour. With more than 100 bands and artists, and stops all over the US and Canada, the Van’s Tour celebrates music from Alaska to Florida, from California to New York, culminating in the final show in Denver, CO on August 3.
“I produce the stage, book all the artists, coordinate with our sponsor, stage manage while out on the road, and also perform each day,” explains Brian Marquis. “My Full Sail University intern turned me on to Telefunken, and our FOH provided by Rat Sound takes care of all our live sound applications on the tour.”
The Acoustic Basement Stage is a venue on the tour where musicians and singer/songwriters play stripped down acoustic sets in the shade of a large 40×30 tent stage. Last year, acts included Yellowcard, Anti-flag, Sleeping with Sirens, and Chuck Ragan, among numerous other breakout artists.
“The M80 captures all the character and subtlety in my vocals that usually gets lost with other live vocal mics,” remarked Marquis. “It captures vocals so clearly that it really gives confidence to the artists on stage. The M80 is very detailed, clear, and full-bodied, and cuts through the clamor and noise of an outdoor festival. It’s a great mic – period.”
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Flawless 16-Track Analog Masters for CD, BluRay, and Vinyl
Pictured at Bernie Grundman's in Hollywood are (L-R) mastering engineer Bernie Grundman and CSNY engineer Stanley Johnston. Photo by David Goggin.
Stanley Johnston, longtime recording engineer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has mastered at Bernie Grundman’s the band’s historic 1974 tour. Recorded to 16-track analog 2-inch tape by Elliot Mazer and never released, the project collects the very best of numerous big arena and outdoor stadium dates with one of the most popular groups of the day.
“This project has been the most difficult, yet rewarding work I’ve ever done in my 50 years of recording,” says Graham Nash. “It rekindled the love I have for my partners and the music we have made together.”
“This recording has been in storage for 40 years like fine wine,” reports Stanley Johnston. “Never released, it sounds fabulous. It’s really wonderful to hear the whole loving team. I mentioned to Graham the other day that when you’ve got both Stephen Stills and Neil Young playing lead guitar on your song, it’s pretty amazing.”
Recorded at multiple venues, the band includes Russell Kunkel on drums, Tim Drummond on bass (from the James Brown band), and percussionist Joe Lala, who was in Still’s band Manassas. The Warner Bros. album will be released on CD, Blue-Ray, high-def 24-bit 192 kHz, and also traditional high-quality vinyl.
“CSNY did a tour of three-hour shows in 1974 and we’ve assembled it all into one show,” explained Johnston. “Just as the shows were presented, there is first an electric set, then an intermission, and then an acoustic set, and then a final electric set. Typically, the band would play the first electric set and then take a break and then come back and do the acoustic set, which was a combination of the two. Acoustically they’d do songs that had all four of them sometimes, maybe only three out of the four, maybe one of them alone, so they’d each have a section. Then they would return to the stage and finish the show electric.”
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were one of the reigning supergroups in the 70s, noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often raging interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
“The acoustic set is really a sweet journey through a whole lot of songwriting and a whole lot of performing combinations,” added Johnston. “Sometimes it’s Steven and Neil. Sometimes it’s just Graham and David. Sometimes it’s Steven and Graham. It’s nice, a lot fun.”
Mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, who has worked with virtually every recording and distribution format, remarked, “I’m surprised at how good it sounds from way in the past and maybe that’s the reason, because of all the hard work they put into it. Nowadays, with so much digital processing, the worst sounding material is usually live recording, unfortunately. This 1974 recording doesn’t show any signs of poor recording or degraded audio. It actually sounds surprisingly good and that just contributes to the enjoyment because the musicality is still there. This is a good format, 16-track analog, and anything that’s now being done to it, is in the highest 192 sampling rate.”
Several versions of CSNY 1974 will be available July 7/8 From CSNY & Rhino, including previously pnreleased concert footage, and a limited edition set presented In a custom wood box. Learn more about this historic project at:
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TwoDots original soundtrack and remixes, as well as ten ringtones are now available on all major streaming networks
NYC (June 24 , 2014) – Blend (http://blend.io), an online network where musicians share and collaborate on tracks, announces its debut as a record label with the release of the original soundtrack to TwoDots, the sequel to the very popular and Webby Award winning Dots game which launched last year to over 20 million downloads.
Joining forces once again with Upright T-Rex, the sound designers from the original Dots game, the TwoDots Original Soundtrack evolves from the classic bleeps and tones to a lush, orchestrated and immersive album. With a diverse range of genres and moods, the twelve-track offering weaves from old school cool cuts like Dusty Dots to the pensive, synth laden meditations of Fire Forrest, creating a narrative just as engaging as the app experience itself.
Included on the album are the two winning remixes created from the recent Blend.io remix competition, where “Blenders” remixed the TwoDots theme song in their own style and direction. Remix winner Proper Villains is a NYC based dubstep and bass producer who’s trap-style take on the the TwoDots theme rivals some of the biggest club tracks out today. The contest’s co-winner, Barcelona based audio/visual remixer Eclectic Method, injects a upbeat Drum N Bass flavor to his rework, adding a dose of high energy rhythms and clever repurposing of the original track’s instrumentation.
Along with the original soundtrack, Blend is also releasing ten ringtones to bring TwoDots’ themes into your calls, texts, alarms and alerts.
TwoDots (Original Soundtrack) Tracklist:
1. Dusty Dots
2. Dusty Dots in-game
3. Undersea Adventures
4. Ice Fortress
5. Fire Forrest
6. Dusty Duo
7. Bossa Bossa
8. Lift Off Parade
9. Lovely Adventure
10. Travel Hearts
11. Dusty Dots (Proper Villains Remix) http://blnd.io/1hRAoRU
12. Dusty Dots (Eclectic Method Remix) http://blnd.io/1q8izk2
The TwoDots Original Soundtrack will be available digitally worldwide on June 24, 2014 through all major online retailers and streaming services, including iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/album/id891304214
Blend was created for musicians to connect and share in-progress tracks and collaborate, or “blend” each other’s works. While other networks focus on publishing completed music, Blend provides a platform for musicians to collaborate directly with each other in their native (source) format. Blend supports major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, Garageband, and more. More DAWs are continuously added, allowing music creators to find, share and collaborate on music projects in their native (source) format. While other networks publish completed music, Blend’s focus is on creating and collaborating while projects are in progress. For more information and to enter, please visit http://blend.io.
Famed Producer/Engineer Returns to The Neve 88R in Studio D
Pictured (L-R) in Ocean Ways Studio D are Wesley Seidman, assistant engineer; Jeremy Parker, Pro Tools engineer; Dave Fortman, producer/mixer; Sully Ema, Godsmack frontman. Photo by David Goggin.
Successful producer/engineer Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot, Watership Down) returned to Ocean Way for overdubs and the mix for “1000HP,” the new album from top band Godsmack. Joining Fortman in the Neve 88R-equipped Studio D were Godsmack founder and frontman Sully Ema, Pro Tools programmer Jeremy Parker, and Ocean Way engineer Wesley Seidman.
Fortman previously worked in Studio D on the multiplatinum Evanescence album “The Open Door.” “I love the studio,” says Fortman. “I came back to get that unique sound for this new Godsmack record and we really nailed it and had a great time.”
The hard rock/alternative metal band Godsmack from Lawrence, Massachusetts was formed in 1995 and is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Ema, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. The band has had three consecutive #1 albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. The band also has 20 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the top five, a record number of top ten singles by a rock artist.
“The Neve 88R at Ocean Way has great color and that great Neve low end like an 80 series old school console, but with the brightness of a modern desk,” adds Fortman. “This is an amazing studio, excellent sounding room, and a great desk with a unique, original sound. ”
Godsmack has sold over 20 million records and have have proven to be one of the highest-grossing artists in the United States. Their new album “1000HP” will be released August 5 on Republic/Universal records.
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Scott Frankfurt Records and Peter Mokran Mixes for Sony/OKeh Records
Pictured in session at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (L-R) mixer Peter Mokran, recording engineer Scott Frankfurt, Sergio Mendes, and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
The “King of Bossa Nova” Sergio Mendes has mastered his new album, ” Magic,” at Bernie Grundman Mastering with recording engineer Scott Frankfurt, mix engineer Peter Mokran, and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. The new album is Mendes’ first for the OKeh Records imprint of Sony Music Masterworks.
Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums. His new recording features eclectic and upbeat Brazilian rhythms with guest vocalists John Legend, Janelle Monae, and Gracinha Leporace, among others. One of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums and has won 3 Grammy(r) Awards.
In 2012, Mendes received his first Oscar nomination in the music category for “Real In Rio” from the animated, 3-D feature film Rio. In addition to being the executive music producer for the blockbuster film, he also contributed five songs to the movie. The soundtrack, “Rio: Music from the Motion Picture”, featured re-recorded versions of his hits “Mas Que Nada” and “Valsa Carioca.” Mendes was executive music producer for the animated feature sequel “Rio 2″, released in April.
“What a joy it has been to work with Sergio,” remarked recording engineer Scott Frankfurt. “This is our third album together, but the first where I was the recording engineer. Over these months during the creation of ‘Magic’, it’s been a privilege to be at Sergio’s right hand as he invents, shapes, and draws out the best from the music and all of the incredibly talented people in his orbit. His enthusiasm and energy is infectious — the work ethic is steady, smart and laced with joy. I’ve never worked beside a man who can be so precise harmonically and melodically.”
Technical and musical highlights from the sessions included recording John Legend with the studio’s vintage Neumann U47 microphone, Janelle Monae on the Blue Bottle mic using a custom B9 capsule, and drum and percussion sessions utilizing GP2 BL99 mic pre’s. Mendes’ piano solos were recorded on the studio’s Steinway with Mojave MA-300s and Millennia mic pre’s. Horn sessions used Royer mics and Vintech gear. Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar and Alphonso Johnson on bass recorded with Phoenix Audio gear.
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Frankfurt commented on Bernie Grundman’s mastering of the new album, “I trust his ears, the way he shapes the low end and gets the top just right. He’s a formidable combination of taste and discipline.”
“Sergio is a music legend and we are proud at OKeh that he chose the label for the next chapter in his astonishing career,” said Wulf Müller, who oversees A&R for OKeh Records.
Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Music Masterworks, said: “2014 will be an exciting year for Brazil and Brazilian music – and Sergio Mendes’ new album is one of the highlights of the year.”
“Magic” is scheduled for release this June in Europe and Asia, followed by releases in Latin America and the USA in late August and early September.
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