Daking At Dugout
FET Compressors For Guitarist and Producer Doug Hamblin's
Private Studio in Los Angeles
Hamblin, an award-winning blues guitarist and producer who has
toured as a headliner and on bills with blues giants such as Albert
King, John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor and Dr. John, has installed a
pair of Daking
FET Compressor/Limiters at his private studio facility - The
Dugout - in Los Angeles. Hamblin, who has led his own band and also
performed, written and/or toured with Southside Johnny Lyon, Stephen
Stills, Johnny Rivers, Bruce Willis and Ivan Neville, is utilizing
the two Daking FET Compressors in the mixdown signal path from his
digital audio workstation.
them to go from my digital multi-track to my mix bus, mixing down
to tape," explains Hamblin. "I am always trying to get
the mixes to be more punchy and warm, and less of that digital thing.
It seems to me that with these Daking boxes and going to half-track
tape it pulls everything together just right."
began busking as a teenager in the streets of San Francisco, continues,
"As a musician/producer, as opposed to an engineer/producer,
I guess I'm partial to the vintage gear and analog stuff. I've tried
to marry that to digital technology and use what's good about both.
I have this theory that the more knobs an amp has, the worse it
sounds. I like gear that's straight up, and does the job, and has
some character to it. That's how I ended up with the Daking compressors."
upon the Daking FET Compressor/Limiters while researching the optimal
units to install in his mix chain, as he recalls. "I had an
idea of what I was looking for in my sound chain and I was reading
an interview with Chris Lord-Alge where he mentioned these Daking
units. He was raving about them. I thought, they sounded pretty
good, so I gave them a shot. And, you know, I'm glad I did. They
The Daking FET
Compressors are getting a good workout at The Dugout, where Hamblin
is typically found busy juggling several client projects along with
his own solo recordings. "I'm currently co-producing an album
of roots music with Johnny Rivers. I've worked with Johnny on the
road, writing, in the studio, for years and years. We started out
just sort of kicking ideas around, almost demo style, but the vocals
and guitar sounds we were getting were just so good, we had to finish
them. We called Jim Keltner in on drums, and two tracks finally
ended up on the 2-CD Secret Agent Man Anthology, released last fall
on the Shout Factory label. "I was at Capitol when JR was doing
the remastering - from the original vault tapes - of "Secret
Agent Man," "Poor Side of Town," and the others.
It was encouraging to hear how my tracks stacked up alongside them!"
Other musicians featured on the Rivers project include Chris Hillman,
Herb Pederson and Bob Glaub. "Tweaking the room and the mics
is an ongoing process, and I'm feeling really good about the way
it's sounding," says Hamblin. "I think the Daking compressors
have definitely taken the quality of the mixes up a level."
also been working on some jingles with Bobby Hart, formerly of Boyce
& Hart, the songwriters, performers and producers behind the
early Monkees albums and TV series soundtrack. For the past 15 years
Hamblin has also played with Bruce Willis' band, The Accelerators,
touring with him worldwide, and now and then supplying guitar for
Willis projects such as "The Whole Nine Yards," and the
animated "Bruno The Kid" series for Film Roman. "I've
also cut some back porch style blues tracks with just myself on
Dobro and Bruce on harmonica, that is so cool. It shocks people,
when I tell 'em who it is. Who knows, maybe someday he'll decide
to release it!"
impressed with Geoff's product, and with Geoff," comments Hamblin.
"I think that the customer support is excellent and he is very
personable. Maybe its because he's a musician himself, so he 'gets
it'. It's not like some of these companies where you can't get hold
of anybody on the phone."
recorded in 1977 with the late Bay Area blues man Stu Blank, and
the new wave band, Jo Allen and The Shapes. After a stint in New
Orleans, he became a fixture in the Bay Area blues circuit and,
in 1988, he teamed with vocalist Jan Fanucci and released a critically-acclaimed
debut album of blues originals that reached Billboard Magazine's
Top Ten Radio charts, receiving a BAMMY nomination for Blues Artist
of the Year in the process. Doug relocated to L.A. in the early
90s. In 1998, he served as music director at the 4th Annual Blues
Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards, backing R&B legends
Ruth Brown, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Ray Charles. Hamblin's original
score for POV documentary, "Tobacco Blues," received a
2002 New York Times Critic's Pick.
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on Daking contact Brad
Lunde at www.lasvegasproaudio.com
or Phone (702) 307-2700
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TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly
become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing
representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio
providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product
expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes
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GROUP TO DISTRIBUTE BOCK AUDIO
will be the US distributor and marketer for Bock Audio, microphone
guru David Bock's newly created company. This new Southern California
company is hand building high-end custom microphones for the recording
industry. Bock Audio's purpose is to deliver the highest possible
performance and long-term usefulness in new studio microphones.
Owing to David
Bock's long history and great renown in the pro audio and audiophile
communities, Bock Audio is as close to being a legend, at its very
inception, as any company could hope to be. It is a fitting addition
to TransAudio already prestigious roster.
David Bock is
arguably the most experienced builder and modifier of large diaphragm
tube mics in world and is one of very few microphone specialists
who really understands how the materials, design, and build of vintage
microphones give them their sought-after sounds. Bock has put that
knowledge to extensive use, customizing microphones for the industry's
top recording engineers to give them particular sound characteristics.
He cut his teeth as a tech at some of the most prestigious studios
in the world, including the Hit Factory, Ocean Way, and Hyde Street,
before co-founding and then running Soundelux Microphones from 1996
In 2007, David
formed Bock Audio to carry on his personal designs developed over
the past ten years. TransAudio Group's founder, Brad Lunde, recognized
David Bock's unique ability to engineer to a "sound."
"Most modern microphone manufacturers simply build a mic and
then try to sell its sound, however that sound may turn out. In
stark contrast, David Bock first finds out what sound characteristics
people want, then builds a microphone with those characteristics.
His rare talent has led many of our industry's highly regarded engineers
and vocalists to depend on David's microphones for their most important
Bock Audio manufactures
three models at present: the 195 (previously known as the U195),
the 151 (previously known as the E251C) and the 251 (previously
known as the ELUX251). These models were designed by David Bock
and continue in production under the Bock Audio brand. All three
models are now shipping.
For more info
on Bock Audio contact Brad
Lunde at www.lasvegasproaudio.com
or Phone (702) 307-2700
founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier
US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative
for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers
and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support
far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes Accusound,
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA) and Weiss
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA).
Expresso Cat Walk And Talk...
Def Jam Music Group announced that it has revived the defunct Mercury
Records Ltd. and tapped a former Sony Music veteran David Massey
to run it. Massey was Shakira's former A&R and previously was
president of Daylight Records and served as an executive vice president
at Sony Music Label Group US Massey is credited with signing and
helping develop artists such as Good Charlotte, Phantom Planet and
Cyndi Lauper. Mr. Massey, who will be based in New York, will report
directly to Chairman Antonio LA Reid. This is
an extraordinary opportunity, said Mr. Massey. To work
alongside LA Reid, Shawn Carter, Steve Bartels, Jermaine Dupri,
and the entire Island Def Jam staff, as we breathe new life into
Mercury Records, is a chance to put all our creativity and initiative
to the test. I look forward to the challenge. Prior to joining
Epic, Mr. Massey was based in London where he had a successful career
in artist management in addition to heading his own independent
record company, Big World Records. He holds a Masters in Law from
Cambridge University. SONY executives David Gray and Evan L join
Massey at Mercury.
Center Inc., the largest US musical instrument retailer, said Wednesday
its board had accepted a $1.9 billion cash buyout offer from a private
equity firm. The deal with affiliates of Bain Capital Partners LLC
came amid speculation that a buyout was in the works. Guitar Center
had hired investment bank Goldman Sachs & Co. to auction the
company. Bain Capital offered to pay $63 per share, which represents
a premium of 26 percent over Guitar Center's closing price Tuesday
of $50.06. The purchase price is based on the company's 30.2 million
shares outstanding at the end of March. Under the agreement, the
buyers will also assume about $200 million in debt, pushing the
total transaction value to $2.1 billion.Guitar Center shares climbed
$9.84, or 19.7 percent, to $59.90 in premarket trading. Marty Albertson,
Guitar Center chairman and chief executive, said in a statement
that the deal "is a strong validation of the company's accomplishments
over the years as well as our future growth prospects." Guitar
Center began in 1959 when former car salesman Wayne Mitchell purchased
a small appliance and home organ store in Hollywood. In 1964, Mitchell
converted a movie theater next door to his Hollywood shop, and opened
the first Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. The
company, which now has more than 210 stores, went public in 1997.
The stock has more than tripled since its initial share sale, and
revenue last year was $2.03 billion, compared with $296.7 million
year, Guitar Center bought musical instrument retailer Woodwind
& Brasswind for about $30 million. Guitar
Center posted first quarter profit of $17.2 million, a 9.7 percent
increase from a year earlier, as sales climbed 14 percent to $534.5
Idol winner Jordin Sparks and German Idol winner Mark Medlock are
the latest reality TV winners to secure record deals. 17-year old
Jordin Sparks is daughter of former Dallas Cowboys left cornerback
Phillippi Sparks. As Idol's most recent champ, Sparks joins original
Idol winner Kelly Clarkson; Idol 3 winner Fantasia Barrino; and
Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood as the fourth female to take home
the show's title in six seasons. "I look-up to them because
I've been watching them the past couple years in their careers and
have their records, and I would love to model my career after theirs'
because they've been so successful," said Sparks, who described
herself as a "diehard" Idol fan. The grand prize for being
crowned Idol's winner is a management contract with Idol creator
Simon Fuller's 19 Management and a recording contract with a division
of the BMG Music Group recording company headed by industry legend
Clive Davis. Her first single will be "This Is My Now,"
a ballad written by Seattle residents Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody
that won American Idol's sixth-season songwriting contest. Deutschland's
Mark Medlock, this season's winner, was awarded a contract with
State Logic, the worlds leading manufacturer of analogue and
digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music,
broadcast and post production professionals, is pleased to announce
the promotion of Quinton Nixon to the position of Partnership Manager.
Congrats to SSL -- they have been honored with three nominations
for the 23rd annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC)
Berger, president of Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG), was recently
named the recipient of the 10th annual TEF Heyser Award at the NSCA
convention in Orlando, Florida. Each year, the TEF Advisory Committee
presents this prestigious honor to an individual whose work utilizing
Richard Heyser's patents in Time Delay Spectrometry (TDS) have significantly
advanced proficiency in the Audio Industry more specifically
acoustical design or measurement.
Cavallo (left with Green Day) who often plays the piano on albums
he produces (for example on the song "Mama" in the My
Chemical Romance album The Black Parade which he produced) exited
Warner to join Level 7. Cavallo produced Green Day (the 14-million-selling
album Dookie and the four-million-selling Insomnia), Goo Goo Dolls,
L7, the Dance Hall Crashers, Alanis Morissette ("Uninvited"
from the City of Angels soundtrack), Jawbreaker, and the Muffs.
Music Group is partnering its digital label Cordless with Rykodisc,
a move intended to give Cordless artists access to Rykodisc's staff
and distribution while enhancing the digital offerings of Rykodisc.
As part of the restructuring, Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon
has been named senior director of A&R and artist development
for Rykodisc. Moon joined the WMG family last year when he was named
an A&R executive with Warner imprint Nonesuch. In his new role,
Moon will be working closely with Ruby Marchand, who was the head
of A&R for Cordless and has now been named head of A&R for
Rkyodisc, home to Joe Jackson and Kelly Willis, will later this
year release solo albums from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Del
Amitri's Justin Currie.
"It is a privilege to work with Slim in bringing Rykodisc back
to its cutting edge roots, especially knowing that we'll have the
brain trust of the Cordless team helping us move forward in the
digital world," says Marchand.
hopes to breathe life into the career of one aspiring female comic
with the launch Tuesday of the network's first online competition.
Dubbed the Create-A-Series Comedy Competition, the contest challenges
entrants to produce what the network describes as a bold, clever
comedy series geared toward the 18-39 female demographic. The winner
will land a 10- to 13-episode run on Oxygen's broadband channel,
SheDidWhat.tv. Molly Shannon will serve as a judge for the contest,
which runs through Aug. 31.development/production team and the film
and television industry. The winner will be chosen Dec. 15. Contest
participants are asked to submit their short concept video along
with a two-page treatment to www.oxygen.com/createaseries.
Series content is expected to be character-driven, with episodes
three to five minutes in length. Content can feature the performance
talents of the creator, though it isn't a requirement. In addition
to receiving a six-month series run, the winning creator will garner
a $75,000 production budget and an experienced showrunner to help
them develop and produce the series. The show will be promoted on
Oxygen and Oxygen.com. Five finalists will be flown to New York
in October to pitch their series ideas to Shannon along with other
judges drawn from Oxygen's development/production team and the film
and television industry. The winner will be chosen Dec. 15. Cynthia
Ashworth, Senior VP Marketing said that while the site began more
as a marketing tool, it now is being positioned as a free-standing
video destination on the Web. "We're looking to negotiate two
to three Web original series per year and also original shorts and
webisodes from hit series, with new content going on there four
to five days a week," Ashworth added.
Davis and Simon Cowell announce that they will partner together
to supervise the much-anticipated international debut album by 21-year
old British singing sensation Leona
Lewis, the first female winner of Britain's top-rated television
show, The X Factor, which will be released on J/Syco Records. Both
recognized as industry giants, Davis and Cowell will work together
in a first-of-its-kind partnership on both song and producer selection
for Lewis' eagerly-awaited first CD. Lewis will also be the first
winner of a major television talent show on either side of the Atlantic
to be given a major global launch with the release of the CD. ck
her out at myspace
(Ludacris) is just one of the most loyal clients at Patchwerk
in Georgia. He has mixed multiple songs from his latest album Red
Light District with engineers Leslie Brathwaite (pictured
above) & Kori Anders in studio 9000 which has sold 10 million.
Another great artist who tours all over the world, Destinys
Child/Columbia, frequents Patchwerk when in Atlanta. Early in May,
producer Ced Keyz tracked the beat for Cater to You Remix
and Girl Remix. Steve Fisher engineered the session
and was assisted by Miles Walker. Also at the studio was Raekwon
The Chef, under Universal, a regular at NY studios,
he graced Patchwerk in May with engineer Steve Fisher, he recorded
vocals for Run Away Child and Long As You Come
Home(Brook Valentine featuring Raekwon). He also worked on
Black Jesus, and Fantom. PatchWerk
Recording Studios, a world-class recording facility owned by former
Atlanta Falcons star Bob Whitfield. It recently took delivery of
State Logic Duality console. The 48-channel Duality is PatchWerks
second SSL console: Studio 9000 features the first and only SSL
9000 J Series console in Georgia. With Duality, PatchWerk is once
again making waves as the only studio in the world with both consoles.
Contact Curtis Daniel or Sanarr McLaughlin at 404.874.9880
market for Internet TV will grow from $422.7 million in 2006 to
a projected $5.79 billion in 2011, and although news was the ad-driver
for 'net TV in 2006, by 2011 it will be number three behind sports
and entertainment. That's according to a just-released report, Internet
TV: Revenue and Network Demands for Online News, Sports and Entertainment
Video, from market research firm iSupply.
Drive" Mixes with Avastor
Avastor VP Richard Wilson and co-engineers Jason Joshua and Dave
Pensado, with the Avastor HDX hard drive, at Larabee Studios. Photo
by David Goggin
Drive" Pensado's recent hits include Nelly Furtado's album
Loose; Christina Aguilera's album Back to Basics; Pussycat Dolls,
PCD; Mary J. Blige, Breakthrough, Macy Gray, Big; and Rich Boy's
new album Rich Boy. He is typically doing a mix a day and uses Avastor
high performance HDX Drives. "When you get a ProTools error
message that the information cannot be retrieved fast enough from
the drive, you have to split your session across two drives, and
sometimes three. With Avastor I don't have to do that. It's efficient,
it's fast, and sessions that would normally require me to spread
out across multiple drives, I am now doing on one Avastor."
Although Pensado is primarily a mix engineer, he offers this comment
about tracking with Avastor: "When you are tracking and you
are under the gun and getting some great stuff, the last thing you
want to do is turn around and tell everybody in the room to give
you five minutes to back everything up. The reliability of the drive
is everything in the track, so I would highly recommend these HDX
drives for tracking."
is not a big fan of sessions with a lot of little regions,"
Pensado continues, "And fades especially slow it down quite
a bit. Avastor doesn't mind a lot of regions and a lot of fades
because it is such an efficient drive. The standard hard drive solution
is to consolidate tracks, but it takes time and that adds up. Even
though it is a small amount of time, when you multiply that by 10
or 12 times a day you've saved an hour. Getting to go to sleep at
3AM as opposed to 4AM doesn't sound like much, but if it's every
day of the week it is quite a bit. So, I thank this drive for a
some extra sleep." Avastor
drives feature cooling fans and an internal power supply, as opposed
to the typical wallwart "powerbrick." "An internal
power supply is much steadier," remarks Pensado. "You
can generate a lot more current. It's not the voltage that you are
worried about, it's the current. To get that much current out of
a wallwart would require a big one. And also they aren't grounded,
so if there is an earthing problem it goes straight back into the
drive electronics - ouch."
Summing it up,
Pensado concludes: "The fan, the power supply, the Lockbox
case, and a number of other factors are all part of the Avastor
picture. Some sharp engineers and demanding users sat down and tried
to figure out how to build a better mousetrap. In my opinion, Avastor
has done that." Songs
that Pensado has worked on, many of which have reached #1, include
Pink, "Get the Party Started"; Keyshia Cole, "Love";
Destiny's Child, "Check On It"; "Lady Marmalade"
(Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink); Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful";
and Keith Urban, "I Told You So." Among other artists
he has worked with are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Lil' Kim, Brian
McKnight, Justin Timberlake, and Warren G.
Meet Me In
An exclusive to studioexpresso Interview With John Cloud, Head
of International/Label Manager, Playground Music Scandinavia
In an effort
to introduce artists to new distribution avenues and international
markets, studioexpresso brings this two-part interview with John
Cloud of Playground Music Scandinavia who works with numerous artistes
to include: Allison Krauss, Ibrahim Ferrer and Arctic Monkeys, to
name a few
Playground Music Scandinavia is an independent record company operating
all over Scandinavia with offices in Denmark, Finland, Norway and
Sweden. Playground produce, sell, market and promote music in physical
and digital form from local offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
and Tampere. The administrative headquarter is based in Malmö.
Playground artists directly signed or represented includes; The
Rasmus, Ace of Base, Timbuktu, Frida Hyvönen, Apulanta, Snook,
Strip Music, Private Line, Ayesha, The Concretes, Mokoma, Chords,
Advance Patrol, Slow Train Soul, Halvdan Sivertsen, Finn Kalvik,
Karen Busck, Ufo & Yepha, Anna David among many others. Playground
is the owner of the Swedish label Diesel with artists like Lisa
Nilsson, Titiyo, Koop, Mauro Scocco and Blacknuss. Playground represents
local labels like Phontastic, Hybris, Juju, GB-fam, Murena, Daworks,
Heptagon, Morningsside, Levi-Ythiö among many others throughout
Scandinavia. Playground represents several international independent
labels such as Beggars Banquet, SPV, 4 AD,Rounder, XL Recordings,
Eagle Rock, Sugar Hill, New West, Munich, Edel, Eagle Vision, K7,
Union Square, Domino, Vanguard, World Circuit and many more. Playground
have local distribution partners on Iceland and in Estonia, Latvia
and Lithuania, thereby offering of full scale representation for
the whole Nordic region.
us about distribution avenues at Playground
JC: Our distribution is in all of Scandianvia. Our warehouse for
Sweden, Norway, Danmark, Island (ENS - which is used by Majors)
is based in Börås Sweden
In Finland, we use Edel Music warehouse. They ship to Finland and
the Baltics States
We sell to Records shops/chains, Grossist, On-line shops like Ginza
and CDON who are big clients as well as to supermarkets like Åhlens.
in your playground? List the current artist roster
JC: Signed to Playground Label are: The Rasmus, Strip Music, Pennebaker,
KOOP. Licensed to Playground is quite a few: Al Deloner, Monsterizer,
Processory, Amber. Then we have acts from all of Scandinavia that
we work international through our distribution agreements we have
the International rights. Our big names are: Private Line FIN, Torch
NOR, The School NOR, Tapes FIN, Kaihoro FIN, Manzana FIN, Slowtrainsoul
DAN, Amber DAN, Accu FIN
SE: Does your
label acquire finished masters or provide a recording budget?
JC: We do both. If we direct sign then we have recording budget
etc. If License we acquire master then manufacture and release
SE: When you
sign a new artist, what are the first 2-3 things that happen? What
should an artist expect?
JC: That the artist has to work as hard as we do. They should have
a myspace site set up and announce they are signing to us and promote
the process via that site. Then we ask for songs lots of songs so
we can go through and weed out the weak ones and get the best possible
songs to make a great album. Then they should start playing shows
to small publics to build a fan base while the recording process
is being planned.
your opinion of todays music market is the labels
job easier or harder and why?
JC: Easier as the more we move digitally the less expensive it is
to market and promote. Harder as you have to learn a lot of technical
things that process is growing daily and new sites and new ways
invented every week. You have to keep up.
SE: List some
things that have changed and those that have not as far as what
fans are looking for and as far as compelling artists go
JC: Fans want music that moves them. This will always be the reality.
They want music fast and in many cases in the early stages for free
as they don't want to spend their money on an unproved band. I am
for giving to get and I think it works. The fan wants to feel a
part of their artist and they communicate with them via myspace
and listen and get music and the word of mouth process starts working.
We are back to the sixties where word of mouth about a great band
is the mode. Marketing up and artist to sell is the kiss of death
and people are not buying it anymore. We have been advertised to
so long that we are numb to it. Also promoting music via telephones
you give to get.
SE: Does your
label get involved with artist promotion use an example of
what was done with one of your artists that resulted positively
JC: Yes we do. We have been advertising with banners on web-communities
for a Goth synth band we have. We have Allison Krauss and Ibrahim
Ferrer banners up on Dagenskiva.se these are music communities where
you direct let them know the albums are out. No hype or fluff or
quotes just announcements then they can link via the banner to an
online store. This has worked very well. We also have placed tracks
on Sonic Magazine Free CD (they chose if they want it on we can
only suggest). If yes we know we go out to 25000 tastemakers. We
also use www.yoursongs.se to promote music as well as various other
Art Of Noise?
Getting In Trouble For Recording The Sounds Of Intermission
According to Daniel J. Wakin of the New York Times, for seven years,
DeLaurenti went to orchestral concerts wired, wearing a leather
vest with microphones nestled in the shoulders and cables running
down the back. Come intermission, when the audience wandered out
... [Mr. DeLaurenti] made his way toward the stage. With his MiniDisc
recorder running, he secretly captured the random sounds that followed:
woodwind noodles, honks of oboe reeds, the murmur of voices, the
scraping of chairs. For Mr. DeLaurenti, 39, a Seattle-based sound
artist and composer, the noises were art. Now, out of more
than 50 hours of recording, he has compiled a CD of greatest hits.
It is called Favorite Intermissions: Music Before and Between
Beethoven, Stravinsky, Holst. DeLaurenti comments: I
have faith that in any sound or collection of sounds, music lies
therein. Wakin adds: Virtually all concert halls ban
photography or recording, and contracts with musicians unions
strictly govern what can be preserved, so Mr. DeLaurenti had to
go under cover. Mark Volpe, the president of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, comments: I dont think the musicians have
any expectations that the intermission, which is mostly crowd noise,
is proprietary. The New York Times has a front-page piece
on their website right now about the Seattle-based composer and
sound artistand Stranger music columnistChristopher
DeLaurenti. Its the top story on the NYTs website right
Agency & IMG Artists Collaboration
The idea for
the collaboration was first seeded during production of the award-winning
film The Red Violin. Gorfaine/Schwartz represents John
Corigliano, who composed the Academy-Award winning score, and
IMG Artists Sobol manages violinist, Bell, who worked for
more than two years as artistic advisor and soloist on the score.
The tremendous success of the movies Oscar-winning soundtrack
was the catalyst for a closer working relationship between the two
companies and ultimately led to the formation of the new venture
in order to create additional opportunities for their artists.
Both of our companies have been in business for more than
two decades. In our own 25 years in business, we have never done
anything like this," said Schwartz. "There is no other
company like IMG Artists, and that is why we are moving forward.
It is a perfect fit."
Our admiration and respect for Gorfaine/Schwartz and our excitement
about the possibilities of what we can achieve together is unbridled,
said Fuhrman. In the rapidly evolving world of performing
arts, this partnership allows us to go outside the traditional roles
that management and booking agencies usually play," said Sobol.
"Through the avenues of Gorfaine/Schwartz, our clients will
have opportunities in the film and television world, while IMG Artists
can offer Gorfaine/Schwartz clients access to the global arena
for live events. Gorfaine/Schwartz and IMG are already collaborating
on the following projects:
Songbook The partnership will handle the international tour
for the Dave Stewart Songbook, which premieres at Londons
Tower Music Festival on July 14. DStewart, joined by a group of
musicians and a 30 piece orchestra, will perform and showcase some
of his catalogue of work, including many of the hits he wrote with
Annie Lennox (his longtime partner in Eurythmics), as well as those
pieces co-written or recorded with Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani, Bono,
Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Dr. Dre, Timbaland,
The Neptunes, Beyonce, George Harrison and Joss Stone.
**Not the Messiah The partnership is handling the international
tour of Not the Messiah, an oratorio, in which the story of the
Messiah is given a Monty Python treatment. The spectacle by Eric
Idle and John Du Prez of Spamalot fame is complete with
an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists and bagpipes with Idle and
Du Prez performing and unfurls in Toronto, with the Toronto
Symphony, June 1-2 and June 4.
**August Rush The partnership is working with Warner Bros.
on concert presentations based on the movie August Rush, scheduled
to be released on October 19. The film celebrates the power of music
and features John Legend, Robin Williams, Chris Botti, Hans Zimmer,
Mark Mancina and John Ondrassik.
Agency, Inc., is a leading music agency for film and television;
IMG Artists is a global leader in performing arts management and
Don't feel bad
if you missed SXSW this year...the Bigger Picture Concert Series
may be coming to a movie theater near you (assuming of course that
you live in Boston, Nashville, Dallas or Ft. Worth). Ticket prices
are being advertised at $8.75 to $10.25, depending on your market.
The concert starts at 8pm and will be held on June 14th at the following
Boston - Showcase Cinemas Revere (National Amusements)
Nashville - Thoroughbred 20 (Carmike Theatres)
Dallas - Magnolia Theater - West Village (Landmark Theatres)
For more information on these events, check here
Publishing & Administration
contributed by Keatly Haldeman of pigFACTORY USA
It's good to
be a songwriter or composer in the US - we are fortunate to live
in the #1 music market in the world. However one reason why we are
on top is our ability to export our art internationally - and it's
a big world out there. There are myriad options for making money
abroad and a lot of money to collect on American foreign releases.
For example, although the number of American recording artists that
accept songs from outside their close circles is diminishing, European
artists and record labels are very open to hearing songs from all
sources - especially from American writers. And even though the
bulk of the film/television production market is in the US, there
are a considerable number of projects requiring a composer or licensed
songs that originate in every country. Plus, products and brands
spend millions of dollars a year on music for their ad campaigns
in every country, even in far off places like Russia and Turkey.
The best path to these opportunities is to align yourself with a
music publishing company that has strong relationships in the international
Regardless of whether or not you are interested in working with
artists and productions outside of the US, if you have any kind
of success in the US, there is a high probability that your music
is being publicly performed abroad - and that means money to collect.
In the same way that ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect public performance
royalties for songs played on the radio, television, concerts and
other venues, every country has its own performing rights organization.
If you placed a song on a TV show that is shown in other countries
( "CSI" for example ), then you will collect money each
time the show airs in each country. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC all have
reciprocal agreements with the other performing rights societies,
so theoretically you will get paid all the money that you make from
the other societies. In practice, your payments will be delayed
by up to 2 years and the American societies will take a little piece
for their troubles. That is, if you see the money at all. One of
the constant struggles of a music publisher is to make sure that
the cue sheets music supervisors and program directors turn in are
correct. Each quarter we find errors, either on the part of the
music supervisor or on the part of the society. Errors means that
no one gets paid. For many, the public performance money is a large
part of their music income, so it's extremely important to know
how to collect the money properly and to follow up to make sure
all the correct information is in the system. To this end, it is
very important for songwriters and composers to work with a music
publishing company that specializes in international publishing
administration and collection. It is best to look for a company
that has direct affiliations with the top societies, as opposed
to those that use subpublishers. This allows you to collect more
money, and up to 6 months quicker. This discussion only scratches
the surface of international financial matters for American writers
and composers. For more information, get in contact with a music
publisher who knows the international landscape.
Pigfactory is an international music publishing, licensing, production
and management company with offices in the USA and Europe. The company
represents some of the world's leading songwriters, record producers,
record labels, and music publishers with catalogues encompassing
classic and contemporary hits by artists such as Bob Marley, Alice
Cooper, Louis Armstrong, Sean Paul, Tone Loc and many others. Pigfactory
specializes in the international placement of music in film, TV,
advertising and videogames, and the collection of music publishing
royalties worldwide. To that end, Pigfactory leverages a unique
digital publishing system to proactively exploit its clients' music
catalogues and track music publishing royalties worldwide. Recent
placements include:Coke & Gillette commercials, Video Games
include NBA Live; Stuntman: Ignition; Super Pickups; TV placements
include: Everybody Hates Chris, Big Love and for Films: American
Pie Presents: The Naked Mile; The Sandlot 3; Chasing 3000; From
Mexico With Love; The Hills Have Eyes; Just My Luck .
passed away last month from abdominal aneurysm. He was an ace engineer
on the scene in Chicago and LA for the past 25 years and was involved
with numerous recordings and several platinum sellers to include:
Survivors Eye of the Tiger, Styxs Show
Me the Way, and Dennis DeYoungs Desert Moon.
He was working on Denniss latest when he passed. In addition
to his recording and mixing work, he was very involved in studio
building and design. He redesigned a studio that was built inside
the old Playboy Resort in Wisconsin putting in a classic Neve console
and all the accouterment. He had just finished an SSL AWS900 room
in the suburbs when he passed. He was a long time collaborator with
Chicago Recording Company owner Alan Kubicka. Phil is known locally
as the man responsible for establishing and overseeing the build
Place as Operations Manager.
It happened late last month at the Bull's Head, a riverside pub
in southwest London, and anyone who wants proof can see grainy footage
that someone captured on a cell phone.
Yup that's Mick with brother Chris Jagger !
to Father's Day
Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day.
The National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City
in 1926. A Joint Resolution of Congress recognized the Father's
day in 1956. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential
proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President
Richard Nixon signed the law, which finally made it permanent in
Happy Belated Father's Day to all Dads.
Jones & Dad, Ravi Shankar
Days are gone
when I measured my height
By standing by your side
Days are gone, when I tried to follow
Your steps, your manners, your stride
These are the days when dear daddy
I want to tell you already
You have been a special mentor
And a very special friend
And a very very special Dad
Forever, till the end.
to the memory of my dad, Avo M Sayadian.
Until next month,
stay well and in touch. --C Dodge