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Seakers - top 25
The Heatseekers chart lists
the best-selling titles by new and developing artists, defined as
those who have never appeared in the top 100 of The Billboard 200
Thunder in San Diego hosts Blink 182 and Jerry Finn among
caught up with Deej who gave us the grand tour and told us
about their unique set up at Rolling Thunder!
Take an Express
Tour of Rolling Thunder with Deej and hear the latest
Lulo Perez, Arranger/Musician/Producer
Quijano, Alex Ubago, Alejandro Sanz
Perez co-produced 'No Es Lo Mismo' with Grammy winner songwriter/singer
The album has sold one million copies in its first week
of release this September. It debuted at #1 in Spain, where
it sold 500,000 copies, #1 in Argentina and Mexico, #2 on
the Billboard Latin album charts in the U.S. and #3 in Chile.
The entire cd was recorded by Grammy winner engineer, Rafa
Sardina (Macy Grey, Luis Miguel, Dru Hill).
self-produced artist spotlight
was the grand prize winner in the electronic category with
his self-produced song Melting" that was partly
recorded in his home studio in Houston and some vocal tracks
from studio work he did in Germany earlier this year. Beyond
the prestigious award, Bryan also received an EMI publishing
deal, and Yamaha studio equipment.
was featured on world wide XM Satellite radio, U.K. publication
"Excite" and ABC news in 2003.
out the StudioExpresso online event calendar
"Business Chops For The Independent
Master the Nuts and Bolts of Business without losing the Heart
and Soul of your Music!
STIERNBERG, Stiernberg Consulting and author of Succeeding
In Music; RON McCARRELL, President and Chief Marketing Officer
of DH1 Studios, Inc.; DAVID SCHWARTZ, COO of Mpowered Ideas
Media; and former Editor-in-Chief of Mix Magazine; AL SCHMITT,
DH1's Music Director and 11-time Grammy-winning engineer/producer;
CLARIS SAYADIAN-DODGE, founder and principal of studioexpresso;
TOM MENRATH, Director of Business Development, GC Pro/Guitar
BUSINESS CHOPS for the INDEPENDENT was launched September
15 at Sportsmen's Lodge, in Studio City, California and was
attended by nearly 100 top record producers, engineers and
music business owners. This series of interactive business
training workshops provides the fundamental business tools
to accelerate the careers of independent music industry professionals.
The dynamic cross section of industry professionals who attended
Fischer (producer: Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Tony
Bennett), John McEwen, Rafa
Sardina (engineer/producer: Anna Pozas, Alejandro Sanz,
Dru Hill), Jimmy Haskell, Bill Dooley (Record Plant), Carlos
Bob Breen (Ocean
Sound), Francis Buckley, Peter Byrne (producer/musician:
Naked Eyes), Robert
Shahnazarian (producer/engineer: Billy Burke, Pete Yorn,
Redline 5, System of A Down), Matt
Forger (engineer: Michael Jackson), and Leanne
Ungar (producer/engineer: Leonard Cohen, Laurie Anderson);
Carlock (producer/songwriter: Blink 182, Rancid, Pink)
were among guests.
like to thank all of the attendees, sponsors and friends for
making this event a huge success!
"I attended the Business Chops for the Independent workshop
last Monday evening, and found it excellent. Your training
workshop truly conveyed the importance of individual artists
and producers formulating their own branding ideas as well
as a business plan." -- Scott G, G-Man Music
Mark your calendar for the next BCI event on Sunday November
2nd and look for details coming soon!
The next Business Chops seminar will be a full day event and
is scheduled for Sunday, November 2, 2003 in Los Angeles.
Location and details will soon be available by visiting: www.business-chops.com
CONTACT: Candace Kentopian
November 13-16, 2003, Lexington, Kentucky
multi-industry event, featuring legendary music producers
Kramer and Andre
Fischer, Sony-ATV's Pat McMakin, Ralph Murphy of ASCAP,
and other exciting guests from music, film (David Carradine,
etc), Game Development, and Small Press.
visit the web link above or call 859.223.1560 for more information.
Early Registration -- just $50 ends October 1 for the MEIC
115th AES Convention
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City
The House Ear Institute (HEI) will offer free hearing screenings
and offer hearing-health information to attendees and exhibitors.
A certified OSHA technician will conduct the screenings, and
upon completion, participants receive a computerized printout
of their test results.
Es Lo Mismo
track says it all--"It's Not the Same." Sold one
million in its first week of release!
most compelling about NO ES LO MISMO is the way Sanz and his
co-producer, the Cuban musician Lulo Perez, have synthesized
separate yet complementary music elements -- Sanz' signature
flamenco style, as well as bossa nova and son, all set against
a backdrop of blues, jazz, and a hint of disco --into one
purely individual style. In NO ES LO MISMO Sanz has crafted
an album that, while it hews to his Spanish roots, has its
eyes set firmly on the US charts.
musicians: Michael Landau (guitar); Paco De Lucia (Spanish
guitar); Anthony Jackson (bass); Vinnie Colauita, Horacio
Hernandez (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); Lulo Perez....
The entire album was mixed by Mic Guzauski (Mariah Carey)
and engineered by Rafa
Sardina at Criteria Miami and Glenwood,
Osbourne has signed a multi-album recording contract with
The recording artist/reality TV star/rebel with a cause has
just come off the best and worst year of her 19 on the planet
this: Kelly make her debut on the MTV Video Music Awards singing
her punked-up cover of Madonnas Papa Dont
Preach. She scored a hit with that track, and then dropped
her candy-coated razor blade of a debut album, Shut Up!
is certain, Kelly Osbourne has done a lot of growing up in
2003. Relieved to be free of major-label politics (dont
even get her started on how she feels about people who suck
corporate dick) Kellys been busy honing her songcraft
and working on new material. At first I didnt
know what to write about so I wrote about what I thought people
were supposed to write about, Kelly admits with characteristic
honesty. Now Ive had so many shit things happen
that I have something to write about. Considering the
year shes survived, the results are sure to be mind-blowing.
Stay tuned . . .this girl is just getting started.
Vai & friends On Tour in October!
All Night Wrong
jazz critic Don Heckman raves, "Hes an unlikely
guitar hero whose phrasing has much in common with the expressions
of saxophonist John Coltrane."
direct to two-track, the album features no overdubs. Explains
Holdsworth: "Not only was it live, it was mixed live
to two track using the Super Audio CD format. So you cant
fix anything, you cant even re-bAllance anything. But
I said, Okay, what the hell, lets try it.
We recorded both nights at The Rippongi Pit Inn but there
were a lot of problems with the second show. So we used the
first night, which was just the warm-up, and thats the
Brunel, Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger, Patrice Rushen, and Dennis
Chambers - think of this quintet as jazz music's answer to
the Justice League, each one endowed with superhero powers
and sworn to bring excitement back to the bandstand.
remix the legends of Jazz on Verve Remixed 2, as a new wave
of visionary DJs rework classic tracks from the storied Verve
vaults. Features remixes from The Funky Lowlives, Felix Da
Housecat, Gotan Project, Matthew Herbert, Miguel Migs, Mondo
Grosso, Layo & Bushwacka, Mr. Scruff, Fila Brazillia,
Dan The Automator, DJ Spinna, Metro Area, Koop, and Jaffa.
Available on CD or 3 LPs.
The singer-songwriter who won a Grammy for his hit song "Don't
Know Why", one of five songs he wrote for Norah Jones'
Come Away With Me. The young songwriter beat out the Boss
for Best Song. Is Jesse the new guy in town? No. He and his
band, The Ferdinandos - which features Kenny Wollesen on drums,
Tim Luntzel on bass, and Tony Scherr on guitar - have been
playing to packed clubs on the NYC music scene for several
Establishing The Living Room (a popular East Village club
known for showcasing singer/songwriters and indie rock performers)
as their home base helped the band to gain an eclectic and
Schmitt mix of Azalea is available NOW, on the web starting
this Tuesday, September 23rd in records stores nationwide.
"A really great gift to bring for a dinner party or a
stocking stuffer!" says Benji! Available on : CD
Of Rock from
Pictures Coming to a Theater Near you October 3
unemployed, overweight rocker can't pay rent and takes a subsitute
teacher job and tries to win Battle of the Bands for the prize
money. The teacher who gave the class the power to break the
rules! This audience-pleaser comes from writer Mike White
and director Richard Linklater, names usually associated with
independent filmmaking. Good rock music runs throughout the
movie. Some songs were written by Black and White. (Hey, thats
a catchy name for a songwriting duo.) The New York band Mooney
Suzuki wrote the fictional bands signature song,
School of Rock.
Grusin World Jam from Platinum Live!
Ladanyi, Sixtus Oechsle, and DigiWave Media
L-R: Saxophoist Nelson Rangell
with Dave Grusin on Piano & Don Grusin directing
What brings an Ace class line-up of jazz artists from around
Don Grusin and a forthcoming DVD release of the event in high
The invitation only event to be videotaped on September 24th.
team players include:
Don Grusin, Alex Acuna, Patti Austin, Charlie Bisharat, Nathan
East, Pete Escovedo, Dave Grusin, Abe Laborial, Harvey Mason,
Phil Perry, Frank Quintero, Nelson Rangell, Natali Rene, Lee
Ritenour, Oscar Seaton, Ricardo Silveira, Sadao Watanabe and
Award winner producer Don Grusin has a new smooth jazz Cd
"Signatures," created with production partner Sam
Purkin, is being just now released on Dongrusin.com.
It features Don on acoustic piano with brilliant new young
artists from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, as well
as the seminal bassist Nathan East.
new Brasilian record company, Columbus Egg, just started by
Don with Oscar Castro-Neves and their partner Didi Vidal,
will release Brasilian artists beginning this year.
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Sam's Lifetime Achievement Award
This Fall, at the Boston
Blues Festival at the Hatch Shell, Mighty Sam McClain
will be presented with the Blues Trust Productions Lifetime
Mighty Sam will perform at this free festival with featuring
music from his new album, "One More Bridge To Cross".
Musicians such as Hubert Sumlin, Weepin Willie, Eddy "The
Chief" Clearwater, and Big Jay McNeely are all alumni
of this reward.
form the Louisiana Bible Belt, Sam's 1st inspiration was gospel
music. Sam's first recording came in 1966 when he recorded
Patsy Cline's Sweet Dreams. For a period of fifteen years
Sam went from working low paying jobs in Nashville and New
Orleans to living on the streets. He met the Neville Brothers
in New Orleans and resurrected his career in the late 80s
with a tour and live recording from Japan.
to New England in the early 90s when he recorded with Hubert
Sumlin on the Black Top release, Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party.
He recorded five discs for Joe
Harley's AudioQuest Label that propelled him to prominence.
He also recorded for JVC and Telarc before once again striking
out on his own, much like when he slid out the window so many
years ago. He established his own Mighty Music Label in 2003
and released one of his strongest recordings to date, One
More Bridge to Cross.
If you are a fan, member of the press, radio dj, etc and would
like to learn more about Mighty Sam's amazing life story,
just contact Mighty
Ley Receive 5 nominations for 2003 MTV Latin America Video
Rockers Set to Perform on Awards (airing on MTV2 in the States)
on Oct. 23rd Special Fan-Only Los Angeles Concert Presented
by Nissan Scheduled for Sept. 30th at the House of Blues
newfound popularity hasn't affected their willingness to take
risks; rather than follow the successful formula of the "Unplugged"
album and issue a ballad or acoustic track as the lead single
from "Libertad", La Ley roared back with "Amate
y Salvate", which features punctuated guitar riffs and
a soaring chorus. They were promptly rewarded with a Latin
Grammy nomination and widespread approval from longtime and
new fans alike.
to the value of freedom of expression, La Ley wants to offer
audiences voting power. On its recent U.S. tour in support
of "Libertad" (which translates as "freedom"),
the band partnered with Rock
the Vote, which conducts voter registration at La Ley's
concerts. Expect additional U.S. tour dates to be announced.
One Busy Summer at Prairie
The studio continues to thrive through the summer of 2003,
playing host to numerous improvements and a diverse array
of talented artists
legend Dan Hicks recently spent a week recording vocals in
Studio B with Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser producing. The
session was engineered by Tony Martin Jr. (the Beach Boys,
Harry Nilsson) with assistance by Jason D'Ottavio.
Tom Waits' engineer of choice has been especially busy at
the Sun over the summer. While staying in the Guest Cabin,
he's engineered for stunt guitarist Brian Kehoe (Les Claypool's
Flying Frog Brigade, M.I.R.V.) in Studio C as well as taking
a week to mix the forthcoming live album from Danny Barnes
of Austin, Texas' Bad Livers.
reggae artist RawSun is currently in the middle of a month-long
residency recording and mixing new tracks for his debut album.
His brother, Don Juan is producing and Adam Munoz (George
Winston, Bill Frisell, Mr. Bungle) has come north to engineer.
Sun Recording's most recent addition is the new Magix Sequoia
7.0 Mastering System, which has such incredible transparency
and editing capabilities that it's already being used by Sterling
Sound and the BBC. It's running on a 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4 processor,
with I/O handled by RME's brand new HDSP 9632 audio interface.
almost 30 years now, people have been seduced by the quality
and beauty of the sound at Prairie Sun," says producer/engineer
and studio owner Mark Rennick.
Ask about the introductory rate the Sun is offering to 1st-time
visitors during months of November and December 2003. The
secret word is "Mooka!"
in high Gear
Studio upgrades to Pro Tools 6 and hosted Melissa Etheridge
news, Melissa Etheridge just spent three months locked out
in NRGs Studio B tracking her forthcoming album. Etheridge
is working with Producer Ross Hogarth. Etheridge returned
to NRG after completing some previous work on her DVD Live
Alone, which came out last year. Hogarth most recently
produced, engineered and mixed Dragonfly(RCA)
for Ziggy Marley and Grade 8(Lava) for Grade 8.
has just finished mixing the forthcoming Sevendust album.
This is their 4th album. They are currently on tour with Element
Eighty and Presence. Of the new album Baumgardner said, it
was great to mix such a strong rock record. I really tried
to capture the energy of the band. Sevendusts
first single Enemy is already making waves at
rock radio, charting high on both the Active and Modern rock
just upgraded to Pro Tools 6 and is operating on the Mac OSX
platform. According to Chief Technician Wade Norton, despite
initial doubts about the compatibility with our SAN network
weve worked out all the kinks and now the whole network
is running great. In
other technical news, NRGs secure FTP server is now
up and running. NRG is able to upload mixes to this secure
site for download by approved users. Within this site NRG
is able to assign listening rights to users and monitor all
traffic. NRG hopes that this will save clients money on shipping
costs as well as offer a secure alternative to MP3s
and multiple CD copies.
or other information please contact Kelly
Garver at NRG Recording Services.
in the House at Sound On Sound
to R): Krucial Keys, Rakim, & Alicia Keys
Keys (J Records) was in studio B mixing and editing on the
SSL 9000J with producer Krucial Keys and engineer Pat Viala.
Pablo (Jive Records) was mixing with producer Zukahn and engineer
Brain Stanley; 3 Doors Down (Universal Records) was mixing
with Brian Sperber; FunkMaster Flex (J Records) was tracking
with Joey IE and Pat Viala; Erykah Badu (Universal/Motown)
was mixing with producers James Poyer & Rashad Smith and
engineer Brian Stanley; producer Tony Kelly was mixing the
Def Jam Jamaica Compilation (Def Jam) with engineer Duro;
and The Secret Machines (Warner Brothers) was mixing with
engineer Jeff Sanoff.
to two music men - the music will live on.
January 24, 1947 - September 7, 2003
can be made to VH1's Save The Music Foundation
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price thing? (referring to buying cd's) Kind of like lowering
the price of stamps to encourage people to send more letters."
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