Studio Le Garage!
European charm meets a whole lot
In the heart
of Westside Los Angeles, studio Le Garage is now home to two music
men, producer and extraordinary musician , Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan,
KD Lang, Willy Deville) and producer and mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce
(Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Madmoiselle K)
laid back atmosphere here,"says Koella with a big smile. "We
share certain sensibilities when it comes to music. We see eye to
eye on lot of production decisions and then when it's time to duel
it out, we do it well," says Allardyce. "That's what happens
when you get two Europeans in one room, I guess. We (the Scots)
have saved the French on several occasion during history,"
says Allardyce with a chuckle.
Koella and Allardyce have been collaborating together on number
of productions to include: Folk singer/songwriter, Lila Nelson and
singer songwriter, Kenny Edwards. "It works. When you put solid
sound and music together. I love the organic approach to music,"
Both men have
been collecting gear over the years -- some of the gear includes:
ProTool HD, Studer A800 24 track tape machine and the Harrison 10B
console takes the centerstage. Le Garage offers a collection of
vintage guitars, amps and mcirophones and a wide range of preamps
including Helios and vintage Calrec pre amps. Genelecs and NS10s
are available for monitoring.
Allardyce Ken Allardyce is an outstanding engineer, mixer, producer
and musician with numerous chart-topping popular artists to his
Green Days "Nimrod," and Warning cd's
for Reprise, Weezers Green Album for Interscope
with producer Ric Ocasek, and the Goo Goo Doll's "Dizzy Up
The Girl" and "Gutterflower" albums for Warner Bros.
A long liaison with Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham resulted
in tracks for Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Will" album, Stevie
Nicks' "Twisted" from the movie "Twister" as
well as "Shakin' the Cage" for The Zoo, Fleetwood's offshoot
band. Ken produced and mixed the legendary band, The Yardbirds "Birdland"
cd released on Favored Nations. Other notable recordings include
Supertramp's "It Was The Best of Times" recorded live
at the Albert Hall in London, and tracks for Avril Lavigne's "The
Best Damned Thing". Ken has recorded and mixed with French
legends Eddie Mitchell and Sylvie Vartan on their latest albums
and has recorded for Johnny Halliday. He has also produced and mixed
the French punk rock band Les Wampas on their "Rock'n'Roll
Pt 9" album, and recently produced and mixed the Paris -based
alternative rock band Mademoiselle K's latest release"Jamais
who plays guitar and violin has toured with Bob Dylan (2003 and
2004), KD Lang (2007), Willy Deville, Zachary Richard and Doctor
John. He moved to New Orleans from his hometown Mulhouse/France
In 1990. Later he spent 9 years in Louisiana, working with the locals
and at Kingsway, Daniel Lanois' studio before moving to L.A in 1999.
Freddy produced Kenny Edwards' first album and co-produced the band
The Subdudes album Miracle Mules at Warren Deweystudio
in Santa Monica. "Its with Warrens help that I
was able to put this studio together," says Koella.
Although Ken likes the live recording approach, he's also known
for his layered and lush productions . "The productions are
very much customized to suit each artist. We try to convey to the
final product with as much integrity as is possible, what the artist
is trying to portray. This involves a different approach for each
project and indeed sometimes for each song," says Allardyce.
Next time you're
in the hood, stop by and say bonjour Le Garage! Call to schedule a
tour - you never know who'll be answering the door!
Contact: Claris Sayadian-Dodge