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2003 Edition of the Recording Industry Sourcebook is Now Released and available from Music Books Plus!


Michael Schenker's famous Gibson Flying V guitars are now available exclusively from Andy Brauer!



















Billboard charts

Top 100 Positions /Issue Date: March 22, 2003

studioexpresso's mail from our Music Community this month ranged from announcements on organized peace marches, antiwar songs to requests for support of family/friends in the military. While music must go on...we felt compelled to express the views on war in Iraq:

In a world gone mad it’s hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the nonviolent fight

--Beastie Boys
"In A World Gone Mad" Lyrics
Beastie Boys' Antiwar song

The song available for free download below at: Beastie Boys' site where there's also links for more information about how to get involved.

If supporting the troops is on your mind, a friend writes: "I've found that everyone feels a certain sense of satisfaction knowing that they could contribute in some way to supporting our troops. Jennifer Gunderson of G Spot suggests to send CDs and other items such as hats and T-shirts to:

SSG Joseph Hambrick
186 MP Company
1868 Regimental Avenue
Ft. McCoy, WI 54656-5234

Wrapper Wil B, Michelle Shocked, Burning Star and other celebs were part of a massive Peace March and Rally in downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. Politicians, and prominent activists Jesse Jackson, Gore Vidal, Arianna Huffington, Tom Hayden... came together to spread the message of Peace.

e-mail Wil B to get the song, Dear Mr Bush
More info: 213-487-2368 or Answer LA


Studio Spotlight

go barefoot - at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin Tennessee!


Take an Express Tour of Dark Horse Recording with studio manager Bill Elder and escape to this retreat-recording here...

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Producer Profile

Dan Garcia
- engineer/mixer/producer

Jennifer Lopez, Randy Travis, Steven Curtis Chapman

Most recently Dan mixed a 5.1 session for Crystal Lewis and recorded the Grammy nominee Kurt Elling's new album. He also worked on a Ron Wood and Charlie Watt's project.

Christopher "DEEP" Henderson

Writer / Arranger /Producer
Isyss, 112, Case

"Happily Ever After", Deep's first commercial songwriting and production effort became one of the Top 10 songs of 1999. As a result, Chris was recognized as one of the top 20 hot R&B/Hip-Hop producers by Billboard Magazine.


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Check out the StudioExpresso online event calendar
send music/film events to news@studioexpresso.com


Miami’s Ritz Plaza Hotel
March 19 – 21

Bad Boy Bill and The Crystal Method will demonstrate how to use Digidesign's Pro-Tools while M-Audio will feature presentations by artists including BT, The Crystal Method and Deepsky.

Attendance by day includes an exclusive invitation to evening Sunset Sessions. Please visit the website for more info, and register early to avoid disappointment!

Los Angeles Music Productions (LAMP) Presents
HIT Producers/Engineers
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Bl.,
9:45 am - 3:00 pm.

After breakfast and a panel--"The Art & Science of Producing & Engineering"--producers will listen and respond to YOUR music, in the Genre Room of your choice: Rap/HipHop, Country/Folk, Rock/Alternative, or Pop/R&B.

Confirmed producers and engineers so far include: Keith "KC" Cohen (Prince, Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Seal), Michael C. Ross (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Pattii LaBelle, Dixie Chicks), Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney), Randy Cash (Lit, Korn, Incubus), Marvin Etzioni (Counting Crows, Toad The Wet Sprocket), Carlos Warlick (Ice Cube, 2Pac, Will Smith, Xzibit), Joe Warlick (Dru Hill, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, and Lil Bow Wow), Dave Aron (Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre), Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans), and Rogers Masson (Eric Clapton, Marilyn Manson), with more announcements to follow...

Admission is $95, or $75 if a member of an affiliate organization (see website for list). Door is $95, so pay in advance while you have the chance! For more information, see www.lamusicproductions.com or call Rex Poindexter at 323-654-6163 and 323-350-3179 (cel). To register, visit www.acteva.com/go/lamp.

NAB 2003
Las Vegas, NV
April 7-10

SSL invites you to a Champagne Reception NAB 2003, Booth #N2512Tuesday, April 8 3.00 pm
Celebrating the launch of the all-new C100 Digital Broadcast Console ...and some additional surprises!
Please R.S.V.P. by March 28Scott Daugherty at scottd@dpagan.com631-659-2309 x17

Tape Op Magazine's Second Annual Conference
Portland, Oregon
May 30-June 1, 2003

TapeOpCon2003 INFO: 520-622-4647 or e-mail

More Events on studioexpresso's calendarhere...

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Producer's Desk...
Producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, Beastie Boys, American Head Charge) is currently working with Weezer and will apparently begin work on Slipknot's forthcoming fourth studio album in Spring 2003 after drummer Joey Jordison, frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root have finished touring their side projects (Murderdolls and Stone Sour respectively).

"We've been talking with Rick Rubin about having him produce the next Slipknot record, too, so it's possible that we'll go in around March, maybe a little later, but right now that's kind of what we're shooting for," said Root.

Also Rick is continuing to prepare material for his fifth collaboration with Johnny Cash. Rubin recently wrapped work on albums by Palo Alto and Mars Volta, which features ex-members of At the Drive-In. The Palo Alto set is due to be released on Rubin's own American Recordings ( joint venture with Columbia Records) imprint next month; the Mars Volta album arrives in June via Universal.

New Releases

The String Quartet Tribut to The Smiths

Arranged and performed with creative intensity and verve, The String Quartet Tribute to The Smiths perfectly captures the mood set by the crooning vocals of Morrissey and the melodic genius of guitarist Johnny Marr.

The Section, one of America’s finest string quartets, perform classics such as "This Charming Man" and "How Soon Is Now," creating a dark and dramatic album of true harmonic beauty. The Smiths would be proud. The The Section String Quartet is Eric Gorfain & Daphne Chen, violins; Leah Katz, viola and Richard Dodd, cello. Recorded by Frank Scarpelli At Quietstreet, the cd is produced and arranged by Eric Gorfain and will be released March 18th on Vitamin Records.

The Section String Quartet and Eric Gorgain will be appeared live from New York on NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday, March 15th, with Christina Aguilera.
For booking information, contact Eric at Quietstreet Productions at 323-462-5015,or e-mail

Did Someone Say Gristle?!?
Favored Nations has the CD for you!
Ever felt the craving for a savory cauldron of syncopated, often melodious, sometimes felonious plectrum-fueled skullduggery? Then Available March 25th, 2003, Greg Koch delivers a sumptuous feast of untouchable guitar playing and unstoppable humor entitled Radio Free Gristle!

Birdland, The Yardbirds' 1st New Album Since 1968
On Favored Nations
Slated To Hit The Streets On Aprill 22, 2003

Founding Members Chris Dreja & Jim McCarty Enlist Three New Members Plus Appearances from Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Steve Lukather, Brian May,
Joe Satriani, Slash, Steve Vai and more!

Producer Ken Allardyce (Weezer, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls) recorded and mixed the bulk of the album at Steve Vai’s Mothership studio in Hollywood, Calif., with parts recorded at two London studios, and a track at Jeff Beck’s studio in England. Allardyce actually saw the Yardbirds open for the Beatles at Hammersmith Odeon in 1964 and has been a fan ever since.



studios & producers/engineers

Fogel from Mirror Image

Engineer Chris Fogel (Charlie's Angels, Miss Congeniality, K-Pax, Made) checked into New York's Mirror Image to record, mix and co-produce a unique film score for "View from the Top," starring Mike Meyers and Gwyneth Paltrow and set for release next year by Miramax Films.

"Mirror Image understands that these projects are deadline-driven and things simply cannot be delayed. They're doing everything possible to accommodate you," says Fogel.

He describes the type of music he is presently composing as a "modern Mancini" sound, with modern drum and guitar elements on top of a 60's-sounding small orchestra, which he is doubling to make it sound bigger.

Fogel notes that the rooms at Mirror Image suit his style of working. "The live room [Studio C] is phenomenal," he says. "We did drums there and I have to say that what we got were some of the better-sounding drum sounds I have gotten in New York.

"Additionally, we did some work in the Studio D control room and when I took it home and checked it out in my mix studio, which is set to my specifications, it sounded like just what I needed."

Fogel adds that Mirror Image's range of capabilities, from its Solid State Logic SL 9000 J console to its ability to handle 53-piece orchestras and 95-piece choirs-a rarity in New York, according to Fogel-will further enhance the facility's reputation in the eyes of the film community.

Niko's' Toys

After taking delivery on ADL's much anticipated 670 compressor, the Toy Specialists at Scharff Weisberg invited a few of its top clients to come in and compare it with the original Fairchild 670, which the product is based on.

The demo was the first of a series of monthly events that Toy Specialists will be hosting. They are designed to allow their most discriminating clients the opportunity to check out the equipment outside of a show room environment or tradeshow booth.

"It's great, like a brand new, bullet-proof Fairchild that works all the time. The advantage over the original is its durability, which makes it a perfect rental item," says producer/engineer/mixer Niko Bolas.

For more information on The Toy Specialists at Scharff Weisberg, call 212-333-2206.
To contact ADL, call 845-256-0032 or go to Anthony De Maria Labs.

Grammy goes to...
Bob Rosa has received a Latin Grammy for his work on Alejandra Guzman's "Soy" lp in the category of Best Female Rock Vocal Album. This makes a total of three nominations and one win… Way to go, Bob!

Grammy Award Winning Engineer/Mixer/Producer Bob Rosa will be a panelist at this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami. Bob has been in Studio A this past month co-producing and mixing rapper Stagga Lee's debut album for ArtistDirect, produced by Robert Clivilles. Andres J. Saavedra and Marc Cappellini assisted.


Avatar Sounds
The Terence Blanchard Group was tracking in Studio A for an upcoming release with producer Michael Cuscuna and Don Murray engineering and Peter Doris assisting.

Jerry Barnes at Avatar

Renowned bassist, songwriter and engineer / producer, Jerry Barnes, has joined Avatar's Creative Community. Jerry will work on various projects in his own Studio H located on the 3rd floor.

Big Beats 4 Hire
Steve Gorman, former drummer and founding member of The Black Crowes, has relocated to Los Angeles and is available for sessions. Steve has recorded recently with Warren Zevon, Jack Casady, Billy Bob Thornton, Toploader, and new Atlantic Records artist Joe Firstman, among others. Steve can be contacted directly at (818) 581-1082, or via e-mail. Welcome back to LA, Steve!

Earth Day Concert ...

Bonnie Raitt, Cake, and Concrete Blonde are among the rock acts confirmed for We The Planet, a music and activism festival set for April 20 (Earth Day) at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Rap outfits The Coup and De La Soul are also on the bill. The special Earth Day concert will also boast speakers from national and local non-profit organizations, interactive and educational displays, art, and organic vegetarian cuisine. The concert will be powered by green energy sources like bio-fuel and solar. Rumors also circulating that Red Hot Chili Peppers may also perform.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the point of entry.
For more info: (510) 601-9790 (510) 601-9788 fax or e-mail

Hendrix tribute CD confirmed...
Power Of Soul, a new Jimi Hendrix R&B tribute, will be released later this year on MCA Records and feature contributions from Carlos Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Seal, among others. Proceeds from the album will benefit the United Negro College Fund.

Contemporary soul artist Musiq has already recorded "Are You Experienced," and the late John Lee Hooker will also be featured in one of his last recordings, a version of the blues number "Red House."

Hendrix's half-sister Janie is co-producing the project with her husband, former EWF and Commodores guitarist Sheldon Reynolds.

Eddie Kramer's Rock & Roll photography

Peter Kavanaugh, President and Creative Director of ARIA Photographic Images has opened a hip new gallery in
Manhattan and signed Eddie Kramer as his first artist.

The exhibit of Eddie's show running through March 29th
(part one).

Kavanaugh reports a tremendously successful opening event on January 9th, which was featured in New York magazine, and in the recent issue of Rolling Stone (p.24 -- Beatles on the cover).

Eddie Kramer - "From The Other Side Of The Glass"
Rare & Historical Rock & Roll Images 1967-1972

Located on the corner of Broadway & Prince,
3rd floor, above Dean & Deluca

View the entire catalog online or call 212-404-7470 or e-mail Peter Kavanaugh at ARIA Photographic Images.

''Cause I'm The Taxman, Yeah..."
Yep, that time of year... the following two tax changes for the self-employed:

1. you must pay the Social Security part of self-employment taxes for your maximum net self-employment earnings up to $84,900 for 2002. The ceiling will increase to $87,000 for 2003.

2. you can deduct 70% of the amount you paid for medical insurance for yourself and your family. In 2003, the deduction increases to 100%.

Forms by calling toll free 1-800-TAX-FORM or
better yet call the following experts:

Gregory Lippe of Lever, Lippe, Hellie & Russell LLP Woodland Hills (818) 594-0600
Craig Muench of Lexington Financial Services
Beverly Hills (310) 288-9975

Recording Studios On The Market

Silverlake - $3,700,000
Room for expansion on two lots almost half an acre.
Includes equipment with business & facilities. Over 300 gold and platinum records have been recorded here. Audio post production faciities can be easily converted. Private, gated and secure with an A.I.A. award winning design by architect Carl Maston.

Santa Monica - $2,000,000.
Recording an Post Production offices ideal for owner/user or income investment. Gated parking, screening room recording studios, and edit suites. Zoned C-4 with 90's frontage on Pico and only 21 blocks from the beach. Great building for a variety of office uses. Two stories, approx. 9300 sf on a 9,000 sf lot. Godd tenants + 75% owner occupied. Make an offer.

Studio City - $1,199,000.
Completely remodeled 3-bedroom, 2 bath home iwth a studio in the back and equipment included. This Vincet Van Haff designed 72-in, 6 plus unit studio features an SSL 6064 E/G from Saturday Night Live at NBC, NY + a 24-ch multi-track Studer, 24 Ch ProTools mix cube set up for 5.1 surround and racks of outboard gear.

For this listings and more in equipment packages cotnact
877-645-9777 or e-mail Ryan Flegal


Ed Begley Jr. production of “César and Rubén

Featuring spectacular performances of hit songs in both English and Spanish written by Ruben Blades, David Crosby, Peter Gabriel, Enrique Iglesias, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Sting, Carmen Moreno, Don Henley, and others. The play is about the heroic life of Cesar Chavez and tragic death of the journalis who covred him, Ruben Salazar.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Cesar E. Chavez.

Lo-Pro signs with Aaron Lewis' record label, ADD
As Staind prepare for the follow-up to their quadruple platinum Break the Cycle, Aaron Lewis has signed the first band, Lo-Pro, to his new imprint in conjunction with Geffen President Jordan Schur. Lo-Pro's debut album is being recorded in Los Angeles at NRG Studios with producer Don Gilmore and is due out this summer. The Southern California-based band was founded by former Ultraspank members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar). The two are joined in Lo-Pro by former Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart and Pete Ricci (guitar). Meanwhile, the as-yet-untitled Staind album is set for a late spring release. Produced by Josh Abraham (who also did the honors for Break the Cycle), the album is being recorded in Los Angeles and Miami.


"Laurel Canyon" -- with Bonzai Stills!

The film "Laurel Canyon" opened March 8th with a number of Mr Bonzai photos filling the big screen. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the movie stars Frances McDormand (Academy Award-winner for "Fargo") as a famed and fictional record producer. To solidify the illusion, Frances was superimposed into the past -- as in this 1991 shot of the Chili Peppers. Production designer Catherine Hardwicke chose shots that nicely reveal a world "inside" the music biz. You'll have to see the film for the "altered" still photos, but beware -- Almost no violence, and it's got an R rating for brief nudity, pot, suggestive foreplay, and naughty language.

Soundtrack: With Karyn Rachtman on board as Music Supervisor, the filmmakers undertook an extensive search for the songs that would play on camera, ultimately settling on two songs, "Someday I Will Treat You Good" and "Shade & Honey," both written by Mark Linkous, the creative force behind the critically acclaimed band "Sparklehorse."

photo © Lisa Johnson
digital effects © Joy Williams

















Chris Fogel


Mirror Image studio C















Congrats to Raphael Saadiq On your Grammy win for Best R&B Song:
Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)
Erykah Badu feat. Common from the Brown Sugar Soundtrack!

Also Congrats go to Benny Faccone who won two Grammies (One for Best
Alternative Rock Album in Spanish for the band Maná "Revolución De Amor"
and also for Joan Sebastian's record which he mixed.)



TBlanchard Band (L to R): Terence Blanchard (Trumpet), Eric Harland (Drums); Standing: Lionel Loueke (Guitar), Brice Winston (Sax), Brandon Owen (Bass), Aaron Parks (Piano)














photos courtesy of ARIA Photographic Archives





“César and Rubén” Musical
El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 508-4200

Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 7 pm, matinees on Saturdays at 3 pm & Sundays at 2 pm. through April 27, 2003.
Tix are $20, $30, $35 and are available at Ticket Master
213) 480-3232. Call (818) 508-4200 for group sales.
One Ness (818) 710-8382 Fax : (818) 710-8715












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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
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Greg Ladanyi - Tidal Wave Sound, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Tolbert & Sutton - Studio Atlantis, Hollywood, CA
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Chevalier of Legion of Honor 4 Bono!

French President Jacques Chirac, right, share a laugh with Bono's wife Ali Hewson, center, as lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 shows his medal after being awarded Chevalier of Legion of Honor by Chirac, during their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, Feb. 28, 2003. Chirac and Bono are nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Bono met with French President Jacques Chirac on Feb 28, the second time in as many years that the two men -- both 2003 Nobel Peace Prize nominees -- have met.

The U2 singer and activist accompanied U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill last year on a 12-day tour of Africa to press for debt relief and more aid. In his talks with Chirac last year, Bono pressed for greater aid for Africa and the developing world.

The Police Inducted to Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame

The Police were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York on 10 March.
The induction ceremony itself at the Waldorf Astoria was a star studded affair with guests that included The Edge, Steven Tyler, Neil Young, Elton John, Billy Joel...Sting thanked Miles Copeland and Kim Turner and said that they hadn't played together for 18 years and that it was time to stop talking and to start playing.

An edited version of the ceremony was televised on VH1 in the USA on 16 March at 9pm and 11pm and then repeated the following day at 2am.

Wedding bells 4 Elfman & Fonda!
It will be the first marriage for the 39-year-old Bridget Fonda, star of such films as "Single White Female" and "A Simple Plan," and the second for the former Oingo Boingo lead singer, Danny Elfman. Elfman, 49, is best known for his work on such Tim Burton films as "Batman," "Beetlejuice" "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Sleepy Hollow." He also composed the theme song for the Fox series "The Simpsons." Congrats Danny & Bridget!

Luck o' the Irish 2U on St.Patrick's Day & everyday!

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