Aug 292014
 
Nina

Friday is my favorite day of the week, so i’ll be using it from now on for my throw back moments.

This was 18 yrs ago , yours truly (on bass duties at the time) ,  being silly at the Village in LA, with producer Joseph Julian and iconic punk queen Nina Hagen….i remember i had to learn a song from a voice message Dee Dee Ramone left on Lou Reed’s answering machine, who then hand handed the cassette (YES I SAID CASSETTE !!!) to her. There were about 6 slightly out of tune chords and a whistled melody, covered by laughs, banging glasses and screams. Then i somehow arranged that “thing” in my head, explained the concept to NIna, then showed the song to the rest of the recording band and tape it. It took 4 hours to get all this documented, including vocals. Joseph Julian was a master in keeping the tape rolling (YES I SAID TAPE!!!) and the focus up. The result was one of my favorite Nina Hagen’s performance ever “Born to die in Berlin”, from the album Bee Happy !   F

Aug 282014
 
Ivano

Hey guys, i had to share this. Strong from the highly acclaimed  ” Walking with the giants” (Favored Nations , 2013) which i co-produced  and mix, my dear friend and phenomenal guitarist/writes Ivano Icardi, decided to lay down another gem. This is the video of the collaboration between him, Greg Bissonette and Brian Beller, a catchy jam titled “Burning Wires”, now available on I-Tunes, Amazon etc….and  that i once again ended up  mixing!

 

Aug 282014
 
Quincy Jones
Hey guys, please check out this great documentary featuring the likes of Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg , Slash etc.  The low sound quality in today’s music is what downgrades the music perception in the new generation, and what slaughters every artists, producer and engineer’s work of love. Low sound quality has made billions for the likes of Apple,Pandora and few other companies, and allowed “un-derqualified” labels’ own production department to soar and cash in , by abusing the whole music community’s services with BS budgets and phony promotional efforts. My idea is , if you never produced top to bottom a REAL record, than you have no place in trying to release your abortions and even less tell me how loud my record should sound and why. I think the music community should roll up its sleeves and really take matters in its own hand. Screw these PREDATORS, let’s unite and get organized, the music belong to the artists who created, to the producer and engineers that helped shape it, and to the fans….everyone else that’s just a middle person in the transaction of bringing music from point A to B, should only be thankful to come along for the ride and chill the FUNK off ! Your mega savings and undeserved profits are and SHOULD be a “consequence” of our work getting liked and appreciated , and not A REASON !