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We look into the Galss to hear reflections of music from the past. Then we travel into the present where the first hip-hop artist receives a Pulitzer. We review a quest for creativity, then tour a private studio in LA and another one in Colorado. Producer of the year is in town working on new hits. See which label execs are promoted and see who was celebrating in the house where royalty lived and recorded.  There are many good causes to support.  Art and music cross-hatched in April. An American school receives a big gift. We invite you to ride on the Malibu vibe with Free tix!
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In This Issue
Renew Today...for 2018!
Glass + Shankar
A PRINCELY Celebration 4/19-22
RUN DEEP with A Diva
Congress Clears Music Modernization Act
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Old School Mat Mitchell's Studio Sports New ATCs     The Beta Machine's Debut Mixed on ATC SCM45As  

  Mat Mitchell 's writing and production space in North Hollywood is centered around a massive 56 Channel SSL 6000E/G+ (recently relocated from Mark Mothersbaugh's Mutato Muzika Studios in Los Angeles) with Apogee Symphony II converters, tons of fabulous outboard gear and
a new pair of ATC SCM45A monitors.  
You can say Mitchell has a lot going on. He's a producer and an all-things tech having toured the world on behalf of Nine Inch Nails, Tool, and Katy Perry.
He's also the lead guitarist and producer for Tool and A Perfect Circle front man Maynard James Keenan's band, Puscifer.  His most recent work is with The Beta Machine, the up-and-coming project of A Perfect Circle's Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl. Mitchell recorded the band's EP, "All This Time," and is about to finish producing, recording, and mixing the band's full-length debut. Before doing so, however, Mitchell ditched his NS-10s for ATCs.
"I'm pretty old school, and I used NS-10s forever," Mitchell said. "I always had good results because I knew how to work with them, but recently I was listening to some of my mixes in a friend's mastering room. It was easy to hear things that I had to really focus on to hear in my studio, and I thought, 'you guys are having a whole different experience!'" Inspired by the thought of having that same experience on a daily basis, Mitchell arranged a demo with Troy Manning at Vintage King Audio, Los Angeles.      
"We started out with a pair of ATC SCM25As, which sounded fantastic," Mitchell said. "Then I wanted to try some other monitors just to get a sense of what's out there. Sometimes a particular manufacturer initially made me think, 'that sounds great!' but once I listened closer to songs I was familiar with, I could tell that things were missing or exaggerated. We tried some of this and some of that, and then we bumped up to the next level speakers. I heard some other manufacturers, and then Troy put on the ATC SCM45As. I was like, 'ok, we're done here!' To my ears, they were very familiar and also very honest."
Once they were back at his studio, Mitchell had fun playing songs he knew well both alone and with some close friends. "I had a pretty good idea of which songs had mixes I considered were really perfect, and that came through on the ATCs," he said. "But I also detected problems that I had never heard before in some other songs. On my old monitors, they all sounded like 'great mixes.' Now I could discern different levels of 'great!' The differences were obvious."
Mitchell completed the mixes for all eleven songs of The Beta Machine's forthcoming debut on his new ATC SCM45As. "I think when it's all said and done, I'm getting to the same place I used to get to, but it's so much easier and faster," he said. "I'm reacting to the mix and making choices much more quickly. Any problems are instantly apparent - it's like, 'oh, that's out of phase' or 'that needs to come down 1.5dB.' Plus, it's more exciting. Once I have things is a good place, it's fun to turn it up because the ATC's sound so great! The imaging is wide and precise. And of course, as advertised, the ATCs translate perfectly. Every mix sounds just right on my home stereo, in my car, on my phone, and anywhere."
Blake Eberhard and Eric Gunnison were at Wind Over The Earth Studios in Longmont, CO  working on tracks for Ethan Mesple.    Here you'll find ATC monitors, awesome vintage amps and guitars where The Dollhouse Thieves mixed their new album, among others.
  The studio sports an audio/video training center, and also a record label! 
Here's a link to an impressive list of many other artists and facilities with ATCs  
For more information on   ATC Monitors contact  Brad Lunde 702-365-5155 or visit   www.transaudiogroup.com  

SKB booth at NAMM 2018 
l-r: Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Dash Radio's Evolution Of The Groove host Vince Wilburn Jr. interviewed "All About That Bass"   panelists Brent Fischer and (panelist not photographed: Nik West, Neal Pogue , Leland Sklar, Rhonda Smith and Jenny Mason) Presented by Trans Audio Group and studioexpresso
TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of super high-end professional recording equipment introduces legendary drummer and engineer Geoff Daking newest creation at NAMM 2018 on January 24-27. The new Daking Mic Pre II combines two Mic-Pre-One units in a single rack space form for low price of $1099 MAP.  
Like the Mic Pre One, the Mic Pre EQ, and the Mic Pre IV, the Daking Mic Pre II circuitry is based on a classic console design of the 80s with some upgrades: Variable High Pass Filters on each channel and Jensen input Transformer and ClassA amplification is featured. Add extreme high headroom (+24), and a single-sided 48V power supply.
Geoff Daking brings honest and high-end analog signal processing equipment to users at an unbeatable price. Users will appreciate Daking Mic Pre II for is tremendous headroom, musical sound and special high-pass filter.  It has a continuously-variable cutoff between 10Hz and 200Hz, drops at 12dB per octave and seems to have a magical ability to clean up the muck while making what remains sound even better. It is extremely helpful to DAW users who inadvertently record sub sonics that muddy up tracks and mixes.   
In addition to the features mentioned above, the Daking Mic Pre II has 70dB of gain, switchable polarity, a twenty segment combo VU and peak hold LED meter, a 20db pad with constant reflected impedance, switchable phantom power, direct 1/4 inch instrument inputs on the front panel, and balanced XLR and 1/4 inch outputs.
Units will begin shipping in February 2018. $1099 MAP. 


Drawmer's New Baby: MPA-90 

Ivor Drawmer and his handpicked team of engineers unveiled the new Drawmer MPA-90 two-channel class D power amplifier. Its small dual monoblock design, with tabletop or rack mountable footprint, houses guts capable of delivering 90W per channel (into 4 Ohms) or 180W bridged - all with no annoying fan. Like Drawmer's MC2.1 Monitor Controller, the new MPA-90 treats audio signals with integrity: its output is lusciously transparent, revealing the beauty (and the faults!) of whatever is run through it. Also, like all Drawmer's products, the MPA-90 is built in England to last a lifetime, priced fairly at $695.

"The new Drawmer MPA-90 is the perfect partner to small passive loudspeakers like the Auratone® 5Cs or other small passives" says Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, Drawmer's longtime US distributor.
"Many Class D amps out there are just raw Class D modules, but the MPA-90 has a Drawmer designed and built custom front end to improve its sound. The MPA-90 sounds excellent and with the bridging feature, provides a future upgrade path. The MPA-90 is really the perfect complement to the Drawmer MC1.1 or MC2.1 Preamplifiers in matching housing, but it works great with any preamp."
Switching the Drawmer MPA-90 from stereo to mono bridged is easily accomplished with the flick of a switch and use of the mono loudspeaker jack. Its inputs are either balanced XLR or unbalanced phono to cover the two universes of gear, pro versus semi-pro/consumer that may feed it. It features thermal, overload, and power-up/power-down protection and front-panel standby, fault, and clip indicator LEDs. Its rugged steel chassis and brushed aluminum cover speaks to the Drawmer MPA-90's design integrity and longevity.
The MPA-90 is now available for shipping.  PRICE: $695.00 MAP

TransAudio Group, Bettermaker's U.S. distributor, introduced the path breaking Bettermaker C502V at the AES's 139th Convention earlier this year in New York City. Like the rest of Bettermaker's catalog - which in just a few short years has earned numerous TEC, Resolution, and Prosound award nominations and wins, the C502V combines a boutique analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right) with intuitive, musical controls and complete parameter recall and automation from a linked DAW-based plug-in - high-end analog sound paired with a superior digital workflow. The C502V is the first compressor from Bettermaker, although with three distinct VCA flavors in one 500-series chassis, it could just as easily be described as the first three compressors from Bettermaker! Stereo, dual mono, or M/S modes, as well as USB or analog side-chain with adjustable high-pass filtering and "look ahead" functionality expand the C502V's universe of possibilities.

Trans Audio Group 

Custom-Built Telefunken Mics For Producer Of The Year   
John Hill at The Village recording studio with his custom C13 TELEFUNKEN large diaphragm condenser microphone 
Photo by David Goggin

John Hill (Portugal, Florence + The Machine, Eminem) was nominated for "Producer of the Year" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.  In 2017, Hill co-wrote and produced "Feel It Still" by Portugal. As of Nov 2017, Hill  was on six Billboard charts, including Pop, Dance and Alternative for over 10 weeks with dozen songs.
Working at Village studios, Hill recalls how he found his custom TELEFUNKEN mic, "Well, I got a bunch of mics from Telefunken to demo, a C12 and a few different ELA M251's, and I landed on the C12 as my favorite. I asked what we could do to marry the C12 and the 251. They said they'd done a custom one before called the C13 and they made one for me with a custom finish. I love this mic and we use it on just about everything, but especially for vocals. It also really adds a lot of articulation to dark and dirty upright piano. And it sounds great for bass amps, about six feet off the bass cab."
Does the C13 react differently with different singers? "Yes, it does, and one thing that I love about the C13 is that it automatically sounds like a finished record. It makes the job easier for me and my engineering partner Rob Cohen. I come from an engineering background, but through the years my Pro Tools chops have gone a little bit slower, so Rob also does a lot of the vocal production on the records that we do together. When we combined the C13 with a 1073 preamp and an 1176 compressor, the sound just burst out, it was just jumping out of the speakers. It immediately sounds done."
Also check out TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik Diamond Series microphones  offering meticulous reproductions of classic vintage microphones including the ELA M 251, U47, and C12, recreated to exacting details to the originals.
"The design concept for the R-F-T Series was to utilize standardized metalwork and structural chassis from overseas as the microphone platform, then design and build the circuits inside of them in the USA. This practice cut out a substantial portion of the overhead costs of custom metalwork and molding, therefore allowing TELEFUNKEN to provide a lower cost alternative to the premium Diamond Series without compromising sonic quality," says Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group 
Vintage Reborn
Telefunken Diamond Series 

The studio standards : C12, 251, and U47 are on the wish list of every engineer.  
Now with Telefunken Diamond series the vintage sound is reborn.    TransAudio Group and Telefunken are organizing dealer showroom shootouts .  Dealers who participate can use their choice of support gear and any comparable vintage microphone models they'd like to put up against the new Telefunken Elektroakustik C12, ELA M 251 and U47 mics.
"Genuine shootouts are the only way we can think of to sidestep the hype that's out there about mics and get to what actually matters: Sound Quality," says Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group.
Sweetwater recently held shootouts between the vintage AKG C12 and the new Telefunken C12 (click to listen); between the vintage Telefunken ELA M 251 and the new Telefunken ELA M 251 (click to listen); and between the vintage Neumann U47 and the new Telefunken U47 (click to listen). 
Interested dealers should contact TransAudio Group directly at 702-365-5155. 

Trans Audio Group's Brad Lunde talks about ATC inventor Billy Woodman (left) during # GearFest 2017 Listen to the interview with Sweetwater's Lynn Fuston about ATC monitoring systems  here 

A Whole Lotta Mastering System 
Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Shipping Now! 

TransAudio Group, U.S. distributor of high-end professional audio recording equipment, is shipping the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter.  
"You cannot look at the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter as just one tool," explains Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. "It is a whole mastering system that replaces more than a few plug-ins and analog devices: limiter, clipper, saturator, M/S matrix, and a very sophisticated metering device. Its bright touchscreen display is pleasant to look at and frees up the computer screen. "Bettermaker's plug-in control is great. Not only can users recall and automate settings, but they can easily A/B settings from the plug-in to make smart decisions. You can also store and save presets right from the front panel or within Pro Tools or other DAW's," says Lunde. 
U.S. PRICING: $3495.00 List * $2995.00 M
 ATCs At World's Best Studios

 You can hear ATCs at some of the world's best studios: East West, the Village, and Blackbird Studios. 
TransAudio Group's Subwoofer Pros Studio Subs complemented the ATC SCM25As.   TransAudio Group will combine the SCM12 Pro with ATC's all new P1 Pro 150W/channel rackmount amplifier in a bundle that breaks previous price barriers for ATC. The SCM12/P1 Pro monitor/amp package will carry a bundle MAP price of US $4350. If purchased separately, the SCM12 Pro is $1,990/pair MAP, and the P1 Pro amp is $3,490 MAP.
For more information on  ATCs  
contact  Brad Lunde at www.transaudiogroup.com  or call  702-365-5155.
ATC SCM25As in stock today at your favorite Pro Audio Dealer. Follow the link:

Trans Audio Group at NAMM 2017, Anaheim unveiling the new Drawmer MC3.1 and the newest and smallest member of the ATC family: the SCM12 Pro, among other cool studio toys. 
Alex Jacobsen of Auratone  Auratone 5C Sound Cubes 
The TEC-nominated Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting, and motion picture industries for its unfailing ability to represent mixes as they will so often appear in the "real world" - on small-format, zero-crossover loudspeakers.     
For more information on Aurotones visit  www.transaudiogroup.com  or call  Brad Lunde at 702-365-5155.   

Bettermaker, the Poland-based maker of high-end analog equalizers with plug-in control and recall, earned two nominations: one for the Bettermaker EQ502P 500 series module and one for the
Bettermaker EQ232P MKII rack-mount.

Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, which incorporates different analog character circuitry and variable saturation, and Tube-Tech HLT 2A, which pairs high and low shelving with an innovative "tilt" midrange filter, earned nominations as well. Finally, ATC earned a nomination for the ATC SCM45A, three-way compact near-field monitor with unparalleled midrange fidelity. The winners will be determined by online voting via Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and Electronic Musician and via professional audio and sound production organizations. 

"All of these nominations go to inventor-owned companies, the kind of companies where innovation is king. The sound quality of Bettermaker's equalizers would have earned TEC nominations by itself, but the fact that their fully-analog circuitry can be recalled and automated via a plug-in interface has obvious advantages in a modern workflow. The Drawmer 1978 and the Tube-Tech HLT 2A prove that traditional compressor and equalizer topologies are not the only way to inspire fantastic mixes. Taking a different tack, ATC's SCM45A gives engineers a beefier three-way ATC nearfield with fidelity that ensures mixes will translate outside of the studio. Obviously, we encourage folks to cast their votes for these innovative tools!" adds Lunde.
For more information on  Auratones, Bettermaker EQ232P MKII , Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, Tube-Tech HLT 2A  and   ATC SCM45A  For the latest info on Tube-Tech contact  Brad Lunde at www.transaudiogroup.com
  or call  702-365-5155. 

Nick Launay and BRMC's The Black Tape EP 
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Wrong Creatures" Bonus Mastered at Grundman 
(L-R) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club producer Nick Launay and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman  Photo by David Goggin

Hailing from San Francisco, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club decided to treat its fans to a cassette-only EP,
following the release of their new album Wrong CreaturesThe Black Tape EP (features black analog tape instead of the familiar brown). Producer Nick Launay recalls, "It needed to sound not too professional and glossy, so we made it really loud and gritty. It worked on one level, but it was actually hard to listen to. It sounded almost like a grunge record, and that's not really what they're about." And so Launay and band returned. 
"This is the great thing about Bernie Grundman (mastering) -- he really understood. We used a completely different setting on the A to D converter, which was more like something that you would use on a jazz record or a classical record that doesn't need to be loud, and it opened it all up, and it's more beautiful. We just pushed the level as much as possible and it was like night and day. A lot of records these days are all about being very loud, or appearing to be very loud, and BRMC music is much more dynamic. It's like a rollercoaster, and it needs to have the quiet bits. Anyway, we did it again, and it sounded great."  
Bernie also Mastered another album for Launay recently by Anna Calvi, that comes out in August.

Trans Audio Group  
tag crew
l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group    
For the latest info contact   
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 A-Designs (USA),  ATC Loudspeakers (UK),
Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email sales@transaudiogroup.com

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Come enjoy a beautiful day with peers on the green with honorary co-chairs and recording industry legends, Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt   

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The RIGT is organized by event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions, LLC and supports the music programs at A Place Called Home.  A safe haven in South Central Los Angeles for under served youth 8-21 years old. Goal is to empower youth with programs to include: Education, arts, and health. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million shoot-out opportunity, a hole-in-one Harley Davidson motorcycle giveaway, great food, a reception and awards dinner, and more. Dunn and the industry veteran Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the "world famous tequila cart" to make sure all of the day's participants are playing their best. 

Karen is now accepting your participation and entries!
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Zeke at Epic

Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis joined Epic Records as executive VP, A&R earlier this year. Lewis was at Motown for six years.
Based in Los Angeles, he reports directly to Epic president Sylvia Rhone who said about the promotion: "Zeke stands out as the type of rare talent who can write songs, engineer and drive the business behind them. He's a creative force of nature behind countless game-changing hits. That level of creativity is something we revere immensely." With Motown since 2011, Lewis was responsible for a roster that included Migos, Lil Yachty, T.I., Rich Homie Quan and producer Zaytoven in addition to Ne-Yo and Erykah Badu. In the late '90s, Lewis obtained his first publishing deal with LaFace Records through his work with Choice, the girl group that launched P!nk's career. He later founded The Clutch, the songwriter/producer collective that crafted hits by Omarion ("Ice Box"), Ciara ("Like a Boy"), Britney Spears ("Radar") and Timbaland ("The Way I Are"), among others. Lewis' credits also include co-writing/co-producing Justin Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl."

Warner/Chappell CEO Platt Honored 

Jon Platt, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner/Chappell Music, will be the 2018 recipient of City of Hope's prestigious Spirit of Life Award this upcoming October in Los Angeles.
City of Hope is a world-renow ned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, and the award honors a philanthropic leader whose work has had a fundamental impact on the music, film or entertainment industries.
Platt will shared the honor with previous recipients including Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Doug Morris, Coran Capshaw, and Sir Lucian Grange.
Of the award, Platt said: "City of Hope is an extraordinary place that doesn't just treat the body; it also gives hope and nourishment to the soul. Many of us have been affected by the diseases and disorders that City of Hope is striving to cure, which makes this cause both personal and universal. Being chosen to receive this award is a great honor, and I take seriously the responsibility of leading our industry's campaign to support City of Hope's vital work."
For more information on the 2018 Spirit of Life campaign, visit:   www.cityofhope.org/mfei-spirit 

RIP  DJ Avicii.  Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling, stage name Avicii, was found dead in his hotel room in Oman (Middle Eastern country bordering Saudi Arabia) on April 20. He was 28. His net worth is estimated at $85million. The cause of death is as yet unknown. Family thanked fans and wishes privacy.  His last words on his official site:

"For me it's creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do...
The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do." 

A Large Gift To An American Music School
A rendering of the Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts at 200 Van Ness Avenue Courtesy of Mark Cavagnero Associates
Capping the celebration of its 100th anniversary, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Wednesday announced a gift of $46.4 million from the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, among the larges donations ever to an American music school. The gift will help fund construction of a $185 million, 12-story building on a site just south of San Francisco City Hall. Designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates and scheduled to open in 2020, it will include two concert halls, rehearsal spaces, high-tech studios and classrooms, and will provide housing for the student body.
"It will shape the future of the conservatory, in one of the most exciting pieces of real estate in the world," David H. Stull, the school's president, said.  For more information call 415-864-7326 

"I also want to reach people who are maybe not as sure about their own status as creative. Why? Because more creative work is one way to save the world."
--- Questlove in his book Creative Quest


Here's to your creative quest. 
Be Good to Mother Earth and to yourself!

Until next month,

Music lives and moves!

Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso

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Glass + Shankar Celebration
with Pacific Symphony

A noushka Shankar's latest album on Deutsch Grammophon, Land of Gold, is her personal response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. The release in Spring 2016 was followed by tours of North America, India and Europe and garnered a sixth Grammy® nomination in 2017.  

This month she was in Orange County with the Pacific Symphony in an all-Glass program.
It is hard to imagine the emergence of India on the world stage without the spark that was provided by her revered father, Ravi Shankar and yogi and mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-86). They both played a key role in shaping the modern Indian consciousness and influenced many artists in the Western world including Philip Glass whose work The Passion of Ramakrishna is meant to recount yogi's suffering and transfiguration during the last few months of his life.
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, will made its Carnegie Hall debut  (April 21) in the concluding program of its season-long celebration of the music of Philip Glass
The program on April 12 at Segerstrom Hall explored the influence of Ravi Shankar on Mr. Glass and featured the New York premiere of his The Passion of Ramakrishna, with
Pacific Symphony co-commission for chorus soloists, and orchestra. 
Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Singers of Pacific Chorale Elissa Johnston, soprano (Sarada Devi), Christòpheren Nomura, baritone ("M"), Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone (Dr. Sarkar), I-Chin Feinblatt, mezzo-soprano (First Devotee) and Nicholas Preston, tenor (Second Devotee) performed with Pacific Chorale artistic director,  Robert Istad.
The program also included Meetings Along the Edge from Glass/Shankar collaboration Passages and Shankar's Third Sitar Concerto, featuring the composer's daughter Anoushka Shankar as soloist.  
A celebrated sitarist in her own right, Anoushka gave the work's world premiere in 2009, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. This concerto is one of four that Ravi Shankar composed for sitar and orchestra, and Ms. Shankar has performed them around the world, with orchestras including the Berlin, London, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics.
Philip Glass who celebrated his 81st Birthday on January 31, is Carnegie Hall's 2017-2018 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair.

Pulitzer 4 Lamar

Kendrick Lamar's recording released on April 14, 2017 is a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism. Lamar is Dylan of our times, a mirror reflecting today's cultural and social realities.
On the new album, he offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life. Much respect to Kendrick Lamar for being the first hip-hop artist ever to win a Pulitzer, cementing a major artistic milestone in his remarkable career. Listen to it here

A Creative Quest

Pick up this book when you need a creative reset!  Pop culture icon, Questlove has made 70s Afro, colorful glasses, large lapel pins and laid-back attitude new again.  Call it recycling. We've come to love him as side kick to Jimmy Fallon on the "Late Night" show.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is not your average drummer. Yes, he plays drums with his band, The Roots, but it's his limitless creativity that takes him to new and satisfying directions as Producer, DJ,  professional foodie, music historian, and author.
This month, His fourth book, "Creative Quest," ( Amazon), written with Ben Greenman, out on April 24, offers readers inspirations, stories, and lessons on living your best creative life. The book opens a window into the brilliant author's mind with his cross references to Shakespeare's Hamlet, his mentors, working with collaborators, accessing your Zen moment, theory of strange loops and more!
What else is on Questlove's plate this year? He is developing a cartoon for kids with Amazon, based loosely on the story of the Roots, which he describes as 'Muppet Babies' but all females from South Philly."
He is working on a series for AMC based on Shea Serrano's best-selling "Rap Year Book."
He is also the host of Pandora's "Questlove Supreme" interview podcast and has projects in the works for both Broadway and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to name a few.
All the while, the Roots are due to release their 18th album this Fall. Questlove estimates they have 140 songs in the can.   "Forty-five is a hell of a time to start trending," he jokes. Can't wait to hear the new album! Order your copies of this book for gifting to good friends. Good read.

A Good Cause with Cheryl Crow
This month Sheryl Crow is personally inviting you to her ranch in Nashville. Interested? "We'll ride horses, unwind over tea and talk about our favorite mistakes," says Crow in a post.  Flights and hotel are included when you send your donation for the chance to win and join her and support The Pink Lotus Foundation.
The Pink Lotus Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enables low-income, uninsured and under-insured women in the United States to receive 100% free breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment services. This inspiring organization provides more than just financial aid-it lends a helping hand to women facing adversity and strives to remove uncertainty, fear, and confusion by providing a clear path to healing and peace of mind. A good cause we can all support!

Breast cancer surgeon
Dr Krisi Funk offers a comprehensive and empowering approach to breast care and breast cancer in this well-written manual, Breasts available on Amazon. board-certified breast surgeon who, alongside her husband, Andy Funk, cofounded the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles.  She has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including well-known celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow.  Dr. Funk is a frequent cohost on The Doctors and breast expert on Good Morning America, and has appeared on The View, Today, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and numerous other national and local television and news shows.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and triplet sons. Pick up a copy for yourself or for a friend.

My Name Is Prince I Amsterdam

The first ever official exhibition about iconic superstar and legendary performer Prince visits Amsterdam. My Name Is Prince, will give fans and music lovers the chance to get up close and personal with the music legend's life and work at this retrospective, which will celebrate the legacy of one of pop music's most influential figures, Prince Rogers Nelson.
March 8th - June 8th in Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (in walking distance from Central Station). Tix here

Celebration 2018 took place at Paisley Park with panel of musicians that included Brent FIscher (Elvis Costello & The Roots, D'Angelo, Usher, Prince) in April 12-14. Above: Fischer with Rodney Fitzgerald and Michael Dean of The Prince Podcast.

studioexpresso & TransAudio Group
The star-studded Panel
All About That Bass
Namm 2018


Congrats to TEC Award Winners


Trans Audio Group booth at Summer NAMM

A Designs HAMMER 2, an easy-to-use amplifier for both main mixing and tracking.
Bettermaker's Award-Winning 502V 500 Series boutique analog compressor
Daking's Famous Line of Compressors and Mic Pre's
Drawm er's MC1.1

Monitor Preamp and the new 1978 Stereo FET Compressor.
And the Auratone Reference Monitors ever present at every studio!   




Congress Clears Music Modernization Act

Brief summary of the content.
The bill updates Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act to create a single licensing entity that administers the mechanical reproduction rights for digital uses of musical compositions, such as those used by music streamers like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple. The bill also repeals Section 114(i) and, consistent with most federal litigation, utilizes random assignment of judges to decide ASCAP and BMI rate-setting cases.
The CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301, S. 2393): Will change the current royalty system for recordings made before 1972. Currently, artists who recorded music before 1972 are not entitled to be paid royalties under federal copyright law when their music is played on the digital radio, leaving them out of the music streaming bonanza. The CLASSICS Act will bring those recordings into parity with modern recordings. However, some observers, including the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, a digital civil rights advocacy, took issue with the measure, suggesting that it creates a psuedo copyright system that creates new royalties and gives nothing back to the public.
The AMP Act (H.R. 881, S. 2625) improves and simplifies the payment of royalties owed to music producers, mixers, and engineers by allowing royalty collection/distribution organization SoundExchange to directly pay studio creatives.
Market-Based Rate Standard For Statutory Licenses. The new bill would require a market-based rate standard for sound recordings for statutory licenses. This provision would allow the Copyright Royalty Board which sets rates for statutory services to consider the rates and terms that would have been negotiated in the marketplace between a willing buyer and a willing seller.
The bill will next move to the U.S. Senate for consideration, where it seems likely to pass in the coming weeks before going on to POTUS' desk to be signed into law.  

Cross-Hatched At The Broad
An Evening with Pianist Adam Tendler & Friends

This month The Broad presented a conversation with the special exhibition Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth', Cross-Hatched takes inspiration from Jasper Johns' collaborative and fruitful friendships with composer John Cage and choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham. This series included three evenings of music, voice and dance films programmed with live accompaniment and Fluxus performances, demonstrating the close friendships between the three artists and the influence they played on each other's creative practice. Co-curated and performed by pianist Adam Tendler, the series featured vocalist Joan La Barbara, renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, which have influenced generations of other composers and singers.

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Tavis Smiley interview with 'The Ambassador of Soul" and Hammond artist Ellis Hall for PBS  Mr Hall performed two songs and spoke about the depth of his musical career
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What it takes to survive a session with horns, winds and strings! From "Recording Unhinged" by Sylvia Massy. See if you can find Danny Elfman,   Al Schmitt, Hans Zimmer, Susan Rogers and Leslie Ann Jones
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Sat May 19


The Bruce Pied Blues Band    8pm   The Malibooz                            9pm 
The Surfaris ("Wipe Out")      10 pm

Enjoy music, food and good vibes in Malibu!

Wipe Out, one of the most popular and influential instrumental songs of all time, as recognized by Billboard Magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, The
Surfaris are nominated for the Musicians Hall of Fame, located in Nashville, TN

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Academy and Grammy Award winning singer and actress
Jennifer Hudson will perform in her hometown of Chicago for an intimate concert to benefit the
Julian D. King Foundation , the charitable organization created in honor of Hudson's nephew under his name. Hudson will perform two shows during "A Mother's Gift," presented by Modern Luxury Chicago and Michigan Avenue magazine, on Thursday, May 10th at the Mayne Stage theater. Tickets on sale now here

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