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Producers Greg Penny and Brent Fischer at The Village Studios in February during Grammy week 

Film & Music took center stage in Los Angeles this month as winners and nominees
performed, partied and took home awards.  studioexpresso shares an audio alliance in San Francisco, and reports from a village gone chic!
We drop in a studio in New Orleans and meet up with attorneys in Santa Monica to talk copyright. Find out where digital entertainment jobs are on the rise and meet your new neighbors with hot properties.  Look who's in our Hammond corner and learn about the new A&R and more...

As always, big thanks to our 24,000+ readers and studioexpresso's community of studios, composers, arrangers, and producers who create music that lives and moves.
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In This Issue
Rodgers Honored at The Village
Renew studioepxresso Today!
Daking In The House
PlugIn Alliance at Fantasy
Watch studioexpresso interviews!
ELI at YouTube Place LA
Bock Microphones
Oscar Music Winners
57th Annual Grammy Winners You Did Not See!
The Hammond Corner At Keyboard Center, Pasadena



C'est Chic!  

Nile Rodgers Honored by The P&E Wing� of The Recording Academy�         


"I just wanted to be a jazz guy, playing club dates," said the 3X Grammy winner producer Nile Rodgers (David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Duran Duran and Madonna, Daft Punk) to peers who had gathered at  The Village studios in Santa Monica to salute the disco legend.  One of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music, Rodgers performed his familiar classics in a duet with Flea transforming the multiple studios at the Village into a big dance floor much like those you experience at family wedding or barmitzvah!   

Rogers hit single, "Le Freak" by his group Chic was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2014. 

The Producers & Engineers Wing� of The Recording Academy� celebrated its eighth annual GRAMMY Week event with music industry guests (below) honoring Rodgers with a music career spanning more than five decades.  Rogers is also an unprecedented philanthropist and founder of the We Are Family Foundation.  
Warner Bros. announced the label had signed Rodgers and his band Chic to a global deal through Land of the Good Groove, an imprint formed by Rodgers and Ostin. Rodgers' history with Warner Bros. goes back to 1984 and his production work on Madonna's Like A Virgin. The lead single from Chic's first album in more than 25 years comes out March 20 launching Rodger's UK tour "I'll be there". Warner Bros. will release the album in June 2015. 
Watch this fun Rodgers factoids


PlugIn To Audio Fantasy 


The roster of elite engineers and producers joining the PlugIn Alliance network is growing rapidly. GRAMMY Award winning mixing engineer, Craig Bauer (right) is among them. Click to read the full interview.  



Plugin Alliance CEO Matt Ward and Brainworx CEO Dirk Ulirch (above) hosted an event at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco last year where a number of pro guitarists came in to try out Brainworx's guitar emulation technology.  Producer John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar) and few Bay Area guitar slingers including Vic Johnson (Sammy Hagar), Micheal Lee Firkins, Chris Solberg (Eddie Money, Santana) and Tommy Odetto joined in.  While everyone loved the sound of the amp emulations one of the biggest thrills for Dirk was to be in the studio where his favorite band, Journey, recorded some of their biggest albums. For Matt, who grew up in Berkeley and had spent many days in the Saul Zaentz Film Center helping them with their transition to digital technology in the 1990s, it was more of a homecoming.    

studioexpresso spotlight on Fantasy here or contact Amanda Howell or Jeffrey Wood, studio directors at 510.486.2038.

 Earlier this year PlugIn Alliance interviewed twelve-time Grammy�-winning producer mixer and engineer  Rafa Sardina  (Calle 13, Placido Domingo, Lady Gaga) After Hours Studio...here    





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 ATC SCM20PSL Passive 2 Way Monitors in studio G, Brooklyn where Puss N Boots perform "Don't Know What It Means 

" was recorded live   






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Meet Producer Jack Miele 

Daking In The House at Music Shed Recording, New Orleans

Based in New Orleans, Jack Miele is a producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist with several Grammy nominations, Emmy and Silver Telly wins. His long list of high-profile clients includes Blues Traveler, Zac Brown Band, John Oates, Better Than Ezra, and Ani DiFranco; a list that just so happens to include a handful of the projects that have benefitted from Miele's discovery of Daking analog processors.
Miele works out of Music Shed Recording Studios and his own project studio both of which are now well stocked with Daking equalizers and compressors.

Part of Miele's success derives from his ability to clearly articulate his goals.  

"My goals as a producer are different from my goals as an engineer," he said. "When I'm producing, I'm almost working as a psychologist to get the artist to forget about the stress and technology of the studio so that they can deliver an authentic performance that will connect with listeners on an emotional level. It's all about believability and honesty, and when you get it right, you allow the artist to transfer a message to the listener. As an engineer, I'm trying to find a recording chain with gear that complements the artist. Just as everyone's voice is different, everyone's playing and performance is different. Their attack, their release, how hard they hit the strings or the drums or their own vocal cords. It's all touch and feel and it's all different for every artist. Somewhere out there exists a piece of gear with electrical characteristics that work best with a particular artist's nuances."

He continued, "So in my view, a big part of being a good engineer is knowing the characteristics of the tools I use. Just as a carpenter or a surgeon knows which particular tools are best for a particular situation, the engineer has to size up the talent and build a signal chain that will bring out their best qualities." Miele's friend, accomplished mastering engineer Bruce Barielle, introduced him to the Daking Mic Pre/EQ. "Bruce said that Daking had come out with an EQ in the spirit of the Trident A-Range, and so I obviously got excited," Miele said. "The minute I turned the knobs, I knew I had to have it. Nothing else in my collection, which includes API, Neve, SSL, Universal Audio, Summit, Empirical Labs, had the same sound. The Daking Mic Pre/EQ is a unique tool."


Miele often uses the equalizer and mic pre sections independently. "The Daking mic pre is brilliant and modern-sounding," he said. "It's very open and fast. I find it works great on acoustic instruments - guitar, cello, or grand piano - and female vocals - or really anything that I want to capture with a beautiful, open top end." Because he has two Mic Pre/EQs, Miele frequently adds their equalizer sections to the mix buss on his Amek console. "I add or subtract a few frequencies and it just snaps the whole mix into place," he said. "The equalizer section has a beautiful, smooth color. It adds brilliance without being harsh, and the number of bands and their range of parameters makes it tremendously versatile."

Given his success with Mic Pre/EQ, Miele explored the rest of the Daking product line and fell in love with both the Daking FET II Compressor and the Daking Comp 500, which fits the 500-Series module form factor. "They're both great, and they're very different from one another," he said. "The FET II is my favorite vocal compressor - there are very few vocalists that it isn't perfectly suited for. In an act of due diligence, I tried ten compressors on John Oates' vocals, and the FET II - more than any other - brought them to life. The fixed release times are useful and I often dial them in, but the auto-release feature is special. It's very pleasing to the ear and can get a whole track breathing organically. I love it."

Although Miele expected a small version of the FET II in the Daking Comp 500, he got more than that. "It's an incredibly transparent compressor," he said. "In fact, the first time I put it on, I had to triple check that it was actually working. The gain reduction was flashing and the track was holding in, but I didn't hear the 'sound' of compression that I'm used to. The Comp 500 is incredible on drums. In fact, I wish I had one for every drum! It can grab the transients without squashing the hell out of them. It can get in and get out so that the drums stay punchy." Miele put the Comp 500's transparency to good use when he recorded Jessica Lange's vocals for a sung David Bowie cover scene in American Horror Story. "Unlike records, where listeners expect artifacts, sound for screen has to be a lot more transparent," he explained. "The Daking Comp 500 gave Jessica's vocals the sound we needed without giving them an obvious 'compressed sound.'" Miele also applauds the Comp 500's Stereo Link feature, which works flawlessly and allows him to apply transparent compression to his mix buss.

"If it sounds good, it is good," Miele summarized. "There are no rules. Sure, you can learn the 'rules' first and then break them, but you ultimately have to trust your ears. As excited as I am about Daking, I try never to fall into a 'pride of ownership' mistake... applying a certain piece of gear just because it's the newest or most expensive. That said, almost everything sounds awesome through Daking. The Daking FET II Compressor and the equalizer section of the Daking Mic Pre/EQ have a definite color and vibe that's really pleasant. The Daking Comp 500 and the mic pre section of the Mic Pre/EQ are really transparent and colorless. They're a great set of tools to work with.


For the latest info on Daking products contact  Brad Lunde at TransAudio Group 702-365-5155   



Backstage Pass For Music Students Brent Fischer Featured Speaker at Grammy Museum 


Brent Fischer who played percussion on a Grammy show with Beyonc� Knowles and Prince was the guest speaker on February 3 at the Grammy museum where over fifty music students from Sierra Madre School came to Clive Davis Theatre to learn about entertainment careers.  Fischer who directs and produces the Clare Fischer ensembles and arranges/orchestrates for pop & R&B royalty (D'Angelo, Usher, Costello & The Roots) spoke about the importance of education and the various paths that are available in choosing a music career. Side by side practicing your instrument, he stressed the importance of mastering the art of writing and speaking well, as well as getting proficient with numbers for a higher chance of success. The enthusiastic students asked good questions and rushed to take photos with Fischer before heading back to school.   



Perry Receives Grammy Trustees Award

Congrats to producer Richard Perry (Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Diana Ross,  Martha Reeves, Babs, Neil Diamond) who received his Grammy Trustees Award in L.A. along with famed songwriter Barry Mann.
Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"? Willie Nelson's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before, Harry Nilsson's "Without You", "Ringo Starr's "Photograph"? Leo Sayer's "When I Need You"? and many hits by Rod Stewart - over five volumes of American song classics.  Perry takes credits for this and more...Perry is also the only producer who can say he staged a quasi Beatles reunion on the "Ringo" album in 1972 when John, George and Paul all wrote songs for what would become a landmark Beatles collection.
Mister Perry & significant other, Ms Jane Fonda (two-time Oscar winning actress/activist/aerobics instructor,  Barbarella meets the political lightening rod Hanoi Jane) posted this lovely photo  during the Grammy week taken in front of their Trousdale Estates modern home.  And that's what we call a power couple!  Congratulations Mister Perry!

Hot Properties

Jimmy Moves to Malibu
Jimmy Iovine, who hauled in a fortune when he and Dr. Dre sold their Beats by Dre headphone brand to Apple for $3 billion-plus earlier this year, has long owned a 15,000-square-foot mansion on 1.76 uber-prime acres in L.A.'s hoity-toity Holmby Hills. Now he has purchased a multi-residence compound (formerly owned by Marcy Carsey and Richard Gere) near Malibu's Paradise Cove for somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million.  Welcome to Malibu Jimmy!

Building A Dream House, Block by Block

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, a 35-year-old Swedish video game designer, became a billionaire in September when he sold his company, Mojang, to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.  Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean.  Now its creator has closed on a $70 million home on Tony Hillcrest Drive in Trousdale section of Beverly Hills. The 23,000-square-foot, Contemporary-style home, with a wall of glass that provides a 280-degree view of the City of Angels and the Pacific Ocean below, triggered a bidding war between four buyers to include Jay Z and Beyonc�. Super agent Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group with fellow agent Katia De Los Reyes represented Persson in the deal. n addition to the ubiquitous Los Angeles infinity pool, this estate also boasts a large hot tub that Williams refers to as the "poolcuzzi." There is an 18-seat home theater and three high-definition 90-inch television screens. The home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, each bath equipped with a Toto Neorest toilet (which cost $5,600 per unit, according to the press release). Where else will Mr Persson spend his money? He's passionate about charities that help children, and those that help promote freedoms "I think are vital in the coming dozens of years, such as the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that seeks to protect online civil liberties, among other goals), says Persson who makes electronica music under the name "Markus Alexei". He also made an appearance in the movie Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.  How's that for building your dream home block by block!

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studioexpresso and Trans Audio Presented Production Panelists at 2015 Hot Zone at NAMM 
l-r: Claris Sayadian-Dodge,
Cheche Alara (Latin Grammy Awards,The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Bonnie Hunt Show) 14x Grammy-winning Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Placido Domingo, Calle13), Ellis Hall  "The Ambassador of Soul" (Ray Charles, Boston Pops, Tower of Power) and  Grammy-winning Brent Fischer (Usher,
Clare Fischer Big Band, Elvis Costello & The Roots).   
Alex Acuna (Randy Newman, LA Phil).
23x Grammy-winning Dr Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Jefferson Airplane)
 Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins,  Bob Dylan, Uncommon Studios ).






Digital Entertainment Job Surge in California


Youtube Space Los Angeles Headquarters above. Photo: by the C


A surge in digital entertainment jobs from new online shows on Amazon, YouTube and other new-media outlets has helped drive employment in Hollywood to the highest level in a decade. Some 8,000 new jobs were added to the motion picture and sound recording sector in Los Angeles County last year, according to state jobs data. The 6.5% growth from the previous year was three times higher than all private-sector jobs in the county.

Santa Monica-based Amazon Studios has several Web series filming locally, employing hundreds of crew members on such as shows as the detective series "Bosch" and "Transparent," about a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.   

A rosy picture is coming out despite the recent cuts from Warner Bros, Sony Pictures headquartered in Culver City and Glendale-based DreamWorks.

Netflix, Amazon, Yahoo, YouTube and other Internet giants have been expanding their entertainment offerings to grab some business from the traditional networks and cable channels.  

As consumer confidence improves, advertisers are filming more commercials. That has led to a continued growth in commercial production, which was up 9% last year, according to FilmL.A. Nearly half of all commercials are filmed in the L.A. area.   

Hollywood's jobs picture is closely watched because the entertainment industry is a key facet of L.A.'s economy. The industry contributed about $61 billion in goods and services in 2012, or roughly 10% of the county's gross product




ELI Papers The Grammy Week

One of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY� week this year was the 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative� (ELI). Established in '98, the luncheon and scholarship presentation seek to address legal issues confronting the music industry. This year the event was held on February 6 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica and featured a keynote address by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).  

The congressman received a warm applause from east coast attendees when suggesting to move the event to his home town of NY.  In his remarks, he talked about a music scene where satelite radio and internet are afforded a free ride. He added that outdated copyright laws allow for "an irrational system" where state laws are invisible to satellite signals and musicians are not paid fairly in today's digital landscape.
Bare in mind, when a song is played through traditional AM/FM radio, only the songwriters collect royalties.  If that song is played on Sirius XM or on Pandora, both the songwriters and the performers are paid, but at significantly different rates that are set through different legal processes. And if the song is played on Spotify through a smartphone, there are still different royalty rates, reached through different means. Nadler outlined these challenges rooted in the inability of the laws to catch up with new technologies when it's hard to imagine what's next. He called for a united industry to meet these challenges and not remain on the side lines allowing for an "unnatural business environment" to thrive.   
"Try not selling a car and letting your customer drive it away for promotional reasons. He expressed his outrage for another product like music being marketed so differently.  "When it comes to legislation, the issues are too important and the opposition too powerful for you to win as a divided community," Nadler added. 
It's important to note that only the day before the ELI event, the United States Copyright Office made a long-awaited set of proposals for changes to music copyright. Among its changes are royalties for performing artists on the radio, and extending federal copyright protection to recordings made before 1972. 

Special guests at the luncheon included Ron Wilcox, ELI Executive Chair; Ken Abdo, ELI Executive Committee Program Chair and top music industry attorney (Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.); and Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy� and the GRAMMY Foundation (photographed above with the scholarship winners, honorees Nadler and Frackman).   



Stay With Me
Petty and Lynne Won't Back Down 

English soul singer Sam Smith was the big winner at this year's Grammys, taking home four awards: best newcomer, best song, best record and best pop vocal album.  Sam Smith released "Stay With Me" in 2014. Twenty-five years earlier Tom Petty released "I Won't Back Down".  Smith's publisher settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty's publisher in October over similarities between "Stay With Me" and Petty's 1989 single, "I Won't Back Down." "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions," Smith's representatives said in a statement. "Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity. "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier (Napes) and William Phillips.  Listen to both songs here 





Grammy Ads Up! 


Brands flocked to this year's Grammy telecast at a cost of $800,000 per 30-second spot after last year's show was watched by 26.6 million.
This was music to artist' ears like Katy Perry (Forbes list of $40 million worth as of 2014) who began promoting "bold new beauty looks" for CoverGirl

in the spring campaign in 2014 fit for her retro pinup girl to anime space princess to queen of the jungle looks! 

Introduced in 1961, CoverGirl has boasted a long list of celebrity spokeswoman with the current roster to include: Actresses Sofia Vergara and Queen Latifah, singer Pink and beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, as well as rising stars such as Janelle Mon�e.   

Big-box retailer Target bought an ad that looked like a performance (four minutes). Imagine Dragons (performance sans pairings)!  ID pushed Target's new #MoreMusic campaign and performed their new single "Shots" from Las Vegas.
Cost:  $8 million





At YouTube Space LA  

l-r:Michael and Carissa Alvarado - Us The Duo, Alex Wilhelm, Sr Director A&R, Capitol Music Group, Brad Haugen, CMO, SB Projects,  Jonathan Kalter, The MGMT Co, Margaret Hart, Artist & Label Relations, moderated by TV/radio host and entrepreneur DJ Skee at the YouTube Space LA
photo: by The C


Grammy� Connect presented The New A&R on Febrauary 4 during Grammy week at the YouTube Space LA.
The new Youtube space boasts a 41,000 square foot creative lab and has  
production stages, green screens, cameras, lights, sound gear, electrical and grip equipment. The space also has production labs and private editing suites.  The A&R panel was moderated by TV/radio host and entrepreneur DJ SKee.
Us The Duo (Michael and Carissa Alvarado) opened with an acoustic performance of their hit "No Matter Where You Are."  Then the duo joined panelists, Alex Wilhelm, Sr Director A&R, Capitol Music Group, Brad Haugen, CMO, SB Projects,  Jonathan Kalter, The MGMT Co, and Margaret Hart, Artist & Label Relations to discuss new artist discovery sites and the role that YouTube plays in artists' careers. They each gave their definition of the new role of A&R - which sounded like an interim manager meets a producer.  The group agreed on how YouTube has changed the face of A&R and has become a viable tool for creating/distributing content and being discovered. However, just because you're a YouTube sensation, doesn't mean you can sell 10,000 seat arenas. And that's where artists still rely on professional services of a manager, publicist, etc
Consider songwriter team the Alvarados who produced their first self-titled album and used Vine (a short-form video sharing service) to reach to their fans initially. A few successful YouTube videos (28+ million views) followed.
Then their mash-ups of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry caught the attention of BuzzFeed, iHeartRadio and Business Insider and soon grew their social media following to over 4 million.  Michael & Carissa got married and have been traveling and playing music together ever since.
Us The Duo inked a deal with Republic Records in March 2014 making history as the first artists signed to a major label from Vine. Their new album "No Matter Where You Are," has reached #9 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart, and landed Top 30 on the overall Albums Chart. The couple recently completed their first headlining tour with sold out dates throughout North America and have been featured by everybody from Good Morning America and The Today Show to Huffington Post. And if you want to hear the
Top Hits of 2014 in 2.5 Minutes by Us The Duo has over 8.5 mill views studioexpresso met with the dynamic duo at the YouTube Space during Grammy week where they performed their song: "No Matter Where You Are." (hear a sample here).


Performance by A Capella Super-Group Pentatonix at YouTube Space: l-r: Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kevin Olusola  photo by the C


Next the vocal sensation, RCA recording artists Pentatonix performed at the YouTube Space LA.  Darlings of Grammy week, Pentatoni  received their first Grammy Award for "Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella" at the 57th Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 at the Nokia Theater - where they presented 4X Grammy-winner Sam Smith the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Band member Kevin "K.O." Olusola played cello during Pharrell's live performance of "Happy."
The group was at Saturday night's legendary Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala - where they performed a Bee Gees medley for Barry Gibb, Clive Davis and his star-studded guest list. 
Pentatonix formed their popular YouTube channel and distributed their music through Madison Gate Records, a small independent label owned by Sony Pictures that distributes movie soundtracks. They also made effective use of social media to interact with their fan base. 

Pentatonix with producer Ben Bram (far right)

Formed in 2011, Pentatonix came to prominence by winning the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC  earning them $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music. Having now eclipsed 7.28 million subscribers and more than 785 million cumulative views, the PTX official YouTube page is currently the 12th most subscribed-to music channel and the 42nd most subscribed channel overall, while two members, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, also have their own comedic YouTube web show, Superfruit, with over 1 million suscribers and over 75 million views. In May 2014, Pentatonix signed with RCA Records, a "flagship" label of Sony Music Entertainment. Their second holiday release, That's Christmas to Me. That's Christmas to Me was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and platinum on December 24, 2014, becoming the highest-charting holiday album by a group since 1962, and the fourth best selling album in the United States in 2014. Pentatonix, together with their producer and unnoficial sixth member Ben Bram, won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for "Daft Punk" at the 57th Grammy Awards. Pentetonix official US/Europe tour began in San Antonio Texas on Feb 25. Hear a sample of Pentatonix performance at YouTube Space LA here





Oscars So White

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter the weeks leading to the Oscars.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out about this year's Oscar nominations and the firestorm of criticism that has  followed.  Isaacs says that while she's proud of this year's nominees and winners, the all-white acting slate inspires her to push for more diversity within the academy's ranks. All 20 of this year's acting contenders were white and there were no women in the directing or writing categories.   


Grammy Spotlight On Violence & Performances that Stood Out
As far as genius Grammy pairings go, this one stood out on Sunday during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Celebrated pianist Lang Lang, film composer Hans Zimmer (who played guitar) and producer Pharrell Williams started off their hit number "Happy" with an abstract intro, Pharrell speaking to the heavens with echoes in multitude of languages to include Spanish and French. Williams who won three Grammy awards Sunday night expressed his view during the performance of his hit song, "Happy" as he made a reference to Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Dancers wearing black hoodies raised their arms - making the "hands up don't shoot" protest gesture used by Michael Brown demonstrators. As usual, Pharrell is the classy fellow who makes his views reflected peacefully and artfully. 


Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

When Brooke Axtell was a child, her nanny took her to the basement of a strange house and sold her to men who raped her. Austin-based writer, activist, and performance artist is also director of communications for Allies Against Slavery, a nonprofit that fights human trafficking. In "What I Know of Silence," Axtell describes the role art played in helping her recover from her experiences. A singer and poet, she has released three albums and two collections of poetry. Axtell who spoke movingly from the Grammy stage about her experiences with domestic violence says the segment was inspired by a visit to the White House by Grammy show producer Ken Ehrlich.  President Barack Obama made a video appearance on the show calling on musicians to pledge to stop domestic violence. Her life was saved, she said, when she sought help at a domestic violence center. Katy Perry followed her with a solemn performance of "By the Grace of God." Perry said she contemplated suicide after her breakup with Russell Brand, whom the song is about (she has never described their relationship as abusive).  

Axtell noted she was aware both Rihanna and Chris Brown were in the audience when she spoke. Brown has faced a string of legal troubles since beating Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Neil Portnow, the recording academy's president, said neither Rihanna nor Brown was consulted before the segment aired. 

Ageless Lennox      

Annie Lennox stole the show when the 60-year-old former Eurythmic joined the young Irish rocker Hozier for his hit "Take Me to Church" and delivered her cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You."  




Soundcloud Backlash

Will Soundcloud continue with its sub-standard licensing offers and face a massive indie backlash?  

The recent buzz suggests their faith may be similar to its rival YouTube, and give major labels priority negotiation advantage.  Soundcloud perks have included priority placements, equity percentages, early participation in alpa and beta launches, and most importantly, 'most favored nations' privileges.  Most 'MFN,' ensures that the 'big three' majors - Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group - automatically benefit of any licensing negotiation that is better than theirs.  Effectively, MFN allows a contract to adjust to reflect the added benefits negotiated by someone else, ensuring the best deal among all rights owners. We're watching. 






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You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ's as well as in your D.A.W....AND... in your project with your AUTOMATION. More info
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The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment
lets you get the most out of your digital, analog, and electronic music setups (English & Spanish Editions of the book) 
January 1, 2015

Targeted for home studio or desktop studio users, this book may be the right companion for millions recording any type of music.
Most of us know "Chilitos" aka Jose Valenzuela from his audio courses.
As founder and owner/president of AudioGraph International (AGI), he has offered a full-service recording studio and Avid-authorised and certified Pro Tools bilingual training since 1994. Chilitos has worked as an audio engineer, synth programmer, ADR editor, sound designer/editor, record producer, and mixer. He has also written The Complete Pro Tools Handbook and several other digital audio and MIDI books. Hot off the press early this year comes The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment from Hal Leonard Publishing. My husband liked the title and grabbed it before I could write a full review. I think the titles says it all...get connected!  Available on Amazon


Hear This
Approximately 50 million Americans have
hearing loss in at least one ear, with around 26 million Americans aged 20-69 experiencing high-frequency hearing loss as a result of noise. Among those at high risk? Musicians.

Now an experimental gene therapy may reverse hearing loss by stimulating the regrowth of microscopic sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear destroyed by disease or prolonged exposure to loud noise. Doug Brough and Lloyd Klickstein are the chief scientific officers at GenVec; head of translational medicine, new indications discovery unit, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.


Oscar Moments 

Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles based street artist that specializes in bold  stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban  environment, culture and politics. His work combines humour, irony, criticism  and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels. His latest installation (left) says Oscar is in town bringing awareness to drugs. 




We hope you found the news helpful to connect to new friends and get back in the studio to create new works. Who knows, next year could be your turn to win a Grammy or an Oscar!

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 Oscar's Big Music Winners



Original Score 
The Grand Budapest Hotel  
Alexandre Desplat

"Glory" from SELMA

Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

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SNL40 Spotlight 
Cirus' Pitch On Point 


Miley Cyrus may have found herself in a new direction with a stellar performance towards the end of the night during SNL40 celebration with her soulful, country-inflected cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover." The Grammy-nominated singer took the stage in a white hot pantsuit with floral imprints and showed off her husky, raspy vocals  in a perfect arrangement for this song.  

Backed by a folk band, which included boss Fred Armisen casually playing tambourine in the background along with drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr   



Grammy Award For Best New Artist


Sam Smith
Capitol Records 


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Leonardo Genovese was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1979. After some years of studying classical piano at the National University of Rosario as well as private lessons in contemporary music, he moved to Boston in 2001. He started his career at Berklee College of Music where he studied with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen and Frank Carlberg, among others. Leo graduated as a Professional Music Major in 2003 and has been constantly performing and recording with talented musicians such us Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, George Garzone, Francisco Mela, Joe Lovano, Bob Gulloti, Phil Grenadier, Dave Santoro, Chris Cheek and Ben Monder. In 2004, he released his first solo album entitled Haikus II signed by Spanish label Fresh Sound Records. Leo has his own project "leo genovese and he also performs regularly with the Esperanza Spalding Group, the Mike tucker Quartet, Planet Safety (w/Bob Gullotti and Dave Zinno) and Hal Crook every Tuesday at AS220 in Providence.

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Russell Frackman, a partner in the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, was the recipient of the 2015 Service Award, presented by Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Frackman accepted the award by recognizing early mentors and members of his family, to include his mother, wife, attorney son and daughter, a music manager.
The honor is awarded to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and supporting the music community through service.  


At the luncheon, a cash scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to the winner of the ELI Writing Competition, Brian Oliver, University of Miami School of Law

Paper Title: "One Album Warrants One Award: Harmonizing The Copyright Act's Statutory Damages Schema With The Unbundled Recorded Music Industry"  


$1,500 was awarded to each of the four runners-up.  

Laura Barton, Mississippi College of Law
Paper Title: "A Copyright Guide to the Remix App Market: A Balancing Act between Profits and Promotion"

Michelle Gilzenrat Davis, University of Georgia

Paper Title: "Introducing The Rightscoin: Using Block Chains To Track School of Law Copyright Ownership"

Joseph Pomianowski, Yale Law School
Paper Title: "Section 114(I) Of The Copyright Act: What Its Unhappy History Tells Us About The Digital Royalty Pie"

Bradley Ryba, John Marshall Law School

Paper Title: "iHeartgeo-Fencing?: The Section 114 Exemption That Could Help Create The Universal Sound Recording Public Performance Right"  

Additionally, all ELI Writing Competition finalists received airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards� held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network, as well as invitations to other GRAMMY� Week activities.  





Grammy 2015
Awards You Didn't See

Not all of the 2015 Grammy Awards were given away on camera.
Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV

Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara

Above Brent Fischer congratulates Kej & Kellerman for their first Grammy win.


Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta


Best World Music Album:
Angelique Kidjo, Eve

Best Children's Album: Neela Vaswani, I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed the World

Best Instrumental Composition:
John Williams, The Book Thief

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:
Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola, arrangers, "Daft Punk"

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:
Billy Childs, arranger, New York Tendaberry

Best Recording Package:
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix and Jerome Turner, art directors, Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood and Jack White, art directors, The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes:
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane), Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album:
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams), The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin and Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck), Morning Phase

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend), "All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix)"

Best Surround Sound Album:
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyonc� Knowles, surround producer (Beyonc�), Beyonc�

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus), Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending

Producer of the Year, Classical:
Judith Sherman, Beethoven: Cello & Piano Complete (Fischer Duo), Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet), Composing America (Lark Quartet), Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna), The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza), Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill & Pacifica Quartet), Snapshot (American Brass Quintet), Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran & Curtis 20/21 Ensemble), Wagner Without Words (Ll_r Williams)

Best Orchestral Performance:
David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony), Adams, John: City Noir

Best Opera Recording:
Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble), Charpentier: La Descente D'Orph�e Aux Enfers

Best Choral Performance:
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare), The Sacred Spirit Of Russia

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble: Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe, In 27 Pieces - "The Hilary Hahn Encores

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Jason Vieaux, Play

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergstr�m, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit), Douce France

Best Classical Compendium: Partch; John Schneider, producer, Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony), Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Smokie Norful, No Greater Love

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Lecrae Featuring For King & Country; Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone (songwriters), "Messengers" (Lecrae ft. For King & Country)

Best Gospel Album:
Erica Campbell, Help

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong

Best Roots Gospel Album:
Mike Farris, Shine For All the People

Best Latin Pop Album:
Ruben Blades, Tangos

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Calle 13, Multiviral
(Rafa Sardina

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Vicente Fern�ndez, Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fern�ndez

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Carlos Vives, M�s + Coraz�no Profundo

Best Dance Recording:
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Aphex Twin, Syro

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
Chick Corea, "Fingerprints"

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Life in the Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album:
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum

Best Musical Theater Album: Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer and lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers, Frozen

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
Alexandre Desplat, composer, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Song Written for Visual Media: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, songwriters, Let It Go

Best Music Video:
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Music Film:
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill, Twenty Feet From Stardom

Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood, "Something In the Water"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
The Band Perry, "Gentle On My Mind"

Best Country Song: Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

Best Bluegrass Album:
The Earls Of Leicester, The Earls Of Leicester

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera, "Say Something"

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer -- Bass & Mandolin

Best Rock Performance:
Jack White -- "Lazaretto"

Best Metal Performance:
Tenacious D -- "The Last In Line"

Best Rock Song: Hayley Williams & Taylor York (songwriters) -- "Ain't It Fun" (Paramore)

Best Alternative Music Album:
St. Vincent -- St. Vincent

Best Blues Album:
Johnny Winter - Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album:
Joan Rivers -- Diary of a Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album:
"Weird Al" Yankovic -- Mandatory Fun

Best Rap Performance:
Kendrick Lamar -- "I"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Eminem ft. Rihanna -- "The Monster"

Best Rap Song:
K.Duckworth & C. Smith (songwriters) -- "I" (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album:
Eminem -- The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner --"Jesus Children"

Best R&B Song:
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonc� Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (songwriters) -- "Drunk in Love" (Beyonc� ft. Jay Z)

Best Urban Contermporary Album: Pharrell Williams -- "G I R L"

Best R&B Album:
Toni Braxton & Babyface -- "Love, Marriage & Divorce"

Best American Roots Performance: Rosanne Cash -- "A Feather's Not A Bird"

Best American Roots Song:
Rosanne Cash -- "A Feather's Not A Bird"

Best Americana Album:
Roseanne Cash -- The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album:
Old Crow Medicine Show -- The Remedy

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin


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