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In This Issue
Recording Unhinged With Sylvia Massy
Mouths of Babes at Prairie Sun
At Home with Nashville's Buddy Miller
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Talk Shop With Multi-Award Winning Film, Game, and TV composers
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Mouths Of Babes On Fire Recording Across Prairie Sun 

photo: Michael Amsler

Call their music modern folk, romantic,  giddy, real, witty. With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them Mouths Of Babes is Ty Greenstein (of Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (of Coyote Grace). This month Ty's photo got on the cover of The Bohemian magazine with an article about them recording at Sonoma County's premiere studio, Prairie Sun Studios.  Sun's chief engineer Matt Wright tells us this group is on fire and moving fast across the prairie. 

At Home with ATCs and Nashville Icon Buddy Miller 

Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin) is a Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, guitarist, and engineer. Miller built out the other components of his home studio in Nashville, which is now centered on a vintage 28�24 Trident B-Range analog console.
The gear includes:  MCI two-inch sixteen-track tape machine, Pro Tools HDX, tons of outboard gear (thirty-two channels of mic pres including a bunch of Telefunken V76 preamps, new and old Urei 1176s, a Fairchild 670, BAE1073s, DBX 160s, a Universal Audio LA-2A, a Manley Massive Passive, et al.) and a fantastic microphone collection. He even has a plate reverb system in his basement!
Miller's long search for accurate, but pleasant-sounding, monitors ended three years ago when he was working in another studio that had ATC near fields.
"When I heard the ATCs, I thought, 'Whoa! This has everything!'," he said. Miller purchased a pair of ATC SCM25A near field monitors, and he and Julie relished their inspiring (and yet still surgically-detailed) sound. "The ATCs are so incredibly detailed in the midrange," he says. "I can hear all of the reverb tails and delays - really everything that's going on in a recording. The imaging is stunning. As a result, my recordings translate on any other system. They're totally solid. And best of all, Julie loves to listen to them, so we get more work done and we get it done more enjoyably."
These days, Miller likes to record with the entire band in the control room (sometimes even including the drums!) and with the singer in an adjoining room that has good line of sight to the control room.   In addition to serving executive producer on ABC show, Nashville, Buddy hosts an ongoing weekly Sirius XM radio show that combines live recordings of artists with conversations.
Recently, Buddy upgraded their ATC SCM25As to ATC SCM45As. Both monitors are three-way designs, but the SCM45A adds as second 6.5-inch woofer for greater bass output. "I prefer not to work with subwoofers, but I wanted a little bit more bass from the monitoring system - not because it would affect my mixes so much, but because it would be more fun," he said. "So when ATC released the SCM45A - which is essentially the monitor we had fallen in love with plus more bass - I jumped at the opportunity. They sound awesome, and they have so much output and low end that I got rid of my bigs. I have all the client-impressing-bigness I need from the SCM45As!" In addition, Miller is enchanted with the new ATC SH25-76S tweeters, which are now stock in the SCM45As. "The new tweeter is great!" he said. "The high end is beautiful and gives me even greater clarity and detail so I can get lost in the music."
After getting his start in the late 1970s in New York City and Austin, he moved to Nashville and went on to produce dozens and dozens of big- and small-name talents, including Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Robert Plant. When he's not on the road, Miller spends some of his days working out of his home studio with his wife, the talented singer-songwriter Julie Miller, who long complained that the studio monitors they used sounded unpleasant - until at last Miller found ATC monitors. The ATCs combine the accuracy and detail needed for mission-critical audio work with the joyful listening experience craved by lovers of great music. Building on three years' success with ATC SCM25As, Miller recently upgraded to ATC SCM45As, which deliver greater bass response via two low-end drivers and greater high-end clarity with ATC's made-in-house SH25-76S tweeter.
"Every link in the recording chain is important and it all adds up incrementally to the finished work," Miller said. "But the monitors are the final link and the only window into what's going on with all the other links. So I've long felt that the monitors have to be as good as they can possibly be. But at the same time, a lot of monitors are hard to listen to all day long. Julie is especially sensitive to the unpleasantness of most monitors. There were many times when we quit working because she just couldn't take it any more." Consequently, Miller spent over 25 years moving from one monitoring system to the next, trying to find something that was accurate enough to ensure consistent translation and yet truly pleasurable to listen to. Looks like he's found it with his ATCs.

For more information on ATCs visit  or call  Brad Lunde at 702-365-5155.    


Trans Audio Group Introduces the Boutique Analog Compressor 
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.

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Recording Unhinged With Sylvia Massy

 Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Prince) now lives and works out of her private studio, installed into an old church in Ashland, Oregon.
Recent projects include Pink Grenade, which she engineered, mixed, produced and arranged strings. The album features performances by members of the Wu-Tang Clan and actor Johnny Depp. She produced and engineered Australian band Filthy Lucre and Swedish theatrical metal band Avatar. She also recently mixed for Cage The Elephant and Soilwork.
Massy has received over 25 gold and platinum records including awards for her work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust and Tom Petty. She's also an accomplished fine artist, a published columnist, in-demand educator and relentless entrepreneur. 
This month Massy and Chris Johnson  co-authored and released "Recording Unhinged" published from Hal Leonard Books. It was released in June 2016 and has been a number one best-seller in Amazon's books on Recording and Sound. Interviews and contributors for the book include Hans Zimmer, Geoff Emerick, Bob Ezrin, Bruce Swedien, Michael Franti, Bob Clearmountain, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner, Linda Perry, Ross Robinson, Matt Wallace, Ross Hogarth, Shelly Yakus, Paul Wolff. Massy also illustrated the book. More here

ATCs contact  Brad Lunde at  or call  702-365-5155.

Trans Audio Group at 2016 Summer NAMM, Nashville, USA 
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  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. We're proud to have these exciting new products recognized with TEC Award nominations," said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. It's easy to imagine that there's nothing new under the sun in the world of pro audio, or that anything new is a gimmick, but that's simply not the case. 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  or call  702-365-5155.

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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 [email protected]


GameSound Con
Sept 27-28, Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
Early bird registration for $425 (regular ticke price $695) ends on August 31, 2016 here 

Thursday September 29 - Sunday October 2
AES returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this Fall for the largest pro audio event of the year.
Full schedule here

studioexpresso & Trans Audio Group Mixer @ AES
Saturday October 1, 6pm 

East West Studio 2
Album Playback Party, beverage tastings and more...
By Invitation - contact [email protected] for details. 
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 ).


Talk Shop With Multi-Award Winning Film, Game, and Television composers
At GameSound Con Sept 27-28, Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA  
Brian Schmidt, GameSoundCon's Executive Director, will forego the keynote this year to give attendees more time with the acclaimed composer: "Gordy's talk is going to be fascinating: How to take perhaps one of the most iconic scores, expand on it, and deliver it in an interactive fashion?"
Early bird registration for $425 (regular ticke price $695) ends on August 31, 2016. Register at!registration/c1h3x 

For Star Wars fans, Gordy Haab's musical score for Star Wars: Battlefront, is one of the best-selling videogames ever, received 7 nominations and 4 wins at the 2016 G.A.N.G. Awards - earning, "Music Of The Year", "Best Interactive Score", "Best Audio Mix" and "Sound Design Of The Year". This, alongside his award-winning scores for Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Walking Dead, Kinect Star Wars, and many others, has catapulted him to the top modern day composer ranks. He is known for his intricate understanding of the orchestra and his ability to creatively blend contemporary and traditional styles for unique and powerful scores.
This year, GameSoundCon boasts more thought-leaders than ever before. Another prominent addition is Marcin Przybylowicz (left), best known for his contributions to The Witcher series. His work on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt already won both players'
and critics' hearts worldwide, spawning nominations for Audio Achievement (BAFTA
Games), Video Game Score of the Year (ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards), Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition (DICE Awards), and more.          
Also joining the 2016 GameSoundCon lineup of speakers is Dren McDonald whose score for Gathering Sky was nominated for 5 G.A.N.G. awards and won 2 of them: Best Sound Design in a casual/social game and Best Indie Game Audio.
GameSoundCon's EARLY BIRD pricing of $425 is available through
August 31,
2016, after which the price is $695. To register, please go to 
GameSoundCon is a resource for sound designers and composers from Film, TV, music or other traditional media who are looking to widen their skills when it comes to composing music for games, and to game audio professionals who want to learn more about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and other new areas of growth. The conference is held on September 27-28 in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Meet Atlantic's Riggs Morales

Riggs Morales started as an intern at The Source before becoming the VP of A&R and Artist Development at Atlantic Records. Riggs had a hand in the discovery of David Banner and Eminem during his tenure as Music Editor at The Source and experienced multi-platinum success with Eminem, D12, 50 Cent, and Obie Trice as Sr. Director of A&R at Shady Records prior to coming to Atlantic.
When asked what draws him to an artist?
"I'm still old school in the sense of intuition. I'm also a fan of characters and personalities. That "stand out" factor that separates you from the average. I need to make sure that if I'm listening to you, not only are you saying something but, how you say it. I still think that word of mouth is still as valuable as ever. Also feels it's important that an artist has it together on all levels-from a musical standpoint to their artistic vision and their team. It has to be as complete as possible before it becomes something worth pursuing further."
Riggs who will admit the live show is an important part of what draws him to an artist, also says: "If you want to get my attention do something different-and when I say "something different" I don't mean if you see me across the street you let a bus hit you while singing and go, "here's my demo." I'm saying just do something different, because my ears are numb to "ordinary" and only the really significant stuff stands out."  Steve Jobs famously said; "Real artists ship". He was referring to the fact that everyone has ideas, but real artists deliver on them. Perhaps that's what Mr Riggs is looking for.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

If art reflects society, you don't have to be an American musician to hate politics. When legendary British singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Thompson introduced his new song "Fergus Lang" a few months ago, he would
only say, "It's about a developer who likes to build golf courses in Scotland. I don't want to use his name because he'd surely have me killed." 

Satirical singer-songwriter Rocky Mountain Mike is sort of like a more political version of "Weird Al" Yankovic, and he strikes comedy gold with his spoof of the Dylan/Byrds classic "Mr. Tambourine Man," called "Hey Mr. Tangerine Man."
A growing number of rappers have been speaking out against republican party's presidential candidate and his racist rhetoric. Southern California Latino rapper Yung Blu is among them, going after the  real estate developer in Letter To Trump. "Mr. Trump, you shoulda never opened up your mouth/When you know 95 percent of your haters is black or brown," the song says. But, the man who has the million + views is Rucka Rucka Ali. Some critics have labeled Ali as a racist for his songs, heavily influenced by mainstream comedy television shows such as South Park, and Family Guy. 
And this is just music. Political cartoonists are having their day on Pinterest.

RIP  Gregory Gronowski

Remembering our dear friend, musician and farsighted visionary Gregg Gronowski.
The news of his sudden passing on August 18 echoed in music blogospheres and social posts. As director of sales and marketing since 2012, Gregg lead the Hammond/Suzuki USA team from Illinois.  Gregg and his buddy, Scott May were passionate about growing the illustrious roster of Hammond artists some of whom --Emiko, Gary Swan, Brady Leffler, Ryo Okumoto, Michael Carr, Carey Fank, Robey Robinson, Michael Klooster, Ellis Hall - make regular appearances at Hammond showroom in Monrovia at Church Keyboard Center (CKC). "Gregg guided us with patience, knowledge, and wit. His deep understanding of both marketing and sales mixed with humility and fun was truly inspiring. He was loved by so many and will be missed," says Nelson Dodge of CKC. 
One really never looses a good friend. They somehow make us better, grateful for knowing them and aspiring to be like them.   We send our deepest sincerest condolences and love out to Gregg's immediate and extended Hammond Family. Gregg was a farsighted visionary who has our deepest respects. May your soul rest in eternal love, light and peace.
RIP James Woolley
 September 26, 1966 - August 14, 2016 

Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist
died on August 14, at the age of 49, Woolley's ex-wife wrote on Facebook. Woolley's neck-related injuries resulted from falling off a ladder while retrieving music equipment in his studio.
Following Nine Inch Nails, Woolley worked with Rob Halford's 2wo project as well as Woolley's own VOID

Hollywood Photo Trhowback During WWII, the Palladium hosted radio broadcasts featuring Betty Grable greeting servicemen's' song requests. Big Band acts began losing popularity in the 1950s, causing the Palladium to hold charity balls, political events, auto shows, and rock concerts. In 1961, it became the home of the long-running Lawrence Welk Show. Today The Hollywood Palladium features bands like Foals, James Blake and Switchfoot presented by Live Nation.
Hollywood Palladium during WWII. The dance floor is filled to capacity.

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Power and Fidelity in a Small Footprint
Drawmer Stereo Amplifier CPA-50

The CPA-50 can sit between your monitor controller/pre-amp and a pair of Auratone Cubes. In this case, small is powerful.
It delivers 25Wrms per channel into 8 ohms (50Wrms per channel into 4 ohms). Its features include thermal, overload and power up/power down protection with a fault indicator.  In addition to working in stereo, the CPA-50 can also function as a 100Wrms into 8 ohms Monoblock (set via internal jumpers), which allows the system to operate in bi-amped or bridged modes.
"The Drawmer CPA-50 is the perfect choice for powering small loudspeaker systems, such as the Auratone C5 Super Sound Cubes, that engineers routinely mix on or reference," says Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. "And it packs all its power and fidelity into a very small footprint: just six-and-a-half-inches square, like a small book! It's easy to pack and travel with."

Importantly, the CPA-50 has the clarity and detail necessary to craft world-class mixes... or to simply enjoy world-class mixes.

TransAudio Group, Drawmer's longtime US distributor, has the CPA-50 in stock and ready to ship as of 1 August 1, 2016.
MSRP:  $450.00

Drawmer, manufacturer of legendary studio audio processors, has turned the wizardry of its small engineering team loose in the world of studio monitoring system management.

For more information on CPA-50 call  Brad Lunde at 702-365-5155.     

Buddy Miller (left) has served as Executive Music Producer for ABC's drama Nashville for the past three seasons, which required producing and recording sixty to eighty songs per season, each with three recorded versions (a stripped-down songwriting version, a "live" version for the scene, and a polished studio version).
"Nashville's" singers, songwriters and superstars struggle to reconcile their public and private realities. Some will fight to climb to-or stay on-the top. Some will succumb to their own ambition. And all will learn how to survive in the wake of loss-proving that music may be at the heart of Music City, but drama always reigns. Miller was music producer and musical director for Nashville: On The Record Live Specials. 





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"ATC founder, Billy Woodman, and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and our request for a smaller monitor has led them to develop the SCM20PSL Pro MkII, based around the ATC 6.5-inch "Super Linear" LF driver with integrated midrange, utilizing the same ATC developed SL technology used in our larger nine-, twelve- and fifteen-inch based monitors," says Brad Lunde of  

The greatest scientists are artists as well," said Albert Einstein. As one of the greatest physicists of all time and a fine amateur pianist and violinist, he
 ought to have known!
He attributed his scientific insight and intuition mainly to music. "If I were not a physicist," he once said, "I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.... I get most joy in life out of music"
Wow! Anyone looking for connections between music, mathematics, and physics? How about intuition and reason?

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Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques  
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lvia Massy
Recording Unhinged reminds me of "Joy of Cooking" books. Its author, Irma von Starkloff Rombauer (1877-1962) began her late-life career  when the major American cookbooks were mostly the work of dietitians. Her books offered a visual presentation and style that was not seen before. JOY documents the 1950s-1960s gourmet revolution.
Now from Producer and mixer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash) comes the equivalent of Joy of Cooking on the art and science of  recording. Massy's book, Recording Unhinged takes the reader to a recording adventure and shares recording recipes (new and classic), studio tips, techniques, as well as the occasional ode to our favorite tools and ingredients in the studio. Along with a slew of her luminary and experimental recording buddies (Han
s Zimmer, Geoff Emerick, Bob Ezrin, Bruce Swedien, Michael Franti, Bob Clearmountain, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner, Linda Perry, Ross Robinson, Matt Wallace, Ross Hogarth, Shelly Yakus), Massy injects every bit of fun into the art of making music. Where highly technical books often gather dust on book shelves, Massy's book offers not-so-conventional but test-driven methods, along with charming recording anecdotes perfect for your coffee table.
Did I hear coffee? Massy's beautiful illustrations are icing on the cake. Her "coffee logic" (above) is charming and witty: There's a coffee type for every kind of mixer. Though who drinks "Mr Drippee Filter" anymore?! She has something for everyone!  Massy is a true artist. The book is filled with artful  illustrations that balance art and science with a healthy dose of humor.
"So what is left when you've sworn off drugs and alcohol? The answer is drink lots of coffee. Lots and lots and lots of coffee. I take my coffee very seriously. I have big expensive contraptions to make the black oily brew, and a whole bar of flavored syrups," says Massy. Spoken like a true studioexrpesso producer!!
This book makes you happy.  It's liberating to appreciate the masters and then go and do it your way!
I'll be asking her to autograph my copy. 


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The Recording Academy� Dates Announced For The 59th Annual Grammy Awards Process

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016
Nominations Date: Dec. 6, 2016
Awards Date: Feb. 12, 2017
*Visit for a complete timeline of awards eligibility and voting dates.

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 A White House Brithday 

Beyonc�, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and a whole host of other stars were on hand at the White House this month to help celebrate President Obama's 55th birthday, his last in office.
The president named Lamar's song "How Much a Dollar Cost" his favorite song of 2015. Brilliant rapper, writer and actor, Lamar here in God Is Gangsta video

Alpert Invests in Music Education
Second-largest gift in the history of California

Herb Alpert, co-founder of A&M Records, home of artists from Cat Stevens to Janet Jackson, is now making his mark on education. The musician's namesake foundation, co-founded with his wife, singer Lani Hall, is making a $10.1-million donation to Los Angeles City College that will provide all music majors at the school with a tuition-free education.
"LACC is a gem of an institution," Alpert said regarding the donation. "The biggest motivation was helping kids who don't have the financial energy to go to a major college. At LACC, they've nurtured thousands of dedicated students every year. My brother went there. My ex-partner, producer Lou Adler went there. I've visited the school. It's alive. It's kickin'."
Robert Schwartz, the director of the LACC Foundation, said the gift to the public, two-year college, will be transformative.
"It's the largest gift to an individual community college in the history of Southern California," he said. "And it's the second-largest gift in the history of the state."
"Maybe we can help open the door to students who are financially challenged," Alpert said, "and don't have an opportunity to go to a UCLA."

RIP Juan Gabriel
January 7, 1950 - August 28, 2016

Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City

Singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel died Sunday August 28 at the age of 66 in Santa Monica, two days after a sold-out show and hours before he was set to perform a concert in El Paso, Texas.  Gabriel was not just Mexico's best-known star, he was a Latin American legend. A prolific singer and composer, he wrote more than 1,500 songs (including hits for leading Latin singers - Angelica Maria, Aida Cuevas, Lorenzo Antonio, Jose Jose, Luis Miguel and Rocio Durcal) that combined Mexican genres such as mariachi, ranchero and norteno music. He sold more than 100 million albums and had his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Leather Bound is a style piece and debut short by the WeAreFiction collective. It's an off the wall who dunnit featuring music by Salvador Santana, the son of legendary Carlos Santana won his first Grammy award in 2000. Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli) won his first Grammy in 2002. Together, years later, the two have combined forces to create The Remixikanz, a two piece heavy with synth laden dance songs guaranteed to get a party going. The two were joined in their first performance together on August 18th following the private  screening of WeAreFiction's film, Leather Bound in Silver Lake at The El Cid. Those in attendance enjoyed a special intimate performance  by Salvador Santana, who scored the film, and Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli),The Remixikanz. 

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