John Shanks' Midas Touch

Nov 1, 2005, By Bryan Reesman

John Shanks is one of the hottest pop producers around. For four years in Studio C at Los Angeles based Henson Studios, the guitarist, songwriter and...

Jon Brion

Nov 1, 2005, By Mr. Bonzai

Friday nights here in L.A., producer Jon Brion hosts a (humorous) musical variety show at Cafe Largo. Improvisation, new tunes, oldies done with a devilish...

Andy Wallace

Oct 1, 2005, By Michael Barbiero

Driving up to Andy Wallace's farmhouse, nestled on 200 acres in northwestern New Jersey, one gets the sense of a man who is at peace with himself. Had...

TEC Hall of Fame Honoree Arif Mardin

Oct 1, 2005, By Maureen Droney

Conversing with Arif Mardin, it's possible to be transported back to a different and maybe better time. Although his production of Norah Jones' smash...

Classic Tracks: The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back"

Sep 1, 2005, By Gary Eskow

There's this: I've stumbled on the side of 12 misty mountains/I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways/I've stepped in the middle of seven...

Classic Tracks: Toto's "Africa"

Aug 1, 2005, By Robyn Flans

At the 1982 Grammys, accepting Toto's sixth award of the night, David Paich raised the award in the air and said, We'd like to thank Robert Hilburn for...

John Alagia

Aug 1, 2005, By Mr. Bonzai

At The Village in Los Angeles, John Alagia and engineer Brian Scheuble sit at the console tracking the new Liz Phair album. Not one to just camp out between...

Steve Hodge

Aug 1, 2005, By Maureen Droney

Although Steve Hodge earned his legend status as the sonic architect behind the edgy grooves and trendsetting styles of R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry...

The Dust Brothers

Jun 1, 2005, By Paul Tingen

The Dust Brothers, aka Mike Simpson and John King, worked on an avalanche of records during the late '80s, '90 and '00s, trying their hands at a great...

Classic Tracks: Janis Ian's "At Seventeen"

Jun 1, 2005, By Gary Eskow

She scored her first hit, Society's Child, in 1966. An earnest plea for the acceptance of interracial relationships that cleverly ends with the protagonist...

Rudy Van Gelder

May 1, 2005, By Jeff Forlenza

Quality is what drives the work I do, Rudy Van Gelder says. From the beginning, that's all I would think about, day and night: How could I make the recordings...

Bruce Jackson

May 1, 2005, By Sarah Benzuly

When Bruce Jackson got his start in the live sound industry in the '60s, sound reinforcement wasn't much more than an idea consoles were pretty basic,...

Mark Knopfler

May 1, 2005, By Rick Clark

Artistic and production excellence has always been the standard throughout Mark Knopfler's career. From the time his old band, Dire Straits, arrived on...

Keith O. Johnson

May 1, 2005, By Heather Johnson

Traditionally, orchestral recordings don't require much in the way of equipment an onslaught of amplifiers, compressors and digital processing would only...

Classic Tracks: Van Morrison's "Moondance"

Apr 1, 2005, By Gary Eskow

Van Morrison remains one of rock's most enigmatic figures, and today, nearly 35 years since the recording of his most famous album, Moondance, most of...

Jeff Wexler

Apr 1, 2005, By Maureen Droney

Production sound mixer Jeff Wexler brings to his work a uniquely practical combination of traditionalism and forward-thinking. With more than 30 years...

Classic Tracks: Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio"

Mar 1, 2005, By Blair Jackson

You have to love a band that comes up with an image like this one: I wish I was in Tijuana/Eating barbecued iguana. That was just one of the many odd...

The Many Faces of Moby

Mar 1, 2005, By Blair Jackson

Atrue musical chameleon, Moby has made a career out of defying categorizations and expectations. Is he techno? Punk? A rock 'n' roller? A glorified DJ?...

Brent Maher

Mar 1, 2005, By Breean Lingle

Brent Maher's business was growing, but expansion meant being in two different locations at once. His Berry Hill neighbor John McBride's Blackbird Studio...

Engineer/Producer Tchad Blake

Feb 1, 2005, By Mr. Bonzai

Tchad Blake, one of music's most inventive engineers, moved from Los Angeles to England four years ago. Since then, he has been based in a tiny village...

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