Mix Regional Sessions: Los Angeles


Boulevard Recording Studio


Boulevard Recording will welcome a 1971 40-Channel API console to its studio in late January. In session news, owner Clay Blair engineered all of the following recent projects at Boulevard: Hard-rock band The Cult was with producer Bob Rock (Rock also engineered)…Power-pop/new-wave band The Romantics were with producer Adrian Bradford (Bradford also engineered)…Jim James, singer-songwriter/guitarist from rock band My Morning Jacket, was with producer Kevin Ratterman (Ratterman also engineered)…Songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson tracked a record live to tape (Thompson also produced)…Celtic punk band The Pogues were in the studio with producer Steve Lillywhite remixing the 1989 release Peace and Love (for a box set released this year) on a Trident 80C…Ben Ottewell, singer-songwriter/one of the lead singers for indie-rock band Gomez, tracked and mixed Rattlebag with producer Will Golden and assistant engineer Tyler Shields…Thirty Seconds to Mars mixed “Conquistador,” with Lillywhite producing.

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NightBird Recording Studios owner Jed Leiber and Ann Wilson at NightBird.


Pop-rock/pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer recorded “Long Way Home” (acoustic) and “Good Girls,” off their EP Good Girls, with producer John Feldmann…Country-music group The Band Perry recorded a version of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” as a single and part of the soundtrack for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The recording was streamed live to producer Dan Huff at Blackbird Studios in Nashville…Musician Julian Lennon recorded “All Together Now,” a charity Christmas single from The Peace Collective…Rock band Heart recorded “Band on the Run” and “Letting Go” for The Art of McCartney, an album of Paul McCartney songs sung by various artists. The sessions were produced by Ralph Sall…Artist Cheryl Cole recorded “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Waiting for Lightning,” “Coming Up for Air,” and “Goodbye Means Hello” off her album Only Human…Singer-songwriters Evie Sands and Billy Vera recorded Queen of Hearts/Jack of Diamonds, with Chip Taylor producing…Reggae artist Damian Marley and rapper Lupe Fiasco recorded a song for Fiasco’s album Tetsuo & Youth…Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton recorded a couple of songs for an upcoming project…Rock band Nickelback recorded “What Are You Waiting For” and “Million Miles an Hour” from the album No Fixed Address…Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper recorded a couple of songs for a forthcoming project…Other artists who have stopped by the studio include 2 Chainz, Glyn Johns, Katt Williams, Brian May, Gavin DeGraw, Nas and Rita Ora.

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Left to right: Assistant engineer Benjamin Rice, Bruce Springsteen, and assistant engineer Daniel Zaidenstadt at Record Plant


EDM DJ/producer Avicii was with Jon Bon Jovi in Studio SSL3, with Henrique Andrade engineering (Avicii also produced)…Pop singer-songwriter Katy Perry was in studios SSL1 and SSL3 with producer Dr. Luke and engineer Clint Gibbs…Songwriter/pianist/producer Alicia Keys was in studio SSL3 with engineer Ann Minciele (Keys also produced)…Bruce Springsteen was in Studio SSL2 with engineer Ron Angiello (Springsteen also produced).

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Skyzoo (foreground) and Brook Beats at York.


Artist Ryan Dilmore was producing himself in the studio with York owner/producer/engineer Tim Moore engineering…Soulful singer-songwriter Eric Kufs worked on The Long EP, with Moore producing and engineering…Brook Beats and rapper Skyzoo were in the studio, with Beats producing and Moore engineering…Indies/pop/rock band Easy Bear was in the studio, with Scott Ord producing and engineering.

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Pictured in United Recording’s renowned Studio B are (L-R) Ricky Lawson, drums; Jeff Babko, keyboards; Michael Thompson, guitar; Chris Gero, producer; Nathan East, bass, producer; Wesley Sideman, assistant engineer; Brian Lennox, engineer; and Tim Carmon, keyboards.


A documentary, Nathan East: For The Record, has been filmed, with many key scenes shot at United Recording in both studios A and B. East, a legendary bassist, also recorded his debut solo album at United…Rockers Dave Matthews Band were in Studio A, with producer Rob Cavallo and engineer Doug McKean, assisted by Wesley Seidman…Brian Wilson, singer-songwriter and leader/co-founder of The Beach Boys, was in studios A, B and D working on new material with engineer Seidman (Wilson also produced)…Singer-songwriter/guitarist James Taylor was in Studio B with engineer Dave O’Donnell and assistant engineer Scott More (Taylor and O’Donnell also produced)…Country-classical band Punch Brothers was in Studio B with producer T Bone Burnett and engineer Mike Piersante and assistant engineer Rouble Kapoor…Blues-rock/folk-rock band The New Basement Tapes were in Studio A mixing a few songs for Lost on the River, with Burnett producing and Piersante engineering (assisted by Kapoor).

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The New Basement Tapes at Capitol Studios.


Blues-rock/folk-rock band The New Basement Tapes recorded Lost on the River in studios A and B, with T Bone Burnett producing and Mike Piersante engineering, and Charlie Pakkari, Chandler Harrod, Jake Gorski, and Steve Genewick assisting…Jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper was in Studio A with engineer Keith Lewis and assistant engineer Gorski (Glasper also produced)…Singer-songwriter/producer Mary J. Blige was in Studio A doing a live performance, with producer Charles Gant and engineer Paakkari, and Jeff Fitzpatrick assisting…The following artists did a live performance in Studio A for Capitol Music Group’s “One Mic, One Take” series: Pop-rock duo Madden Bros, with Possum Hill producing and Gorski engineering; indie-rock band Glass Animals, with Hill producing and Paakkari engineering; and rock band Bastille, with Hill producing and Harrod engineering.

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Grammy-nominated artist Sam Smith sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in EastWest’s historic Studio 1.


Singer-songwriter Sam Smith was in the historic Studio 1 working in his Christmas video…Producer/engineer Eddie Kramer was in studios 2 and 3 simultaneously working on music for German agency nhb…Producer/engineer Al Schmitt was in working on producer Emilio Estefan’s Baha Mar project in studios 1 and 3… Pop and EDM producers Diplo and Skrillix have been working in Studio 5 with South Korean singer-songwriter CL.

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Chuck Negron and Floyd Sneed at Studio City Sound.


Chuck Negron, singer-songwriter/former vocalist in Three Dog Night, recorded and produced a solo album in studios A and C, with Tom Weir engineering and mixing. Negron recorded with daughters Charlie and Annabelle and former Three Dog Night drummer Floyd Sneed…Jazz singer/six-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton, along with guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt, were in the studio A for a live-to-radio broadcast and interview on NPR’s “On Point,” with Weir and Andrew Schwartz engineering…Blues/soul singer-songwriter Janiva Magness worked on her 10th album, Original, in Studio A with Dave Darling producing and Steve Valenzuela and Weir engineering…The Tramps—an emerging Rat Pack-style boy band developed by Mark Vogel—were in studios A, B, and C working on their new single, “For The Very First Time,” which was co-written by former Full House star John Stamos. Vogel and Stamos produced the song, and Schwartz engineered and mixed it…Alt-folk artist Sophia Pfister worked on her debut EP in studios A and C with musicians Greg Leisz, Steve Madaio and Mark Fontana. Pfister produced the project, with Weir engineering…Singer-songwriter/guitarist worked on an upcoming album in studios A, B and C, with engineers Weir and Schwartz.

In 2011, Studio City Sound expanded its services to include multicamera HD video and audio packages. Past events have been captured/broadcast live in-studio and from many remote locations around the Los Angeles area, including the 76th Anniversary Kristallnacht Commemoration Concert at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Studio City Sound staff recorded a 40-piece symphony orchestra led by a collection of internationally renowned figures in Jewish music. Weir and Schwartz engineered the event, with Weir also mixing.

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Thrash-metal band Anthrax was working on upcoming material with producer Jay Ruston, engineer James Ingram and assistant engineer Micheal Peterson (Ruston also engineered)…Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato was with producer Sacha Skarbek, engineer Flo and assistant engineer Peterson…Singer Rihanna was with producer DJ Mustard, engineer James Royo and assistant engineer Peterson…Serenity West staff has also been working on material for TV shows such as Ray Donovan and Garfunkel and Oates.