Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock
Legendary rock duo Air Supply recently turned to Odds On Records & Studios, the newest recording facility in Las Vegas, to record and mix tracks for its newest album, which is expected to be released in early 2010. The full-length, 14-track album entitled Mumbo Jumbo features an updated, evolved sound, as the band has taken its token ballad approach and added a fresh, new tone.
Reportedly, lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock and guitarist Graham Russell were so impressed with the studio’s rooms and client service that they joined the Odds On independent label earlier this year. “We became friends with the Odds On staff first and then we started talking about forming a partnership,” says Russell. “We play in Las Vegas several times a year, so it was a natural fit to work at on the studio.”
Air Supply tracked in Studio A, which houses a 96-input SSL Duality console, and mixed in Studio B, the SSL 9000 K room. The band also recorded three new tracks at the studio after it thought the album was completed. “I just keep writing so we recorded three more tracks from scratch. The tracking rooms are just fantastic,” explains Russell. Air Supply also turned to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the first string session to perform in Odds On’s live room, to contribute to four tracks on the new album.
“I’ve been in a lot of studios, and in the best rooms, all over the world, but Odds On is the best studio I’ve ever been in,” Russell says. “It truly is a full service operation. There’s the studio with several top-of-the-line rooms, plus the added benefit of the label. It has everything that you could ever want in a studio in terms of equipment—there’s nothing it doesn’t have. The equipment is second to none. It’s just a great environment to work in.”
Award-winning independent and part-time staff engineer James “Bonzai” Caruso mixed the entire record and also engineered several tracks. The album was produced by Air Supply with guidance from Bonzai.
“We wanted continuity to the album and Bonzai just brought this beautiful sound to the record,” Russell concludes. “We trusted him completely and he brought new life to the project.”
As avid performers, Air Supply does about 130 shows a year. The band will be on the road touring for the remainder of 2009. They are currently on a month-long Asian tour, and then head to the Middle East, Canada and Mexico.