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February 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO KEVIN KILLEN FOR BEING NAMED NYU STEINHARDT MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Eight-time Grammy-winning engineer/producer Kevin Killen has been named Music Technology Artist-in-Residence at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The recognition is a joint project of the Music Technology and Songwriting Programs in the Department of Music and Performing Arts (MPAP).

Killen has worked with some of the premier pop artists in the music industry, including U2, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, and Sugarland. Most recently, he recorded and mixed the Original Cast Album of Bowie’s Lazarus and recorded Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, for producer Tony Visconti. He co-produced and mixed the latest Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble release, Sing Me Home. At this year’s Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, Killen won three Grammys for Sing Me Home and Blackstar.

Killen, who is also an adjunct professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, is currently recording and mixing the Original Broadway Cast album for Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812.

As Music Tech Artist-In-Residence, Killen will participate in a series of events from Feb. 22-24, 2017, including speaking with students studying audio production and songwriting and reviewing student songs and productions in-progress. He will also take part in FRIDAY@1, MPAP’s speaker series about the creative process, during which he will be interviewed about his career by Phil Galdston, NYU Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence and Director of Songwriting.

As NYU Steinhardt’s Music Tech Artist-in-Residence, Killen follows in the footsteps of notable record producers and recording engineers, including Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, George Massenburg, and Jimmy Douglass.

Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama). Prominent alumni include: jazz great Wayne Shorter, music theatre composer and songwriter Cy Coleman, lyricist Betty Comden, film composer Elmer Bernstein, Tony Award, Oscar and playwright and film writer John Patrick Shanley, and Ian Axel and Chad King of A Great Big World. Visit MPAP at steinhardt.nyu.edu/music.


December 2016

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Tony Visconti has been named the #1 Record Producer of 2016 by Music Radar. Check out the entire list here.


 

November 2016

On November 25th, watch Rob Mounsey perform and conduct the band on GLOW, An Evening with Brett Eldredge.


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Tony Visconti and Kevin Killen have been nominated for a 2017 Music Producers Guild Awards for their work on David Bowie’s Blackstar album. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in February. Read more about it here.


October 2016

Congrats to Tony Visconti for bring awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University this month for recognition of outstanding and world-leading contribution to studio production!


 

September 2016 TEC32_logo Congratulations to Nic Hard! His work on Snarky Puppy’s Culcha Vulcha has been nominated for a 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Award in the category of Record Production-Album.


September 2016 Logo_Reeperbahn_Festival_2014_jpeg Tony Visconti was asked to be a Jury Member for the all-new Anchor Award at this year’s Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg. For more information, check out this article.


August 2016 We are eagerly awaiting the release of Brett Eldredge’s upcoming Christmas album that both Rob Mounsey and Jay Newland co-produced! The album was recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York.  


June 2016

Earlier this year, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Donuts, Mocean Worker and a handful of other friends and fans of J Dilla gathered to speak on his influence and style a decade after his death. Read a transcript of the talk here: A Decade Old, Still Fresh: How J Dilla Wrote the Future With ‘Donuts’


June 2016

Tony Visconti listed his Top 6 productions for the Team Rock website. His list was as follows (in no particular order):

T. RexThe Slider (1972)
David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)
David BowieBlackstar (2016)
MorrisseyRingleader Of The Tormentors (2006)
Gentle GiantGentle Giant (1970)
The StrawbsDragonfly (1970)

Read the entire article here. 


June 2016

This summer, Tony Visconti will be returning as a guest judge on the Guitar Star series, as 20 promising undiscovered guitarists from the UK and Ireland compete for the grand prize.


April 2016 

(L-R) Jon Hornyak, Elliot Scheiner, Geoff Emerick, Chris Bell, Reid Wick. Photo by: Erika Goldring | WireImage

(L-R) Jon Hornyak, Elliot Scheiner, Geoff Emerick, Chris Bell, Reid Wick. Photo by: Erika Goldring for WireImage

Elliot Scheiner served as the Honorary Studio Summit Chair and offered opening remarks at the GRAMMY Pro Studio Summit at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans on April 26, 2016. The Studio Summit featured a Keynote Conversation with The Beatles’ recording engineer and GRAMMY-winner Geoff Emerick and panel discussions about mastering and Allen Toussaint.


April 2016 

Congrats to Kevin Killen who mixed the highly anticipated album Sing Me Home by Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, which is being released today! The album can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.

Follow @silkroadproject on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


March 2016 

Tony Visconti gave the music keynote speech at this year’s SXSW Conference. To quote Hilary Hughes in her article summarizing the event ( SXSW: Tony Visconti on Meeting David Bowie and Cautionary Industry Tales ) :

“To be there was to watch a master at work: By catering to cultural curiosity, excavating his early career, and using both his platform and the room’s rapt attention to strike while the iron was hot with a cautionary tale, Visconti did better than a sentimental speech. He casually played with prophecy, a move his much-missed friend would certainly appreciate.”

Watch the full speech below.


March 2016

Check out the soulful remix our very own Mocean Worker did of Grace Kelly’s track “Blues for Harry Bosch”.


March 2016

Producer/engineers Mario McNulty and Kevin Killen spoke with Frank Mastropolo about their experiences at the renowned Magic Shop before it closed this month. Read the whole article here. 

Kevin Killen: When you have that kind of environment, you always end up doing great work. Because everybody was so comfortable, the music would just flow very quickly. So you’d book the project in there for two weeks and you’d often find yourself being ahead of schedule.

Mario J. McNulty: People call it “vibe.” It has this comfortable, almost living room-type feel to it where nothing is too stuffy at all. It was like a recording studio for grownups, and for people that knew what they were doing.


March 2016

In December, Kevin Killen spoke at Brooklyn MixCon about his history in the industry and his process when in the studio.

Check out the whole presentation at the SonicScoop website.


February 2016

Congratulations to Producer/Mixer Jay Newland on winning his 10th GRAMMY Award this past Monday for John Scofield’s Past Present in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Previously, Jay won GRAMMYs for Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit, Charlie Haden’s Land of the Sun, Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, and Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove’s Directions in Music among others.

We also want to say congratulations to renowned arranger Larry Gold who arranged Kirk Franklin’s “Wanna Be Happy?,” which won a 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song.


February 2016

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Tony Visconti, David Bowie and Brian Thorn at The Magic Shop Recording Studio. Magic Shop & Kabir Hermon

We were all saddened by the news that the legendary Magic Shop studio is closing its doors. We have been using the studio for years and it will truly be missed in the New York music scene. Mario McNulty spoke on the importance of this studio in an article for SonicScoop. Check out the article here.


January 2016

As the 2016 GRAMMY Awards approach quickly, we are so excited that 4 of our clients have been nominated for awards this year.

  –  Lawrence Manchester, 2012 Grammy-winner for Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off as Best Comedy Album, is nominated for Something Rotten! in the category of Best Musical Theater Album

  –  9x Grammy-winner Jay Newland, 2014 winner for Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit as Best Jazz Vocal Album, is nominated for John Scofield’s Past Present in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  –  Isaiah Abolin is nominated for The King And I in the category of Best Musical Theater Album

  –  Adam Dorn (Mocean Worker) is nominated for Marcus Miller’s Afrodeezia in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album


January 2016

Our Toronto-based client, Brian Moncarz, mixed the track “The Fix” that Our Lady Peace used in this recap video from their New Years Eve show in Moncton, New Brunswick.


January 2016

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Tony Visconti was featured on the BBC Four program Music Moguls: Melody Makers, in which “Heroes”, one of David Bowie’s best-loved songs, was broken down and analyzed.

The entire video can be viewed on the BBC website. 


December 2015

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Due to popular demand after the 2014 UK tour, Tony Visconti and Holy Holy are bringing their tour to New York!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


December 2015

On 14 December, NBC aired the Adele Live in New York special which our very own Lawrence Manchester worked on. He was a recording engineer during the show and mixed the post-show audio. See the special below.

 


December 2015

We’d like to congratulate Justin Glasco for having his song featured on ABC’s Nashville. “Til The Stars Come Out Again” which he co-wrote with Garrison Starr, was performed in Episode #410 by actress/singer Maisy Stella (playing Daphne Conrad).


November 2015

On November 19th, 2015, David Bowie debuted a short film that accompanies the first single off his 2016 Blackstar (★) release. Tony Visconti produced the single and album, in addition to mixing the video in 5.1 surround sound. The album will be released on January 8, 2016 on ISO/Columbia Records.

Tony Visconti and Johan Renck, the director of the Blackstar short film, at the world premiere of the video at Night Hawk Cinema in Williamsburg, NY

Tony Visconti and Johan Renck, the director of the Blackstar short film, at the world premiere of the video at Night Hawk Cinema in Williamsburg, NY


November 2015

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Kevin Killen will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 Brooklyn Mixcon. The workshop and Q&A titled THE SPARSE MIX: Ballads/Clean Instruments will take place on Sunday December 6, 2015 at The Living Room in Brooklyn, NY.

For more information on Kevin’s panel and the other events, visit the Brooklyn MixCon website.

To purchase tickets, click here.


October 2015
Tony Visconti’s interview with Rock & Folk.

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May 2015 

Listen to “Between Me and You” off Brandon Flowers new album The Desired Effect  mixed by Kevin Killen.


February 2015

Congratulations to Lawrence Manchester who is the Supervising Music Producer for Richard LaGravenese’s current film adaption of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years (Radius-TWC), starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.  Variety exclaimed “the film sounds fantastic”.

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February 2015

JDMI would like to congratulate Elliot Scheiner on his 8th Grammy win! Elliot received the Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album mixing Beyoncé’s self-titled release.

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January 2015

Two JDMI clients were nominated for Grammy awards this year.

7x Grammy winner Elliot Scheiner was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album category as mixer on Beyoncé’s self-titled release.

6x Grammy-winning producer Frank Filipetti produced, recorded and mixed Aladdin which is up for Best Musical Theater Album.


January 2015

Justin Glasco drumming with The Lone Bellow during their North America tour! Watch him perform “Then Came the Morning” with the band, live, on the Honda Stage below.


December 2014 – ROSTER UPDATE

Joe Zook (LA) – Mixed 7 tracks on the One Direction album, Four; the #1 single for UK artist Ella Henderson “Ghost”; Birdy’s “Light Me Up” single; singles for US artists Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen and Andy Grammer; Modest Mouse’s upcoming 2015 release; One Direction’s Midnight Memories double-platinum album including the triple-platinum single “Story of My Life,”; mixed OneRepublic’s Native double platinum-album including the quadruple-platinum single “Counting Stars”; mixed five tracks on the latest Phillip Phillips album, Behind The Light.

Tony Visconti (NY) – Produced and mixed Stephen Emmer’s International Blue and Kristeen Young’s The Knife Shift.

Hugh Padgham (London) – Hugh was just in the studio working with producer Ron Fair on Major Bruno.

Larry Gold (Philadelphia) – Wrote arrangements for Michael Jackson’s Xscape, debuting at #1 in the UK; Mariah Carey’s, Me, I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse and Jennifer Lopez’s  A.K.A. release. Writing arrangements for Emile Haynie’s upcoming all-star project and Mat Kearney’s single.

Elliot Scheiner (CT) – Mixed Trey Anastasio’s upcoming solo album and is in the midst of producing and mixing Ben Folds upcoming orchestral project with the Nashville Symphony. Mixed Beyoncé’s self-titled release in 5.1 surround sound and the Original Broadway Cast album for Rocky.

Jay Newland (CT) – Currently producing an all-star recording for Universal France entitled We Love Disney, a pop take on all the popular Disney film songs sung by Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Nikki Yanofsky and many others.  Mixed Missy Higgins’ upcoming 2014 album OZ. Engineered and mixed Sara Bareilles’ version of “Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher”; mixed Gregory Porter’s Grammy-winning Liquid Spirit album and recorded and mixed three new Gregory Porter songs for 2015 release.

Lawrence Manchester (NY) – Recording and mixing music nightly for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Mixed four songs for upcoming Bette Midler album; mixed Idina Menzel’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” single and recorded and mixed Billy Porter’s Billy’s Back On Broadway album.

Rob Mounsey (NY) – Arranged music for James Taylor’s upcoming 2015 album, the all-star We Love Disney release as well as Tom Wopat and Alejandro Fernandez’s upcoming albums. Produced and arranged Billy Porter’s Billy’s Back On Broadway album, arranged music for Chromeo’s White Women album and produced and arranged Idina Menzel’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” single for Disney.  At the 2014 MLB All Star Game, Rob arranged “Forever Young” for Idina Menzel who sang it live on FOX television as part of the pre-game festivities.

Frank Filipetti (NY) – Produced and mixed both Original Broadway Cast albums: Aladdin and Bullets Over Broadway as well as Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels Live. Frank is producing the original cast album for Side Show in December.

Adam Dorn (LA) – Produced and remixed tracks on Nikki Yanofsky’s Top Five charting album; Little Secrets, including the title track and produced several songs on the debut release of Morgan James’ entitled The Hunter.

Kevin Killen (NY) – Currently in Amsterdam working on Blue Diaries with producer Patrick Leonard.  Mixed Suzanne Vega’s new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles and new material from Rachael Sage.  Recorded Ben E. King and Take 6’s version of “Stand By Me”.

Nic Hard (NY) – Currently in the studio producing the new album for Ghost Beach, mixing Prom, producing and mixing Stave. Nic has mixed the upcoming EP for Lucy Woodward and produced and mixed We Chief, Her Majesty, Bill Laurance and Erin K albums all in 2014.

Eric Robinson (LA) – Producing new music with Matt White.

Brian Moncarz (TO) – Produced, recorded and mixed Ian Moore’s latest EP. Producing and mixing Sons of Revelry, producing and mixing TimeGiant, mixing Pepper the Crow, producing, recording and mixing SF rock band The Great Work. Charted on Canadian Active Rock Radio with “Go Home” single by Bleeker Ridge.

Mario J. McNulty (NY) – Produced, recorded and mixed two albums for Earl Slick, mixed three singles for Kites and Komets debut and mixed Good People of Planet Earth. Currently in the studio with Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols.

Justin Glasco (LA) –  Songwriter/Producer/Engineer/Musician who tracked Lindsay Sterling’s #2 album debut on the Billboard charts; played on the track “A Lyke Wake Dirge” featuring Matt Berninger (The National) and Andrew Bird for the season finale of AMC’s TURN. He also played on Andrew Bird’s new release Things Are Really Great Here, Sort of… Justin is currently on the road with The Lone Bellow as well as Tristan Prettyman.

Jason Moss (NY) –  Mixing several songs for jazz drummer extraordinaire/producer Lenny White.


December 2014

Watch Rob Mounsey perform the Joni Mitchell classic “River” with Idina Menzel on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.


December 2014

Watch Tony Visconti conduct a string orchestra for the Foo Fighters on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as they perform “I Am a River” from their new album Sonic Highways.


October 2014

Twenty five years ago today, 17 October 1989, I was sitting at my desk in Burbank, CA working as a publicist for Michael Jensen Public Relations.  The amazing Heidi Ellen Robinson was working across the hall from me.  It was a nice, quite afternoon and Heidi had a little color television in her office, across the hallway tuned into the third game of the World Series:  Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.  Something happened as the t.v. picture went ‘in and out’.  We could not imagine what was hapening.

Well, a 6.9 earthquake is what was happening.  We were frozen in our chairs.  What the heck was happening?

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/flashback/loma-prieta-earthquake-stopped-world-series-n227646


August 2014

I was awoken this morning to a message on my iPhone from my best friend at 9:23am asking me “You Up” “Call Me”.   We rarely message so I knew it had to be important. I had no idea he would be the one calling me to tell me that my first cousin, John D’Ambrosio, of Red Bank, NJ passed away last night found slumped at his desk on the job.

John and I last spoke about four years ago, after not speaking for nearly 20 years (very long, in retrospect, quite stupid story), to tell me how proud he was of me for making it in the rough and tumble world of the music biz.   I was very ambivalent about this call not hearing from him for so long and quickly/uncomfortably got off the phone.  I didn’t take his kind gesture to heart and dismissed his reaching out to offer me kind congratulations.

Well, it’s too late to do what I’ve thought of doing for the past four years which was calling him, reminiscing about the 5 year period, from 17 to 22 years of age, when I used to drive down to the Jersey shore from our two flat in the Bronx to visit him at his place of work, talk about cars (which he loved) and revel in his company.  Then, after work, we’d go back to his house and we’d talk about baseball, girls, the future and so much more.

I flat out blew my chance to reconnect and I’m writing this so you don’t.  Don’t waste a day, don’t waste a moment. If you feel the need or have the need to reach out to someone, do it today.  Don’t miss that window of opportunity.

Drink in your summer, gather your corn
The dreams of the night time will vanish by dawn
And time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me
And time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me
No no no, not for me…

Jagger/Richards


August 2014

Two great articles about our industry:  Littiz, PA and Chuck Leavell (Allmans/Stones)

Click the links to read:

Wall Street Journal – Rock n Roll Company Town

Wall Street Journal – Chuck Leavell’s Georgia Shelter


August 2014

Musings:

**Chef is one fantastic film that you need to see.  The music, the food, the acting, the obvious story line, the inert story line.  It’s simply a brilliant movie. And, quite possibly, the best soundtrack of the year!

**Lucy. Boy did I want to love this film.

**Yankees 2014 season.  They’re not much better than a .500 team. Too many injuries, too many bad breaks, too many so-so seasons.

**Mets 2014 season.  I don’t know what to say.  They’re out of money. (Well, that’s what they tell me!)

**New York in the summer. Everyone runs to the Hamptons, Montauk, North Shore.  They are singularly fantastic.  But go upstate: Columbia County, Oneida County, Otsego County.  Amazing. Period.

**Aladdin on Broadway.  I’ll let you know Saturday morning.

**One Direction’s Midnight Memories album.  18% of the albums sold in the UK were THIS album!  Congrats to the mixer man, Joe Zook!


July 2014

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1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

“he is known to be a man of integrity” 

Synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness

Simply not enough in our world.

Wish I could say more. I think I’ve said enough.


July 2014

All Star Tuesday.  Major League Baseball’s sterling event. National League vs. American League.  We are very proud to have our very own Rob Mounsey accompanying Idina Menzel on “Forever Young”.  Watch tonight at 7:30pm.

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July 2014

Well, it’s about half way through 2014 and it feels like we were just brushing the snow off our cars here on the East Coast.  In reality, it’s ninety-something degrees, thunderstorms abound, we have enough rain for some time and it’s H-O-T.  Summer is just here and it’s in full swing.


June 2014

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon has silenced the critics and really exceeded all projected numbers insofar as audience attention since it debuted in February of this year.   I’ve got to say it’s incredibly-fun and enjoyable and I believe a lot of that has to do with Jimmy’s ability to be comfortable as himself.

Two clients, Lawrence Manchester and Nathaniel Hare, handle the broadcast mix and in-house/studio mix respectively.  Well done, boys, well done.


June 2014

There’s so much to say.

It’s been 12 years-plus since we launched our company and our website and boy, what a strange trip it’s been. Magnificent experiences, golden opportunities, the most multi-faceted talent I could ever wish to represent.  My heart swells with pride thinking of what’s been done over those years.

But we’ve got so much more to take on.  Studio recordings, original cast albums, film scores, television programs, live events, designing sound for theaters, advertisements…it’s all in a day’s work.

Yet the most rewarding thing is the people I deal with day-in and day-out. The managers, the A&R personnel, the studio personnel, the lawyers (yes, the lawyers), the publishers, the list goes on forever.

I hope you enjoy the new website and let us know what more (or less) you’d like to see. Much like ourselves, it’s ever-evolving.


February 2014 – GRAMMY Winners

Grammy-winning producer Tony Visconti produced both David Bowie nominations:  The Next Day (Best Rock Album) and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” (Best Rock Performance)

6x Grammy-winning producer Frank Filipetti produced, recorded and mixed Motown The Musical (Best Musical Theater Album) and mixed Dionne Warwick’s Now (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album)

8x Grammy-winning mixer Jay Newland recorded and mixed Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit (Best Jazz Vocal Album) and the single, “Hey Laura” (Best Traditional R&B Performance)

Producer/Engineer/Mixer Eric Robinson is nominated as an engineer on Taylor Swift’s Red (Album of the Year)


December 2013 – GRAMMY  NOMINATIONS

2013 Grammy-winning mixer Lawrence Manchester recorded Dionne Warwick’s Now which is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Also, Grammy-winning producer/mixer Mario McNulty recorded David Bowie’s The Next Day which is  up for Best Rock Album.


September 2013

Elliot Scheiner won his second Emmy in 2013 in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming as Music Mixer for History of The Eagles Showtime special.