Artist Interviews

Red Hot Ryan Hewitt Makes His Mark with Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, and More

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on July 25, 2010 11:10:20 AM PDT

Few people are lucky enough to grow up in the music business. Ryan Hewitt had the fortune of being raised in and around recording studios from an early age; the perfect springboard for his career as an in-demand engineer/mixer for bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flogging Molly, the Avett Brothers and Chili Pepper John Frusciante’s solo projects.

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Engineer/Producer Glenn Rosenstein Adds His Golden Touch to Talking Heads, U2, Ziggy Marley, and More

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on June 23, 2010 7:12:11 AM PDT

Glenn Rosenstein is one of those powerhouse engineer/producers who cut his teeth at NYC’s Sigma Sound in the ‘80s. Madonna, U2, Talking Heads, and Ziggy Marley are just some of the artists whose records received Rosenstein’s golden touch. These days, he is producing hits in his own studio in Nashville.

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Film Composer Hans Zimmer Scores Big with UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 26, 2010 1:12:33 PM PDT

Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and compelling film composers in Hollywood. With more than 100 films and eight Academy Awards to his name, a short list of Zimmer's scores include the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Samurai, Kung Fu Panda and The Dark Knight.

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Engineer Extraordinaire Mike Shipley — Behind the Board for Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, and More

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on April 21, 2010 4:12:11 AM PDT

GRAMMY®-winner Mike Shipley is one of the music industry’s top mixers; his hit-making career spans over thirty years. He seldom grants interviews, so I was thrilled when he agreed to speak with me about how he uses UA hardware and UAD Powered Plug-ins. Born in Australia, Shipley moved to England as a teenager, and there became interested in recording.

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R&B Producer JR Hutson Delivers the Soulful Goods for Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott & More.

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on February 24, 2010 3:12:11 AM PST

JR Hutson is a highly-in-demand songwriter and producer in LA’s thriving R&B scene. Best known for his work with Jill Scott, Hutson also produced Musiq Soulchild’s GRAMMY®-nominated song, "Sobeautiful". Hutson is no newcomer to the music business. His mother was a professional opera singer in NYC and his father was an R&B musician.

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Hit-Making DJ/Producer and Original NWA Member Arabian Prince Creates Custom Sounds with UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on December 23, 2009 3:12:11 AM PST

Veteran hip-hop/electronic producer Arabian Prince has enjoyed a steady career of hits spanning 25 years, and he’s not stopping now. An original member of NWA, along with future stars Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Arabian’s sound reflects both the early West Coast hip-hop scene and a deep Euro-electro influence. More recently, Arabian has been involved with remixes, and music for animation and video games.

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Engineer/Producer Jacquire King Holds Court with Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, and More

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on November 24, 2009 3:12:11 AM PST

Jacquire (pronounced Ja-KEER) King has emerged as one of the most exciting engineer/producers of his generation. Of King's work, noted multi-Platinum and Grammy-winning producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli recently observed, “Jaquire constantly seems to get inside the artist and push out their best work. He seems to have a way of making unique sounding albums without ever overshadowing the artist with that production.”

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Engineer Justin Niebank—Creating Country and Crossover Gold for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and More

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on September 23, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

Justin Niebank could very well be the nicest guy on the planet. He is also more than eager to talk about Universal Audio. No attitude here, even though Justin is one of the hottest engineers going right now with five--count ‘em, five--albums in the Top 40: Fearless by Taylor Swift, Defying Gravity by Keith Urban, Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts, American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits.

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Producer Just Blaze Hip-Hop Producer Just Blaze Fans the Flames with the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on August 26, 2009 4:12:11 AM PDT

Justin Smith, aka Just Blaze, was spinning records in clubs when he was just fourteen years old. Now he produces Platinum-selling mega-hits for stars such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Saigon and Kanye West. Smith's unique style and technique are identifiable through his clever manipulation of sample speed, handcrafted drumbeats, and penchant for horn stabs.

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