Artist Interviews

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

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on February 24, 2010 11:12:11 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 11:12:11 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 11:12:11 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 11:12:11 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 11:12:11 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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Ed Cherney: A UA Favorite Shares His Secrets on the Art of Engineering, and Making the New Spinal Tap Record

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on July 22, 2009 11:12:11 AM PDT

GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is one of funniest people you could ever meet. He’s also one of the most talented. For those who don’t already know, Cherney is one of the great rock engineers of all time, with credits that include the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and now, Spinal Tap.

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Joe Sidore: A Key Staff Engineer at United/Western in the 1960s — Part Three

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on June 24, 2009 11:14:11 AM PDT
How do you remember so much? It's amazing.

I don't know. It just comes to me. It’s hard to forget the times that have meant so much, and were so much a part of my future. It’s where I came from. There was nothing like it. I tell you, that was a great era. A very amazing time, and it's gone, and it'll never be that way again. But I'm so glad to have been there, and experienced it, and I'll savor those moments for the rest of my life.

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Elliot Mazer: A Master Producer Combines the Best of Analog and Digital — Including the New UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on June 24, 2009 11:12:11 AM PDT

Elliot Mazer is the man responsible for the sound of some of the most beloved classic rock records of all time, including Janis Joplin’s In Concert (live album), and Harvest and Decade by Neil Young. Mazer is a master of analog recording, yet has also embraced digital technology to get the best of both worlds. Employing Universal Audio founder Bill Putnam’s recording equipment since 1968–when he first used the classic 610 preamps.

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Joe Sidore: A Key Staff Engineer at United/Western in the 1960s — Part Two

Posted by Marsha Vdovin on May 27, 2009 11:15:11 AM PDT

I’m pleased this month to present Part Two of my interview with the wonderful and generous Joe Sidore along with some of the amazing photos that he took during his years at Bill Putnam’s United/Western Studios in the 1960s.

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