Diana’s new music video for the first single off of her debut Solo EP, “A Place Where The Sun Never Goes Down”, is finally here!
Reviews for Diana’s single can be found at…
I can’t help but feel excited about the prospects of the coming year as I look back on 2012. The experiences of the past 12 months have been uniquely challenging and emotionally fulfilling at every turn.
I want to thank everyone who has shared in the memories and helped push me to be the best record producer I can be. Here’s a few of the many highlights from 2012.
In my first full year at WAX LTD. working with veteran record producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry I’ve graciously soaked up as much knowledge as I could take in.
Tinsel Korey, known to many as Emily in the Twilght franchise, wrote and recorded her Seize The Day EP from early January to mid-March. As Tinsel states in her EP booklet, this project was truly a “labor of love”. Since releasing her EP in August, Tinsel has toured with Country artist Crystal Shawanda, been on the final “Twilight Tour” and her and I even performed together for Clevver TV.
The other artist I started the year writing with and producing is my dear friend Diana Meyer. Diana and I began writing with no real plans for an album back in January. After a few months of dabbling with some new ideas, we finally started to hit our stride. Over the next few months from the end of spring to the beginning of fall, Diana and I wrote and recorded five songs which we couldn’t be more proud of. Mixed by Seth Von Paulus and mastered by Joe Bozzi at the world renowned Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, Diana’s EP was officially completed in late November. Back in October, Diana decided to test out her new material at the Malibu Inn opening for Samantha Ronson and the songs were extremely well received. Look for Diana’s EP to be released in early 2013. WATCH DIANA MEYER
In March, I began to working with Dani Ivory, an extraordinary keyboardist and vocalist who was just diving into the world of songwriting and recording. Previously, she has toured with Cee Lo Green as his touring keyboardist and backup vocalist. Watching Dani grow in 2012 has been nothing short of amazing. Dani’s songwriting and production chops seem to have grown exponentially, while she continues to make huge strides touring with Asian sensation 2NE1 and beginning in 2013, Beyonce. LISTEN TO DANI IVORY
Elize came to America from her native Holland back in 2010. As a well known pop star back home, Elize decided to take a huge a leap of faith and show the world what she was capable of on the biggest stage of all. In the past three months, Elize and I have written three new songs which we could be more more proud of moving into the new year. WATCH ELIZE
At WAX LTD, I’ve been honored and privileged to engineer and assist on projects for some unreal talent.
Early in 2012, a new artist by the name of Irina began working at WAX. Incredibly enough, since Irina began working at WAX in December 2011, she has already had her track, “Something About You”, crack Billboard’s Top 40 in the Dance category.
As the summer was winding down, Modern Heavy Rocker’s Rev Theory came into WAX to write and record an EP for Killer Tracks Records. This was a several week grind and these talented guys absolutely threw it down. I had an awesome experience engineering all of the vocals from Rich and Matt, and even joining in with some gang vocals. Their EP was just released this month and sounds big and bad ass!
Engineering for Indie Rock Band The Kin from Australia was some of the most fun I had all year. This three piece consists of two brothers sharing lead vocals and percussionist/drummer Shakerleg. Their debut album will come out sometime in early 2013 with Interscope.
Some of the other unbelievable artists I’ve been humbled to engineer or assist for in 2012 include Bon Iver, Blondfire, Hunter Hunted, We Are Augustines, Zella Day, Redlight King, Belinda Kazanci of Echocell, Alex Band, Johnzo West and Bird, Kaela Gardner, Cillie Barnes, and Rob Simonsen.
In 2012, music from myself and a few of my favorite writing partners like Lauren Pardini (The Deadly Serious) and Arlene Matza-Jackson could have been heard on shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Hollywood Heights and Bad Girl’s Club. I also was lucky enough to work on a one of a kind, joint venture by Cirque Du Soleil and Google called “Movi Kanti Revo” with one of my closest friends, Jeffrey Michael.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported and believed in me through all of the ups and downs of the past year and beyond…I don’t know where I’d be without you.
Happy New Year to all!
In early September 2012, My good friend and colleague, highly regarded composer Jeffrey Michael and I embarked on one of the most unique musical journeys I may ever go on. We were offered a unique opportunity to compose, mix and create sound design on a Chrome Sensory Project for Cirque Du Soleil. This project was a partnership between both Google and Cirque Du Soleil and it was for a totally new interactive web conception. As stated on the Movi Kanti Revo site…
“Movi.Kanti.Revo is a sensory Chrome Experiment uniquely crafted by Cirque du Soleil that explores a new way for people to journey in a digital world using tones and gestures.
Movi.Kanti.Revo comes from the Esperanto words for Moving, Singing and Dreaming. It is indeed by gesturing and making sounds that users navigate a beautifully surreal world, follow a mysterious character in her adventure, enjoy surprising Cirque du Soleil performances and live an emotional journey made of love, doubts, hope and dreams.”
I feel like it would be impossible to put into words the amount of energy and dedication it took for Jeff and I, not to mention everyone else involved to pull off this bizarre and well-acclaimed experience, but it was all worth it in the end and we’re proud of the work we did.
Please check out Movi Kanti Revo for yourself at WWW.MOVIKANTIREVO.COM.
UPDATE: You can purchase Tinsel’s Seize The Day EP on iTunes.
2012 started for me with a project I feel incredibly proud to have been a part of.
Tinsel Korey of the infamous “TWILIGHT” film franchise and I began work in January 2012. Over the next two months, Tinsel and I co-wrote five songs which I produced, engineered, played some guitar on and mixed at WAX LTD Studios in Hollywood, CA. This was a highly inspired time for both of us and I’ll never forget the experience Tinsel and I shared in the collaboration of her EP.
I remember both of us being greatly affected by the process of creation. She would spend days straight working on the perfect lyric and no matter how difficult it might seem, it would always find its way from pen to paper. I would sing ideas for the songs nonstop day and night, in and out of the studio, until I had come up with the perfect melody or hook.
The first time Tinsel sang through “I Surrender”, I understood her point of view as an artist, and was excited to help breathe new life into her music. I’ll never forget bringing the hook to Tinsel of “Love Me Let Me Go”. I randomly wrote it while walking down the street late one evening. A week later, I found myself uncontrollably singing the chorus of the title track “Seize The Day” into my phone as I drove to the studio before one of our sessions when all we had was the first verse and a chorus music bed. Tinsel wanted to try and write something upbeat and happy, but when nothing of that sort came to life, I introduced a darker guitar part I had written years before. Tinsel suddenly began singing over it and sifting through her archive of lyrics, stumbling upon what would become the second track on her EP, “Break Of Dawn”. When I presented these ideas to Tinsel, she recognized instantly that they were something special. We challenged each other and brought our ideas together throughout the creation of the EP; it’s safe to say that is clearly reflected in the final results. For these two months, we worked tirelessly, determined to make the very best and most genuine music possible. As Tinsel states on her website, the music created by us truly was a ‘labor of love’.
Once we had the songs, we still needed to take the rough sketches and turn them into beautiful recordings. I can’t express enough gratitude to the musicians who helped make this possible. Adam Linden (Drums/Percussion), Nathan Beale (Bass/Guitar), Jeffrey Michael (Piano/Strings), Shea Chambers (Backup Vocals) are all so incredibly talented and were crucial to the success of the recordings. Also, along with myself, all of the musicians are from the Detroit, MI area and brought their own personal MoTown spin to the album.
I’m very happy to say that Tinsel’s EP “Seize The Day” is being released on August 30, 2012. Tinsel and I made a great team in writing and developing these songs and we can’t wait for the world to hear our work.
Please check out teasers of “Love Me Let Me Go” and “Seize The Day” below.
A few weeks ago I engineered and co-produced the vocals for an out-of-control, ridiculous parody of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” titled “BAT ROMANCE”…
Well that parody has been brought to life in a music video by an incredibly talented, creative and zany Director by the name of OA McCombie. The parody is meant to coincide with the new Dark Night Rises film coming out later this month. I have no idea how he pulled this off in such a short amount of time, but the video for “Bat Romance” is streaming online NOW!
With that, I give you…
You’ve got to check out Diana Meyer’s YOUTUBE channel!
I’ve been friends with Diana for some years now, but having worked with her the past several months on a new EP has taken our bond to a whole new level. It’s been incredible experience so far and we can’t wait to share our music with the world.
In the meantime, get serious and check out Diana’s YOUTUBE channel where you can watch and listen to her cover other people’s songs and an undeniable emo edge that’ll tug viciously at your heartstrings. Yeah I said it, she rocks, DO IT!
Headed into to the studio on this glorious Sunday to do some minor engineering work, little did I know it would be with Paul D’Amour, the original bassist from the band TOOL. His new band, Feersum Ennjin, has a new, heavy duty self-titled album out featuring Danny Carey of TOOL on drums which you can buy on their website (http://www.feersumennjin.com) or iTunes.
Today I’m in studio @ WAX LTD engineering some guitars for an Aussie band called The Kin. They’re are signed to a six album deal with Interscope Records and from what I’ve heard so far, these guys throw it down hard.
UPDATE: We finished vocals for “Crossfire” Tuesday night and everything came out great. Also, be on the lookout for a Musical Robbery at a quiet place near you!
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY INCREDIBLE SISTER ABBY! Check out her revolutionary raw juice company “Juice On The Loose” @ www.juiceloosela.com!
Thank you for visiting my website, the home of the music I create. As I continue to learn and grow in my career, this is where you can keep up-to-date with the projects I’m working on, listen to my music and follow my journey through the world songwriting and music production.