Recently I got the chance to work with Barry Sparks in the studio. For those who do not know Barry, he is one of the world’s top bassists, with a career that includes work with legendary acts like Yngvie Malmsteem, MSG, Ted Nugent, Dokken, Scorpions, and more. I actually used to play in his band for a while and recorded drums for his full-length release Don’t Look Back. Since Barry is touring the world I never get to see him, so it’s always a special treat to be playing alongside him in the studio. The amount of energy and soul that he brings to recordings is like no other. It’s crazy how musical he is – most of the songs he tracked he had only heard a minute or two before, and the takes he laid down are definitely keepers! Check out this video: notice his left hand adds vibrato by bending certain notes and his right hand is blazing – all while sight reading!
This year The Studio Edge Pro Audio Recording Tutorial Series sponsored the Pot Luck Conference Pre Party. The Pot Luck Con is a place where expert and beginning engineers get to share ideas, learn techniques and explore gear. I thought it was a perfect fit for what The Studio Edge is all about.
For the last two days I donated my time to Grammy Camp for two deserving high schools in Tucson. The Grammy Foundation in association with a Ford Motor Company grant, brought this educational series to Tucson. I was honored to be asked by the Grammy Foundation to participate, so young students looking to make a career in the music business could get their questions answered. There were many news media outlets including TV and newspapers covering the event. I hope this coverage remind people of how important the arts programs are to our kids education and our community.For more information go to story.
This weekend (April 13th) for 2nd Saturdays in Tucson there will be a free show at the Fox Theater where I will be backing up one of my clients that I performed with in the studio. The album is call Tales of the Road and portrays a journey through different countries when you listen to it. Afterward the Domingo DeGrazia Band will play a set also.