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from L-R: Richard Ash, GC Pro Eastern Region, Business Development; and
multi-platinum music producer, songwriter, mixer and recording artist
James Michael, in Michael’s new Nashville studio, which was outfitted
by GC Pro.
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MULTI-TALENTED ROCKER JAMES MICHAEL OUTFITS HIS NEW
NASHVILLE STUDIO WITH THE HELP OF GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL
Producer, songwriter, mixer and Sixx:A.M. frontman maintained and
strengthened his longstanding relationship with GC Pro as he moved
from L.A. to Nashville —
AES CONVENTION, NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2009 — Multi-platinum
music producer, songwriter, mixer and recording artist James
Michael may have one of the busiest schedules in rock music. Aside
from co-founding and fronting Sixx:A.M., a side project including
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Michael is in heavy demand to produce,
mix and write with artists as diverse as Papa Roach, Alanis Morissette,
Hilary Duff, Saliva, Scorpions, Meat Loaf, Halestorm and many more.
Sixx:A.M.’s debut album The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (Eleven
Seven Music, 2007) was a critical and commercial success, spawning
the number one rock single of 2008, “Life Is Beautiful.”
Michael produced, mixed and co-wrote Mötley Crüe’s Saints of
Los Angeles album (Eleven Seven, 2008), and was a co-writer and co-producer
on the new Papa Roach album Metamorphosis (DGC/Interscope, 2009).
The Crüe Fest DVD, featuring Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach,
Sixx:A.M. and Trapt on their 2008 festival tour, was mixed in stereo
and 5.1 by Michael and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Music
Videos Chart. Recently, Michael decided to relocate to Nashville from
Los Angeles, and he outfitted his new home studio with the help of
Guitar Center Professional
(GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses
on the needs of professional users.
was no stranger to GC Pro. As he states, “I’ve been working
with GC Pro for many years out in L.A. I kind of feel like my career
has unfolded with GC Pro being a big part of it.” Michael points
out that GC Pro’s Richard Ash, who likewise recently relocated
to Nashville, “has always been a huge part of helping develop
what my studio was going to be and what was going to work because
I do so many different things. My needs are pretty diverse, and GC
Pro has been right there with me all along the way, kind of guiding
me and sometimes introducing me to things that were going to end up
being staples in my professional life.”
new Nashville studio features a Digidesign D-Control Worksurface,
Adams S4XH 3-Way Midfield Monitors, a selection of Royer microphones,
a number of Vintech X73i preamps, a Teletronix LA-2A Compressor and
several other outboard units, all spec’d and sold out of GC
Pro Nashville. His tracking/mixing space also contains something truly
unique: a drum kit outfitted with triggers, custom developed by Michael
with Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, through which Michael can access
his extensive sample library.
relationship with GC Pro became even stronger and closer here in Nashville,
because I had to build this studio from the ground up,” noted
Michael. “I started off by building the control room to be a
mixing room, so it’s well-balanced, and then built the tracking
room from there, so it’s a project studio for my purposes, but
it’s also a fully functioning commercial studio. Richard and
I talked about the acoustics of the room, and from there I ended up
forming my own design. Once I got my basic gear in there, it was time
to expand and really take advantage of the space. Throughout the whole
process, Richard was right there, assisting me with getting the gear
I needed and giving me the correct advice.”
the change of scenery, Michael won’t be giving up on his rock
roots any time soon. “Right now I’m working on a radio
mix for Papa Roach. I’m also in the middle of production on
a record for Interscope, for a band fronted by Taylor Momsen, who
is an actress you may have seen on Gossip Girl. We’re also working
on the next Sixx:A.M. record, which should be out early 2010. And
through all this, I know I’m lucky to have GC Pro never more
than a phone call away, ready to help me with great gear and fantastic
information, please visit www.gcpro.com.
Pictured from L-R: Richard Ash, GC Pro Eastern Region, Business Development;
and multi-platinum music producer, songwriter, mixer and recording
artist James Michael, in Michael’s new Nashville studio, which
was outfitted by GC Pro.
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