Rob Nicholson (musician)
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson is a heavy metal bassist. His influences include the metal bands Iron Motörhead and Corrosion of Conformity, he performed on Rob Zombie's solo albums, is part of Ozzy Osbourne's band. He is noted for his contribution as bassist to metal band Cryptic Slaughter within underground metal circles. Cryptic Slaughter 1984-1988Began his career playing bass for the Santa Monica, California-based speed/thrash metal band, performing on several of their albums. Drown 1993-1994Formed in 1987 by vocalist Lauren Boquette under the name Yesterday's Tear, Drown was rounded out by Joseph Bishara, Rob Nicholson and Todd Allen. Suffer 1995-1996Formed by bassist Bruce Albertson with Nicholson after leaving Drown, switching from bass to lead vocals and guitar; the line-up featured from Drown drummer Todd Allen. Todd Allen was invited to play drums by Bruce. Suffer managed to score a deal with Walt Disney Music Publishing and used the money to finance a 7-song EP, "Heads You Lose, Tails I Win", but broke up shortly after the release.
Killing Spree 1997Nicholson was invited to contribute lead vocals on the band's debut release, "Terror From Beyond Space", issued by Napalm Records in 1997. Killing Spree was founded by former Sickening Gore members Jerry McKenzie and Chris Huwiler and featured Trebor Dunn and future Body Count bassist Vince Dennis, aka Vincent Price, although bass on the album is credited to Elrich Von Vader; the band never performed live. 1997-1998Joined the popular band Danzig in September 1997, but like his last band, he did not appear on any of their albums. Departure from the band in April 1998. 1998-2006Toured with Rob Zombie, where he began using the nickname "Blasko". He went on to play on three of Rob Zombie's solo albums. 2005Spent some time, while with Rob Zombie, to work on a side project with the founder of Coffin Case, Johnny Coffin. The band was composed of Johnny Coffin on lead guitar, Daniel Gray on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, DC on drums, of course Blasko on Bass; the Soundtrack to Depression was released by Horror High.
2003-current In 2003, Blasko replaced Robert Trujillo as Ozzy Osbourne's bassist. After Ozzy's band rehearsed for a fall tour, Ozzy was injured in a bad ATV accident in October 2003; the fall tour was cancelled. After Ozzy's recovery, he performed with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest 2004, with Ozzy on select dates for Ozzfest 2006. Rob marked his membership in Ozzy Osbourne's band when he was featured as bassist on Osbourne's 9th studio album Black Rain, released on May 22, 2007. Since Rob has played for Ozzy on all live shows including Ozzfest tours, notably on an American tour with Rob Zombie, he has followed that up with Ozzy's 10th studio album Scream, released in 2010. Worked on the film Repo! The Genetic Opera, performing on the soundtrack. Blasko is the manager of the band Black Veil Brides, he produced their album We Stitch These Wounds. He is the former manager of In This Moment. Has a designer clothes line for Affliction. 1986: Convicted 1987: Money Talks 1988: Stream of Consciousness 1994: Hold On To The Hollow 1996: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose EP 1997: Terror From Beyond Space 1998: Hellbilly Deluxe 1999: American Made Music to Strip By 2001: The Sinister Urge 2006: Educated Horses 2005: Soundtrack for Depression TBA: And Then Came the Rain... 2007: Black Rain 2010: Scream 2008: Repo!
The Genetic Opera Blasko's MySpace page
Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist and producer. He was lead one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he was sole continual member for nearly five decades. While working in a factory as a teenager, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident, an event which crucially affected his playing style. Iommi left Black Sabbath's forerunner, Earth, in 1968 to join Jethro Tull, after which he returned to Black Sabbath in 1969, recording their self-titled debut album. In 2000, he released his first solo album Iommi, followed by 2005's Fused, which featured his former bandmate Glenn Hughes. After releasing Fused, he formed Heaven & Hell, which disbanded after Ronnie James Dio's death in 2010. Iommi was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2011, he published his autobiography, entitled Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Anthony Frank Iommi was born in the only child of Anthony Frank and Sylvia Maria Iommi.
His mother's family were vineyard owners in Italy. The family were Catholic but attended Mass; the family home in the Park Lane area of Aston housed a shop, a popular meeting place in the neighbourhood. The family living room doubled as the shop's stockroom, his mother ran the shop. Born and raised in Handsworth, Iommi attended Birchfield Road School, where future bandmate Ozzy Osbourne was a student one year behind him. At age 8 or 9, Iommi badly cut his upper lip as another boy chased him; as a result, he gained the nickname "Scarface" which caused him to become self-conscious of the scar, he grew his trademark moustache as a means of covering it. At about age ten, Iommi began working out and learned judo and boxing as a means of protecting himself from the local gangs which congregated in his neighbourhood, he became so good at boxing that he envisioned a future as a bouncer in a nightclub, thus avoiding a career in a boring factory job. Iommi wanted to play the drums, but due to the excessive noise he chose the guitar instead as a teenager, after being inspired by the likes of Hank Marvin and the Shadows.
He has always played guitar left-handed. After completing school, Iommi worked as a plumber and in a factory manufacturing rings, he states that at one point he worked in a music store but quit after being falsely accused of stealing. At the age of 17, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. Iommi described, it was just unbelievable. I sat in the hospital with my hand in this bag and I thought'that's it – I'm finished, but I thought'I'm not going to accept that. There must be a way I can play'." After the injury Iommi considered abandoning the guitar entirely. However, his factory foreman played him a recording of famous jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, which encouraged him to continue as a musician; as Iommi wrote: My friend said, "Listen to this guy play", I went, "No way! Listening to someone play the guitar is the last thing I want to do right now!" But he kept insisting and he ended up playing the record for me.
I told him I thought it was good and he said, "You know, the guy's only playing with two fingers on his fretboard hand because of an injury he sustained in a terrible fire." I was knocked back by this revelation and was so impressed by what I had just heard that I became inspired to start trying to play again. Inspired by Reinhardt's two-fingered guitar playing, Iommi decided to try playing guitar again, though the injury made it quite painful to do so. Although it was an option, Iommi never considered switching hands and learning to play right-handed. In an interview with Guitar World magazine, he was asked if he was "ever tempted to switch to right-handed playing." Iommi responded: If I knew what I know now I would have switched. At the time I had been playing two or three years, it seemed like I had been playing a long time. I thought; the reality of the situation was that I hadn’t been playing long at all, I could have spent the same amount of time learning to play right handed. I did have a go at it.
It seemed impossible to me. I decided to make do with what I had, I made some plastic fingertips for myself. I just persevered with it. In any case, he decided to continue playing left-handed. To do so, he fitted homemade thimbles to his injured fingers to protect them. First, the thimbles prevented him from feeling the strings, causing a tendency to press down hard on them. Second, he had difficulty bending strings, leading him to seek light-gauge guitar strings to make it easier to do so. However, Iommi recalls that such strings were not manufactured at the time, so he used banjo strings instead, until around 1970–71 when Picato Strings began making light-gauge guitar strings. Furthermore, he used the injured fingers predominantly for fretting chords rather than single-note solos. In 1974, Iommi told Guitar Player magazine that the thimbles "helped with his technique" because he had to use his little finger more than he had before the accident. Late
All Media Network
RhythmOne is an American company that owns and maintains AllMusic, AllMovie, AllGame, SideReel and Celebified. The company was founded in 1990 by popular-culture archivist Michael Erlewine. RhythmOne offices are located in San Francisco and Ann Arbor, United States, several other locations across the country. All Music Guide was launched in 1991. In 1994 the All Movie Guide was launched and in 1998 the All Game Guide; the company was founded in Michigan in 1990 by Michael Erlewine. With the All Music Guide the aim was to " discographic information on every artist who's made a record since Enrico Caruso gave the industry its first big boost", which launched in 1991, they expanded with the All Movie Guide in 1994, the All Game Guide in 1998. Moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999 to take advantage of the "rich talent pool". AMG was a business unit within Alliance Entertainment Corporation from 1996 until early 2005. Alliance was acquired in 1999 by a multibillion-dollar fund based in California. Macrovision announced on November 6, 2007 that it had agreed to purchase All Media Guide for a reported $102 million.
For a time, all of the guides were controlled by Rovi's nameservers and combined access to the All Music and All Movie Guides was provided via AllRovi.com from 2011 until 2013. In 2013, Rovi sold consumer access of the content to the newly established All Media Network, LLC, but retained control of licensing the content to other businesses; the overall website is allmedianetwork.com. Rovi sold the consumer access to them to newly established All Media Network, LLC in 2013, while retaining ownership and maintenance of the content itself; the AllGame section of the site was shut down on December 12, 2014. On April 16, 2015 Blinkx Plc acquired All Media Network and rebranded the website under the new unified RhythmOne Group banner. AllMusic is an online database which provides access to information about songs, musicians and musical styles alongside staff-authored news, biographies and recommendations; the content was published in book form in 1991 as the All Music Guide, is now available to the public for online reference and information as well as available via licensing for point-of-sale systems, media players, online music stores.
RhythmOne produces the AllMusic guide series that includes the All Music Guide to Jazz and the All Music Guide to the Blues. Vladimir Bogdanov is the president of the series. AllMovie, launched in 1994 as the All Movie Guide, provides access to information about actors and filmmakers with staff-authored news, reviews and recommendations, it offers limited information about Television productions, focused on those released on DVD. Like AllMusic, this content is available via licensing to point-of-sale systems, media players, online stores. AllGame was active between 1998–2014 as the All Game Guide, it offered information and reviews about many console, hand held, PC games released in the US; the site started in February 1998 with the goal of becoming the most comprehensive game database available. In a farewell message on their site, the staff noted that they "didn't all know what we were doing in those early days but it was an exciting time to be helping build an online game database before the Internet exploded with numerous websites dedicated to video games."
SideReel, launched in 2007, is a TV community site which provides information about TV shows and episodes. Celebified offers celebrity news and interviews and started in 2012. RhythmOne's database was set up by Vladimir Bogdanov to hold the information of Erlewine's many lists. Information in the database is licensed and used in point-of-sale systems by some music retailers, includes the following: Basic data: names, credits, copyright information, product numbers. Descriptive content: styles, moods, nationalities. Relational content: similar artists and albums, influences. Editorial content: biographies, rankings; the company claims to have the largest digital archive of music, including about six million digital songs, as well as the largest cover art library, with more than half a million cover image scans. The AllMusic database is used by several generations of Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox to identify and organize music collections. Windows Media Player 11 and the integrated MTV Urge music store have expanded the use of AllMusic data to include related artists, reviews and other data.
All Media Network licenses large databases of metadata about movies, video games, audio books, music releases from Rovi Corporation and publishes them online for consumer use. This includes credits, staff-written biographies, reviews and recommendations as well as categories such as theme or mood. Rovi makes this content available for point of sale systems in stores globally, for CD and DVD recognition in software media players such as Windows Media Player and Musicmatch Jukebox, for providing content for a variety of websites including iTunes and Spotify. All Media Guide sold print compilations of its information. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor of AllMusic List of online music databases Official website
Robert C. Ludwig is an American mastering engineer, he has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all the major record labels, on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk resulting in over 3,000 credits. He is the recipient of numerous TEC Awards. At the age of eight in South Salem, New York, Ludwig was so fascinated with his first tape recorder, that he used to make recordings of whatever was on the radio. Ludwig is a classical musician by training, having obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York, he was involved in the sound department at Eastman, as well as being principal trumpet of the Utica Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by Phil Ramone when he came to Eastman to teach a summer recording workshop, Ludwig ended up working as his assistant. Afterwards, he was offered work with Ramone at A&R Recording.
Together, they did sessions on projects with The Band, Paul & Mary, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra. After a few years at A&R, Ludwig received an offer from Sterling Sound, where he became a vice president. After seven years at Sterling, he moved to its competitor, where he was vice president and chief engineer. In 1993, Ludwig left Masterdisk to start his own record mastering facility in Portland, named Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. Ludwig's mastering credits include albums for many major classic artists, such as the Kronos Quartet, rock acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Megadeth, Gloria Estefan, The Strokes, Queen, U2, The Police, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Guns N' Roses, Richie Sambora, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees, Supertramp, Will Ackerman, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Daft Punk and Alabama Shakes, he has undertaken longer projects, such as remastering the entire back catalogues of Rush, Dire Straits, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones.
Ludwig cites his most musically satisfying projects as: the CD reissue of Music From Big Pink, There's a Riot Goin' On, Led Zeppelin II, Painted from Memory, Loreena McKennitt, Ancient Voices of Children. Ludwig remains an active influence in the music industry; as a judge for the 8th and 10th-14th annual Independent Music Awards, his contributions helped assist the careers of upcoming independent artists. Ludwig is active in the Audio Engineering Society and is a past chairman of the New York AES section, he is on the steering committee of the Producers and Engineer's section of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Ludwig has won many Technical Creativity Awards. 2004: Album of the Year - No Es Lo Mismo, Alejandro Sanz 2013: Album of the Year - Vida, Draco Rosa 2005: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music-Series or Specials: - Hammersmith Odeon London 1975, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2012: The Association of Professional Recording Services Sound Fellowship - received 27 October 2012 2015: AES Gold Medal Bob Ludwig discography at Discogs Soundstage interview
Live & Loud
Live & Loud is a live album recorded by former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to be Osbourne's final album following Osbourne's final tour before retiring, aptly titled "No More Tours"; the track "Black Sabbath" featured the original line-up of Black Sabbath, the members of which were invited to join Ozzy as guest stars for the Costa Mesa Reunion shows. In addition to the standard release in a'fat-boy' 2CD case, the album was released as a digipak with a metal'speaker grille' cover and included tattoos, as well as the booklet. A DVD of Live & Loud was issued, one of the first music compilation released in that format; the DVD is a compilation of live footage from several shows rather than a single concert: this is evident as Osbourne can be seen both shirtless and wearing different clothes during the same song, while guitarist Zakk Wylde can be seen playing up to three different guitars in the same song. The album, along with The Ultimate Sin and Just Say Ozzy, has since been deleted from Ozzy's catalog and was not remastered and reissued along with the rest of Ozzy's albums in 2002.
Despite this, the live track "I Don't Want to Change the World" appeared on "The Ozzman Cometh" and The Essential Ozzy Osbourne compilations. Copies of the 1995 remastered CDs are still available on Amazon.com. Osbourne won a Grammy Award for the version of "I Don't Want to Change the World" included in this album. Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Zakk Wylde – guitar, piano on "Changes" Mike Inez – bass Randy Castillo – drums Kevin Jones – keyboardsBlack Sabbath Ozzy Osbourne – vocals Tony Iommi – guitar Geezer Butler – bass Bill Ward – drumsProductionMixed and engineered by Michael Wagener Mastered by Stephen Marcussen Remastered by Brian Lee with Bob Ludwig Liner notes by Steffan Chirazi 36th Annual Grammy Awards
Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady Studios is a recording studio in Greenwich Village, New York City. It was built by Jimi Hendrix and designed by John Storyk in 1970. Hendrix spent only ten weeks recording in Electric Lady before his death, but it has since been used by many notable artists. Electric Lady Studios' current address has a long history; the basement housed The Village Barn nightclub from 1930 to 1967. Abstract expressionist artist Hans Hofmann began lecturing there in 1938 retiring from teaching in 1958 to paint full-time. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery bought a newly defunct nightclub called The Generation in New York's Greenwich Village—a venue that Hendrix had frequented for impromptu performances and late-night jam sessions; the Generation had been known for live acts as diverse and legendary as Big Brother & the Holding Company, B. B. King, Chuck Berry, Dave Van Ronk, Sly & the Family Stone, John Fahey. Instead of renaming the club and continuing with the live venue business model, advisors Eddie Kramer and Jim Marron convinced Hendrix to convert the space into a professional recording studio, as studio fees for the lengthy Electric Ladyland sessions were astronomical, Hendrix was in search of a recording environment that suited him.
Architect and acoustician John Storyk designed each structural detail, from there Electric Lady Studios were born. It was the only artist-owned recording studio in existence at the time. Construction of the studio took nearly double the amount of time and money planned: permits were delayed numerous times, the site flooded due to heavy rains during demolition, sump pumps had to be installed after it was determined that the building sat on the tributary of an underground river, Minetta Creek. A six-figure loan from Warner Brothers was required to save the project; the studio was made for Hendrix, with round windows and a machine capable of generating ambient lighting in myriad colors. It was designed to have a relaxing feel to encourage Hendrix's creativity, but at the same time provide a professional recording atmosphere. Engineer Kramer upheld this by refusing to allow any drug use during session work. Artist Lance Jost painted the studio in a psychedelic space theme. Jimi Hendrix hired Marron to run the studio.
Hendrix spent only ten weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still going on. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970; the following day Hendrix created his last studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as "Slow Blues". He boarded an Air India flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, died less than three weeks later. Into the following three decades, Electric Lady was used to record albums by such artists as Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, AC/DC, the Clash, Weezer; the start of the 2000s saw the studio acting as a home to the Soulquarians, but soon Electric Lady faced a period of financial hardship. By 2010, the studio was taken over by investor Keith Stoltz and studio manager Lee Foster, under whose leadership the studio hosted sessions by Adele, Kanye West, Daft Punk. Electric Lady was renovated and expanded, with a new mixing studio added to the second floor and the third turned into a self-contained unit including Studio C, a private lounge, another mix suite.
Following is a list of some notable artists who recorded at Electric Lady Studios. Category:Albums recorded at Electric Lady Studios Official website