SPARS was an active participant in the H.O.T Zone at the NAMM Show for the third year in a row. The 33-year old recording association brought in artists, producers and engineers to share their expertise and experiences in recording successful projects.
The SPARS Studio Summit, held on January 21, 2012, dealt with the theme, “When a Professional Studio is Needed,” and featured a keynote address by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer and guitarist, John Rzeznik; a master class by Multi-Grammy winning Producer/Engineer Joe Chicarelli; and a roundtable discussion of industry professionals moderated by Tom Kenny, Editor of Mix Magazine.
Joe Chicarelli, known for successful projects for Elton John, Beck, U2, Melissa Etherirdge, Tori Amos, Carole King, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Al Stewart, Joan Baez, Counting Crows and Etta James, teamed with Tom Kenny, Editor of Mix Magazine, to deliver a master class spotlighting various projects. Chicarelli said his approach was all about the music, the genre and the artist’s vision. Chicarelli discussed projects for artists Boy & Bear (Australian band) and The White Stripes at Blackbird Studios; My Morning Jacket at Avatar Studios; Chris Botti at Sunset Sound and Ocean Way Studios; Jason Mraz at Sunset Sound; and Alberta Cross at EastWest Studios—and the reasoning that led to various choices of recording facilities. Chicarelli also shared some of his techniques regarding how he gets various sounds and how the choice of studio drives that decision.
The audio from the talk with Joe Chicarelli from the SPARS Studio Summit is available as a three-part slideshow. Joe was interviewed for an hour by Tom Kenny, editor of Mix Magazine, covering topics from how Joe works with artists / bands to how and why he selects recording studios to work in. Insightful and inspirational, after listening to this talk, you can understand why Joe Chicarelli is in such demand as a producer and engineer.
A Talk with Joe Chicarelli (Part 1)
A Talk with Joe Chicarelli (Part 2)
A Talk with Joe Chicarelli (Part 3)