New York (October 13, 2009)–On Monday (October 19), Avatar Studios will host its first “Ask The Producers” panel, featuring Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, XTC), Roy Hendrickson (Cheap Trick, Wilco & Feist, Jupiter One, Danielia Cotton) and Kevin Killen (Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Shakira). Billed as a Pre-CMJ Meet and Greet, Avatar will open its doors to indie musicians, giving them an opportunity to address questions to the trio of engineer/producers.
A lottery will be held to randomly choose a select few artists to have a one-on-one 20 minute consultation with Lillywhite, Hendrickson or Killen. Furthermore, all attendees will be automatically entered into a drawing to win 10 free hours of recording time with the winner announced on Friday. Personal tours of the studio will be given by appointment throughout the week until Friday.
The “Ask The Producers” panel will take place at Avatar Studios, 441 West 53rd Street (between 9th – 10th avenues). Doors open at 6PM, panel will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 followed by studio tours, consultation meetings and schmoozing.
Located in Midtown West of New York City, Avatar operates a 33,000 square foot facility. Artists who have recorded there include Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Donald Fagen, Eric Clapton, Ian Hunter, John Mayer, Jon Bon Jovi, Lou Reed, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Sheryl Crow, Sting, U2, and Yo-Yo Ma (to name a few). Recent bands who worked at Avatar include 3OH!3, Francis and the Lights, Franz Ferdinand, Last Shadow Puppets, The Mars Volta, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, The Academy Is, The Hold Steady and Vampire Weekend.
There will be no charge for the event; space is limited so admission is by RSVP only. Registration for the event may be done online at www.avatarstudios.net/cmj09.html. All questions for the panel must be submitted in advance at this same Internet address. For up to the minute information, watch www.twitter.com/avatarstudios and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avatar-Studios/124611873832.