Minneapolis, MN (August 12, 2004)–World class recording facility, Echo Bay Studios, has been purchased by producer/engineer Todd Fitzgerald, formerly of Oarfin Records. His partner is producer Lionel Hicks based out of London, U.K.
“With the closing of Oarfin’s Minneapolis studio complex, I needed a new home. I am very impressed with Echo Bay’s facility and staff,” Fitzgerald stated. “I look forward to working with past clients of Echo Bay, past Oarfin clients and the new clients of the future. The changeover of ownership has been gone smoothly, thanks to Echo Bay’s founder Mike Johander.”
Echo Bay’s staff includes Prince and the Revolution producer/drummer Bobby Z. “Todd and I have a past working history of making some great records together. The combining of our forces will allow us to be able to continue that tradition and more,” Bobby stated.
The Echo Bay Studio facility houses two full service recording studios and an events center, with full stage, bar and lounges. Past clientele of Fitzgerald and Echo Bay include Tori Amos, Sting, The Black Eyed Peas, Alanis Morrisette, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, American Headcharge, Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow and The Cowboy Junkies.
Chief engineer/producer Brian Johnson and engineer Zac Bates round out the staff at Echo Bay. Daryll Hurst, former Oarfin engineer, will also be working sessions at Echo Bay. Echo Bay will be incorporating a name change to Winterland Studios along with a grand reopening party in the near future.