Bloomington, IN (August 24, 2006)–Echo Park Studios has been home to Epic artist Howie Day as he prepares his upcoming release for the label. Engineer Warren Huart was at the controls and drew from Echo Park’s extensive collection of vintage gear–API console, Langevin and Neve preamps, Fairchild and RCA compressors, etc.–tracking to a Pro Tools HD2 Accel system. Production duties were handled by Mike Flynn, senior director of A&R for Epic and Kevin Griffin from the band Better Than Ezra.
Pictured during Howie Day sessions at Echo Park Studios” are (l-r): guitarist Jay Clifford, drummer Laurie Jenkins, Howie Day, engineer Warren Huart, producer Mike Flynn, bassist Dan Rothchild, co-producer and guitarist Kevin Griffin and assistant engineer Troy Brazell.Flynn was back at Echo Park after his success there tracking The Fray’s hit debut album, How To Save A Life which is currently closing in on sales of 1,000,000 copies, fueled by the success of the single “Over My Head (Cablecar).”
Howie Day and guitarist Jay Clifford (of Jump Little Children) said Echo Park and Bloomington have been an ideal place to record. “They have all of this antique gear at the studio–compressors and pre-amps and stuff. I think the board used to belong to Supertramp. It all sounds very clean and has this classic rock feel.”
Echo Park was built in 1993 by producer Mike Wanchic and producer/engineer Mark Hood. Wanchic has been guitarist for John Mellencamp for many years, and has co-produced most of Mellencamp’s albums. He has also produced projects for Silvercrush, James McMurtry, Janis Ian, Cowboy Mouth, The Why Store, Robert Mirabal, Patricia Conroy and many others. Hood has worked with Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Diana Ross, John Mellencamp, George Benson, Lisa Germano, Over The Rhine, David Sanborn and many others.
Echo Park Studios