Engineer Hits Studio After Hit & Run

Studio Trilogy recording engineer Willie Samuels, who first worked with Enemy You in 2003, was back behind the mixing console for the band’s 10-year anniversary despite a hit-and-run accident that put him in hospital.
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Studio Trilogy recording engineer Willie Samuels (left) with Enemy You
San Francisco, CA (August 4, 2014)—Studio Trilogy recording engineer Willie Samuels, who first worked with Enemy You in 2003, was back behind the mixing console for the band’s 10-year anniversary despite a hit-and-run accident that put him in hospital.

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On the evening of Father's Day, June 15, Willie Samuels was found unconscious on the side of the road, presumably after being hit by a car while on his bicycle. "It's really a mystery what happened," says Samuels. "A good Samaritan found me unconscious and I have no recollection of the accident or the following few days."

With a major concussion, his forearm broken in half and his left hand nearly separated from his arm, Samuels spent the next 10 days in the hospital. After five surgical procedures, he refers to himself as "a man of steel."

Samuels first worked with Enemy You in 2003 for "Stories Never Told," which was tracked and mixed at Samuels' Nu-Tone studio in Pittsburg, CA and released on the Red Scare label. A decade later, the label asked the band to record a new song for their 10-year anniversary compilation.

"I assured the band I'd be out of the hospital and ready to go because I've always prided myself in not canceling or rescheduling sessions," said Samuels. "I was released from the hospital on June 25 and we were in the studio on the 29th."

"I was a bit worried that Willie would be in pain or be uncomfortable after the serious injuries," said guitarist Ken Yamazaki. "I was wrong. He was fast and didn't miss a beat. Studio Trilogy was beautiful and relaxing. The session went smoothly, Willie was awesome and all of us were happy."

Samuels acknowledges much help from Trilogy assistant engineer Noah Kileen and the studio's interns. "I soon realized it wasn't easy to setup or move microphones with one arm, but we had a cool time and it was a great reunion with the band."

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