October 5, 2017

JAMBOX ENGINEER'S SPOTLIGHT Award Winning Engineer, "Peter Jorge"

Through the years, JAMBOX Entertainment has become known for its great  audio engineers, music and office team! Over the next few weeks, we'd like to spotlight some of the great individuals that give so much of themselves to help JAMBOX be the 'go-to' studio in midtown Manhattan.


This week we would like to bring to the spotlight a top NYC veteran engineer that has worked with the JAMBOX team for over 15 years. 

Introducing… Mr. Peter Jorge! 

With over 25 years of experience and a very impressive track record, Peter has worked with some of the best in the business. Peter has worked with Hip Hop artists that have helped to establish the genre, such as KRS One, Peter Gunz, Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P, Don Omar, Young B, P-star, Megan Rochell, Brooklyn Zu, Jim Jones, and more...

Peter Jorge offers a deep level of experience unsurpassed by most engineers. He delivers nothing but the best. He holds a great attention to detail, and there is always a great outcome to a "Peter Jorge project." On top of the experience, he also provides a great and relaxed vibe. With such an incredible work ethic and years of experience, he is able to record, edit, and mix music to produce an amazing and professional final product for our clients.

 To book Peter for a session, call JAMBOX Entertainment at 212.979.8324


Q And A: Read on as Peter Jorge keeps it real and let's his voice be heard!


1) What do you like and dislike about the music industry today?
That's a double edged sword because it's so much easier to get your music/videos out there nowadays then it was when I first started. Back then you would have to get your demos recorded at a studio, play gigs at clubs, and then shop your demo around and hope you got a record deal. With today's social media outlets you have plenty of access to get some great music seen and heard but then you have all this garbage polluting it, as well. It's great, awesome and talented artists vs. lame, non artistic posers!!!

2) What do you love about being an engineer/producer?  
Why I love my job is because of my love for music. That's why I went to audio school (Five Towns College) and received my Associates Degree. I wanted to be somehow involved in the music making process and since I didn't know how to play an instrument I chose to become an audio engineer. I love show up to a session and not knowing what to expect and making the best of what's presented to me that day. No two sessions are ever the same, they're all different. At the end of the day, we all have to leave with being happy and proud of what we have accomplished that day/session.

3) What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has been to be a part of the hip hop world since 1988. When hip hop was at it's finest with little or no air play at all. When you had to make noise to be heard. Working at state of the art studios on large analog consoles, with only 48 tracks of 2" analog tape, walls/racks of outboard gear, cabinets full of microphones and rooms full of drum machines, samplers and keyboards/pianos/organs/drums/amps. Those were the days, no copy & paste, no undo button & no autotune. Singers had to sing all their parts, musicians had to record/play their parts and midi gear was locked up to smpte in order to record songs/music onto tape. If edits needed to be done, we would have to splice tape together with a razor & splicing tape via the editing block on the tape machine.

4) What do you love most about being apart of the JamBox Family? 
 I enjoy being a part of the Jambox Family for the last 12 years because it's a close knit family and we have each other's back. It's all positive vibes at Jambox, we help each other out. Each one, teach one...All in the Family!!!

5) What advice do you have for any new artist or engineers coming into the music industry?
Make sure it's what you want to do or be in life. It's not easy, so you have to be the best you can be 24/7. Never give up, be consistent and persistent. Do your best and master your craft. Create a name for yourself and people will follow if they like what they see and hear. Don't be a follower, sent your own trend/mark. If need be don't quit your dayjob/schooling because you'll need something to fall back on if things don't work out. And to all the songwriters out there, whether you write lyrics or make music or both never give up your publishing. Give credit where credit is due!!!

Stay tuned for more interviews with some of the great talent that makes up our JAMBOX staff!

August 29, 2017

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood A Jewel Of Classics

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood
A Classic Innovation. Why was it groundbreaking?

writer: Lee Evans

The Temptations In A Mellow Mood was the sixth studio album by The Temptations for the Motown label released in 1967. This album was one of the most magnificent, intricately arranged, harmonically blended, inspirational albums released by the mighty Temptations. Arranged by H. B. Barnum and big band saxophonist John Costa, produced by Jeffrey Bowen and Frank Wilson who wrote and produced hit records for Brenda HollowayMarvin Gayethe Supremesthe Miracles, the Four Topsthe TemptationsEddie Kendricks, and more. Album liner notes done by 'Soupy Sales'

This record, a brainchild of Berry Gordy Jr, was made with the intention of crossing the amazing Temptations over to a broader based white dominated pop market which to a large extent it succeeded. Many fans from the Tempts 'Black' fan base accused them of 'selling out'. The Temptations felt the need to expand from their current formula which gave us #1 chart topping hits like 'My Girl' 'You're My Everything' and 'Get ready'. 

In music history, especially at that time, never has another 'Soul' 'R&B' group took on such a risky undertaking to release an album in a totally different genre and do it so well!. Today, it is a bit more widely received with the likes of Lady Gaga crossing from her well-received edgy dance pop albums to her romp into classic jazz music with the legendary Tony Bennett. 

The 'Mellow Mood' album certainly struck the right chord with me and helped to shape my musical and harmonic palette for my productions and arrangements. It has been a major influence to this day.

Stirring lead vocal performances include Paul William's For Once In My Life and David Ruffin's 'What Now My Love'. Give this playlist a whirl. If you're a fan of the classics ala 'Frank Sinatra', Cole Porter, you'll be a fan!

Check out the full Temptations In A Mellow Mood album with bonus performances here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4iohYotdYJRS1DcuUpVeudnACcVWtCyt


Lee Evans is a music veteran, musician, songwriter, producer, and Co-owner/CEO  of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios NYC




The "Classic 5" lineup of the Temptations: 
David Ruffin
 (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right),
Otis Williams
(bottom right),
and 
Eddie Kendricks (center) c. 1965.

 

August 8, 2017



GET OFF FOXY 12" Single



 
A fun party fave and throwback to the good ol dance party days when sex drugs and disco reigned supreme!

Mark Kimani may very well have the highest pitched natural voice that you've heard in a male singer. What else does he have? Mark has Perfect Pitch. The ability to listen to a song and tell you the notes are being used in the melody without a fixed reference.
Working with JAMBOX's head engineer Lee Evans, Mark worked in our Top NYC Recording Studio. Mark sang a stunning rendition of Whitney Houston's 'One Moment In Time' in the original key that Whitney sang it in. 
Take a listen to Marks unique vocals and let us know what you think! Leave us a comment:)

May 8, 2017


The Effects Of Music On The Brain 

Reprinted from Karaoke Version:
Even if we listen to music in a passive state and largely as a means to relax or let go, music is anything but. Whether you use it when you exercise or during a power nap, your brain, when in contact with music is, working at full!
Even before science began to pay close attention to the effect of music on the brain, the thinkers of the time had already traced a close link between the two. "Music is noise that thinks," wrote Victor Hugo, while Immanuel Kant observed that "music is the language of emotions." Thought and language: two capacities related specifically to the brain that intellectuals attributed to music, giving it power far beyond a mere means of distraction.
Since the 1950s, many studies have focused on identifying the action of music on the brain.

Music and Work

Not everyone has the same needs when it comes to music and work. Some prefer silence despite scientific proof that music helps to focus and improve efficiency and creativity.
In 1994, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a spectacular difference in performance of stressful operations between surgeons operating with their music of choice versus those that operated in silence.
A small distinction should be noted however. In general, instrumental music has been shown to be more conducive to concentration than alternative forms. Lyrics and singing may cause distraction even if it is in an unconscious manner. That being said, the type of work being done and the monotony of the task will affect this.

The Mozart effect

Listen to music and your body, in particularly your brain, will say thank you. With slower music, it can improve circulation and dramatically reduce blood pressure.
How? In 2004 a study by Japanese neuroscientists Den'etsu Sutoo and Kayo Akimaya made things more evident by observing the behaviors of a group of rats listening to Divertimento No. 7 in D Major by Mozart. According to their studies, the stimulus (music) generates a supply of calcium to the brain that produces dopamine, inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system and reducing blood pressure. This also explains why music acts as a defense against anxiety, depression and stress.
The link between music and dopamine production opens a world of possibilities, in particularly for diseases that are linked to this hormone and even arterial diseases such as Parkinson’s, epilepsy or even Alzheimer’s. Regarding the latter, a study at the University of Oregon highlighted the impact of repeated listening to music in Alzheimer's patients: their speech and conversation became more fluid and rich when music was repeatedly played.

Music makes us better

Beyond the biological benefits of music, it is now proven that it even has impact on our relationship with others.
Research by Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2009 revealed that our perception of the emotions of our surroundings are influenced by the music we listen to. For example, if one is subjected to a happy music, the people who surround us will seem happier.
Even more surprising is the experience of psychologists Rona Fried and Leonard Berkowitz of the University of New York: they subjected a group of students to listen to calm music, another to stimulating music a third group to music producing negative emotions and lastly one with no music at all. The students were then asked to render a service. Students submitted to the calming music were more likely to help (90%), followed by those in the third group and those who did not listen to music (60%) and in last, the group subjected to more negative music (45%).
Moral of the story: listen, sing, play! It's good for the body and for the soul.

JAMBOX Entertainment Studios is a Top  Recording Studio Facility in Chelsea Manhattan 

 we can be reached at 212 979-8324

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May 3, 2017

 
To our thousands of friends and happy clients that has kept us going all these years...We just want to say Thank you.
With the closing of so many great studios in the NYC area, we've seen a big change in the city's music culture.
We are still striving daily to be your favorite place to record music.

Yours In Music
​Lee Evans

CEO



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April 23, 2017

Herbie Hancock - Don't give up (feat. P!nk and John Legend) In Studio live performance

I'm happy to share with you another piece of truly inspired music:
Herbie Hancock - Don't give up (feat. P!nk and John Legend)

Emotionally charged song with powerful performances by John Legend, Pink
and of course, Herbie's playing is phenomenal.
Jeff Beck on Guitar
Tal Wilkenfield on bass
Vinnie Colauita on drums

From the Imagination Project album by Herbie Hancock

I was so inspired by this song, I included the Peter Gabriel / Kate Bush version below which is also great. Which do you prefer?
https://youtu.be/VjEq-r2agqc 

Lee Evans


Lee Evans
CEO
JAMBOX Entertainment Studios
Chelsea NYC's Top Recording Studios




April 15, 2017

Here's how Spotify's deal with Universal Music will impact the streaming music industry

Spotify has signed a deal Universal Music Group that lets artists release new albums exclusively on the streaming service’s premium tier for two weeks, Reuters reports.
Only Spotify’s paid subscribers will have full access to albums during this time, though album singles will still be available for all listeners.
Further details about the deal, such as its fee structure or duration have not been disclosed. It’s likely that Spotify is getting a more favorable percentage on the music licensing fees charged by Universal. This would benefit Spotify’s path to profitability and an IPO. Spotify is still negotiating with the remaining two of the "big three" music labels, Sony Music and Warner Music Group. It may use this deal with Universal as a blueprint.
Despite the dearth of details around this deal, there are points of context to provide color:
  • Streaming is music’s biggest moneymaker. For the first time in 2016, streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music made up the majority (51%) of music industry revenue in the US, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reported recently. Streaming revenue reached $3.9 billion last year, growing an astounding 68% year-over-year (YoY).
  • Universal is pushing for Spotify paywalls. One condition for this deal is that Spotify only give its paid users immediate and unrestricted access to new albums. This is a sensible strategy because subscriptions are lucrative — they more than doubled in 2016 to $2.5 billion, and now make up a third of total music revenue and two-thirds of revenue from streaming.
  • The deal makes a Spotify IPO more likely. Spotify’s costly licensing agreements with major labels are an obstacle to its IPO. The company pays out 55% of its revenue to record labels, with the biggest checks going to Universal, Sony, and Warner Music. It reportedly wanted to get this down to 50%. Last summer, Spotify accounted for 10% of these labels’ revenue.
  • Spotify wants an IPO as soon as possible. The company is under pressure to IPO sooner rather than later since its $1 billion debt financing round last March. These debts are tied to the timing of the IPO. They determined that investors can convert their stakes into shares at a 20% discount to the list price. However, this discount increases by 2.5% every six months.


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