Nov 30th, 2019
Yes and Yes, with a side order of Heeeell Yeeeees !!!!
Los Amigos Invisibles strike again! This time winning the "Mejor Canción Alternativa" category at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards, for their song "Tócamela"!!!
I had a blast jumping in on mastering duties, with my partner in sonic crime, Tom Hutten as we tried to make this record jump out of the speakers... and it did!
20 + years of funky Latin dance party goodness... Sooo many stories... I'm so proud of these guys and what we've all achieved! Thank you for keeping it real, for keeping it funky and fun and fighting the good fight for the best reasons... Good vibes and the pursuit of that funky Latin dance party goodness! Felicitaciones mis panas queridos!
Nov 30th, 2019
KURTIS BLOW - Co-teaching Hip Hop production with the legendary and Krusher of Grooves, Kurtis Blow!
KENT MATCKE - The power of Metallica compels you! Kent is the OG, high priest of major label, big recording studio ettiquette and ... the bringer of mëtål badassery. He taught me soooo much while cutting my assistant engineering teeth at The Plant studios. He's been Metallica's in-house audio slayer for many years and has stories to boot... And he's the warmest, sunniest dude ever. Love ya my brothah!
(and while giving me a tour of Metallica's HQ, look what I spotted!...)
PIONEERING LADIES OF SONIC WIZARDRY - Suzanne Ciani could not be cooler! I had the chance to rap extensively with her at the college and.... siiiigh.... I'm totally inspired. That warm glow you can hear in her music... that is Suzanne.
Sylvia Massy... needs no introductions! We co-taught a few classes at Berklee and... I think... we... think... quite alike. Always trying to push beyond the confines of the box as... we question the box itself!
Nov 29th, 2019
The wonderful crew at Audio Technica asked me to jot down some of my eccentric views of sonic phenomena and.... SHhhhBLaaAM !!!
If you're curious about my views on how it is positively impossible for engineers not to distort reality (even them hi-fi, hi-brow classical folk can't get away from this!), give this blog post a spin! And since we're here...
Have I mentioned just how much I looooove Audio Technica?
- I LOVE THEM A WHOLE MESS OF A LOT -
Not only do they make straight-shooting, solid, sturdy, road-tested, robust, badass microphones, headphones and all sorts of audio magic, but from day one... they "got me". Roxie Ricks and the entire team at AT have been wonderfully supportive of my work and... I love them back, not only for being excellent humans, but also cuz their gear is da boooomb! So much so, that the Music Production Master's program at Berklee Online, for which I am the program director, tells students that for straight-shooting, solid, sturdy, road-tested, robust, badass microphones, headphones and all sorts of audio magic... AT is the way to go. All-The-Way!
Audio Technica, thank you for the invite to write for the AT blog and for manufacturing excellent music-making gear, truly accessible to us earthbound, hardworking music-making humans!
Nov 29th, 2019
Super honored to direct and shape Berklee's Colombian exchange through Berklee Latino! We've found an incredible partner in, what I believe, is the hippest, bestest institution for contemporary music and technology instruction... EMMAT. Not only are they seriously committed to excellence but, I really couldn't ask for better partners in helping explore new, creative ways to teach and push the boundaries of sonic art through technology. I really look forward to the next adventure and hanging with the grooviest of professors, staff and students! For your consideration, I submit the evidence below ;)
Nov 29th, 2019
What would you say about a posse of badass drum lutheirs that are out to sponsor... a record producer?! The incredibly funny and ridiculously talented Italian luthiers Drumma have been hard at work, creating custom-made snares that sound like the crazy, unattainable sounds in my mind... These guys are seriously dedicated, talented and... did I mention funny-as-all-hell?
Thank you Drumma for making exceptionally excellent drums (and guitars and basses!) and for chasing and nailing down the dreams of us crazy music makers. You've made my productions and even my teaching at Berklee sound and feel, like groovy, impactful, next-level goodness! And... last but definetely not least, thank you Enrico Santangelo for bringing us together... and for playing the heeeeell out of those *@%$%! drums!
Nov 29th, 2019
Gallons of giddy GRATITUDE to you all and here's to many, many more years of communal achievements, personal developments and forward motion!
Jul 11th, 2018
The wonders of the internet... Look what i just found... My chin resting on Tina Turner's finger! ;)
By total chance I found a really cool video on the making of my friend Elisa's and Tina Turner's #1 hit radio song "Teach Me Again"! The year was 2006 and I had a blast trekking over to Zurich, Switzerland in pursuit of Tina's incredible vocal performance.
What a lady, what a voice, what a viiiibe! Tina was the coolest and Elisa was the coolest and Enrique was... the luckiest guy ever :)
Dec 9th, 2017
RING THE BELLS... "EL PARADISE" IS NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY !!!!!!!
As you might know, I produced "El Paradise" for my dear friends Los Amigos Invisibles and I coudn't be happier of the album we made and now... I coudn't be prouder of our Grammy nomination in the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative category! A thunderous Hi5 and gallons of gratitude to the band and the entire team for making such amazing music, fighting the good fight and kicking so much @$$!
And since I'm here, a shout out to my longtime, dear friends Desorden Público who are also nominated! It's a big Venezuelan Grammy party up in here ;)
Good vibes, forward motion, fingers crossed and if you haven't already... Go bug out to "El Paradise" !!!
Sep 9th, 2017
Victor Wooten... need I say more? YES!
Victor Wooten is Da Maaaaaaaan! Of course he is!
I had the honor of mixing two songs for "Trypnotyx", the new Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini project and, yes, it is unbelievable. I've had the pleasure to co-teach production classes with Victor in the past and working together on this album was an incredible extension of the warmth of spirit, depth and frankly, badassery that this man puts out in the world.
And... it's #1 Jazz Record on ITunes!!!
Thank you Victor, Dennis and Bob for making excellent music and sharing it with the rest of us humans! Enjoy TRYPNOTYX !!!
Aug 31st, 2017
NIHAO SHANGHAI !!!
In the summer of 2017, Berklee College of Music and The Conservatory of Shanghai joined forces for a whirlwind slew of courses in performance, music technology, production and mixing. Check out the video above and see the hard work done by my students as we spent a week diving deep into the trenches of music production and the dark art of mixing.
Mar 4th, 2017
TASK: Describe Los Amigos Invisibles’ “El Paradise” in one word.
ANSWER: SexyLatinFreneticGroovySexyFreneticLatinParty!!!!! I’ve been a follower, a friend and fan of Los Amigos since I was old enough to NOT to be able to get into their shows. "El Paradise", which I had the pleasure of producing, playing on, mixing and co-mastering, without a doubt pushes the envelope of every single thing that has made them the most unique Latin dance powerhouse in the planet.
We spent about a year sculpting this beauty and I can honestly say, this is one of the albums I'm most proud of, in my entire career. Thank you LAI for kicking soooo much @$$! Strap on, tune in and plunge deep into this amazing journey. See you all at the pearly gates of… El Paradise!
Mar 4th, 2017
Do you guys know Sweetwater? Aka: "...The world's leading music technology and instrument retailer"? Yeaaah, those guys. The amazingly innovative, b@d@$$ team at iZotope invited me to share insight onto my production and mixing process and... we had a blast! I showcased the song "Eres Mis Ganas" from my Venezuelan compatriots Los Amigos Invisibles and we got the entire 600+ sales team up and groovin' at 7am ;)
Thank you iZotope and Sweetwater for the invite and for facilitating worldwide artistic creativity!
Jan 21st, 2017
Creative, innovative, daring, mold-breaking, life-saving, slick, gritty and all-around awesome... how b@d@$$ is iZotope?!?! My dear friend and education director for iZotope, Jonathen Wyner gave me a commission I couldn't decline... Make a Top 10 list of effective, efficient mixing techniques. Tall order Jonathan, tall order! Hands-on practical and deep into the philosophical... here they are. I'm very proud of these and I hope they are useful to all! Enjoy, share and happy mixing !!!
Dec 24th, 2016
(I'll keep it short...)
Los Amigos Invisibles = Latin, Party, Sexy, Groovy, Sexy, Latin, Party.
I had the honor of producing/mixing/playing-in/giving birth to 7 out of 11 tracks in the juggernaut of an album that is about to drop... El Paradise. Stay tuned but for now, here is the first single... Dame El Mamboooo. Enjoy the Latin, Party, Sexy, Groovy, Sexy, Latin, Party of my Latin Grammy winning compatriot homies :)
Sep 17th, 2016
Simply put, my homies from Lago Film Fest put on an amazing cinematic experience in the beautiful town of Revine Lago, Italy (movie screens inside a lake, seriously?!) I had a blast teaching workshops, being interviewed alongside my friend and heroe Federico Savina (mixer for Dario Argento and Jodorowsky films...com'on!) and even getting to perform improvised, live music over some insane Polish films! A huge Thank You to the entire LFF family for working so hard to mke something so awesome and... See you next year!