Had an amazing session recording percussion overdubs for Beachweek’s forthcoming single and EP with my friend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma) and Weedie Braimah (Oteil Burbridge, Christian Scott, Trombone Shorty) last Friday at Somewhere Recording. It’s always a pleasure working with Jamey and Weedie’s positive energy and vibe STILL has me smiling 4 days later! ? These guys are true masters and it’s an honor to be a witness. – Michael Seifert
Our friend Sur Lawrence Trupo passed away last December. Luckily, we got to spend quite a bit of time with him, and even record some of his quirky, uniquely humorous, wonderful songs. The core band for these tracks was:
For anyone looking to record in the near future, this might be of interest!
As some of you may know, I made arrangements to purchase a building in Euclid (15 minutes east of Cleveland for my non-local friends) a few years back. This has essentially served as my private recording studio/production space ever since.
Over the next few months, I will be focusing on a few special projects and these projects won’t always require the use of my studio. With this in mind, I’m happy to announce that we’ve decided to open the studio up for outside bookings. Sessions will include access to the space (including a massive 2,500 square foot tracking room with 24’ ceilings), use of our collection of vintage microphones, outboard gear, analog tape machines, amps and instruments, and an engineer.
Please check out our new website if you get a chance and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Prior to forming Damnation of Adam Blessing, Bill Constable and Jim Quinn made music together as The Society.
Recorded by legendary engineer Ken Hamann at Cleveland Recording back in 1967, the original 1″ 8 track analog master tapes for two previously unreleased songs, “You Girl” and “Lonely”, were recently discovered in the archives at Suma Recording Studios in Painesville, Ohio. Michael Seifert and Dave Shaw restored the original tapes and completed new analog mixes of both songs in Somewhere Recording’s Studio A earlier this year. The new mixes will be released on a limited edition 45!
I’m excited to announce that the first 10 episodes of the new Care Bears animated series Unlock the Magic (Cartoon Network/Boomerang Network) are being released today!
In addition to co-producing, singing backing vocals, playing some additional keyboards, and mixing the theme song for the series (which features lead vocals by Cleveland’s own Chayla Hope), it was my honor and privilege to compose and perform the original music and score for 3 of the 10 episodes that were just released. Additional episodes featuring my original music and score will be released in the next batch.
I want to give a big shout out to Dave Shaw who contributed some killer guitar tracks for some of the cues and to Chayla Hope for crushing the vocals on the theme song like I knew she would! Extra special thanks to my longtime friend, collaborator, and uber-talented composer Dave Padrutt for inviting me to be a part of this amazing project. Dave has written some really great music for this series and, as always, it’s been a pleasure to work and collaborate with him. I also want to congratulate Ryan Wiesbrock on a job well done! Seriously man… I have no idea how you do what you do!
I have to say, looking up at the screen and seeing a Care Bear staring back at me has been nothing short of surreal. It’s some of the most fun and rewarding work I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute. If you have kids (or if you grew up watching the original Care Bears series) I hope you’ll check it out!
P.S. So far, I’ve managed to sneak three pieces of music that I wrote, performed, and recorded between ages 8 and 13 into the score for this new Care Bears series (all transfered from old 2” multitrack tapes). It’s a gift to my younger self for spending a childhood in the studio instead of going outside and playing like the normal kids.
Hard to believe Thug Mentality was released 19 years ago (April 6, 1999)
Top photo below, in the studio with Krayzie Bone the day I first played him the track for Thug Mentality some 20 years ago. Bottom photo below, the two of us at CIFF after a screening of Sons of St. Clair this past weekend. Nothing but love and respect for this true innovator and trend setter who’s had (and continues to have) his style copied by… well…. damn near everybody!