Every Thursday in May, the Live series will feature legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer who is renowned for his collaborations with the Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp,Carlos Santana and many more. “Ask Eddie Kramer” will focus on special topics and highlights throughout Eddie’s storied recording career including “Jimi Hendrix,” “Led Zeppelin,” “Woodstock” and “The Rolling Stones.”
Thursday, May 7 Topic: Recording Jimi Hendrix Moderator: Brian Hardgroove
Thursday, May 14 Topic: Recording Led Zeppelin Moderator: Brad Tolinski
Thursday, May 21 Topic: Recording Woodstock Moderator: Brad Tolinski
Thursday, May 28 Topic: Recording the Rolling Stones Moderator: Bob Merlis
Legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer is renowned for his collaborations with the Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, and Carlos Santana among many more. Kramer has produced and engineered projects with Anthrax, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Mott the Hoople, Traffic, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick and Small Faces. Kramer’s film soundtrack credits include “Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight,” “Jimi Plays Monterey,” “Jimi Plays Berkeley,” “Live at the Fillmore East – Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” “Rainbow Bridge,” “The Song Remains the Same,” and “Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack” and more. Kramer was interviewed extensively in “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’,” a two-hour American Masters documentary for which he won an Emmy Award for “Best Sound” in 2014. He is also a photographer who has exhibited a number of his intimate images of performers, particularly Hendrix, with whom he worked on Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland, Band of Gypsys, and The Cry of Love, as well as the posthumous Valleys of Neptune, People, Hell and Angels, Miami Pop Festival, and other releases produced through Experience Hendrix, the organization formed by Hendrix’s heirs. Next up, Kramer will be the subject of a new feature music documentary, “From the Other Side of the Glass,” with Joe Berlinger (“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) and Spencer Proffer (“Chasing Trane”) producing, as well as, John Dorsey (“Year of the Scab,”) directing and three-time Emmy nominee Eddie Barbini on board as executive producer. For more information, visit: http://www.eddie-kramer.com/.
About Hardgroove: Hardgroove works as a producer and educator. As a music producer, Hardgroove sites Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss) and Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick) as two of his closest and most trusted advisers in the music business. He is also the founder of From a Whisper to a Dream, a program that helps young musicians obtain endorsements from manufacturers of musical equipment. His most recent project is “Audio Rhythm Theory” with Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Hardgroove is also currently in production with Fred Schneider (The B52s) completing the debut album for GOOD THANG. Schneider and Hardgroove compose all the songs together. Hardgroove plays all the instruments while Schneider provides his classic vocals stylings. He helped start the Artists for Positive Social Change program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Hardgroove joined Harmony Central and created the Signature Forum “Hardgroove (and Nothing Less)” which provided access to the huge reservoir of expertise Brian accumulated from his years of touring, recording, playing, and producing.
About Brad Tolinski: Best known as the editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine for 25 years, Brad Tolinski is the author of Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page (Crown). His latest book, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound and Revolution of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday), is the basis for a new 2020 guitar-focused exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will be made into an upcoming documentary by Emmy-winning director Ric Burns. He currently hosts a monthly online interview show for BackStory Events and Guitar World. Guests have included Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Ringo Starr, Nile Rodgers (Chic), the Pixies and more.
About Bob Merlis: Bob Merlis is a music industry veteran whose name had been synonymous with Warner Bros. Records where, for almost thirty years, he served in various publicity-related positions. Bob has worked independently with clients including Etta James, ZZ Top, ABKCO Music and Records (The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke), Experience Hendrix LLC, Roy’s Boys (Roy Orbison catalog), among many others. Bob is the co-author of the book Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Black Music Style In American, 1930 – 1975.