Originally from Queens, NY, Michael began his career as a staff engineer at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios, over a 9-year period working with a multitude of artists including, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Ian Hunter, Chuck Mangione, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Chic, Ike & Tina Turner and Hall & Oates.
From there launching his engineering and mixing career with Billy Idol’s ferocious, Multi-Platinum album, ‘Rebel Yell’.
With demand in LA, Michael mixed Crowded House’s debut album release with the smash single, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, Pat Benatar’s ‘Seven the Hard Way’, ‘Dead Man’s Party’ for Oingo Boingo, with film score icon, Danny Elfman, The Motels, Poison, Berlin, to mention a few…
Bi-coastal, Michael expanded his craft to include Film and TV, mixing score and co-writing a tune for film director, John Hughes’ revolutionary teen movie, ‘The Breakfast Club’. Back to NYC, engineering and mixing with Keith Richards, the Chuck Berry documentary, ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll’, then Joe Jackson’s, ‘Big World’, producing one of Wisconsin’s favorite son,s Butch Vig’s, Fire Town, and then the former Hanoi Rocks dynamic front man, Michael Monroe.
After mixing Eric Johnson’s Grammy Award winning ‘Cliffs Of Dover’ from the album, ‘Ah Via Musicom’, Michael was approached become the Director of the famous Capitol Records Studios.
In 1992 Michael formed the audio network foundation employing EDNet for Frank Sinatra’s critically acclaimed ‘Duets’ I & II’, globally linking artists live from international studios to Capitol. Following this Multi-Platinum debut, Capitol Studios was recognized as the World Leader in Global Fiber-Optic Digital Recording. Establishing a new creative technology dimension to the record making process, setting the studio standard for artist and technology integration requirements.
Becoming Vice President Michael launched Capitol/EMI into the business of mixing and producing 5.1 Surround DVD Audio titles with Multi-Platinum artists including the Eagles , ‘When Hell Freezes Over’, Queen’s ‘Night At The Opera, Quincy Jones’ ‘Basie And Beyond', Diana Krall’s 'The Look Of Love’ and ’The Buena Vista Social Club.
Moving his production career to the next level Michael achieved success as a founding and managing partner of the Coolsville / Interscope label.
Coolsville’s first artist Big Bad Voodoo Daddy became the premier band of the Neo-Swing Movement with their first album following their appearance in the hit movie ‘Swingers’.
After 11 years Michael left Capitol Studios to pursue record production and mixing projects. The first project was The Gram Parsons Tribute with Keith Richards and Norah Jones followed by Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire ‘Live At The Greek’ (Platinum). From there co-producing, recording, mixing and rerecording mixer for the 13 show series, ‘On Stage At The World Café Live’ for Mark Cuban’s HDNet (AXS-TV), featuring artists Living Colour, The Knack, Joshua Redman, Rhett Miller, Rita Coolidge, among many other luminary artist.
As a Technical Consultant for the film, ‘Ray’ , dir. Taylor Hackford, Michael coached the Tom Dowd character. Then mixing Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Al Green’s ‘Greatest Hits’ in 5.1 Surround for DVD-Audio. Michael has also engineered for Warner Brothers debut artist / actress Andra Day, the legendary Burt Bacharach and with film composer, Gustavo Santaolalla for Francis Ford Coppola’s Film, ‘On The Road’.
Michael’s latest venture is:
COOLSVILLE MUSIC LICENSING FOR FILM, TV & ADVERTISING
A Boutique Music Licensing Destination
Where Nostalgia Meets Neo-Noir…
Michael, as a lifelong artist advocate, continues to pursue, produce, mix and engineer developing artists.