Damn the Two Channels: Tom Petty Producer Ryan Ulyate on How He Mixed Hypnotic Eye in Hi Res and 5.1

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 1, 2014

“This band is so efficient, it’s scary.” It was November 16, 2012, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were already hard at work on the follow-up to 2010’s muscular […]

Taking the HD Reins: Steve Lukather on Sound Quality and the Second Coming of Toto

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 23, 2014

“Our music has stood the test of time,” observes Toto guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather. “We’ve had this long ride, and now it’s starting all over again.” Luke, as he’s […]

John Hiatt on the Terms of His Surrender to the Art of Intimate Recording and Honest Songwriting

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 9, 2014

“We don’t want to shut the door, we want to open it.” John Hiatt has just described the up-close and personal vibe that’s spread all across his new album Terms […]

I’m Going to Give You Everything: Giles Martin on Mixing The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night in Surround Sound — and What Fab Album He Might Tackle Next

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 25, 2014

“I’m just into the ethos of having great sound,” says Giles Martin, describing his surround sound mixing philosophy. “The intention of what we do is to make the […]

King of the British Blues: John Mayall Keeps Tradition Alive and Reflects on His Special Life

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 11, 2014

There are blues legends and there are blues masters, and then there’s John Mayall. Long acknowledged as the father of the British blues scene that emerged in the heyday […]

The Domino Effect: Why Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Continues to Impact Our Ears and Our Hearts

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 6, 2014

Born of pain and longing, their song had the power to break the unhappiness of the world. —from The Story of Layla and Majnum, by Ganjavi Nizami

“Laaaaaaaaay-la!” That […]

What a Nice Revise: Don Felder, Styx, and Foreigner Discuss Remaking “Hotel California”

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 29, 2014

“The moment that song came out, it captured the mythology of California,” observes Styx’s James “JY” Young of the iconic title track to the Eagles’ forever classic 1976 […]

Welcome to The Soundtrack of Summer Tour: Styx, Foreigner, and Don Felder Talk About Their Sweet Summer Sets

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 27, 2014

“We’re all here for a common reason, which is the love of music.” That’s Jeff Pilson of Foreigner, succinctly assessing the manifesto of The Soundtrack of Summer tour, […]

The Song Does NOT Remain the Same: Jimmy Page on Remastering the Entire Led Zeppelin Studio Catalog

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 15, 2014

“The best way to listen to Led Zeppelin is off of the analog tapes, but unfortunately, I can’t invite you around to listen to them.” That’s Jimmy Page, answering […]

Heart of the Surround Rise: Steve Howe on Relishing Yes in 5.1, Playing Full Albums Live, And What to Expect From Heaven and Earth

BY MIKE METTLER — APRIL 30, 2014

“Yes likes challenges.” So says Yes guitarist Steve Howe, and the proof is in the output. The band has been out on the boards in the U.S. and Canada playing […]