Producer RedOne On Working With Michael Jackson

Sources: People | All Things Michael

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RedOne might not be the most recognizable name in music – but he’s responsible for some of the biggest Top 40 hits of the century.

Growing up in Morocco, RedOne was the youngest of his parents’ nine children in a very musical family.

PEOPLE caught up with the musician about his transition to the spotlight, his favorite collaborations and more.

He’s worked with Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey and more – but his favorite collaboration was…Michael Jackson.

RedOne was in the recording studio with the King of Pop several times before his 2009 death and says the experience was like no other.

“The most special one – besides U2, because it’s on a personal level – is Michael Jackson. That was out of this world,” says the producer. “I could not believe it. It was so beautiful to work with him.”

While no songs from their sessions were ever finished, RedOne has said he would consider releasing some of the music for charity. And regardless of what came out of the sessions, the producer says he’ll always remember the late icon for his human side.

“He was an incredible human being. He wanted to go to Morocco and meet my mom. He was like, ‘I wanna meet the mom who raised this kid.’ It’s crazy. Stuff like that. He was very special,” says RedOne.

“Every time I was working with him … You forget that you’re working with him, and then when he starts singing in the microphone, you just get chills, like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Michael Jackson!’ The person that we grew up listening to. That was very, very special.”

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A Quick Story About Noel Lee, Michael, Bruce And Monster Cable

Sources: In The Studio With Michael – By Brad Sundberg

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This year at CES in Vegas (no, I won’t be there this time) Monster Cable is hosting a huge tribute event for Michael Jackson. Noel Lee is no stranger to hosting these monster events (are two catch-words in one sentence too many?), and I take my hat to his quest for perfection and showmanship.

I met Noel many years, as you might expect, in the studio. In the early days of the Bad album there was some sort of sponsorship agreement between Monster Cable and Michael, so before we knew it there was a truck behind the studio unloading case after case of some of the most beautiful cables you have ever seen.

Now, I admit that I am a bit of a geek with this sort of thing, but these cables were amazing, in every style and format imaginable. That was the good news. The Bad news (catch-word number three) was that Bruce actually wanted to use them. All the time.

OK, it wasn’t bad – but it was work. Studios are wired in such a way that all of the cables are hidden in the walls, feeding patch bays and mic panels. Typically all the engineer needs to touch is the microphone, a short mic cable, and maybe a patch cord.

Now Bruce wanted me to drag hundreds of feet of Monster Cable for recording vocals, drums, guitars, etc. No need for the gym – these cables were like small fire hoses, only heavier.

And yes, they did sound great.

Bruce was so particular about using these cables – I swear this is true – that he would record drums on a fat 2″ 16-track analog machine, then IMMEDIATELY look at me and say, ‘”OK, let’s transfer them to digital.”

This would mean I would have to get the Monster Cable “harness” which weighed about 9000 lbs, and connect the outputs of the analog machine directly into the inputs of the digital machine. I still remember my hands getting sore from unplugging and plugging in all of these cables, over and over again. We took this stuff very seriously. (By transferring those “fresh” tracks right after recording, we were forever capturing the analog sound on a digital format – the best of both worlds so to speak.)

For vocals we would run a long Monster Microphone Cable from the Michael’s mic in the studio to Bruce’s Preamp in the control room. I would have to jam it under the doors and remind Michael not to trip on it in the dark. (Jam and Trip – two more points.)

Bruce even went to so far as to have Monster make custom blue and yellow patch cords for the patch bay, because Bruce (and I) are Swedish, and those are the colors of the Swedish flag. (And the Ikea sign, but that’s not part of this story.)

Noel Lee used to make occasional visits to us in the studio. We had various guests who would stop by, friends of Michael, Bruce or Quincy, but not too many. Noel was a pro at knowing how often to visit and how long to stay. He was always friendly and upbeat, with a huge smile and endless curiosity. And – he loves music. He was allowed to hear mixes and production tracks that we were working on, something that I think he very much appreciated.

There were other guests – who shall forever remain nameless – who I was perhaps less “enthusiastic” when they arrived, but Noel was always a pleasure to be around. In no small way does he represent the “American Dream” of building a huge company from nothing. And he’s a blame nice guy to boot!

I wish Noel nothing but ongoing success in his business ventures as well has his tribute event for Michael this week. I wish I were in Vegas to see what he has put together!

We will be in Helsinki, Stockholm and Paris in less than two weeks. My new edits and segments are almost finished (although the seminar will always be changing and trying new things), and I am very excited to spend a few days in the cold!

I hope you will consider joining us in the studio – it’s always warm in here.

Tickets on sale now at www.inthestudiowithmj.com/events

Will You Be There?

WATCH MIKE TYSON EXPLAIN HILARIOUS FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH MICHAEL JACKSON

Sources: Pigeons and Planes – By Adrienne Black | All Things Michael

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Very few people have personal stories about Michael Jackson, but those that do always have the most interesting kind—Mike Tyson included. During a stop by Hot 97, Tyson explained his relationship with the late pop star (around 8:20 mark) and detailed what their first encounter was like.

After one of Jackson’s concerts in the late ’80s—a time when Tyson was at the height of his career—Jackson turned to Tyson and simply said, “Do I know you from somewhere?” Tyson laughs it off saying he’s still not sure if Jackson was trying to play him.

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Throughout the long conversation, Tyson touched on many topics. He discussed why he wants to vote for Donald Trump, his meetings with JFK jr., his boxing career, his spirituality, and much more.

Watch the in-depth interview above.

 

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T-Pain Talks Meeting Michael Jackson On ESPN

Sources: Hot New Whip Hop – Kevin Goddard | All Things Michael

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T-Pain made his way by ESPN’s Highly Questionable on Wednesday and sat down with Bomani Jones, Dan LeBetard, and his father for a brief 5-minute interview.

Talking about things other than his music, Pizzle spoke on the backlash he first received using auto-tune, and a great story about meeting his icon Michael Jackson.

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He says Michael was a big fan of his 2007 hit “Bartender,” and invited him to his house to kick it and learn more about him.

Check out that and more in the interview.

T-Pain’s upcoming fifth studio album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, drops December 11.

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Cork Magician Liam Sheehan Kept Michael Jackson Spellbound

Sources: Irish Examiner – Dan Buckley| All Things Michael

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During his long career, Michael Jackson was used to delivering the magic but, for 10 fun-filled days in Ireland, it was Liam Sheehan who kept the pop star and his family spellbound.

Liam, an illusionist from Glanmire in Cork, entertained the superstar and his three children, Paris, Michael and Prince Michael II, at Blackwater Castle in Castletownroche, Co Cork, when Jackson lived there in 2006.

Liam had been peforming for visitors to the castle where, unknown to him, Jackson and his family moved to escape paparazzi.

“I just got a job by the owner to perform for somebody. I did not realise it was him until I actually entered the castle and saw him there,” Liam told Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ radio yesterday, recalling his close encounter with the famous entertainer.

“I walked along the corridor of the castle and I saw this guy sitting in front of me at the dining room table who looked exactly like Michael Jackson. I thought it was somebody impersonating him but then the owner said it was him.

“I was as surprised as anybody else to see him. I got a bit of a shock and when the owner came in he said, yes, it is Michael and he would like you to do some magic for him and the kids.”

Liam knew of Jackson’s obsession with magic and wondered how his simple tricks would compare to more famous mind-benders such as David Copperfield and David Blaine, who were friends of the star.

He need not have worried.

“He just came in and introduced himself, believe it or not,” he said. “The three kids were there and he had a nanny with them.”

“He was fascinated by people who performed magic, more than magic itself. And we did some tricks that I do on a regular basis. They got great enjoyment out of simple magic. It’s not big stage illusion; it’s just close-up magic right in front of your eyes. They got a great kick out of that.”

One of the tricks Liam performed was special for Paris.

“It’s a trick I do all the time now. I borrowed a dollar bill,” he said. “Either Michael or the nanny gave it to me. I rolled this dollar bill up and I showed it to everyone and made a little tubular circle in it.

“I said a few magic words and I also gave Paris a glass of water. She said ‘abrakadabra’ and she blew on the dollar bill and out comes a goldfish. It’s a very unique trick. She was absolutely gobsmacked.”

Although Jackson had a reputation for making his children wear masks in public, they clearly loved him and showed great affection for him, according to Liam.

“There were no masks in the castle and he was very free and easy with them,” he said.

The children had the run of the castle and woods that surrounded it.

“It was all very normal,” said Liam, who moved into the castle as Jackson’s personal magician while he and his family stayed there.

“I would see them going down to the woods and I would hear them playing hide and go seek,” he said. “I think when he got here he discovered that people in Ireland were not as intrusive as in other places. He was a fascinating man.”

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Wesley Snipes Talks Being Michael Jackson’s Bodyguard For ‘Bad’ Video

Source: Rollingstone – By Ryan Reed | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson went epic with his video for 1987’s “Bad,” recruiting Martin Scorsese to direct a lengthy short film about urban gangs with choreography nods to West Side Story. Among the sprawling cast was a young Wesley Snipes, who played “Mini Max” – and while the actor went on to higher-profile work in films like 1991’sNew Jack City, his brush with the King of Pop remains a formidable notch on his resume. Snipes reflected on the experience Thursday on The Tonight Show, recalling how he became Jackson’s “de-facto” bodyguard during the Harlem shoot.

“I auditioned for Scorsese and Q – Quincy Jones – and they selected me out of, I don’t know, maybe hundreds of guys who auditioned,” Snipes says in the clip. After Fallon asks about his impressions of Jackson, Snipes tells the hilarious story – earning uproarious laughs from Questlove and the Roots.

“The great Michael: the inspiration, the muse,” he says. “Michael was very interesting – very, very interesting. He actually was a little nervous filming in Harlem because we filmed some of the ‘Bad’ video there in Harlem … He was a little nervous because the fans were a little ambivalent with him. Some of them loved him. Some of them hated him. So you hear them literally yelling out, ‘Michael Jackson! We love you! Oh my God – I want to have your baby.’ And you have other people going, ‘You ain’t bleep! Michael Jackson, you ain’t never coming back to the ‘hood! Michael Jackson, what you do for us?’

“So Michael turned to me and was like, ‘Are you scared?'” he continues. “I was like, ‘Yo, Mike, what are you talking about?’ ‘Are you scared? Really, are you scared?’ I was like, ‘No, Mike, this is Harlem, baby! This is where we grew up. They love you. Really, you’re scared?’ He was like, ‘A little.'”

Snipes jokes that he was “demoted” from actor to “bodyguard.” But he says the unorthodox gig was worth it: “I’d do it again any time,” he says. “He was such an inspiration, such a wonderful talent.”

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Syd Mead – Futuristic Artist

Sources: Curbed – By Patrick Sisson | All Things Michael

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“We don’t go into the future from zero, we drag the whole past in with us.” Many of us have predictions or pictures in our heads of what the future might look like. Syd Mead, a noted illustrator, concept artists and visual futurist, is one of the rare few whom are asked to put those images onto paper and out into the world. For decades, his groundbreaking designs and artwork for a variety of corporations, creative firms and cinematic projects have become synonymous with looking forward. His film work alone, which includes Blade Runner, Aliens and TRON, gave a generation a glimpse into what technology and design may have in store. Mead says that he would use architecture as a sort of “magical background” in his work. Curbed spoke with him about his architectural influences and his current views of the future of urban design.

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Do you ever get approached by people doing urban planning or designers asking for ideas?
I do. I have a big project now that I can’t tell you about. I’ve worked on a handful of billion dollar, first-phase theme parks designs that didn’t work out; one was going to be in Singapore and one was going to be in Japan, near Kobe. The more money that’s involved, the more fragile the project becomes. I was even working with Michael Jackson on a possible Jackson World park. I’m 82; my dream would be to have a superyacht on the water, and a Syd Mead-type world world or park….

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Adam Driver’s Garage Grooves

Sources: Music News | All Things Michael

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Adam Driver used to turn his garage into a disco so he could emulate his idol, Michael Jackson.

The actor has a legion of fans around the globe since landing a lead role in Lena Dunham’s TV hit Girls and he has worked on movie projects including Inside Llewyn Davis and While We’re Young.

Growing up, legendary singer Michael was his hero and the now 31-year-old would go to great lengths to pay tribute to him.

“When I was five, I absolutely worshipped the King of Pop,” he grinned in an interview with German magazine Neon. “We had a garage next to our house and I turned it into a disco. I practised the moonwalk for ages but sadly never really mastered it.”

These days, Adam looks for inspiration closer to home. He married Joanne Tucker in 2013 and credits her with keeping him down to earth.

“My wife is my biggest hero,” he gushed. “She ensures that amidst all this Hollywood craziness, I remain a normal person. For example, she’ll persuade me to go and see old friends, even if I’m not really feeling like it. Having a person like that in your life is far more important than a successful career.”

Adam’s star continues to rise, as he picks up more and more lucrative projects. He plays Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars film, Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which sees him team with the likes of Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac and Harrison Ford.

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