"Michael records in the dark and he'll dance. And picture this: You're looking through the glass. And it's dark. With a little pin spot on him. And you'll see the mike here. And he'll sing his lines. And then he disappears." – Bruce Swedien on the magic of recording with Michael.
RIP Chris Cornell. One of rock’s most passionate voices has left us too soon. Besides his body of work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris is remembered for the haunting, raw power of his unplugged covers of pop music classics including Michael’s iconic “Billie Jean.” Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
"This guy was such a shy person, but also a very bold person, 'cause he was deep inside — you know how you have something going on? Well, eventually, look what happened. I mean, this guy became the biggest artist in the world! Ever, in the history of the business!" – Songwriter Kenny Gamble on Michael Jackson
"You can just hear him having fun. His spirit and emotion are totally there. He knew in demos he didn't have to be totally perfect in his execution. So he'd be loose. He'd throw in ad libs and dance or sing or pop his fingers or clap his hands. You just hear him enjoying himself." – Matt Forger on “Don’t Be Messin’ Round.” Listen to the demo here:
“He starts with tape recorders. He sings and beatboxes the little things he hears, the parts. Where do they come from? Above. He claims to drop to his knees and thank Jehovah after he snatches one. His voice coach tells the story of Michael one day raising his hands in the air during practice and starting to mutter. The coach, Seth Riggs, decides to leave him alone. When he comes back half an... View details ⇨
Do you remember “Blues Away”? It was the first song Michael wrote for The Jacksons after leaving Motown. Kenny Gamble remembers "I came back in when he started to overdub his voice, and he had all these great ideas about how to record his voice, like doubling his voice, doing all kinds of little ad libs and whatever. He had it all thought out in his head. Michael wrote 'Blues Away' by... View details ⇨