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Take 5 Interview with Mark Z Stevens

Take 5 Interview with Mark Z Stevens

Mark Z. Stevens is a long time drummer, a consummate studio musician, from a musical family. He’s played with Barbara Streisand among many others. We caught up with Mark at Desert Rose in Los Feliz, CA where he was performing with his Mark Z. Stevens Trio. KIM: Did you choose music or did music choose you? MARK: Absolutely, music chose me. My dad was a studio musician and a phenomenal […]

Take 5 Interview with Jon Mayer

Take 5 Interview with Jon Mayer

Jon Mayer started his musical career with the New York jazz scene of the 50s and 60s. Now based in Los Angeles, Jon has worked with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, the Manhattan Transfer, and many others as well has written songs recorded by Les McCann, Nancy Wilson and others. We managed to catch up with Jon at the Desert Rose in Los Feliz, CA. KIM: […]


The MIMO Interview: Shout Out Louds

Stockholm-based indie-rock band Shout Out Louds have been steadily building a following across the world over the past decade, touring with such acts as Kings of Leon and The Strokes, and having key song placements in popular films and television shows such as How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. They are currently preparing to release their fourth full-length album, Optica, due to […]


The MIMO Interview: Mindy Smith [2012 In Review]

Here’s another gem from the 2012 archives at MIMO–an interview with veteran Americana singer/songwriter Mindy Smith. For her new album released last year, Smith became one of a growing number of label artists to go indie, and during her interview she gave some interesting insights on that dynamic, which is why we’ve included this piece in our “2012 In Review” series. –Ed.   Mindy Smith began making waves in the […]


The MIMO Interview: Audio Engineer Jesse O’Brien

Jesse O’Brien got his start in audio engineering a few years ago as an intern at Colorado Sound, one of the most in-demand recording studios in Denver, CO. Through hard work and diligence, he worked his way up to staff engineer at the studio, where he has had the opportunity to work with such names as Natasha Bedingfield, Matisyahu, TV on the Radio, Norah Jones, Dierks Bentley and numerous others. […]


The MIMO Interview: ON AN ON

Last year, when established indie rock act Scattered Trees lost two of its key members (brothers Jason and Baron Harper), the remaining three band mates—frontman Nate Eisland, his wife Alissa Eisland, and Ryne Estwing—made a rather dramatic decision to lay down their decade-long moniker and sound, and start an all-new band. The new act ON AN ON has already been making waves in the blogosphere with the advance release of […]


The MIMO Interview: Meet Churchill [2012 In Review]

Highlighting some of MIMO’s finer moments of 2012…this September interview with Churchill took place right after the popular Denver-based band signed to A&M Octone Records. Since this interview, the band has charted on Sirius Alt Nation, and at this very moment iTunes is featuring their single “Change” as the Free Single of the Week. Get to know this up-and-coming band. Enjoy! -Ed   If you haven’t heard the song “Change” […]


The MIMO Interview: Rachael Yamagata

Over the past decade, singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata has become a well-known name in the indie/adult alternative scene with a slew of recognizable tunes like “Elephants” and “Starlight.” Her songs have appeared on many popular television shows such as The O.C. 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother and Smallville, as well as films like Elizabethtown and Definitely, Maybe. She’s also collaborated with many other well-known artists such as Ray Lamontagne, […]


The MIMO Interview: Marshall Altman, Record Producer

Marshall Altman has an extensive history in the music industry, starting as a musical artist as frontman for the alternative band Farmer in the mid-1990s, then venturing into A&R work for a major record label, and eventually moving into the role of music producer. His discography includes work for Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Brooke Fraser, Natasha Bedingfield, Marc Brossard and numerous others. He also recently produced the upcoming album from […]


The MIMO Interview: Richard Slatter of We Are Hunted

If you’re a music lover or an emerging musical artist, chances are by now you’ve discovered We Are Hunted (www.wearehunted.com). Since 2008, this innovative website has been scouring the web for the music, artists and bands that are being talked about, blogged about, and listened to, and compiling that information into simple, intuitive charts where music fans can easily connect with their favorites (and find new favorites, as well). Streamlined […]


The MIMO Interview: Mindy Smith

Mindy Smith began making waves in the Americana music scene nearly a decade ago when she performed a haunting cover of “Jolene” for the Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I’m a Woman. The performance resulted in Parton herself getting involved, appearing in the music video (below) and performing with Smith on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Since that initial introduction to the world, the singer-songwriter has released four […]


The MIMO Interview: Meet Churchill

If you haven’t heard the song “Change” by folk/rock band Churchill on the radio, chances are you will soon. (The video is embedded below, if you don’t want to wait.) Since 2009, this five-piece band has been gaining a solid following in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, selling out mid-size venues and winning local band competitions, and being mentored by The Fray and other prominent Denver acts. Recently, Churchill released […]


The MIMO Interview: Brian Kraft

Educator Brian Kraft has unique connection to the entertainment and recording industries. Not only is he a successful independent filmmaker in his own right, but he is also the COO and Chief Academic Officer for Recording Radio Film Connection, an accredited school that teaches students by placing them as apprentices in actual studios and production facilities. The Recording Connection branch of the school has enabled hundreds of students to launch […]


The MIMO Interview: Mark Naron

Mark Naron is a seasoned audio engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry, including live audio, artist and PR management and studio work, among other things. Naron currently owns Fastback Studios in North Seattle, whose recent credits include the latest release from rock band Fall From Grace, as well as metal guitarist Jeff Loomis (whose album Plains of Oblivion recently debuted at Number 2 on the […]


The MIMO Interview: Producer/Engineer Tim Palmer (part 2)

In part 1 of this interview, veteran producer/mixer Tim Palmer talked with MIMO about the beginnings of his career, and his favorite parts of the job. In part 2 below, he talks about current aspects of his career, and offers some advice to future music professionals. MIMO: What recording projects do you currently have on the burner? TP: Since the big ‘change’ in the industry, the Internet is playing a […]

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