Wednesday, 20 June 2018

New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018 | Double Gold Winner

New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018 | Double Gold Winner for "Bing Crosby In "The Road To Rock "n" Roll" - From Final Solution To Audio Revolution"


Conceived and co-produced by producer Steve Levine, Bing Crosby in ‘The Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is written and co-produced by Lewis Borg-Cardona and is a Magnum Opus production for BBC Radio 2. This fascinating radio show won Gold in 2 categories at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018, including for "Best Writing". Pictured here is co-producer Lewis Borg-Cadona receiving the awards.

ABOUT THE SHOW 


Presented by Academy Award nominated actress and singer (Sadie and the Hotheads) Elizabeth McGovern, this programme commemorates the fortieth anniversary of Bing Crosby’s untimely passing whilst simultaneously celebrating a critical moment in the history of radio: the seventieth anniversary of the very first programme recorded on magnetic tape – Bing Crosby’s Philco Radio Time. 

It’s the intriguing story of how entertainment great Bing Crosby was instrumental in adopting tape technology developed in Nazi Germany to change the face of the radio and recording industry. Thirty years after those far reaching changes, Bing spent the last month of his life almost entirely in England – apart from a fateful golfing trip to Spain, during which the crooner carded his last round.

The show takes an in-depth look at this period of time and it includes the recording of Bing’s last Christmas Special and his final commercial album, Seasons; his UK regional tour; a two week London Palladium residency; and his radio swansong – a BBC session at Maida Vale.

As well as playing Crosby’s music (and a rare example of Bing reciting poetry!), self-confessed fan Elizabeth unearths archive material from Philco Radio Time, plus the wartime BBC radio show Variety Bandbox. Vintage interviews include chats with Jack Mullin, Anne Shelton, Bing"s former wife Kathryn Crosby, Rosemary Clooney (aunt of Hollywood actor George Clooney), UK Comedian Ted Rogers and Alan Dell. There are also brand new interviews with the man who engineered Bing’s last commercial recording, Steve Taylor; plus the Music Director of Bing’s very last tour and BBC radio session, Gordon Rose.

 

Millie Jackson Exposed | Steve Levine

Millie Jackson Exposed - The Multi-Track Sessions Mixed By Steve Levine


"Millie Jackson Exposed" is scheduled for release on 29th June 2018 on the prestigious Ace Records label. This album showcases the fabulous songs of Millie Jackson and her talented musicians, mixed once more by Grammy Award winning British record producer Steve Levine to bring them into sharp focus. Buy "Millie Jackson Exposed" at Ace Records

This 24bit, 96kHz super high-res album mix is the result of a discussion between Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and producer Steve Levine. Roger and Steve both met at PPL where they both feature on the board, and discovered their mutual admiration of the stunning sound of Millie Jackson and her talented musicians. They hatched a plan to go over the Millie Jackson multi-track tapes to see if there was something new that could be created from them. The process was detailed; and thus began the transferral of all available analogue tapes to digital, and also the shipment of a significant drive packed with music over to Steve"s Liverpool studio.

Watch Steve Levine discuss how "Millie Jackson Exposed" was developed

After a process of sorting through the material, a potential track listing began to evolve. The repertoire that was chosen included a fine mix of dancers and grooves, always showcasing Millie"s amazing soul vocals. The bedrock of this album is absolutely fantastic - the recordings are such high quality, made in some of the best recording studios around, with some of the most talented musicians of the 70"s - including the Swampers at Muscle Shoals recording studios with David Hood, Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett and Jimmy Johnson, and also background vocals from the fantastic Brandye and the Moments.

Many a time the tracks were recorded at the iconic Muscle Shoals Studio, which lent the material a super-solid groove, and the sweeteners were added later in New York, Philadelphia, or Detroit, using great arrangers including the legendary Mike Lewis and also David Van DePitte, who was well known for his work at Motown.

With such rich source material, it required a knowledgeable producer/engineer with a sympathetic ear and passion for the music to turn the tracks into something that sounded new and fresh, whilst utilising  the advantages of modern digital technology, allowing for soundstages and editing that wasn"t possible at the time.

With Steve Levine"s producing background encompassing a plethora of genres including pop, rock and soul, and his work on the BBC2 show "The Record Producers", he was the ideal person to helm the multi-track tapes and see where this could lead. Steve"s new mix is a break away from the contemporary mix often heard in the charts (which uses small elements of the original to create a new track and "floating" the vocal on top).

The music you hear on "Millie Jackson Exposed" was performed on the original tracks - indeed it was thought that there is no sense adding anything when the original standard of musicianship was so stellar. Indeed the title "Exposed" was chosen due to the fact that Steve"s mix opens the sound right out, so you can hear the original instrumentation crystal clear. The tracks on "Exposed" are also extended, so this takes advantage of those classic grooves, looping them and adding a new dynamic.

This technique is best heard on "I Cry" - now featuring a dramatic, ethereal intro reminiscent of perhaps Portishead, which has the effect of adding even more drama to a lesser known but superb social commentary song from Millie Jackson.

Listen to the swirling reverb on ‘If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want To Be Right)’ - this makes even more dramatic what is one of the most conflicted and disturbing lyrics in soul music.

The keyboards that drive "My Man, A Sweet Man" are revisited in a whole new way, as is the subtle dance groove of the steamy Isaac Hayes duet on "Sweet Music, Soft Lights And You". The intention on this album is to respectfully produce alternate versions of the music that were simply not possible at the time, drawing them closer to a more contemporary audio experience for our digital age (with an analogue heart).



 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

DENNIS ROLLINS MBE | The Queen"s Birthday Honours 2018

The Queen"s Birthday Honours 2018 | Dennis Rollins MBE


We are extremely honoured to announce that our client, Jazz Trombonist Dennis Rollins, has received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen"s Birthday Honours 2018.

Dennis Rollins at Atrium Talent

Dennis Rollins MBE is a multi award winning (including the highly coveted BBC Jazz Award and the British Jazz Award) virtuoso Trombonist and songwriter, known as founding member of Badbone & Co, and also as collaborator with multi-million selling international bands such as Jamiroquai, Blur, Brand New Heavies, Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, Baba Maal and US3.

He is also one of the best known musicians on both the British and the international jazz scene, and is celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the trombone.  His fast-paced grooves can be heard to maximum effect in his award-winning band Badbone & Co’s repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music.

Over the years Dennis has established a reputation as an artist of excellence and has lent his unique and stylish talents to not only the UK but the worlds top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, Blur and as a guests of American saxophonist Maceo Parker’s band.

Dennis Rollins" own band Badbone & Co has released three critically acclaimed albums: Badbone, Make Your Move, and Big Night Out!

Dennis Rollins: Musicianship and Awards


Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band in 2006, and Dennis collected the Marston’s Pedigree British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist the same year.

Dennis"s Rhythms of Fire music and poetry project also won the 2006 Arts & Kids Award, part of the regional Arts & Business Awards.

Dennis was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: and for Jazz Musician of the Year and the Jazz Education Award; he won the latter in a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion.

In 2007, Dennis received Trombonist of the Year at both the British Jazz Awards, and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards, and received nominations in the Urban Music Awards, and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

In February 2008, in a ceremony at Mansion House, Doncaster, Dennis was awarded Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career, and for his role as an inspiration to Doncaster"s musical youngsters.

His current jazz outfit Velocity Trio have released two acclaimed albums. The group also received the JazzYorkshire Award 2012 for Band of The Year. Dennis was also nominated for the 2017 British Jazz Awards in the Best Trombone category.

As part of Her Majesty The Queen"s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for services to music.

 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Record Producer Steve Levine appears on BBC Breakfast

Record Producer Steve Levine appears on BBC Breakfast 10-06-2018


Grammy Award winning client Record Producer Steve Levine appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning discussing a range of topics with Naga Munchetty and Roger Johnson, including Soundbars and the need for music producer consultancy in their development, The Beatles Abbey Road album cover suits, Steve Hackett and the Genesis fair royalty split, and how the greatest art should provoke and shock the imagination.

Watch now at 1hr 23s and again at 2hrs 22m 33s: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b57dkc/breakfast-10062018#

Book Steve Levine 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Derek Forbes Tour - Echoes & Big Minds Bands | European Tour

Derek Forbes Tour


Derek Forbes Tour - Derek is currently performing across Europe with both his "Echoes" and "Big Minds" bands. Travelling across France, the UK and Holland amongst other countries, Derek and his bands have perfomed at Rock"Aisne Festival in Chauny, Picardie, France with Echoes, in Rodenburghal, Leek, Holland with Echoes, and Barnoldswick Art Centre, Yorkshire with Big Minds.

Derek"s Echoes band consists of Derek on Bass/Vocals, Natalie McCool on Guitar/Vocals, Brian McNeill on keyboards and Siân Monaghan on Drums.

The Big Minds band is a supergroup consisting of Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country).

Derek and his musicians are currently on tour with more dates to be announced soon.

Book Derek Forbes and his Echoes band for your Festival, Music Event or Personal Appearance at Atrium

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Dennis Rollins tours with Maceo Parker March 2018

Client Dennis Rollins tours Europe with Maceo Parker and his band in March 2018, performing trombone.  Maceo Parker rose to fame internationally as the saxophonist for James Brown; and for performing with artists such as Prince, George Clinton"s Parliament-Funkadelic, De La Soul, Janes Addiction, Candy Dulfer, and the Dave Matthews band. The 11 tour dates were as follows:

  • Gijon, Asturias, Spain

  • Zaragoza, Spain

  • Segovia, Spain

  • Vicchio, Italy

  • Bergamo, Italy

  • Roth, Germany

  • Rubigen, Switzerland

  • Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Den Haag, Holland

  • Alkmaar, Holland

  • Gateshead, UK

Dennis Rollins is a multi award winning (including the coveted BBC Jazz Award, & the British Jazz Award) virtuoso Trombonist and songwriter, known internationally as founding member of Badbone & Co, and also as a collaborator with international bands (in addition to Maceo Parker) such as Jamiroquai, Blur, Brand New Heavies, Courtney Pine, Baba Maal and US3.

Dennis Rollins at Atrium Talent

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Derek Forbes Bassist & Songwriter

Derek Forbes Bassist - Welcome to Atrium Talent


Derek Forbes Bassist | For bookings: http://www.atriumtalent.com/talent/derek-forbes-agent-derek-forbes-bassist-simple-minds

Derek Forbes bassist has sold over 70 million albums and is a triple platinum 70 million selling, Ivor Novello Award winning musician and songwriter. Derek is well known on the international stage as songwriter and bassist for Simple Minds, Big Country and Propaganda. Derek has also recorded with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Kirsty MacColl.

Not only touring and performing with Bono, Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Marr, The Damned, The Alarm and Spear of Destiny, Derek was also awarded the titles of "Best British Bass Player" and "Best Bass Player in the World".

Simple Minds


Simple Minds are one of the most successful Scottish rock bands of all time and one of the best loved British rock bands on the international stage. Simple Minds achieved 5 number 1 albums, Platinum, Gold and Silver discs, many awards, and sold over 60 million records. Derek joined Simple Minds in 1978.

Derek performed on and co-wrote all Simple Minds albums between 1979 to 1985, and recorded chart hit "Don"t You Forget About Me" during the songwriting sessions for the 1986 album "Once Upon a Time" (uncredited). Derek also performed on and co-wrote the  Simple Minds albums from 1995 to 1998, and guested on both the "Live" and "Black and White" album.

Derek received the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Song Collection" in 2016 for his songwriting for Simple Minds.

BIG COUNTRY


Derek joined Big Country and toured internationally with the band, travelling to the US and two UK and European tours. Derek also co-wrote and performed the album "The Journey" with the band. Derek was with Big Country until the end of their "Steeltown" tour.

Albums and Tours


Aside from touring and working in the studio with Peter Gabriel, Bono (U2), Herbie Hancock, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Chrissie Hynde and Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Derek also worked with Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd, when Dave performed guitar on Derek"s tracks. Derek also appeared on Iggy Pop"s album "Soldier" collaborating with David Bowie on vocals.

Career Achievements


  • IVOR NOVELLO AWARD WINNER "OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION" 2016

  • VOTED BEST EVER SCOTTISH BASS PLAYER 2006

  • VOTED BEST BRITISH BASS PLAYER 1982

  • A PLETHORA OF PLATINUM, GOLD and SILVER DISCS

  • VOTED BEST INTERNATIONAL BASS PLAYER AUSTRALIA 1982

  • VOTED BEST BASS PLAYER IN THE WORLD 1982


For bookings: http://www.atriumtalent.com/talent/derek-forbes-agent-derek-forbes-bassist-simple-minds

 

BBC Breakfast Featuring Steve Levine - Grammy Winning Producer

BBC BREAKFAST FEATURING STEVE LEVINE - GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER


On Sunday 10th September Grammy Award winning producer Steve Levine featured on BBC Breakfast - a flagship show on BBC One which has audience figures of over 10 million.

Steve spoke about the days headlines and news, current affairs and the daily papers. BBC Breakfast is a British news programme broadcast nationally in the morning on both BBC One and BBC News. This programme is presented live from MediaCityUK, and features breaking news items, business, features, sport, and weather.

BBC Breakfast Website

BBC Breakfast Featuring Steve Levine - Grammy Winning Producer

BBC BREAKFAST FEATURING STEVE LEVINE - GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER


On Sunday 10th September Grammy Award winning producer Steve Levine featured on BBC Breakfast - a flagship show on BBC One which has audience figures of over 10 million.

Steve spoke about the days headlines and news, current affairs and the daily papers. BBC Breakfast is a British news programme broadcast nationally in the morning on both BBC One and BBC News. This programme is presented live from MediaCityUK, and features breaking news items, business, features, sport, and weather.

BBC Breakfast Website

Monday, 11 September 2017

BBC Breakfast Featuring Steve Levine - Grammy Winning Producer

BBC BREAKFAST FEATURING STEVE LEVINE - GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER


On Sunday 10th September Grammy Award winning producer Steve Levine featured on BBC Breakfast - a flagship show on BBC One which has audience figures of over 10 million.

Steve spoke about the days headlines and news, current affairs and the daily papers. BBC Breakfast is a British news programme broadcast nationally in the morning on both BBC One and BBC News. This programme is presented live from MediaCityUK, and features breaking news items, business, features, sport, and weather.

BBC Breakfast Website

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

An Evening With Steve Levine | 40 Years of The Clash | British Music Experience Liverpool

On Tuesday 9th May, Grammy® Award winning client Steve Levine is hosting a special evening at the British Music Experience, Liverpool. Entitled "40 Years of The Clash" this is a fantastic opportunity to get the inside story on the making of The Clash"s debut album directly from Steve, who worked with the band on this album (released on legendary label CBS Records).

You can also hear extracts from some of the original recordings of this iconic, genre defining British album. The event is being held in the BME"s main space, a fantastic setting for this interesting talk. Tickets are on sale now directly from the British Music Experience Website.

The British Music Experience is a newly opened UK Museum of Popular Music, located in The Cunard Buildings, Liverpool. Celebrating over 70 years of British music, this museum not only has a range of interactive exhibits with some of the most exciting musical artefacts, but also hosts live events and workshops.

New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018 | Double Gold Winner

New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018 | Double Gold Winner for "Bing Crosby In "The Road To Rock "n" Roll" - From Fi...