"Hi, my name is Brad Sundberg and I first met Michael Jackson during the recording of Captain Eo, in 1985, at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles...
I was asked to join Michael’s team as an engineer the following year for the production of the “BAD” album in 1986. Then came the tour (I worked with Michael and the band to restructure the new songs for live performance), the dance mixes, the short films, and so on. Next came “Dangerous”, Michael’s first project without Quincy Jones. Another year in the studio, another tour, more remixes and short films. Then came “HIStory,” which we recorded in New York. We were at the world famous Hit Factory for nearly a year, followed by tour prep for the “HIStory” tour. Along the way many of the songs for “Blood On The Dancefloor” were recorded and mixed.
When Michael recorded “Man In The Mirror,” I was there. When Michael sang vocal warm-ups before a session, I was there.
From setting up the vocal microphone and headphones to making sure the water was hot enough for Michael’s favorite drink, much of which was handled by me. I didn’t hear stories or rumors or interview people about working with Michael, I was simply there, doing my job. (Michael even gave me the nick-name, “Really, really Brad” in the credits of the “BAD” album.) It was an honor and a priceless education to be part of his studio team.
When Michael bought Neverland Valley Ranch and wanted to turn it into his amazing home, he brought me up to start designing music and video systems to make it magical. He would call me on the phone at all hours and describe a new ride or idea that he had: The petting zoo, the trains, the outdoor theater, music around the lake, music on the stagecoach, on and on. He loved that ranch, and it always made me happy when he would get excited about my work. I wasn’t his best friend or confidant; I just had an enormous respect for Michael, his music and his love of people. I can honestly say I have never known anyone like him.
In The Studio With Michael Jackson is a 4 hour seminar I put together to give you a chance to hear what it was like in the studio, how we created many of the songs, and be free to ask questions.
There will be music… a lot of music. You will hear some songs go from demo to the finished product. You will hear Michael talking to his producers, and see video footage and photos from our studio days.
If you are fan of Michael Jackson and are curious about what it was like to work with him in the recording studio with the best professionals in the business, you will enjoy this seminar. If you appreciate the amazing sounds and layers that you hear in his albums, you will enjoy this seminar. If you are curious about what it was like to work with one of the most creative forces in the entertainment industry, yet also one of the kindest men I have ever known, you will enjoy this seminar.
I invite you to spend a day with me and hear the music and the stories of what it was like to work with a friend of mine. His name is Michael Jackson, and I hope you will join us."
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