You know my name,Look up the number!!!! by Frankie D'Augusta on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:54pm Ok I will admit It,I sometime's have the time to give good info out on my Past experience in the music biz to new band's,Am I getting older and have Retired,Yes on older,No on retiring as far as writing and producing goes. And I have a wealth of first hand info on anything to do with the music biz. Now I know some friend's say Frankie things have changed you don't know The new way people are doing thing's.Maybe so,But the basic principles Never change,Make a great record,By picking the right material,Have It recorded right with a team:ie One or two other's who you can count on.And If you go out on the road to support that record,Do that show when playing Those song's as close as the record as possible.Now some would say NO Way,A live show should have some creative license and opening for Jamming,Yes that's true as well,But if your coming In support of your single Thats been getting airplay and a good response,Give them the record,as in Arrangement,Solo's vocal part's[which I would like to touch on]There's Nothing in the world better than for a band to have all there vocal's covered Live,As is on the record,In fact have all your bases covered,If you have Keyboard's on the record,They should be there live as well,3 or 5 part Harmony's on vocal's you have If your record sound's that way.There is no Bigger disappointment than to go see a band and they sound weak live, and The record is a killer.Now this may be and most likely is different for let's Say a dance act or rapper's.But for a rock/pop band this is the way to go. There is so much more to talk about,legal,Producing,Engineering,Being the Artist,working with an artist and on and on.Maybe next time.FExxx PS-Do any of you out there remember who said that!!! the title of this piece.
CIRCA MID 60'S BKLYN NY,MY REAL NAME IS FRANKIE DAUGUSTA I GREW UP IN A JEWISH/ITALIAN/IRISH AREA IN A MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY.THIS WAS NOT THE HOOD AS YOU MIGHT KNOW OR IMAGINE IT, FAR FROM IT.BUT THIS WAS A TIME AND PLACE OF GREAT CHANGE IN AMERICA,THE SOLDIERS WERE COMING HOME FROM VIETNAM AND WITH THEM CAME DRUGS AND CRIME,THEY THEMSELVES VICTIMS OF WAR.THERE WERE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE TO HANG WITH THE JOCKS OR THE ROCKERS.I WAS SMALL AS A CHILD AND TRYING TO PLAY SPORTS WAS A CHALLENGE FOR ME WHEN CATCHING A FOOTBALL PASS,IT HURT ME ALL THE TIME BUT I COULD NOT TALK ABOUT IT.SCHOOL DID NOT HOLD MY INTEREST SO I LEFT IN SENIOR YEAR.ONE DAY IM PLAYING A BASEBALL GAME WITH THE GUYS AND I RAN THE BASES BACKWARDS,WENT TO 3RD INSTEAD OF FIRST.AND THAT BEGAN THE TAUNTING AND LAUGHING SO THAT WAS MY QUE TO FIND SOME OTHER FRIENDS.I HAD ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC AND THE EXPLOSION OF IT IN THE 60'S WAS AMAZING,THE BEST THING ABOUT ALBUMS IS THAT YOU USED TO BE ABLE TO READ AND LOOK AT THE ARTWORK AND LYRICS SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT ON CD'S.ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS BAND THAT WOULD PRACTICE EVERYDAY JUST ABOUT AND I DECIDED THAT THESE WERE THE GUYS I WANTED TO BE WITH THEY WERE COOL,INTROSPECTIVE AND DEEP THINKERS.PERFECT I WAS HOME.I DID NOT PLAY AT THAT TIME,IN FACT MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A BEAUTIFUL PIANO THAT I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH,BUT I WAS DRAWN TO IT AS SOON AS I PUT MY FINGERS ON THE KEYS I FELT A TINGLE IN MY BODY.OK NOW I LEFT HS AND MY DAD GAVE ME 2 OPTIONS,GET A JOB OR JOIN THE SERVICE,I CHOOSE JOB.I GOT MY FIRST JOB AS A MESSENGER FOR A PRINTING CO,ONE DAY THE ELEVATOR PASSED MY FLOOR AND I WANTED TO FIND THE STAIRS.RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES THERE WAS A RECORDING STUDIO CALLED ED KALOFF AT THE MOOG,IT WAS IF I SAW MECCA I WALKED TOWARDS THE DOOR AND ENTERED.A RECEPTIONISTS LETS CALL HER ANN GREETED ME AND ASKED ME IF I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE STUDIO,THIS FEELING I WILL NEVER FORGET IN MY LIFE I FELT LIKE I BELONGED AND HAD TO BE IN THIS TYPE OF PLACE NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT A SESSION WAS OR ANYTHING,I WAS HOME.SO A COUPLE OF MONTHS PASSED AND I WOULD VISIT ANN ON MY LUNCH HOUR,I NEVER EXPRESSED ANY INTEREST IN ASKING FOR A JOB OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.SO ONE DAY I GET A A CALL FROM HER ASKING ME IF I WOULD LIKE TO BE A MESSENGER IN A RECORDING STUDIO CALLED "NATIONAL RECORDING" ON 5 AVE AND 57 ST.I SPENT A LITTLE OVER A YEAR THERE AND WOULD WATCH AND LEARN ON MY TIME EVERYTHING I COULD ABSORB.MY NEXT MOVE WAS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,I GOT A JOB AT ONE OF THE BEST STUDIOS IN THE WORLD CALLED " RECORDPLANT" AS A GENERAL.WHICH MEANS AN EVERYTHING PERSON,TOILETS,DELIVERIES,SET UP MICS AND ASSIST THE ASSISTANTS.THIS PLACE WAS THE BEST AND I HAD A SET OF KEYS,AND THATS REALLY WHEN I STARTED MY JOURNEY THE NIGHT BELONGED TO ME,I WOULD PULL OUT OLD 2 INCH TAPES TO MIX AT NIGHT AND DISCOVERED I LOVED IT.FAST FORWARD MY FAMILY MOVED TO SI NY A NICE AREA WITH ALL PRIVATE HOMES.MY FRIENDS IN BKLYN DID NOT FARE AS WELL SOME DIED EARLY OR WENT TO JAIL AND ONE OR TWO DID GREAT,BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS THAT IT WAS RECORDING AND MUSIC THAT SAVED ME FROM MYSELF AND TOOK ME AWAY FROM THE BELLY OF A BEAST,UN-REVEILED TO ME AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE,I WAS SAFE AND AT HOME FOR NOW.THERES MORE TO COME!!! BUT FOR NOW BYE BYE!! AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE. FRANKIE ELDORADO 1-15-2011
FRANKIEDAUGUSTA Follow The Album of my life-Frankie Eldorado
Posted 3 months ago It's not all the time an artist's who is not famous from his record want's to speak about making the record,But the fact of the matter is that fame was all around me since I recorded it at the Hit Factory
While john lennon was doing his double fantasy album upstair's in studio 6 the hit factory alway's had
someone famous there,In the middle of the night when we need an amp or synt we would borrow
it from john's room and raid his private fridge for the best fruit ever,Since I was a house engineer
I had the key's and the night belonged to me,Even using preset drum's to cut track's from other
people's session's.I got in trouble for that from the lovable Eddie Germano the owner of the HF
RIP He was the best,Treated me like a wayward son.While working on other project's my album
took about 3yr's to finish,If you had to add up the real bill it would be well over a million dollar's
in studio time,The guy's like Mark Rocket,Kaz sultan,Tommy Morengello were the best and put up
with me.In the end I managed to get a 2 album deal on Epic and had a great time.
Frankie Eldorado 8-23-10
Cover Song's and New Band's I just started to think about if I were a new band how can I make some noise in a quick way The answer is start looking through older band's music.You must remember that this is a great way to get older and younger people into what you are doing quickly.If you just got a deal and doing your record,Get a great cover on it.This is a no-fail no brainer type of move and if you put your spin on it,It's going to take you to pass go and collect your 200.00 dollar's faster in my opinion.I heard a hip/hop song and they used the Ch's of the song"You spin me round" Like a record,It was fantastic and all the kid's think it's new and love it.In my opinion you cannot go wrong by putting in a great cover.Even if your not signed yet this can still work for you when your shopping your CD.Alot of the guy's at the label's are very young and it's going to
New Band's what to do? I was a recording artist on Epic for two album's.Now I had no band,Never performed live and was not known to anyone in the music biz as an artist.Now how was that pulled off? Answer-Back in the late 70's early 80's there was a brief time when a recording engineer can get a deal if they liked what they heard.And that is what happened to me Now if I would have taken it as a band on the road and had something the label could show beside's the music I most likely would be singing it some place today.My point is to all young band's,There is hardly anything that resemble's what the music biz was back then,They had A&R,Publicity Dept many thing's to help you get your song's or band noticed.You cannot repeat cannot do this part time.You must make a plan and do it and get into a van and promote yourselves on all social network's and make sure the CD your promoting and doing live is flawless,Remember you are only as good as your last gig or CD your not an established act.Dont give them anything on the CD that is not finished perfectly just because a CD come's with 12 -13 song's if you have 4-5 master recording's sell them,Just dont put stuff on there because you can.And if you cant give up your day job,Look elsewhere for something in music,Writer etc. This has to become your whole life,I was not a band but it was my whole life and anything less is most likely not going to happen.And it's a great ego boast to get a million hit's for a song on the internet but are they buying it? Are they seeing you play it,Are you moving forward's towards your personal goal's? to be that great band that your a fan of now??????Dont ask Do. Frankie Eldorado 10-24
Ashley Hey Frankie Eldorado, What wonderful vibrations you are capable of. The skin I shed is a perfume that makes water bubbles so terribly clear to me. I love your eyes, I know they can stare through my thoughts. In your presence even my shadow acquires the sensation of touch. Your essence is equal to the beauty of a galaxy. Transistors bridge where your vanity would never go. So charmingly silky, your skin is like a teardrop on a popsickle. I desire to see life through your hallucinations so that they massage my viscera into an eternal state of turgid flux. Polished rock candy comes ever to mind when thinking of you. The sand runes crossing your divided consciousness do speak of contemptuous monsters being slayed by flying phoenixes. I keep searching for you between the cushions. If I could have just one wish, it would be to wake up to your songs in the morning. Your tears evoke a taste as memorable as honey. Blinking reveals the true visage of beauty hidden within your eyes. You are dressed with filaments and people take pains to make you fully incandescent this evening.
Branding and Music Branding and music,Well this can be traced back to the first time a musician ever played in return for something.Now in the 21st century the people who took it to another level are the people in the Hip/Hop/Rap genre.They understand the ancillary value of million's of people looking or Downloading your content.Ring tone's,Clothing line's,Personal care product's etc Anything you can think of can be used to Co/Brand your song with a product that might be mentioned in the song or a deal being made because the song is a hit and a co want's to be part of that,RNR tried it and did well as did Frank Sinatra and other's.But no other genre except Rap really cashed in on it almost and most likely designed the tune's to be ring tone's and product endorsements before hand.If your a young person you would like to take part in your musical future take heed at what im saying and dont do like most of us early artist's did.And make music because it come's from the heart and it's cool and get's you laid.Run it as a biz have short term goal's and a long term biz plan,Hell you can make it from the heart but you can get paid if you do it right.And dont think for one min that the co and management you seek is not going to try and maximize their profit's through your music Beat them to the punch,Go into it with a clear and sober head and you might just have a chance,And take a page out of any top rap act who's doing everything no matter what genre you create.If I had the chance to do it again as Frankie Eldorado I would be selling heart shaped lollypop's all over the world and beyond. Frankie Eldorado
Vinyl is making a resurgence in England? Yes from a couple of buddy's oversea's they say rock groups are bringing it back to life,England alway's take's the bold move's and is ahead of the curve,When it come's to re-inventing RnR. Friend's of mine here in the state's have been cutting the heavy guitar stuff 16 track analog At 15ips for that punch of bass and drum's,Slower speed's give lower end and 16 trk has a lot of Track for instrument for a better frequency response,Now from there I dont know first hand but I think they transfer to Protool's and they still make out better then when it's done all digital.I/O converters are very important in this process so try and get the best,And of course HD and some good analog outboard along with all the great PT bundle's and you should have something hot.Now to me it's not that important since im writing disposable dance ringtone's type stuff,But when I hear RnR I seem to care more about tape compression,Speed 15 as opposed to 30,Look I know one guy that took the output of his console and went through the tape head's of an A-80 or 800 It's been a long time and then went to PTool's,So there are some thing's you can try if you like good luck.
I WAS AWARDED A PLATINUM ALBUM FOR MY ENGINEERING WORK ON "PETER FRAMPTONS FOLLOW UP SMASH RECORD "IN IN YOU" HAVING WORKED ON ON "FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE" AS WELL THIS WAS SWEET.THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THE THE AWARD HAS GRACED MANY WALLS FROM 1977 UP TILL NOW AND HAS CHANGED MANY HANDS.I HAVE RECENTLY GAINED POSSESION AGAIN AFTER NOT HAVING IT FOR OVER 20 YRS.THE ALBUM SHINES AND HAS A MIRROR LIKE FINISH AND I OFTHEN THINK ABOUT WHAT IT SAW WHILE AWAY? ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE IS IT WAS ON THE WALL OF A FRIEND OF MINE WHO DIED IN FRONT OF IT OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE,YES SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE PEOPLE ARE STILL DYING FROM DRUGS.TODAY I SEE YOUNGER PEOPLE ADDICTED TO OPIATE PAIN PILLS LIKE OXYCONTIN,PERC'S,HERION TO.BACK IN THE DAY DRUG USE OF ALL KINDS WAS ALL OVER THE STUDIO AND THE MUSIC BIZ IN GENERAL,IT WAS A DANGEROUS PLACE TO WORK FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO COULD NOT SAY NO TO ANYTHING.IF I PUT THIS SITE TOGETHER FOR THIS ONE MESSAGE IT WOULB BE WORTH IT,WHEN I LOOK INTO THE MIRROR LIKE ALBUM ALBUM,IT REFLECTS A STORY ABOUT SOMEONE WHO DID NOT HAVE TO DIE DID NOT HAVE THE MESSAGE OF YOU DONT HAVE TO GO ON LIKE THIS THERE IS A WAY OUT.ALBEIT TO LATE FOR MY BUDDY,BUT IF SOMEONE WHO READS THIS AND IT APPLYS TO THEM.PLEASE TAKE HEED IN MY STORY,KNOWONE COMES OUT ON TOP WITH DRUGS,I DONT CARE IF YOU WORK,FUNCTION IN YOUR DAILY LIFE,NOBODY KNOWS?.WELL GUESS WHAT ITS ALL GONNA COME OUT IN THE RINSE,RICH,POOR,YOUNG OR OLD IT WILL BEAT YOU.IT MAY TAKE TIME,IN SOME CASES YEARS, DECADES BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE BAND IF YOU DANCE TO THE MUSIC. FRANKIE ELDORADO
There are Deal's to be had,But major co's are only signing people if they already have a huge fan base and are making some noise on their own.I got this from the head of a major label.So what I say to that is any band or Artist Take themselve's on the road,And this cannot be done part time,It's a full time job that if your not doing it some is right now as we chat.So if you believe in what you do put your money where your mouth is and quite your day job and make your music your job.Then if you dont make it you gave your all and you will have no regrets about it. Frankie Eldorado