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Features: Interviews

January 4th, 2023

Tracking Angle Interviews World Famous Record Holderupper Dizzy!

Dizzy came to Tracking Angle studios for this rare interview

By: Michael Fremer

Dizzy, the Internet's most prolific and self-important record holderupper paid a visit to the Tracking Angle studios and I interviewed him! Nothing more needs to be written. Dizzy speaks for himself, or doesn't. Read More

November 7th, 2022

"Vintage" Walter Becker/Donald Fagen Interviews Still Hold Interest

So Cal's Harvey Kubernik conducted

By: Harvey Kubernik

(Photo by Henry Diltz, courtesy of Gary Strobl). Prolific rock writer and chronicler of the Southern California rock scene Harvey Kubernik interviewed more than a few times Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Here are some lengthy excerpts including how the duo visited Kubernik's late night KPFK-FM radio show to play an acetate and debt "Aja" on the show. What a scoop!

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November 5th, 2022

Zachary Cale Interviewed

Cale Discusses the Production Behind His Newest Release, "Skywriting"

By: Evan Toth

Is this where you finally meet Zachary Cale? The songwriting troubadour has been writing, performing and recording for nearly two decades now, having created his own niche, building upon his upbringing in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana, spending some time living in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as in Washington State, and as you'll read, listening to a lot of music many of us hold dear. Cale sought to craft his own brand of folk/punk sound before moving to the... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Producer/Engineer Eddie Kramer Talks 'In From The Storm' (And Other Things)

From the archives: Michael Fremer interviews Eddie Kramer about Jimi Hendrix, digital audio, and more

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)“Eddie Kramer/Olympic Studios.” A magical combination. Kramer engineered Traffic’s debut album and had his hands all over the group’s second effort. Both are among the finest sounding rock records of the decade. He also is credited on The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet second to Glyn Johns. Kramer also worked with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, and Kiss, among others, but his best known... Read More

September 16th, 2022

Score One For Analog: An Interview With Soundtrack Recording Engineer Shawn Murphy

From the archives: Michael Fremer interviews Shawn Murphy

By: Michael Fremer

(This feature originally appeared in Issue 5/6, Winter 1995/96.)Ever hear an LP copy of Maurice Jarré’s soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago? It was released by MGM during the label’s “Sounds Great In Stereo” era. They’d put that statement on the record jacket whether or not what was inside was really recorded in stereo. “It would sound great if it had been recorded in stereo, but unfortunately, it wasn't” is what MGM meant to put on the cover, I’m sure, but they probably... Read More

September 13th, 2022

We Caught A Rising Star—Chris Isaak

Interview Originally Appeared 1987 In The Absolute Sound

By: Michael Fremer

Back in 1987, I interviewed the young up and coming and not particularly well-known Warner Brothers recording artist Chris Isaak. Thanks to a reasonably successful recording career, an effective and consistent live show, and an unusual “reality”-type comedy series on Showtime, Isaak divides his celebrity between being a respected recording artist, and a campy “celebrity,” known in some quarters simply for being known. With his swept-back ‘50’s hair and Eddie... Read More