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Mixpraxis: David Guetta über sein aktuelles Album 7 @Sonic Vista Studios

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Mit zwei Dutzend Top-Ten-Hits, drei Nummer-1-Alben seit seinem internationalen Durchbruch im Jahr 2009 und 40 Millionen verkauften Platten kann David Guetta eine unfassbare Erfolgsgeschichte vorweisen. Er wurde schon als »Godfather of EDM« eingestuft, und tatsächlich hat er eine entscheidende Rolle gespielt für das bemerkenswerte Wachstum von EDM — von einer eher uncoolen, großraumig angelegten Techno/Electro/Dubstep-Mixtur zu einem der wesentlichen Musikindustrie-Goldesel. Die Verschmelzung von Pop, Hip-Hop, R’n’B und EDM, die heute weite Teile der Charts mit EDM-/Dubstep-artigen Drops füllt, die den Refrain als Main-Hook ersetzen, ist zu keinem geringen Teil seinem Einfluss geschuldet. Wie Guetta mal treffend in einem Interview bemerkte: »Nicht nur ich bin ein Teil des Mainstreams geworden, sondern meine ganze Szene.

Unüblicherweise kam der ganz große Erfolg, als Guetta schon 20 Jahre im Geschäft war, und so sollte er die weltweite Jugendkultur prägen, während er selbst schon in seinen 40ern war. 1967 geboren, verbrachte der Franzose die ersten Jahre seiner musikalischen Laufbahn als DJ in Pariser Clubs. Über das Auflegen hinaus war er während der 90er wenig musikalisch aktiv, lediglich veröffentlichte er zwei Singles, von denen keine viel Aufmerksamkeit erregte. Das Blatt wendete sich 2001, als er mit Just A Little More Love (featuring Chris Willis) einen Hit in französischsprachigen Ländern hatte, im folgenden Jahr auch mit dem Album gleichen Namens. Im Laufe von 15 Singles und zwei Alben internationalisierte sich Guettas Reichweite, und aus der Welle wurde ein Tsunami mit seinem 2009er-Megahit When Love Takes Over (featuring Kelly Rowland, co-komponiert mit Fred Rister). Zu dem Zeitpunkt war Guetta schon 42.

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Sonic Vista Studios – On The Cover of Sound On Sound Magazine For David Guetta’s Interview

We are on the cover of Sound on Sound Magazine for David Guetta’s Interview! Click here to read the full interview.

David Guetta is the global superstar who brought EDM out of the underground and into the mainstream.

With two dozen Top 10 hit singles and three number-one albums since his international breakthrough in 2009, and 40 million record sales, David Guetta has an incredible track record. He’s been called “the godfather of EDM” and he’s played a crucial part in the genre’s staggering rise from underground and rather uncool origins to its status as one of the music industry’s main money makers: in 2017, the entire EDM market was worth an amazing 7.4 billion US dollars.

One explanation for its huge success is that it has crossed over into other genres, a development in which Guetta played a central role. Billboard called him “the man who almost single-handedly resurrected dance music in America”, and his influence is all over the amalgamation of pop, hip-hop, R&B and EDM that occupies a large part of the charts today, with instrumental, EDM-style drops often replacing the chorus as the main hook. Guetta once aptly remarked in an interview: “Not only did I cross over, my entire scene did.” [...]

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Sonic Vista Insights: Chris Hinze

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Chris Hinze is a world renowned Dutch Jazz and New Age flute player. With a career spanning over four decades, he’s played with legends such as Peter Tosh, Gerry Brown, John Lee and was awarded the best soloist prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He also incorporates New Age elements to his music and his particular fascination with tibetan sounds led him to meet and record the Dalai Lama. Since he lives in Ibiza, we took the time to sit down with him and ask him some questions about his music.

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Zahira’s new reggae track “Mystic One” Mixed and Mastered at Sonic Vista Studios

“Propelling this accessible sound is the top-shelf production found on “Mystic One.” Recorded at Grammy-nominated B-Side Studios in Portland, OR under the guidance of producer Avi Brown (Stephen Marley, Bill Kreutzmann, Soulstice) and later mixed and mastered by Spanish [mistake, he's swedish] engineer Henry Sarmiento (Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Tower of Power), Zahira’s new single carries her audience into a well-balanced soundscape, with thick vocal harmonies and synth pads washing over the listener, leaving them cleansed and open to the message.”

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Avid Interviews Henry Sarmiento About Bringing Pro Tools | HDX to Ibiza

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“I woke up from a dream and knew I had to build a studio in Ibiza. I fell in love with the island after a visit the previous year and it was clear to me I needed to make a leap,” Sarmiento explains.

Three weeks later, Sarmiento moved to Spain and launched Sonic Vista. It was the first studio to have Pro Tools | Ultimate and HDX on the island. “I’m always evolving the studio, but one thing remains: it will only ever be Pro Tools for me. I’ve tried other DAWS, but the stereo outputs sound terrible. I can’t go there. It’s HDX or nothing.”

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