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Francesco Cameli And His Sphere Studios in NoHo Work With the Musicians to Hit All The Right Notes

The Search for ‘Elusive Tones’ Brought Sphere Here

Mixing Cartographer with Mr. Phil English - Photo courtesy of Francesco Cameli

Mixing Cartographer with Mr. Phil English – Photo courtesy of Francesco Cameli

By DONNA BALANCIA – Francesco Cameli wanted a change. So he created it.

Francesco is the founder of Sphere Studios, which has been up and running for six months. Already the heavy hitters are coming to his Magnolia Boulevard location in North Hollywood to make award-winning recordings.

“When I was playing sessions for people I was the guy in the band who took an interest in what the engineers were doing,” Cameli said. “I was drawn into my profession.”

A Different Idea

Cameli said he didn’t plan his career, but it developed out of a passion.

“Originally I wanted to be a professional bass player,” he said. “But I found I was always searching for elusive tones and I enjoyed the manipulation of sound.”

He left London to pursue his passion here in Los Angeles, where he could really make beautiful music.

“I’m enjoying the different attitude about making music here, I thinenjoying a bigger music community. There’s a lot of talent here ” Francesco said. “That’s what drew me to Los Angeles. There’s an honesty to the music. When musicians here sing you a song, it’s real. I like proper music.”

Cameli with Animals as Leaders - Photo courtesy Francesco Cameli for California Rocker

Cameli with Animals as Leaders – Photo courtesy Francesco Cameli

Among some of the artists with whom Francesco works are: Shinedown; Flyleaf, Korn and Animals as Leaders, among others.

It all started when Francesco came to Los Angeles on a vacation.

“We went to a little bar in Santa Monica and it was a cover band playing, but they were very good,” he said. “Then we went to another bar and there was another band, and they were great as well. Everything here seemed to be less fussy and a better show.”

Capturing the Vision

Francesco says it’s the magic that comes from inspiration that he aims for.

“My goal has been to create studio spaces that inspire real musicians who appreciate the nuances,” he said.

It’s a competitive field, but Francesco says the response to challenge is simply to do the best you can.

“You do the best job you know how to do, and you hope that people will gravitate to you,” he said. “We are humbled by the talent of the musicians and we want to help them do what they do to the best of their ability.

“Your job as an engineer, is to capture what the musicians do. You have to be good at taking a vision and capturing it. We’re not magicians.”

Working Towards the Goal

Sphere Studios in Burbank - Photo courtesy Francesco Cameli for Californiarocker

Sphere Studios in Burbank – Photo courtesy Francesco Cameli

Sphere Studios only opened six months ago, but having achieved a high standard in the UK, Francesco knew he couldn’t spare any expense in setting up the L.A. studios. The studio is bigger than the UK space and Francesco shipped over his entire backline, vintage mic and outboard collection from there, including Pultecs, Fairchilds, UREIs and U 47s, 67s, and Elam 251s.

“We’re gathering momentum and we have to make sure the building keeps busy,” he said. “I’m anxious to make sure the studio takes off.”

As for his short-term goals?

“In one year’s time I’d like to be considered one of the best studios in LA.”

Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus Drop Album ‘Bunny’ With Rockin Release Party at Sphere Studios in LA

Halo Circus record release party at Sphere Studios - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Halo Circus record release party at Sphere Studios – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus are going strong. Halo Circus has a great new album ‘Bunny’ and as front woman Iraheta has proven she has pushed far beyond her American Idol fame and into new territory.

The former ‘Idol’ favorite, has taken an alternative turn, and her constituency blends together faithful from her dynamite TV appearances with fans of her new music and band.

Bunny

The new album is a mix of melancholy and rock with a range of style in between. At her record release party at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, she gave a good crowd a sampling of the release and pulled out all the stops. Several lucky fans were winners, getting to check out the party and rub elbows with Allison’s pals and musical colleagues.

Allison Iraheta and her Team

Halo Circus is Allison Iraheta, Matthew Hager, Veronica Bellino and Brian Stead; lyric booklet designed by Patty Palazzo of Punk Masters; photographs by Nick Egan; album produced by Matthew Hager; mixed by Craig Bauer and mastered by Eric Boulanger.

Check out more Allison Iraheta stories at CaliforniaRocker.com

For more information check out the Halo Circus Facebook page and the Halo Circus web page.

 

 

 

 

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