In The Stu: Joseph Israel and Leon Mobley

Joseph Israel and Jerusalem Band have been holding it down on the Reggae scene for years. In 2006 Joseph Israel was signed to the New Door Records; a division of Universal Music Group.  Joseph was the sole reggae artist to be signed to Universal Music in recent history, which is an impressive accomplishment with the record label that is home to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Island Records catalog.

Joseph is in the final stages of a new release and brought in world-renowned percussionist, Leon Mobley, for a late night session while he was in town playing with Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals. In working with one of the top percussionists in the world, the room has to sound amazing. The obvious choice was Hyde Street Studio C which houses one of the best sounding rooms in the Bay. The guys tracked numerous songs and even got around to tracking Leon’s famous signature djimbe.

Keep an eye out for the new record from Joseph Israel and The Jerusalem Band!

In The Stu: Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)

Recently, the multi-talented recording artist and actor, Childish Gambino, ripped through the Bay Area performing a one off, sold out show at The Greek Theater with legendary artist Erykha Badu. Amazingly, he managed to pull this off while being deep in production for the upcoming film, Magic Mike 2, due out in 2015. While in town, Childish Gambino and Starita went into Jingletown Recording to lay down a new track for a new secret project that is sure to please. Stay tuned for updates on the release!

In The Stu: Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studio

On a recent trip to LA, Starita paid a visit to one of the most intriguing studios in the business, Shangri La. Shangr La is the private studio of the one and only Rick Rubin and where he’s created some of the most influential records of our time. The studio is all white and packed full of toys including the piano Adele recorded 21 on that Rick produced. The visit was such a treat and let’s just say it may have been a start to many more *wink wink*