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Mike Sponza

May 13th

It’s a very strong feeling, and you don’t really realize immediately that you are going to record your music here. In the Temple, in the Vatican of rock’n’roll, in the Fort Knox of pop music, where everything started.

I’m here again, after two years, with a new project, with my old friends Roby Maffioli, Moreno Buttinar and Michele Bonivento. We’ve been sharing music for decades, and this new album is about a decade, the sixties. No nostalgia, No back to the good old days. Actually, I am taking a new musical road…

Today is the first day, and we meet Rob Cass, the producer. We’ve worked together in 2014, and it was important for me to have the chance of doing it again. Rob has the special skill of making you performing and sounding at your best - and when I feel I’ve done my best, well… I’m happy. He has also the “Ears”, which is all you need, as George Martin used to say.

The first half of the day is taken for checking all the instruments, levels, for getting in the right mood. Once you’re comfortable, you can start rolling the “tape”.

I’ve brought just one guitar, my old Fender Strat - but I’ve found a couple of new friends here. One is a great surprising instrument, a Gibson Firebird: sparkly, powerful and born for rock’n’roll. The other is a ballsy and strong Les Paul.

Roby Maffioli is using is beloved bass, the Sadowsky - sounding better than ever here.

 

TAMA Drums UK and UFIP cymbals delivered right in the studio a wonderful kit for Moreno Buttinar - so he can play with the same set he uses in the “real life” - Lucky boy!

Michele Bonivento has some juicy choices: THE Hammond RT3, 1958, has been used on iconic albums like “The dark side of the moon”, “Let It be”. It’s full of mojo!!!!

Piano wise, he seems “quite happy” with a Yamaha grand. Another lucky boy!

It’s been a long day, and we’ve recorded 6 songs (out of 10!). We’re happy. See you tomorrow!

 

London, May 13th-17th 2017, Abbey Road Studios, recording session for the new album "MADE IN THE SIXTIES".

Few months ago I've started working on this new project. For the last 2 years, I had in my mind an album about the most important (to me!) decade of the last century - in which I was born.  

Music, society, politics, culture, movies, design, glamour. But also, wars, assassinations, atomic danger, cold war... The sixties have been a decade of huge contrasts, and the artists in those years reflected them.

What does remain today? What lessons did we learn? Why these years are still so influential?

When I spoke about this project with Rob Cass, the producer of my previous album "Ergo Sum", he proposed me to write the songs with an exceptional author, surely one of the most influential poets/songwriters in the rock culture. That's how my collaboration started with Pete Brown - the man behind hits like "Sunshine Of Your Love", "White Room", "I Feel Free". In Eric Clapton's words "the fourth member of Cream". We've met, we've talked, we've written songs together. 10 songs, each for every year of the Sixties.

The album will be produced at the greatest recording studios: Abbey Road.

This blog is about this. 

 

 

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B.I.T.S.

This is the “code name” of Mike Sponza new album project. The album will be recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London in may 2017.

Like for the previous “Ergo Sum”, the producer will be Rob Cass. Excellent!

Expect more rock!

 

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DRIVE PETROLHEAD, DRIVE

This is Mikes’ tribute to his great passion: vintage cars!

You can find 11 songs about cars, stories, driving experiences,: 7 are original tunes all about motor life.

This is a “side-project” where all the band members get an “automotive identity”, starting from the bandleader. Only the legendary singer Ronnie Jones is recognizable: he co-writes with Mike the song “Little Box Blues” dedicated to the Mini, and he gives a power performance on Chuck Berry’s “Jaguar & Thunderbird” and Albert King’s “Cadillac Assembly Line”.

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