|| DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh: Beauty Secret ||

September 6, 2011 Photo of the Week

What is the Secret of Mark Mothersbaugh’s youthful good looks, in spite of being a popular and enduring musical figure since the birth of New Wave? In this exclusive short, Mark reveals the Secret and then improvises a romantic little dittie with his harpsicord.

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|| Chad Smith: Red Hot Drummer: Part IV The End. ||

August 7, 2011 Photo of the Week

New album, “I’m With You,” coming August 30.  Check out the final video episode on the right.
BONZAI: What is the best part about being a Chili Pepper?
SMITH: I think it is being in a group that gets to do whatever we want. We are really free to express ourselves as people, and as [...]

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|| Chad Smith: Portrait of a Red Hot Drummer, Part III ||

July 24, 2011 Photo of the Week

New album, “I’m With You,” coming August 30.  Check out the new video on the right.
Order “FACES of MUSIC” here.      Order “MUSIC SMARTS” here.   Order both and get free shipping from Amazon.

BONZAI: What did you learn from your years of working with Flea?
SMITH: Flea has his own universe and he is the first bass player [...]

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Mr. Bonzai’s Neighborhood: Chili Chad Smith, Part II

July 10, 2011 Photo of the Week

New album, “I’m With You,” coming August 30.  Check out the new video on the right.
Order “FACES of MUSIC” here.      Order “MUSIC SMARTS” here.   Order both and get free shipping from Amazon.
BONZAI: When did you decide to be a drummer?
SMITH: Well, I’m still thinking about it! But when I was seven years old, I [...]

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Mr. Bonzai’s Neighborhood: Chad “Chili Pepper” Smith

June 26, 2011 Photo of the Week

New album, “I’m With You,” coming August 30.  Check out the video on the right.

BONZAI: Did you ever have a panic attack on stage?
SMITH: I have had stage fright, but it is only when I am in an unprepared situation.  When we played the Woodstock Festival in 1994, we played with these big giant light [...]

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Universal Audio Portraits, a Mr. Bonzai Photo Sampler

May 17, 2011 Photo of the Week

Here are a few of my photo portraits for Universal Audio, orchestrated by the lovely Erica McDaniel.   Links at UA  are for interviews by Marsha Vdovin with some of today’s most influential composers, producers, and engineers.
Hanz Zimmer interview.
Ryan Hewitt interview.

Jacquire King interview.
Mike Shipley interview.

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|| Mr. Bonzai Emcees TEC Awards at Winter NAMM ||

February 16, 2011 Photo of the Week

Hosted by Mr. Bonzai, the 26th Annual TEC Awards held last month was the hit of NAMM week, bringing together the sound and music products industries for an unforgettable night celebrating 2010’s highest achievements in professional audio.  More than 90,000 attendees this year and TEC Awards guests included Chad “Chili Pepper” Smith, Lindsey Buckingham, Alan [...]

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|| Mr. Bonzai Presents MUSIC SMARTS in the H.O.T. Zone at Winter NAMM ||

January 8, 2011 Photo of the Week

Special Guests Explore Survival Tactics
Award-winning photographer, music journalist and author Mr. Bonzai is moderating “MUSIC SMARTS” in the Hot Zone at Winter NAMM. Panelists are Def Leppard guitar legend Phil Collen; producer CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Prince, Christopher Guest films); pop singer/songwriter Kristina Helene; record label CEO Scott Austin; folk rocker Justine Bennett; and [...]

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|| Happy Holidays from the Tanuki Village ||

December 24, 2010 Photo of the Week

As you can see, Keiko and I have been magically transformed into Tanuki’s, traditional Japanese folk characters getting ready to celebrate the holidays.  We’re wishing you peace, reflection, and creativity in this season with hopes for a Bright New Year of the Rabbit!

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|| Vincent van Haaff Nominated for TEC Award ||

November 21, 2010 Photo of the Week

Architect Vincent van Haaff is Nominated for a TEC Award for Interscope Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
Voting is now open, but it ends on November 30.
If you are a member of SPARS, GANG, NAMM, the P&E Wing of the Recording Academy, or a subscriber to MIX or Pro Sound News, you qualify as a voter [...]

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