Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Rican Beach” Single Release

Alynda Segarra  speaks to NPR about the first single titled “Rican Beach” off her upcoming new album The Navigator. Alynda says of the single:

“All over the world there are heroes, who, despite suffering generations of oppression, are protecting the land and the future of our humanity. Rican Beach is a fictional place, but it was written with my ancestors in mind. It’s time to call on yours and to always remember: this land was made for you and me.”

The Navigator, available March 10th via ATO Records, was produced by Paul Butler and partially written and recorded at Electric Lady.
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“Cry of Love,” (Track Records) was released 45 years ago, March 1971: a posthumous release composed mostly of songs he recorded in 1970 with Eddie Kramer at his new studio, Electric Lady, as sketches for what was to be his follow up to “Electric Ladyland.”

The Cry of Love gathers the final essential recordings of one of rock’s true giants and reflects his legend at the same time it faithfully expands it” – Ultimate Classic Rock. Read full article here.


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When I was in New York I was devastated because I love Patti Smith, and we were shooting quite a lot at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios. One day I turned up and I was like, “How are you?” to one of the girls that worked there. She was like, “Oh my God, I had the most amazing weekend, we had a party and Patti Smith came and played, and there were only like 25 people.” I was like, “F**k you!” [Laughs.] – JUNO TEMPLE INTERVIEWED BY SPIN MAGAZINE


CLICK HERE for the full interview and catch “Vinyl” on HBO Sundays at 9pm EST.

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HBO’s “Vinyl,” created and produced by legends Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, and starring Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, shoots and records original music at Electric Lady Studios. Newsweek says:

“Scorsese set the tone in Vinyl’s quest for authenticity. Location manager Kip Myers used many historic buildings, shooting at the Brill Building (a renowned home to music industry), the Chelsea Hotel and Electric Lady Studios, which guitar shaman Jimi Hendrix built. Vinyl also recorded its original music there.”


Catch the premiere of Vinyl on HBO February 14 at 9pm EST.

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“Earlier this month a group of editors and executives gathered at Electric Lady Studios on West 8th Street for an early listen of Wet’s debut full-length album, Don’t You (Columbia). The lights were dim, the floor covered in oriental rugs and the back tables lined with celebratory bottles of Pinot Grigio and beer. But still, heaviness loomed. David Bowie had died two days prior, and the void — that palpable sense of loss he left behind — was only heightened by the realization that Black Star, his final album, had been mixed in the same building. It was easy to let the mind wander to the surreal notion that each of our footsteps might be overlapping with Bowie’s own” – Billboard.

Full article: Billboard.



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David Bowie’s first ever no. 1 single in the US, “Fame”, was written and recorded at Electric Lady in 1975. Today, Bowie’s Blackstar has become his first ever no. 1 album (US) on the Billboard 200 chart and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady in 2015. Congratulations, David, and thank you for bringing your genius to our door for both achievements.

Billboard 1975 - Fame


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Adele’s historic “25” sells 3.8 million copies in its first week, destroying the previous record for first week album sales and representing 41% of total albums sold in the U.S. last week.  Nine songs, including the hit single “Hello” were mixed by Tom Elmhirst in Electric Lady’s Studio “C”.

Adele - 25

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On November 23, Jose Cuervo celebrated the launch of their new tequila, “Reserva de la Familia’s The Rolling Stones Tour Pick Collector’s Edition” in our Studio A. The limited edition bottle honors the pivotal role Jose Cuervo played in fueling The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1972 North American tour, which was dubbed the ‘Tequila Sunrise Tour’. Legendary photographer Bob Gruen took the stage to reminisce and offer an inside look at what it was like to be on one of the most publicized tour’s of all time. To read more about the night head on over to The Examiner.


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“D’Angelo said, ‘We’re going to Electric Lady…it has the blessings of the spirits. We have to go there. It’s only right.'”

From 1996-2002, the Soulquarians, also known as Questlove, D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, James Poyster, J. Dilla, Bilal, Q-Tip, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, took up residence in our studios for what would prove to be a defining period in music. Read more about that magical time @ Red Bull Music Academy.


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U2 Surprise Release

“U2’s first studio album in five years, [entitled “Songs of Innocence”] – is a triumph of dynamic, focused renaissance: 11 tracks of straightforward rapture about the life-saving joys of music, drawing on U2’s long palette of influences and investigations of post-punk rock, industrial electronics and contemporary dance music.” – Rolling Stone Magazine 

U2 spent months at Electric Lady Studios recording many of the albums tracks in our Studio A and API rooms, then mixed the album in our Studio C with resident mix engineer, Tom Elmhirst.


Read more: Rolling Stone Magazine
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Ryan Adams Rules

Ryan Adams brought down the house in Studio A Live Tuesday night in celebration of the release of  his new self-titled record “Ryan Adams”. His interview, like the man himself, is one we’re not likely to forget. Catch the intimate discourse on pinball and record-making today, September 12th, or look for it on the archives at


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Interpol || El Pintor

El Pintor is the fifth studio album by American rock band Interpol. It was released on September 8, 2014 internationally and on September 9, 2014 in North America, through Matador Records. Self-produced by the band and recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the album was engineered by James Brown, who is known for his work for Foo Fighters, and mixed by Alan Moulder, who is known for his production and mixing work for My Bloody ValentineThe Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails.


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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore album, ‘Ultraviolence’, features tracks “Cruel World,” “Pretty When You Cry,” and “Guns and Roses,” co-produced by Lee Foster for Electric Lady Studios; Recorded in Studio “A” with Electric Lady Chief Engineer, Phil Joly, and Assistant Engineer, Vira Byramji.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “She uses the word to sing about physical aggression, but the ultimate violence seems like it would be erasure, silencing, negation, the stuff you don’t hear about because it’s an absence by nature…. That negative space is its own kind of violence. Lana Del Rey steps into the shadows it leaves. She has power there, whispering old secrets, giving voice to characters who never got to speak for themselves… She is exactly the villain our history needs.”

Read more here.


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Coldplay || Ghost Stories


Electric Lady is proud to have participated in the making of Coldplay’s sixth studio album, ‘Ghost Stories.’ Produced by Paul Epworth, tracking for portions of the album took place in Studio A and our API tracking suite during July of 2013. 




Read more about Coldplay’s fourth-in-a-row # 1 album here.

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John Mayer Trio with Chick Corea & Wallace Roney

Singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan teamed up with legends Chick Corea and Miles Davis prodigy, Wallace Roney, in Electric Lady’s Studio “A”.

To listen to track “Little Sur”::: click here.
To listen to John and Chick talk about jamming, the nature of improvisation, and what happens when you throw the rules out the door::: click here.

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Arcade Fire

Electric Lady hosted overdub and mix sessions for Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album, Reflektor — produced by James Murphy and released today. Mixed entirely in Studio “C” by resident friend and client, Tom Elmhirst (with additional engineering by Ben Baptie), the album marked our first-ever sessions with the band and re-introduced David Bowie to our facility for his feature on the title track.


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RIP Lou Reed

“The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, why not the music.”

— Lou Reed

Lou Reed Posed In AmsterdamReed recorded the albums Sally Can’t Dance (1974) and Coney Island Baby (1975) at Electric Lady. In 2012, he returned to Electric Lady for what we now know was his last recording, as featured on Metric’s “Wanderlust” from their 2012 release Synthetica.

Thank you, Lou.  You are forever in our hearts.  You are forever in our ears.

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Funny or Die Presents The Clash: The Last Gang In Town (with rare footage)

The Clash recorded two consecutive albums at Electric Lady, one of which was their 1982 release, Combat Rock.  It was the band’s best-selling album of all time.  We recently found rare footage of the band recording at Electric Lady with engineer, Joe Blaney.  Watch below:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2


This week, surviving members, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, joined Portlandia’s Fred Armisen to discuss and compare the rivaling histories of The Clash and Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros (Armisen’s well-loved SNL character) in a spoof documentary short for one of our favorite websites, Funny Or Die:

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U2 in Studio “A”

This summer U2 recorded their version of “This Is” for Aslan singer, Christy Dignam in the intimate setting of our Studio “A.”  The filmed performance was later premiered for a live audience at “A Night for Christy” – a fundraiser event to assist Dignam with the medical treatment needed to fight his rare form of blood cancer.

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ELS Artist Management News

Here are some of the latest happenings at Electric Lady Artist Management:

In Nashville this week,  Shovels & Rope brought home two Americana Music Association awards for Song of the Year (“Birmingham”) and Emerging Artist of the Year.  The band was also nominated in the categories of Album of the Year and Duo of the Year, giving them more nominations than any other act at the award ceremony this year.

Also, this week in Nashville, Nikki Lane inked a contract with New West Records, home to the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and Devil Makes Three.  Update:  Nikki Lane’s debut full-length, All Or Nothin’, is tentatively scheduled for release on April 1st, 2014.

Watch Shovels & Rope below, showcased in our Studio “A” last summer for radio // licensing execs and friends:

Lay Low:



Hail Hail:


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Electric Lady is no stranger to musical greatness, but when the elusive genius we all know as Prince showed up unannounced, we nearly lost composure.  There have been many invitations over the years to draw the man to the studio, but, true to form, Prince appeared on our doorstep on a random Saturday afternoon, plugged in, and gave us an unforgettable two days in Studio “A”.  Prince, if you’re reading this…please come back often.



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Rebuilding “A” & 3rd Floor Studios

Words can’t describe the unbelievable transformation our Studio “A” and third floor have undergone since new ownership arrived in late 2010.  So, we made two videos to document the overhaul.

Watch below as we race through hundreds of hours and show you the results:

“MIX Suite” and Studio “A” Construction || Renovation


“API Room” and Studio “C” Construction || Renovation

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