Bonzai Beat with Ed Stasium

Mr. Bonzai

In this episode of Bonzai Beat, Mr. Bonzai chats with audio engineer and record producer Ed Stasium. During their conversation they discuss how Stasium got his start, his days playing with the band, Brandywine, and his prolific career as a recording engineer.

Bonzai Beat with Ed Stasium

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Ed Stasium began his recording career in 1970 with the band Brandywine and three years later returned to the industry as a recording engineer. During his tenure as an engineer, he has contributed to a variety of projects, including those with Tony Camillo, the Chambers Brothers, Living Colour, Mick Jagger, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Barry Miles, Motörhead and Sha Na Na, Soul Asylum, the Smithereens, among others. Stasium has a long affiliation with American punk, new wave, and early alternative rock that began. In 1977, he engineered Leave Home by the Ramones and Talking Heads: 77 by the Talking Heads’. He produced The Empty Hearts album in 2014, which featured Clem Burke (Blondie) on drums, Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings) on bass, Elliot Easton (The Cars) on guitar, guitarist and vocalist Wally Palmer (The Romantics), and Ian McLagan (Small Faces and Faces) on piano.

Mr. Bonzai is an award-winning photographer, author, and interviewer. He has written more than 1,000 articles for outlets in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has published numerous books, including Studio Life (Mix, 1984), Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew (Mix, 1992), The Sound of Money (Focal, 2000), Faces of Music (Cengage, 2006), Music Smarts (Berklee Press, 2009), and John Lennon’s Tooth (BookBaby, 2012). His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, Disney Channel Magazine, Sound & Recording, and Relix, among others.