Michael Frondelli Mixer Producer Recording Engineer - Music and Audio Production - Records, Film TV
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A New York City native, Michael Frondelli began his illustrious career at Manhattan’s Broadway Recording Studios where he served an 18-month stint that launched his music career as a professional Recording Engineer.

One year later, Michael joined Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios. At Electric Lady he worked on Led Zeppelin’s film, The Song Remains The Same with, as well as albums with Kiss and recordings by the Rolling Stones, Hall & Oates and Jazz Fusion artists such as Chick Corea and Earl Klugh. He gained notice as a producer, starting with Henry lee Summer’s, "I Wish I Had A Girl". After engineering and mixing Billy Idol’s smash album Rebel Yell, Michael became an independent engineer/producer making his way to LA.

Living the bi-coastal experience, he worked with producers Keith Forsey, Giorgio Moroder and Richie Zito on projects such as, Pictures for Pleasure with Charlie Sexton, The Motels, to the hit soundtrack from the film The Breakfast Club. With Danny Elfman, he mixed Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party & Boin-Go, with Joe Jackson his album, Big World, with Neil Geraldo, Pat Benatar’s Seven The Hard Way, as well as the live Red Hot Chili Peppers' hit Higher Ground. Other credits include the film Hail, Hail Rock 'n Roll with Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with Aretha Franklin, and Crowded House's debut album which featured their massive hit, "Don't Dream It's Over".

It was after mixing Eric Johnson’s Grammy Award winning "Cliffs Of Dover" from his album, Ah Via Musicom, that Michael was approached to revitalize the famous CAPITOL RECORDS STUDIOS.

Michael formed the audio network foundation for Frank Sinatra’s critically acclaimed, Multi-Platinum, “Duets” I & II,” globally linking artists live from international studios to Capitol. Capitol was then recognized as a world leader in Global Fiber-Optic Digital Recording, adding a “film” dimension to the record making process, setting a studio standard. Michael then launched EMI into the business of mixing and producing 5.1 Surround DVD Audio titles with major artists including The Eagles “When Hell Freezes Over”, The Buena Vista Social Club, Diana Krall’s “The Look Of Love”, Quincy Jones “Basie and Beyond” and Queen’s “Night At the Opera”.

Continuing on as Vice President of Capitol Studios, Michael moved over 60% of Capitol Studio’s business into Film and TV. Working with directors including, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis, Frank Darabont, Barry Levinson, and Tom Hanks recording and mixing score and soundtracks in 5.1. Simultaneously advancing his production career to the next level achieving success as a founding and managing partner of the Coolsville / Interscope label. Coolsville’s first artist BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY became the premier band of the Neo-Swing Movement with their first album following their appearance in the hit movie Swingers. In the fall 2001, Michael departed Capitol to pursue record production and mixing projects.

Michael is currently mixing the benefit concert Autism Speaks – Light Up The Blues with guest artists Ryan Adams, Don Felder, Rikki Lee Jones, Chris Stills and Lucinda Williams featuring Crosby, Stills and Nash. Michael has recently engineered and/or mixed projects including, the Francis Ford Coppola produced film On The Road with Gustavo Santaolalla, Gloria Bennati with Italian producer Fio Zanotti, Indie artists Mark Cote’s musical theater project FUN HOUSE, a CD for Patti Austin and Greg Phillinganes, Italian artist, Karima with Burt Bacharach, OPRAH’s United Center closing shows, and more than 20 5.1 concerts for Mark Cuban’s HDNet including, BoyzIIMen with Brian McKnight, as well as, concert 5.1 post production for The Cure, Todd Rundgren and Placido Domingo. Michael was also a producer for the 13 show, HDNet series On Stage at The World Cafe Live for HD Broadcast and DVD release, which includes artists, Living Color, The Rhett Miller Band, The Knack and Rita Coolidge. Michael most recently recorded Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire, “Live From The Greek” (PLATINUM), The Gram Parsons Tribute and was a Technical Consultant for the Ray Charles biopic, Ray directed by Taylor Hackford. Michael has also mixed Grammy 2002 Lifetime Achievement recipient Al Green’s “Greatest Hits” in 5.1 Surround for DVD-Audio.

As stated in a featured article about Michael in Billboard magazine, “…Michael Frondelli is one of the leading lights of the industry’s quest toward high-resolution digital sound, Internet distribution, catalog digitization, multi-channel production, and other high-tech areas; and as a seasoned engineer / producer in his own right, Frondelli is a creative force in the music making world.”



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