Special Guest: DARRYL SWANN
Topic Title By: Darryl Swann
Darryl’s first session as second engineer took place
in 1986 with famed production team LA and Babyface as they produced the hit song “Rock Steady” for R & B vocal group The Whispers. Within a month, he became night manager and first engineer at Silverlake Recording Studios, literally living at the studio while conducting round-the-clock
sessions and learning the Trident Series 80B console.
After a break to earn his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Darryl returned to engineering full time atStraight Arrow Studios in Van Nuys, where he wrote, produced, and engineered his first major label release with Motown group Pretty in Pink (featuring Chaka Kahn’s daughter Melini Kahn). Then, Darryl’s own group, Cultural Revolution,signed with Sony/Epic/New Deal Records and released the single “Nite & Day” on the soundtrackto the John Singleton-directed film Poetic Justice.In 1997, Darryl began writing and producing with MacyGray, resulting in the multi-platinum album Macy Gray “OnHow Life Is” as well as producing her follow-up album,”The Id”. He has worked alon side by side with producer Rick Rubin who acted as Executive Producer on the second record. Darryl has also worked closely in the past with Will-I-Am and the Black-Eyed-Peas, among many others.During the latter part of 2010, Darryl composed the score for the soon to be released feature film “From The Rough” featuring actors Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Felton of “Harry Potter” fame, and Taraje’ Hensen of films “Hustle and Flow”,and “Benjamin Button”.