Another New York Recording Studio ShuttersHell’s Kitchen’s legendary Sony Studios closed last week, and its remaining contents will be auctioned off on September 10. It’s the latest in a string of big private studio closings (smaller or home recording rooms are now preferred, as they are cheaper and easier for record companies), and some fear it’s the death of a creative tradition that fostered unique collaborations and chemistry. “Walking down the hallways, Mariah Carey would be in one room and Marc Anthony in another,” recalls producer Phil Ramone. “There’s a community side to making music, so it’s a huge loss.” Indeed, former Sony manager Tony Drootin recalls Jay-Z and Beyoncé recording in side-by-side rooms (resulting in his rap on “Crazy in Love”), Michael Jackson stuffing a spare studio room with video games and a Stairmaster, and rappers from Busta Rhymes to Lil’ Kim guesting on each other’s records. When Drootin would leave at 3 a.m., “You’d see all these Bentleys and Lamborghinis on the street outside.”
Starry Night at Marc Jacobs After-PartyWith elbow space and oxygen in short supply (but booze flowing for miles) at the jam-packed Marc Jacobs after-party Monday night, everybody’s celebrity radars went on overdrive — with some woefully inaccurate results.
“Dude,” a guy whispered, pointing to us — yes, us — as we side-stepped past them with difficulty. “She was totally on Leno the other night, but with a way different hair color.”