Miami Bass' Ten Best Producers and Musicians
6. Danny D
"He had that song 'Boom I Got Your Girlfriend.' I did a few albums with Danny. Little white kid also. His group was Boys From the Bottom. I shot that album cover. I did the art design. I did the art for most of those early covers and labels and I produced and engineered 'em under different names like A Hott, or FM Funk, or JM Jack. I did that because, as the label guy, I was also working these records at the clubs and on radio. I didn't wanna walk in and hype it and they look at the label and see my name. So I used fake names. That was one of my ploys."
4 & 5. Bruce Greenspan and Mark Boccaccio
"Bruce was a Jewish kid from South Florida, a UM engineer, real talented. And Mark was a musician and keyboardist from Syracuse who moved to Miami and was in a few different bands. It was those guys and Tim Devine. They were the musicians and engineers, and then I myself started engineering and drum programming. They were on a lot of those early Luke Skyywalker records."
3. Tim Devine
"Tim was a guy down here in Miami, an English guy who knew how to operate the E-MU emulator and the SP-1200. We started with the 808, and then went first to the DBX 160 to compress it and extend the note, but the 808 created the bass sound. Then with the SP-1200 you were able to tune and play the bass drum to do melodic parts and create these very cool sounds instead of just the straight drop of these short or longer beats. You could make it ring, but you couldn't change the notes, so the SP-1200 took it to the next level, and so did the Alesis, and Tim Devine knew how to do all that. He was a seasoned keyboard player. I would bring in seasoned musicians for a lot of those bass records. These guys knew music and knew their music theory and where to put the musical essence on a lot of these things.
"A lot of this stuff was in the beginning of the digital era. We were just coming out of everything being analog and we still recorded everything to tape, but we had a few pieces of digital equipment that were starting to come into the music production community."