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Old 9th January 2007
  #181
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Yea, I heard on Fox that one of the houses was owned by the brother of "Superman" Dean Cain. That would be my friend Roger. I'll try to get a hold of him this week but if it's true a very nice studio went up last night.

Insurance won't begin to cover the amount of work that was put into just the console. It's the time, not the money.

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According ABC7, his house is fine. He had filmed the first video of the fire from his house which is actually above PCH and he talked on camera (Roger Cain) about how quickly the fire spread to those houses 'down below'. He filmed it from his house, which was clearly above PCH, not below it. I just watched the interview with him.

So Fox is wrong.

But one of the houses burnt to the ground was owned by Suzanne Somers (Three's company). She also gave an interview and mentioned she didn't lose a loved one nor had a son/daughter in Iraq, so she was taking it all in perspective. Man, she is more composed than I would be.
Old 12th January 2007
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Something from a native

I am sorry for the long thread; this thread coming back got me really thinking…

I am a native of Los Angeles. Born and bred. I will tell you, from a native’s perspective, this S*^t has changed, for the worse. I mean, I am not going to date myself, but I rode a school bus from Central LA to the Palisades in about 30 minutes, when I was a schoolboy. Now try and do that in 1.5 hours in rush hour.

The traffic sucks, the expense of living here sucks, the air quality sucks, and you need major $ to raise a family in LA, but…this is still the place of dreams. If you have a hard-on to be a big player in the entertainment biz, then you should come to LA or NY, at some point. Simple fact.

As an Indy, with an independent streak in your music, your soul, your studio plan, your engineering, or whatever you do, you can do whatever the heck you want to do, wherever you are. With Youtube, iTunes, MySpace, and every other way of digitally marketing yourself now, you really don’t need LA or NY. But if you have this major hard-on to make it in the big game, then LA would probably serve you well. And LA, I believe has the BEST musicians and singers, and regrettably many of them (friends of mine with major credits) are major-league broke.

A lot of people come here. They want that brass ring; platinum records, millions of dollars, hot girls/boys, drugs, easy life. If you are not hungry and ready to throw down to stake a claim in this town, stay away. You’ll be frustrated.

I continue to see that the most hungry, the most dedicated, the most talented, the most back-stabbing, the most crazy, the most ill-adjusted...bands, musicians, engineers, entrepreneurs…still come to this town. For some strange reason…

If you are contemplating coming here you just have to determine if you want to play in this game.

But you know what, crazy as I am, I am looking to throw down for a good, well run, studio in LA. I don't want it full time, just to own, and do my thing in it some of the time...go figure, of course it has to MAKE MONEY. Any other LA folks in for this (combining resources)?

pm me.
Old 12th January 2007
  #183
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I am sorry for the long thread; this thread coming back got me really thinking…

I am a native of Los Angeles. Born and bred. I will tell you, from a native’s perspective, this S*^t has changed, for the worse. I mean, I am not going to date myself, but I rode a school bus from Central LA to the Palisades in about 30 minutes, when I was a schoolboy. Now try and do that in 1.5 hours in rush hour.

The traffic sucks, the expense of living here sucks, the air quality sucks, and you need major $ to raise a family in LA, but…this is still the place of dreams. If you have a hard-on to be a big player in the entertainment biz, then you should come to LA or NY, at some point. Simple fact.

As an Indy, with an independent streak in your music, your soul, your studio plan, your engineering, or whatever you do, you can do whatever the heck you want to do, wherever you are. With Youtube, iTunes, MySpace, and every other way of digitally marketing yourself now, you really don’t need LA or NY. But if you have this major hard-on to make it in the big game, then LA would probably serve you well. And LA, I believe has the BEST musicians and singers, and regrettably many of them (friends of mine with major credits) are major-league broke.

A lot of people come here. They want that brass ring; platinum records, millions of dollars, hot girls/boys, drugs, easy life. If you are not hungry and ready to throw down to stake a claim in this town, stay away. You’ll be frustrated.

I continue to see that the most hungry, the most dedicated, the most talented, the most back-stabbing, the most crazy, the most ill-adjusted...bands, musicians, engineers, entrepreneurs…still come to this town. For some strange reason…

If you are contemplating coming here you just have to determine if you want to play in this game.

But you know what, crazy as I am, I am looking to throw down for a good, well run, studio in LA. I don't want it full time, just to own, and do my thing in it some of the time...go figure, of course it has to MAKE MONEY. Any other LA folks in for this (combining resources)?

pm me.
Yea, and this is the good stuff about LA!

Jim Williams
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Old 12th January 2007
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Yea, and this is the good stuff about LA!

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What about the traffic in north county San Diego?
Old 12th January 2007
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What about the traffic in north county San Diego?
About what it was in LA back in the 60's. That gives me around 30~40 years to die before I need to worry about it.

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BTW, how's the weather in the north? Us San Diegans always win that arguement!
Old 12th January 2007
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This thread is like standing outside the casino and asking everyone who comes out whether you should go in or not.
Old 12th January 2007
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Originally Posted by SoulSpace View Post
A lot of people come here. They want that brass ring; platinum records, millions of dollars, hot girls/boys, drugs, easy life. If you are not hungry and ready to throw down to stake a claim in this town, stay away. You’ll be frustrated.

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You forgot to mention a big factor for musicians/bands coming to L.A.-- this is the music capital of the world. I play in a band with a guy from Connecticut. He was in a band that was in negotiations to be signed when they broke up. He was used to being the best/biggest band in his town, nice position to have. Yet when he came to L.A. almost 2 years ago, he was shocked at the quality of bands (musicianship, material wise) playing in the local clubs...compared to his hometown. He no longer was at the top of his game.

He was the big fish in the small pond in Connecticut and he was either gonna be stuck in that pond or jump out to the big pond here.

He and I are all about songs/material first. Not once has he mentioned or talked about making it BIG, but we do talk a lot about music, making it and improving it.
He's young, yet strangely is mature enough to not expect anything here or anywhere.

When he last visited Connecticut, all his friends were still doing the same thing, smoking lots of pot, playing video games and just general screwing around doing nothing.

He now likes L.A.
Old 13th January 2007
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This thread is like standing outside the casino and asking everyone who comes out whether you should go in or not.
That's very close. If you all think about it, how many bands come out of LA? Seems to me if you are great you can come from anywhere as most do. LA, NY, UK, what's the difference? If you think you need to come to LA to break out, maybe you arn't good enough to break out?

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