'I Felt Some Kind of Energy Enter the Room'

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'I Felt Some Kind of Energy Enter the Room'


Barker, Andrew, Variety


After a storied career as a producer, bandleader, bassist and composer, Rickey Minor was introduced to mainstream America as bandleader for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leño" and longtime musical director of "American Idol." Now he's taken over an old film vault on the Sunset Gower Studios lot and launched Red Lotus Studios. Andrew barker

What inspired you to set up your own studio?

I had just seen "Sound City," the Dave Grohl film, and it really inspired me. The (analog) console here is one of a kind. To play instruments through it changes the bandwidth and makes it fuller and stronger and warmer. When the console was loaded in, I felt some kind of energy enter the room. It's like being handed the golden sword to slay the dragon.

Why Sunset Cower?

Because "Scandal's" here, "The Newsroom's" here, "Dexter" was here, Shonda Rhimes is moving her company to the lot. …

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