Interview: Shiloh Elkins of Alley Music Studios


Shiloh Elkins of Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Shiloh Elkins of Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Shiloh and Bill Elkins founded Alley Music Studios in 1973. Since opening its doors the famed rehearsal studio has been a magnet in Los Angeles’ NOHO Arts District for a who’s who of music legends. Now that Alley Music Studios is going to be the subject of a documentary film in 2016, we thought it was a good time to check in with co-owner Shiloh Elkins. In an interview with Melina Dellamarggio for Ghost Cult, Shiloh filled us in on the back story of this underrated L.A. music mecca, a namecheck of all the artists who led to its rise to prominence, the basis for the film and her dreams for the future of the business and much more. You can view the interview at this link or below:

 Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

 Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

 

 Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

 Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

 Wall of Autographs at Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Wall of Autographs at Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

 Wall of Autographs at Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

Wall of Autographs at Alley Music Studios, by Melina D Photography

 

INTERVIEW, VIDEO, AND PHOTO SET BY MELLINA DELLAMARGGIO

 

The creators of the project are still seeking production partners, directors, and contributors to the film of artists with memories of Alley Music Studios to share. You can contact them here:

The Alley Music Studios online

The Alley Music Studios on Facebook

Executive Producer Todd Bellina

415-450-7176


Famed Los Angeles Studio Alley Music Studios To Be Profiled In A Documentary


Photo credit: Alley Music Studios

Photo credit: Alley Music Studios

Legendary Los Angeles music studio and rehearsal space Alley Music Studios will be the focus of a documentary film, planned for release in 2016. Executive producer Todd Bellina and his team have been collecting footage, interviews with artists, and archival photos from the owners Bill and Shiloh Elkins, who have built and run the venerable studio used by a who’s who of headline acts for forty years, since opening its doors in 1973. The location continues to be a favorite of modern artists as well, as an alternative to the typical Hollywood studio experience.

The producers of the film have shared their synopsis of the film:

In the NoHo district of North Hollywood, California, quietly hidden behind a small burger joint, is a very unique and very special musical venue known as “The All3y”, a music rehearsal studio that has attracted some of the finest musical talent of the last four decades. From David Crosby to The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jackson Brown and many more.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, photo credit: Alley Music Studios

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, photo credit: Alley Music Studios

Photo credit: Alley Music Studios

Photo credit: Alley Music Studios

Among the plans for the run up to the films’ release includes up to a 12-part mini series of episodes and live streaming. A partial past client list of the studio can be found on Alley Music Studios website, and some of these artists will be involved with the documentary:

David Lindley
Kiss
Deftones
The 4 Seasons
Ziggy Marley
Julian Casablancas And The Voidz
Lita Ford
Aimee Allen
The Black Crowes
John Bonham
Terry Bozzio
Jackson Browne
Lindsey Buckingham
Rosanne Cash
Stanley Clarke
Vinnie Colaiuta
Michael Des Barres Band
The Doobie Brothers
The Eagles
Melissa Etheridge
Little Feat
Bryan Ferry
Mick Fleetwood
Rayford Griffin
Joey Heredia
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billy Idol
Etta James
Jim Keltner
Robby Krieger
Russ Kunkel
Jean Luc Ponty
Steve Lukather
The Meters
Rod Morgenstein
Steve Morse
Michael Mcdonald
Leo Nocentelli
System Of A Down
Nigel Olsson
Ozzy Osbourne
Gram Parsons
Missing Persons
Simon Phillips
Iggy Pop
Jeff Porcaro
Smashing Pumpkins
Bonnie Raitt
Billy Ray Cyrus
Chris Robinson Band
Linda Ronstadt
Katey Sagal
Carly Simon
Steve Smith
Steve Stevens
Mike Stinson
The Stooges
James Taylor
Stone Temple Pilots
Toto
Eddie Van Halen
Jack White
Lucinda Williams
Gary Wright
The Young Royals
Dweezil Zappa
Warren Zevon

The creators of the project are still seeking production partners, directors and contributors to the film of artists with memories of Alley Music Studios to share. You can contact them here:

 

The Alley Music Studios online

The Alley Music Studios on Facebook

Executive Producer Todd Bellina

415-450-7176


Former Runaways Manager Kim Fowley Passes Away At Age 75


Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley

Famed musician, writer and producer Kim Fowley, who epitomized the Hollywood music business in the 1960s and 1970s, died on January 15 after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.

He was best known as Svengali, producer and promoter of the all girl 70s rock band the Runaways, which launched the careers of future starlets Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford.

Though Fowley never registered any major hits in his own name – his 1969 Imperial album “Outrageous” barely grazed the charts at No. 198 – he had a hand in several ’60s and ’70s chart records. Consistently ahead of the curve as a talent scout, he was involved with artists like Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens early in their careers.

Blessed with a genius for self-promotion, with a sharp tongue and gift of gab that magnetized writers, Fowley styled himself, in English writer Barney Hoskyns’ words, as “the ultimate Hollywood pop hustler.”

Born in L.A., Fowley was the son of Douglas Fowley, a familiar second-tier leading man and heavy in film and TV. He attended West L.A.’s University High, where his classmates included surf duo Jan & Dean and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.

Fowley was prominently featured in the 2003 documentary “Mayor of the Sunset Strip,” about L.A. DJ and onetime club owner Rodney Bingenheimer, a close friend. In Floria Sigismondi’s 2010 biopic “The Runaways,” Fowley was portrayed by Michael Shannon.