The Vault locks in Grammy-winning producer and vintage Neve console

When Jimmy Hoyson and Bob McCutcheon gaze upon the big glowing console that now dominates the room at The Vault Recording Studio, it’s a look of love. What is it about a vintage Neve 8058? “Neve’s are known to be warm, punchy, big, not aggressive and nasty in the high mid-range — just a big fat sound. It’s hard to put it into words sometimes,” says Mr. Hoyson...

July 13th, 2018|

New label The Vault signs Chris Jamison to release his debut album

A new Pittsburgh label called The Vault Records is launching with the signing of local singer Chris Jamison, who came to fame on Season 7 of “The Voice.” After placing third on “The Voice” in December 2014, Jamison released the single “Velvet” on Republic Records, which went to No. 53 on the charts, but he never released a debut album. Describing the new material, which doesn’t have a release date yet, he said in a statement, “It’s pop, but it’s got more soul and meaning behind it. To me, it’s important not to simply sing a song, but to pour as much emotion into it as I can and really connect. It’s what I do.”...

June 15th, 2018|

SOUND SCULPTOR: Pittsburgh native Jimmy Hoyson reflects on his Grammy-winning career

Those memorable first days on the job — we’ve all had them, for better or worse. Consider this one: You show up for your first day and find Talking Heads in Studio A, Pink Floyd in Studio B and Eric Clapton with Billy Preston in Studio C. (It’s the Pink Floyd without Roger Waters, but still ....) That was the scenario Jimmy Hoyson encountered when he went to work in 1986 at Village Recorders, a studio in a former Masonic Temple in West Los Angeles. With that level of star power in the building, he could barely even focus on the big, beautiful Neve audio consoles...

March 7th, 2018|

You Should Know: Jimmy Hoyson

When Jimmy Hoyson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984, he moved to Los Angeles with no money, his guitar and the clothes on his back to pursue his dream of working in the music industry. For Hoyson, the gamble paid off: The record mixer, engineer and producer has six Grammy Awards to his name and has worked with artists including Iggy Pop and Lou Reed...

May 25th, 2016|
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