The 80’s Manhattan music scene

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Mar 142015
 

Miguel Weissman’s exploration into the Manhattan, Bronx, East Village and Hoboken, NJ music scenes led to getting on wax and gigging in Harlem and deep into the East Village (Avenues A-D) at after-hour clubs. This was the advent of the emerging Black Rock, Blues, Punk and Avant Garde Jazz communities.

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Miguel played with Donald Dixon, Tack Heads (Sugar Hill Gang}, Eddy Von Bach, Ghetto Fighters, Afrika Bambaata, The New Left, Spy v Spy, GTO and The Soul Squad, Sammy Carr, Johnny Thunders, Robert Gordon, Lester Chambers and Charles “Bobo” Shaw at the great clubs of the time like The 7A Club, The World Club and The Pyramid Club in the East Village as well as the Continental Divide, 55 Bar and Danceteria, to name a few.

Miguel joined a band called The Gismo in 1979. Also in that band was Stan 157, one of the original graffiti artists. The Gismo was an early R & B band. They played at after-hours clubs in Harlem. For Miguel, as the only white man in the room most of the time, this was an experience he would never forget. The love shared there was profound and he was always welcomed.
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Miguel collaborated with Donald Dixon in the Bronx in early 80’s on Hill Street, overlooking the Yankee Stadium. They worked on a 4-track reel-to-reel, with a Shure 57 microphone, a delay unit and one 8-bit AKAI sampler.

Miguel saw what life was like for black people in the ‘hood during a time when it seemed like the world had forgotten them. Miguel learned how resourceful this community was and risked his life going up there when crime and desperation were out on the streets! He knew back then that cops stopped men on the street for nothing at all.

There were guns shots constantly in the background. Sometimes there would be a knock on the door and Donald would explain to his clients that Miguel was here to record them and he was white. He would take their guns and bring them into the studio.

He experienced the same thing in the East Village. Going east of First Avenue back then was very dangerous! One night, Miguel was walking on 11th Street and was robbed of his Selmer Mark VI saxophone by a junkie. That’s when he decided to focus on the harmonica and music production, although he still plays the sax, flute and keyboards.

At Continental Divide, a club on 3rd Avenue and 8th Street, (the one that had a big dinosaur on top) he played with the DJs Smash and Stone, who were working turntables while he and other jazz musicians played over the top on the sax, flute and harp. They created the Acid Jazz Movement in the New York scene.

“Wet Ride, Fat Jazzy Groves 6 & 7″ for New Bread Records represents the collaborations between musicians and DJs that created the Acid Jazz Movement in New York. Miguel also worked with Warlock and Sleeping Bag Records where he collaborated with DJs Stone and Smash, GTO, William Socolov, and the Latin Rascals.


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“Wet Ride Fat Jazzy Groves 6 & 7” for New bread Records compiled by DJ Smash, Executive Producer; Asia Love; Miguel Weissman on harmonica; flute and keyboards; Willie Barrios, Co-Producer and drum programing.


The New Left – Tony Boil, vocals, guitar and composition; the late Mike Hoke, bass and backing vocals; Charlie Stedmen, drums; Miguel Weissman harmonica, saxophone and keyboards. Published on Jun 18, 2013 Label: Kingpin Records Released: 1985


GTO and Miguel co-composed and produced this track. GTO wrote the lyrics. Mixed by Craig Randal 1985.

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The New Left – Tony Boil, vocals, guitar and composition; the late Mike Hoke, bass and backing vocals; Charlie Stedmen, drums; Miguel Weissman harmonica, saxophone and keyboards. Published on Jun 18, 2013 Label: Kingpin Records Released: 1985


Solo Punk days Recorded at Miguel Weissman’s Studio in 1982.

Miguel Weissman, vocals, bass guitar, drum programing, harmonica and tenor saxophone; Dave Sewelson, baritone saxophone; the late Mike Hoke, rhythm guitar; Mark Danie: lead guitar.

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Miguel’s milestone recording sessions such as Fat Jazzy Groves 6 &  7 for New Bread Records, as well as countless sessions for  Warlock and Sleeping Bag Records where Miguel collaborated with the Dj Stone and Smash, GTO, Jungle Brothers and the Latin Rascals, and played up in Harlem with  early emerging Black Rock scene.


Surrender GTO and Miguel co-composed and produced this track. GTO wrote the lyrics. by Craig Randal mixed this track in 1985.

His exploration into the Manhattan music scene as a multi- instrumentalist and producer goes as far back as the 1982 . His early HipHop, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, House and Punk Rock collaborations in the Bronx and the east village with Donald Dixon, The New Left, Tack Heads, Johnny Thunders, Charles “Bobo” Shaw at the 7A club and the Pyramid club in the east Village, and in the 22’s at Danceteria led to getting on wax.


Blue Spirit Disco Mix Recorded at Miguel’s studio originally in 1997. Re-mixed in 2009. Designed and programmed with virtual instruments altered and created though computers. Composed and produced by Miguel Weissman. Special guest; Donald Dixon: Bass,Yancy Drew lambert: Bongos, Walter Pretty: guitar, Miguel: harmonica and flute.


Techno Wave Mixed composed and preformed by Miguel Weissman in 1996.


The Love Produced, mixed and recorded at Miguel’s recording studio, Angie Brown’s Vocals and brother Dave’s guitar manipulated though melodyne and other treatments.

Aug 092014
 

Miguel was a art major in collage until he decided to focus on music, but his love for creating surrealistic  landscapes is demonstrated here. Here is a video he created with his music and art. He does work on albums covers and designed this site.

 

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Solo project Designed and programed with virtual instruments altered though computers, composed and produced by Miguel Weissman recordedd 2012

Solo project Designed and programed with virtual instruments altered though computers, composed and produced by Miguel Weissman recorded 2010
For now these are solo projects for films, but Miguel will create a album of Ambient music.

Miguel created this from photos he has taken in his travels around the world.

Miguel’s Travelogue

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Aug 132013
 

Miguel’s recording studio, music school and midi production. With state-of-the-art virtual instruments, the studio is for composing music and sound designs for movies, TV and theater as well as musicians and bands. He produces up-and-coming artists, helping them develop a unique identity in any genre. His goal is to create a positive environment away from the pressures and perceptions of the corporate music industry.

Miguel can also negotiate reduced rates at a few live studios designed to fit your budget and be your engineer at these studios for live drums, B3 organ, vintage mixing boards and reel-to-reel tape for tape compression.

In addition, you can come to Miguel for mixing and mastering. He has a vintage collection of amps, equalizers, limiters and microphones, including a Neumann U87.

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All the music here is examples of Miguel’s production skills, he composed the tracks and all tracks can be used for your production.

Production Mix 2016

If he’s helping you compose the track, he will get a fair percentage of the copyrights, Miguel gets co-production credits and the appropriate points a producer gets.

Due to the amount of work coming through the studio and the commitment he puts into every project, Miguel reserves the right to pass on projects that he feels are not suited for him. Please submit potential projects to harpburn@yahoo.com

Harmonica Lessons though Skype, $45 per hour, Session work $250 per track and he only takes payment though paypal.
Miguel also builds recording studios.
His hourly rate for building recording studios varies depending on what you need, Sound proofing, choosing equipment, installing and wiring all depends on where you are and the amount of work needed.Header-Gif-8

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Recording techniques by pro though Skype, $45 per hour, $60 at you studio. I only Take Money though Paypal.
Miguel has build many recording studios and video production houses {Mac and PC}.

He is always keeps up with the latest software and formats for music and video production.

He will help you utilize your programs to the fullest! Help you create templates and short cuts. Any program, any computer {Mac and PC}.

Marco Heiland
Private Instructor
”I met Miguel in 2008, when I was looking for a music and harmonica instructor. It was a unique experience. The lessons were the best I’ve ever had; the contents ranged from music history, production to actual playing instruction. The results I got were really great, and I have no words to thank him enough!”

Mark Tipton
Trumpeter, Composer, Music Educator
”Miguel Weissman is one of my favorite musicians to work with! His incredible harmonica playing, his vast knowledge of audio engineering and MIDI programming, and his vibrant creative spirit makes every encounter with him a joy, and a major learning experience. I highly endorse his work!”

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