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Studio 808 [Roy's loft in the Old Bank District, Downtown LA]
Studio 808 | The San Fernando Building at 4th and Main, Downtown LA.
400 So. Main St., Studio 808
Los Angeles, CA 90013
10am - 1pm
Geza-X is one of the originators of the LA Punk scene. He produced records for a number of seminal LA punk bands including the Dead Kennedys, The Germs, Black Flag, Avengers and Weirdos. His now-classic productions of "Holiday in Cambodia" for the Dead Kennedys, and "Lexicon Devil" for The Germs helped define the particular (and somewhat peculiar) punk energy of Los Angeles at that time (very different than the scene in New York, San Francisco or London).
According to guitarist and music journalist Paul Tingen, Geza, "has legendary status... as the man who almost single-handedly produced and engineered the punk wave that came out of LA in the late '70s."
[ Click HERE for information on Geza's Malibu studio, Satellite Park. ]
Geza has also worked with a number of rap and hip-hop artists such as Ice-T, Blow and Rhyme Syndicate. At his studio in Malibu, Geza produced a wide range of music including projects for Josie Cotton, Celebrity Skin, Sonic Youth, 100 Mona Lisas, Algerian singer Cheikha Rimitti (with Robert Fripp) and Meredith Brooks (whose Geza-produced hit, "Bitch", sold over 2 million copies).
Geza produces records, but his underlying interest has always been in giving birth to new creative and social movements. Recently, Geza has been shifting his focus to what he sees as an significant vortex of fresh creative activity emerging from the core of Downtown Los Angeles.
ABOUT STUDIO 808
Studio 808 is Roy and Julie's personal living and working space - an environment designed to facilitate creative thinking.
The loft in a prior incarnation - before Studio 808.
Studio 808 is located on the top floor of a historic building - the San Fernando Building, built in 1908 - that was, among other things, home to an illegal gambling den and speakeasy during the prohibition. The building is located on one of the most filmed corners in the United States - 4th and Main, in an area known as THE OLD BANK DISTRICT.
The San Fernando and other buildings in the vicinity - The Farmer's and Merchant's Bank, The Hellman, The Barclay Hotel, The Continental and the Banco Popular Building - have been used as a backdrop for scores of feature films and car commercials.
The corner of 4th and Main in it's original hey-day.
WHAT TO BRING
1) Any assignments you haven't turned in yet.
2) Your brain - oh, and your ears too.
3) VERY IMPORTANT: Print out the directions below for reference and bring them with you, so you don't get lost. Downtown LA is filled with one-way streets...
DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
The San Fernando Building, is a white 8-story white Renaissance Revival building on the south east corner of 4th and Main St.
NOTE: Main is a northbound one-way street, and 4th is an east-bound one-way street.
FROM THE WESTSIDE: The easiest way to get there is to come across 4th from the 110 fwy, going east past Hill, Broadway and Spring to Main St.
Turn left (north) on Main, and park in the huge surface lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. The entrance to the lot is off Main, just north of the intersection of 4th and Main.
This surface lot is an entire city block in size, and relatively cheap. If it is full, (highly unlikely) circle back to Spring Street and park in the Wells Fargo lot on the west side of Spring, between 3rd and 4th.
FROM THE NORTH: Get on the 101 Fwy and exit at Spring St. and head south to 4th Street. Turn left (east) and go one block to Main. Follow the parking directions above.
If you're not familiar with the area, check out these maps before you drive over:
Map of the DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES Region.
Map of the OLD BANK DISTRICT in the Historic Core of DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES.
Park in the lot and look for PETE'S CAFE & BAR at the corner of 4th and Main as you approach. That's the building. The main entrance is facing Main St. Use the call box to call up, or call up on your cell and someone will run down.
The studio number is:
See you soon!
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