Michael Jackson collaborator and studio engineer Rob Hoffman joins us for a conversation on this special episode of The MJCast. Rob is a producer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has collaborated with some of the most iconic individuals in popular music. From ground-breaking artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and P Diddy, Rob has worked with the best. And not just the best artists and musicians either, Rob has had the honour of collaborating with fellow engineers and producers such as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien.
But it was through his work at New York City’s The Hit Factory studios where he first met recording legend Bruce Swedien, who would go on to become Rob’s long-time mentor. This relationship made possible a four-year period as one of Michael Jackson’s core team members; working on the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Blood on the Dancefloor: HIStory in the Mix studio albums, the HIStory World Tour, the ill fated HBO special Michael Jackson: One Night Only and Michael’s seminal film, Ghosts.
Rob had an incredibly important relationship with Michael, allowing him to express himself artistically and creatively with a level of freedom that resulted in some of Michael’s most innovative, creative and complex music.
- Rob Hoffman’s official website and Facebook page
- Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream
- Janet Jackson’s Runaway
- Michael Jackson’s On The Line
- 3T feat. Michael Jackson – Why
- Bruce Swedien’s books Make Mine Music and In the Studio with Michael Jackson
- Michael Jackson’s Stranger In Moscow
- Michael Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album
- Damien Shields’ exclusive Michael Jackson: One Night Only article
- Michael Jackson’s Blood on the Dancefloor: HIStory in the Mix album
- Michael Jackson’s Ghosts film
- The Gearslutz forum Michael Jackson thread. This forum thread features discussion and interaction between a range of Michael Jackson collaborators including Rob (RobMix).
- Brad Sundberg’s In the Studio With MJ website and his Facebook and Twitter pages
- The official website for Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Music Breaks & Ads
- Early 1990’s NBA TV ad featuring the Dangerous album opening track Jam
- HBO’s Michael Jackson: One Night Only TV special ad
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