A great 3-hour long interview with Brad Sundberg about Michael:
He tells quite a few cute stories about Michael in the studio, and very heartwarming things about Neverland and Michael's goal to help children.
Some tidbits I tweeted while I was listening:
Brad said he was at the Dangerous plagiarism hearing in 1994 and that MJ testified and totally won the jury over w/ his humor and honesty.
Brad also said that Michael was insatiably curious and asked everyone about everything.
He said that there were "3 Michaels": the cool guy in the studio, the incredible performer and the brilliant businessman.
Brad also said MJ loved to ride in the golfcarts in the darkness of night in Neverland with guests, and he had a special button in the cart and when he hit that button in moment X, all lights in Neverland - in trees and everywhere would light up at the same time - breathtaking.
He said Michael was all about the timing and the show.
Brad said that Michael was extremely generous with his time for sick kids at Neverland. He not only built a fantasy world for them, but he was in a middle of it himself. Brad said he had enormous respect for that.
He told a story how Michael liked to sample super-hot chicken wings they cooked in the studio.
Brad said Michael loved Filet-O-Fish with two fish patties from McDonalds. It was his guilty pleasure.
Brad also said that Michael really knew how to thank people, his level of gratitude for contributions of others was exceptional.
"There are just people you want to be around. There is genuineness you don't encounter very often." - Brad Sundberg about MJ
Last edited by morinen; 08-06-2013 at 03:06 AM.
Amazing. The story tidbits. Thanks so much for posting.
This seminar sounds like it will be an amazing event.
Imagine, learning of and experiencing Michael's creative ventures thru Brads' eyes.
Michael Jackson....a real musical genius.
Thank you morinen. Glad you shared that.
Is he coming to Paris btw, you guys know? Id take the train to listen to these stories myself too
Yes, he is coming to Paris in October. Tickets are already on sale.
This seminar that Brad Sundberg is hosting seems like one I really should be attending; however, it is not to be. I kindly ask anyone who is attending to please memorize and share what you've heard, if possible.
The link in the first post isnt the one forParis I see, any idea where to get tix to that one?
www.facebook.com/inthestudiowithmichaeljackson you should be able to get info there on Paris tickets!
Thank you, loads!!
Please show support and attend the seminar coming up in 2 weeks here in New York City. There are plenty tickets left for Sunday and I can't wait! I am going both days and I hope to meet as many of you as possible there---
I can't wait to read feedbacks from the seminar, it's tomorrow !!
BTW, the link for paris is here : http://www.bradinparis.com/
Did anyone here go?
I went today!
You guys...my god I can't even put into words. I just got home from the city and will write something up tomorrow if you want but I just...I'm still completely in awe and living on cloud 9. If you have the opportunity to go, PLEASE DO IT. I will look at Michael differently for the rest of my life. It was so stunningly beautiful. I'm still in shock that it all even happened. Wow.
I went as well and will write up my impressions tomorrow, although I may be repeating what peace.love.mj will say!!
One tidbit for now--Brad said that the dance tracks, like Smooth Criminal, Bad, TWYMMF were sped up 5-6% on the released tracks from what was done in the studio. He played a few demos at the unspeeded up pace and they sounded different, clearer--some people there liked the slower-paced versions better. Interesting!!!
Another short tidbit--he played parts of a 2 hour recording of MJ and Bill Bottrell creating Give In to Me--it was so amazing b/c the song--the music and lyrics--slowly emerged from the experimental sounds of Bill's guitar and MJ's singing, and you could hear it taking form piece by piece. WOW!!!!!
Final tidbit--the name 'rubba' was a word MJ used in the studio: "We need more rubba." Brad said rubba usually meant more bass--like a rubber band, the bass strings, but it could also mean more synth. More later!
ok, one more tidbit--MJ liked cherry flavored chapstick and one time Brad was going to Neverland, and he took MJ some cherry chapstick, and when he got there he gave it to him, and MJ said, 'That's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me." And Brad said, "Come on, it's just chapstick. But MJ said, "No, I really mean it. I am really grateful." Brad said this was just how MJ was--so appreciative. He said MJ was "the kindest man I ever met." AWWWWWW.
Last edited by jamba; 01-07-2013 at 04:00 AM.