Interview Archive page: published 2002

Joseph Magee

Interviewed at O'Henry Studios

Since filming O'Henry has sadly closed.

Mel Lambert interviewed Joseph Magee while working on the film score for Disney's "The Country Bears" at O'Henry Studios.

Joseph Magee

"Give me great mics - new or old - audio workstations, great acoustics but, most of all, real, live musicians and I'll make great recordings" says Joseph Magee.

Joseph Magee has numerous credits with a very wide range of musical styles; jazz, classical, rock, pop, latin and world music in addition to numerous recording, mixing and production credits for feature films - not forgetting his other work as a consultant for design projects for Disney Concert Hall and The Colburn School of Performing Arts.

You may also have seen Joseph at the Hollywood Bowl where he mixes about 90% of all live shows!

Joseph Magee at O'Henry Studios in Hollywood interviewed by Mel Lambert

Past credits include The Boston Pops, Ray Brown, Whitney Huston, Tina Turner, Joe Williams, Stewart Copeland and a vast array of classical ensembles such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The L.A. Philharmonic and The Naples Philharmonic. Joseph's film score/soundtrack work includes 'Sister Act 2', 'Twister', 'Money Train' and Tina Turner's story 'What's love got to do with it' (see our related Graham Lyle feature).

More recently Joseph has been involved with several Disney Films including 'Fantasia 2000' with James Levine (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), 'Coyote Ugly' and 'High Fidelity' with John Cussack. He worked with Trevor Horn (see our related Trevor Horn feature) and Michael Mann recently on a Sony Pictures film, 'Ali'.

Most recently Joseph has been working on another Disney film, 'The country bears' with Glyn Johns and John Hiatt, which is where we caught up with him to interview for the website.

Joseph Magee at O'Henry Studios in Hollywood interviewed by Mel Lambert

Mel Lambert talks with Joseph Magee at O'Henry Studios

Joseph can be contacted here.

Special thanks to Mel Lambert for taking the time to do the interview at O'Henry Studios, the staff of O'Henry and the team that filmed the interview, Johnny Jaskot Producer/Director, Brian Sferrazzo Camera 1, and Eric Slater Camera 2 and lights. Thank you to Claris at for co-ordinating this feature.

For more than a dozen years, Mel Lambert has spearheaded Media&Marketing, a consultancy service for the professional audio, broadcast and multimedia industries. In addition to providing public relations, marketing and consulting services for such companies as Amek, AMS-Neve, Aphex Systems, Ensoniq, Euphonix, Fairlight, Graham-Patten Systems, HHB, Martinsound, Meyer Sound, ADC-nVision, QSC, Record Plant Studios, Solid State Logic, Sony Cinema Products, Sunset Sound Studios and Symetrix, he has created a large number of freelance articles, profiles and reviews for such magazines as "Mix," "Radio World," POST," "Pro Audio Review," "Millimeter," "Audio Media," and "Studio Sound."

For seven years Mel Lambert was Managing Editor and later Editor of "Recording Engineer-Producer," and most recently served as International Marketing Director with Otari Corporation. is an on-line exchange to connect the professional recording studios and clients. It facilitates the booking of studio-time and related services through a web site. The service is initially available for studios in California and is free for all of its registered members worldwide.

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