As a photographer and content creator, I've been blessed with tons of amazing experiences and have worked at LOTS of cool shoot locations all over the world... but this particular one was pretty special!
See, ever since I was a young child, my cousins and I grew up listening to Michael Jackson's early record albums - the CLASSICS like Off The Wall and Thriller. My grandmother bought them at Tower Records inside the Eastridge Mall in San Jose when we were kids, and we used to listen to them on her old record player at an early age. Even today, these classic albums hold up and stand the test of time... and in my opinion, are pretty much Michael Jackson's best work. (To be honest, his music kinda lost me when he started doing all that Man in the Mirror stuff. I mainly like the sound of the OLD SCHOOL Mike, before he started bleaching his skin and doing all the plastic surgeries. But now I'm getting off topic...)
Anyway, my new friend Ali booked to shoot video footage for a music documentary being produced by her record label, Revolver Records. All I was given was an address and a time to show up, so I didn't even think anything of it... so when I actually arrived at the building where the shoot was to take place, the exterior was bland and nondescript, with zero signage or markings on the building or the doors except for the number 8477 on the brown building exterior.
However, this is Hollywood… and in Hollywood, these types of buildings are often times more than meets the eye (cue Transformers theme music). When I initially passed through the black tinted glass doors at the entrance, I was greeted by Ali in the lobby of the studio, which had an old school wooden lodge vibe inside - from the wooden furniture to the faux stone and cork textured paneling inside the place.
Once I pulled my Thinktank Photo camera bag inside the building, it was impossible not to notice all the gold albums hanging on the wall, with the photos of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on some of them.
I asked one of the studio employees, "there are lots of photos of Michael Jackson on the walls here. Is there a reason for that?" The nonchalant response was, "oh... yeah, that's cause Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones recorded the Off The Wall and Thriller albums here. They used Control Room A a lot, right over here."
Wait... WHAT?! Are you f*cking serious?! Incredible. I had no idea! LA is just crazy like that sometimes!