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Talk of the Town - Making the cut in Powder Springs August 19 2004

Music, games and business with Fuzzy Breakfast Productions

Sometimes the right lessons have to come from the wrong people. At least, that is what band member and recording director Eyal Levi believes. Levi has been working in the music industry since he was a teenager and roughly a decade later is recording between 10 and 15 bands a year from his basement studio. Despite having spent nearly a decade learning about and working with musicians, the most important lesson he ever learned is still the first he was ever taught.

"When I was 15, I went to my first studio and the engineer was a total cokehead — doing blow right in front of us and running the session in a totally unprofessional manner," Levi recalls.

Creative Loafing: Sounds like a difficult experience.

Levi: It was ridiculous, but he did do one thing right: He was really straightforward about our weaknesses. He said our drummer sucked and that we had to stop working with him. I hated how straightforward he was, but he was right.

How did your experience with him affect the way you handle your company, Fuzzy Breakfast Recordings?

I realized that space is very important. Lots of local studios tend to be the size of a small room. Band members don't have the chance to separate, and recording can be kind of tense. Here, I can work with one band member at a time and everyone else can be playing video games, sleeping or doing whatever they want to do.

Do you feel like that kind of division is important in making creative music?

Hugely important. Most recording studios are sterile and that doesn't contribute to creativity. My studio is a lot more comfortable; it helps people to make good music. I've also had a lot of bands from out of town that are really pleased at saving thousands on hotel fees and not having to cram in a crappy hotel room.

Where do the musicians sleep?

I have a sleeping area set up in the studio: three beds, two baths and an Internet connection. They feel really comfortable.

Where do you monitor the music?

This is the brain. [Levi takes me down a hallway to a room that houses three computers, a variety of instruments and accessory equipment.] Basically, I can have a guitar player in here and we'll have a chord connected to the amp, then connected back to my computers so we can monitor or tweak sounds as needed.

Is it expensive to operate all this equipment? The electric bill must be intimidating.

It's not too bad.

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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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??
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The posters really cover a diverse range of movie monsters: Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a variety of Aliens. Are they collector's items?

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My brother made those for me.

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There he is. (She points to the dining area where a hulking green movie stand-up guards the dinner table.). He's pretty frickin' huge.

Good Lord, I could fit in his hand.

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Their solution: live in a big home. Velez and her family reside in a three-story, 2,000-square-foot townhouse. Two balconies, an attached garage and two fireplaces provide abundant mantles, shelves and wall space on which to display some of their amazing finds. And while Velez acknowledges that finding a perfect home requires as much luck as finding a rare vintage collectable, knowing where to look certainly helps.

Velez: We were very lucky to get this apartment. There are only eight this size on the entire property, and they aren't on the floor plan. You have to know to ask.

Creative Loafing: Was it difficult to move all your stuff here?

It wasn't too difficult. Most of my collectibles were still boxed up, and I didn't have as many at the time. What you see in my living room is a very small fraction of what's in the garage.

The posters really cover a diverse range of movie monsters: Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a variety of Aliens. Are they collector's items?

Well, most of the posters are reprints, but we do have a couple of originals. The 101 Dalmatians poster is an original. It's hanging on the wall leading upstairs.

What about all the weapons? Where did they come from?

My brother made those for me.

Is that a morning star or  a mace?

It's a mace — a morning star doesn't have a chain. In our old apartment, they were hanging on the walls leading into the basement. Guests would be walking downstairs and thinking, "What is she leading me to?"

Did you say you had a huge Incredible Hulk in the dining room?

There he is. (She points to the dining area where a hulking green movie stand-up guards the dinner table.). He's pretty frickin' huge.

Good Lord, I could fit in his hand.

The Hulk is 9 feet tall, and that is after I cut some off. We had to trim Hulk so we could transport him back here. I think he used to be 12 feet tall. And, it's funny ... when someone sits at the far end of the dining table, and you're sitting at the opposite end, you can see Hulk's hand just over the other person's head.

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Shawn: Things like carpet, roof shingles and asphalt don't last. So my house was built out of concrete and galvanized steel. A lot of people would look at my home and call it a house, but it's more like a foundation. Right now, its got concrete floors and those could easily be turned into hardwood floors. And I could pull out the toilet and some other things in the bathroom without a problem. I'll make the bathroom nice once I get a girlfriend. That's the cool thing about it. It was designed to be conducive to upgrading, and if I found a cooler set of windows, I could take out of the older windows and replace them.

Creative Loafing: What was your inspiration for the design? Is the house meant to foster a particular feeling you've experienced in music or literature?

The design for this house is based on early New York-style lofts. It's built to meet requirements. We built enough to make the city let me live here.

So, you were not thinking about playing music here initially? The open space seems like a good place to practice.

Well, I don't play a lot of music. Some of the bands I manage have considered recording music here, but it hasn't happened yet. This house was kind of a culmination of my time as an architect, I built it right after I finished studying architecture at Southern Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, I started looking for a place to live, and I contacted an architect friend of mine involved with the Community Housing Resource Center. They wanted to build some experimental, long-term, low-cost housing, so my friend and I sketched out the design. There were seven people involved with the build, and we finished the house in seven months.

Seven months? That's a quick build. 

Yeah, it didn't take long.

Did you meet your future neighbors during construction? Also, I have to ask since you live just off Boulevard, is this a rough area?

I think what's remarkable about this neighborhood is that nobody on this street gives a shit about what color you are. We all get along pretty well. Aside from an occasional police siren and fire engine, I rarely hear anything. On the weekends, I hear music coming from cars. It's loud and there's lots of bass, but that's OK because I play lots of treble.

So everyone gets along pretty well?

I had some friends visit during the build, and they ended up moving into the neighborhood. Most of the people in this community get along. We have barbecues and picnics together.

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