One On One Recording : THE BEGINNING

Original Studio Owner Jim David, son of iconic songwriter Hal David (Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick), opens One On One Recording as a massive one-room facility.  Studio A reportedly had 2 live rooms in the very early years.

  • 1982:

    One On One Recording : The Beginning

    Original Studio Owner Jim David, son of iconic songwriter Hal David (Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick), opens One On One Recording as a massive one-room facility.  Studio A reportedly had 2 live rooms in the very early years.

  • 1983

    Lita Ford - Out For Blood

    Debut solo album after the breakup of her former group, The Runaways, which had included a young Joan Jett.

    1983

  • 1985

    David Byrne - Music For "The Knee Plays"

    Talking Heads lead singer composed this brass band inspired instrumental album as a score and soundtrack for a five-act opera.

  • 1986

    Rod Stewart - Every Beat Of My Heart

    The iconic singer’s 14th studio album was certified GOLD in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

    1986

  • 1986

    Patti Labelle - Winner In You

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

  • 1987

    Whitesnake - Whitesnake

    RIAA certified 8x PLATINUM album in the US, 5x PLATINUM by MusicCanada, and GOLD or PLATINUM in 5 other countries, and reaching #2 on the Billboard200 charts. With 2 hit singles, “Is This Love” went to #2 on the Billboard Hot100 and was BPI certified SILVER in the UK, while “Here I Go Again” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot100 and was BPI certified PLATINUM in the UK.

    1987

  • 1987

    Motley Crüe - Girl Girls Girls

    RIAA certified 4x PLATINUM album, producerd by Tom Werman, reaching #2 on the Billboard200, with the lead single of the same title achieving BPI certified Silver status in the UK.

  • 1987

    Heart - Bad Animals

    RIAA certified 3x PLATINUM album reached #2 on the Billboard200 chart and received a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the Grammy Awards.

    1987

  • 1987

    KISS - Crazy Nights

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

  • 1987

    Dokken - Back For The Attack

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

    1987

  • 1987

    Cher - Cher

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

  • 1987

    Donna Summer - All Systems Go

    The 13th studio album by the R&B and disco diva.

    1987

  • 1987

    Sammy Hagar - I Never Said Goodbye

    RIAA certified GOLD album, recorded in 10 days in order to fulfill a record contract at Geffen so he could join Van Halen over on Warner Brothers.  The album features Eddie Van Halen producing and  playing bass.

  • 1988

    UB40 - UB40

    8th album by British reggae band, certified GOLD in the UK, Netherlands, and New Zealand.  Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders was featured on the single “Breakfast In Bed,” recorded here.

    1988

  • 1988

    Lita Ford - Lita

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album featuring a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, Rita was also managed by Sharon Osbourne at the time.

  • 1988

    Various Artists - Iron Eagle II : Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Alice Cooper recorded a cover of the Spirit song “I Got A Line On You” for this film here.

    1988

  • 1988

    Bullet Boys - Bullet Boys

    RIAA certified GOLD album recorded in full here at One On One, including the single “Smooth Up In Ya.”

  • 1988

    Poison - Open Up And Say Ahh

    RIAA certified 5x PLATINUM album

    1988

  • 1988

    Cheap Trick - Lap of Luxury

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

  • 1988

    Metallica - ..And Justice For All

    RIAA certified 8x PLATINUM album, recorded in Studio A with Danish music producer Flemming Rasmussen. The single “One” was also RIAA certified GOLD and won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

    1988

  • 1989

    L.A. Guns - Cocked & Loaded

    RIAA certified GOLD album by the Tracii Guns-lead band that was one of the precursors to supergroup Guns ‘n’ Roses.

  • 1989

    Eddie Money - Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money

    RIAA certified GOLD album, a compilations of greatest hits along with 3 new songs produced, recorded, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, one of which was written by Diane Warren.

    1989

  • 1989

    Steve Lukather - Lukather

    Toto lead guitarists and top LA session guitarist Steve Lukather’s 1st solo album, he recorded the song “Twist The Knife” here, with Eddie Van Halen producing and playing bass.  Word has it Steve and Eddie were regulars here back in those days.

  • 1989

    Bad English - Bad English

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

    1989

  • 1989-1990

    2nd studio built as The Grey Room

    The 2nd recording studio was built around this time as an exact replica of music producer Richard Landis’s popular home studio, “The Grey Room,” (including the faux skylight) as he needed to move his operation into a commercial facility per city ordinances, but didn’t want to lose the room’s great sound.  We believe it ran as a separate entity of the same name during this period, and seems to have been a popular mix room.

  • 1990

    Megadeth - Rust In Peace

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album often called one of the best thrash metal records of all time, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

    1990

  • 1990

    Heart - Brigade

    RIAA certified 2x PLATINUM album

  • 1990

    REO Speedwagon - The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken

    The 13th studio album by the veteran rockers, with 9 of the 11 songs being recorded here, and Tom Lord-Alge juggling engineering, production, and mixing duties.

    1990

  • 1990

    Private Life - Private Life

    2nd album by short-lived rock group, co-produced by Eddie Van Halen and Van Halen‘s producer Ted Templeman, recorded and mixed here at One On One.

  • 1990

    Michael McDonald - Take It To Heart

    The 3rd solo album by the former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers frontman.

    1990

  • 1990

    Various Artists - The Last Temptation of Elvis

    Bruce Springsteen came in to record his vocals for a cover of “Viva Las Vegas” for this compilation project by NME.

  • 1991

    Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing?

    ARIA certified GOLD album in Australia

    1991

  • 1991

    Yes - Union

    RIAA certified GOLD album

  • 1991:

    Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)

    RIAA certified 16x PLATINUM album recorded from October 1990 to June 1991 in Studio A with producer Bob Rock.  The studio was also used as backdrop for band’s promo photos, a 2 hour making-of documentary, and the “Nothing Else Matters” music video.  The album was #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and won Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, and currently sits at #10 on the RIAA’s All-Time Sales History list.

    1991:

  • 1992

    Body Count - Body Count

    RIAA certified GOLD album recorded in the last 4 months of 1991, this was Ice-T‘s rap/metal project that included the highly controversial “Cop Killer” single, which was later removed from the album.

  • 1992

    Alice In Chains - Dirt

    RIAA certified 5x PLATINUM album, peaked at #6 on the Billboard200 charts, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.  The album spawned multiple hit singles including “Would?” and “Rooster”, both 2x PLATINUM, as well as “Them Bones” and “Down in a Hole” both PLATINUM.

    1992

One On One Recording : The Yoshiki Era

Japan X frontman Yoshiki purchases the studio lock, stock, and barrel after being frustrated at the 9 month long wait list to book the popular studio, and being told jokingly the only way he could get into the studio is to buy it.  It is believed the purchase also included The Grey Room, which became Studio B at this point.  Accessibility becomes much more limited as the facility turns private, with work mainly focused on Yoshiki’s many in-house projects.

  • 1992

    Purchase

    Japan X frontman Yoshiki purchases the studio lock, stock, and barrel after being frustrated at the 9 month long wait list to book the popular studio, and being told jokingly the only way he could get into the studio is to buy it.  It is believed the purchase also included The Grey Room, which became Studio B at this point.  Accessibility becomes much more limited as the facility turns private, with work mainly focused on Yoshiki’s many in-house projects.

  • Fun fact;

    Eddie Murphy

    Recorded “Love’s Alright” here in 1992.

    Fun fact;

  • 1993

    Fishbone - Give a Monkey a Brain and He‘ll Swear He’s the Center of the Universe

    This whole album was recorded here, including the Branford Marsalis feature.

  • 1994

    Steve Perry - For The Love Of Strange Medicine

    RIAA certified GOLD album by the Journey frontman

    1994

  • 1994

    Barry White - The Icon Is Love

    RIAA certified 2x PLATINUM album

  • 1995

    Bon Jovi - These Days

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

    1995

  • 1995

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Playback

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album, a compilation of previously released songs

  • 1995

    Warrant - Ultraphobic

    1995

  • 1997

    Jane’s Addiction - Kettle Whistle

    RIAA certified GOLD album

  • 1997

    2PAC - R U Still Down? / Remember Me

    RIAA certified 4x PLATINUM album, released a year after his death.

    1997

  • 1998

    KISS - Psycho Circus

    RIAA certified GOLD album

  • 1998

    Bette Bidler - Bathhouse Betty

    RIAA certified GOLD album

    1998

The Extasy Studios Era

Owner Yoshiki renames the studio Extasy Studios after his record label, Extasy Records.  The studio was primarily home to Yoshiki’s personal projects, Japan X, and the various artists on his record label during this period.  Studio A’s control room undergoes a major renovation at this time, and the older SSL 4000 G+ is removed and a brand new SSL 9000 J is installed.

  • 1999

    Name Change and Renovation

    Owner Yoshiki renames the studio Extasy Studios after his record label, Extasy Records.  The studio was primarily home to Yoshiki’s personal projects, Japan X, and the various artists on his record label during this period.  Studio A’s control room undergoes a major renovation at this time, and the older SSL 4000 G+ is removed and a brand new SSL 9000 J is installed.

  • First two decades

    Clients;

    Etta James, Cher, Eddie Van Halen, Metallica, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, Poison, Steve Lukather, Donna Summer, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne, Alice in Chains, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and many more..

    First two decades

  • 1999

    Fiona Apple - When The Pawn...

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

  • 2000

    Don Henley - Inside Job

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album from the longtime Eagles drummer and lead singer, the album earned him 3 Grammy Award nominations including best Pop Vocal Album.

    2000

  • 2000

    Jimi Hendrix - Morning Symphony Ideas

    An album of previously unreleased studio and home demo recordings from 1969 & 1970  by the rock guitar legend.  Tracks 1, 2, and 4 mixed by the great Eddie Kramer right here.

  • 2000

    A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album

    2000

  • 2001

    Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

    RIAA certified PLATINUM album mixed here.

  • 2002

    Lisa Loeb - Cake and Pie

    recorded here

    2002

  • 2003

    Lisa Marie Presley - To Whom It May Concern

    Debut album, RIAA certified GOLD, from the daughter of King of Rock n Roll Elvis and ex-wife of King of Pop Michael Jackson, recorded here.

  • 2003

    Juan Gabriel - Inocente de Ti

    AMPROFON certified PLATINUM album in Mexico, nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter Album at the Latin Grammy Awards.

    2003

  • 2006

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Sinner

  • Fun Fact

    Bruce Swedien’s cover photo for his book was shot here

    The cover photo for the late great Bruce Swedien‘s instructional book & DVD-ROM entitled “The Bruce Swedien Recording Method” was shot here in Studio A.  The book was released by Hal Leonard Books in 2013, so the photo must have been taken very near the end of Extasy Studios.

    Fun Fact

  • 2012

    CLOSED

    As Yoshiki 20-year lease ended and he left, he took all of the equipment and furnishings with him, moving it all to his new studio and/or selling the rest.  The studio sat empty waiting for it’s next chapter.

The 17 Hertz Studios Era

the studio comes under new ownership and operates as 17 Hertz Studios, which was divided into up to 9 suites which are primarily subleased to various producers and artists.  Clients who worked at the studio during this period include Tyler The Creator, Mark Ronson, Chris Brown, Akon, Jeremiah, Alex Da Kid, Chance The Rapper, Halsey, Papa Roach, Taking Back Sunday, Zendaya, and more.

  • 2012

    Opening

  • 2013

    Goodie Mob - Age Against The Machine

    2013

  • 2014

    Boyz II Men - Collide

  • 2014

    Sage The Gemini - Remember Me

    RIAA certified GOLD album

    2014

  • 2014

    T.I. - Paperwork

  • 2016

    Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

    2016

  • 2016

    K. Michelle - More Issues Than Vogue

  • 2020-2021

    CLOSED

    2020-2021

One On One Recording : THE REVIVAL

After spending a year vacant and in disarray after neighboring buliding Tokyo Delves catches fire and burns down, the studio comes under new ownership for the 4th time, and with the original name restored, and returning to it’s original business model as a commercial recording studio for the first time in 30 years. The space undergoes extensive repairs and renovations to bring it back to it’s former glory and beyond!

  • 2021

    Renovation

  • 2022

    Studio A Opens

    In November of 2022 the studio re-opens for the first time in 3 years, with Studio A available for booking once again.  Renovations continue for Studios B, C, and D.

    2022

  • 2023

    J Balvin "Dientes" ft. Usher & DJ Khaled

    Usher recorded his vocals in Studio A for this EDM/ Reggaeton single which interpolates his 2004 hit record “Yeah.”  The song landed at #1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart.

  • 2024

    Studio B, C, & D slated for opening

    Renovations, construction, and equipment installations continue behind closed doors on the remaining spaces.
    Studio D expected to open by May 2024.
    Studio B expected to open by July 2024.
    Studio C expected to open by November 2024.
    Stay tuned for updates!

    2024