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About Us

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  • Founders & Partners
  • Engineers & Producers
  • Photographers & Directors

Our Founders
Spike Edney

spike edney

Executive Producer & Musical Supervisor

Most notably known for being legendary Rock band Queen’s musical director and keyboard player since 1984, British multi instrumentalist Spike Edney has toured, recorded and performed with many of the living and late legends of our time.

His career began in the mid 70’s as keyboard player and musical director for Soul & Motown legends Ben E King and Edwin Starr. In the 80’s, after tours and studio work with Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thomas Dolby, Haircut 100 and Duran Duran, Spike commenced his 32 year career with Queen.

The 90’s saw the launch of The SAS Band a.k.a. Spike’s All-Star Band, featuring many of the legendary recording artists he has worked with over the years. It is from his extensive network of top producers, engineers, songwriters and musicians in the industry, that he will call upon to provide their services at Pink Satellite Studios. For further information about Spike, visit www.sasband.com

Our Founders
Chris Haines

chris haines

Founder & Co-Owner

Founder of the Chris Haines Motorcycle Adventure Company, the 15 times Baja 1000 Motorcycle Championship winner and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee’s interest in music and collecting vintage instruments began with his love for the Beatles.

Haines explains “Because I’ve been involved with racing, I’m kind of an equipment person. I loved the Beatles since I was a kid, but about 15 years ago, I started getting really interested in what kind of equipment they used to make that magic.”

Chris’s love for the high desert and its music scene, combined with his interest in developing a state-of-the-art recording facility, lead him to creating Pink Satellite Studios with co-founder Spike Edney, after a conversation over some martinis and BBQ at Spike’s Joshua Tree cabin. Spike dubbed the project Pink Satellite Studios …because it’s pink!

Chris lives with his wife Karen (founder of Spa Girl Cocktails) in Palm Springs and they are active patrons of the arts. www.chrishaines.com

Partner
Karen Haines

karen haines

PSS Interiors, Hospitality & Co-Owner

In addition to being the founder, face and identity behind the award winning and quintessentially classic Spa Girl Cocktails, Karen has more than 35 years experience in the international travel and hospitality industries, interior design and sales, and as Vice President of Marketing and Operations of Chris Haines’ Off-Road Specialist, Inc.

She started her journey travelling the world with United Airlines for over 17 years, doing special assignments, promotional videos, modelling and as an international flight attendant.  It was over her many travels that Karen developed an amazing sense of style and when her feet hit the ground in the 90s, she started her own interior design company.

The wonderful intense light of the high desert and Karen’s love of music and modern interiors was the inspiration behind her vision for Pink Satellite Studio’s bright and eclectic “Desert Modern Meets Rock & Roll” style.

Known amongst friends for living life to the full and throwing fabulous parties; with her refined taste and style, Karen is happy to help you create the perfect style for any special occasion, or shoot at Pink Satellite Studios.  Her motto:  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

For further info about Karen visit www.spagirlcocktails.com

Partner
Kyle Verwers

kyle verwers edney

Operations, Bookings, Press & Marketing

Wife of co-founder and Pink Satellite Studios’ musical supervisor, Spike Edney, Kyle has worked as a freelance Director of Events & Promotions & Brand Development since 1997 in the worlds of art & entertainment.  After an earlier career working in the contemporary art world, leading her own art consultancy in San Francisco and then…

Expanding her talent reach to corporate art investors in Europe, Kyle’s career changed course when she was asked to assist London’s Serpentine Gallery with their inaugural Vanity Fair event in 1994, featuring guest of honour Diana, Princess of Wales.  A career in promotions and event management for the arts and charitable sector soon followed, commencing with an appointment to head Asian Art in London; establishing London as Europe’s centre of Asian art and culture and featuring an annual programme of events hosted by London’s major museums, auction houses, Asian Art galleries and academic institutions.  After 3 years as Director of Events & Promotions and building the successful Asian Art in London brand, Kyle went on to develop the promotion “Art Fortnight London” for London’s Fine Art world.

Kyle naturally added entertainment promotion to her bag of tricks after she married Spike Edney and joined him on a year-long, world tour with the rock band Queen. Soon after, Kyle took over promotion and management of Spike’s All-Star Band, which features many of the great recording legends of our time. Her success naturally lead to management of Spike & Kyle’s various business interests, including concert, TV and event production. Kyle’s most recently acted as curator for the Portsmouth Guildhall’s exhibition “Spike Edney:  From Landport To Live Aid”. Upcoming projects include:  “The Joshua Tree Music Experience” and the “Sounds of Joshua Tree” compilation album.

As an ardent supporter of the arts and many charitable causes, Kyle has also organised, chaired and co-chaired major fundraisers for London’s British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Palace, the NSPCC, Sargent Cancer Care for Children and The Henry Spink Foundation for disabled children, to name a few.

Engineers & Producers

Pink Satellite Studios has a growing roster of local and international recording/mixing engineers and producers, specialising in different genres, available to hire for your next project, as well as list of renown photographers and music video directors for that next album cover, music video, or shoot. If you’d prefer to bring in your own team, our in-house engineer Stew Heyduk will be on site to assist you with all of your needs.

Our Executive Producer & Musical Supervisor, Spike Edney is also available to hire to produce your next album. If you would like to talk to Spike about your next project, please contact info@pinksatellitestudios.com. Spike is also happy to call upon his extensive network of top songwriters if needed, as well as preeminent musicians in the industry to put together the perfect Studio Band, if required.

To enquire about being added to our roster of talent, please contact kyle@pinksatellitestudios.com.

stewart heyduk

Stewart 'Stew' Heyduk

Pink Satellite Studio's In-House Engineer

  • Hails from:  Toronto, Canada
  • Approach:  Hard working and easy going with a professional and caring attitude
  • AKA:  The instigator
  • Sound:  Clean and distorted

Influences:  Joe Meek, George Martin, Nigel Godrich, Brenndan Mcquire,  José Miguel Contreras, Chris Unck

Genres:  Blues, Rock, Alternative, Country, Folk and also enjoys capturing electronic sounds

Favorite piece of equipment:  Nord electro 3 keyboard

Geek factor:  Working on a recording with other people in a studio, figuring out parts and “geeking out” on sounds

Recent Clients:  Chris Unck, José Miguel Contreras, Neil Quin(Zeus), Eva Gardner, Adobe Collective (Joshua Tree), Eric Nicolau

Some engineers & producers he’s worked with:  Dave Azzolini, Jessica Grassia, Taylor Knox, Carlin Nicholson, Brenndan Mcguire, Jason Corbin

 

BIO

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Stewart Heyduk lives in Joshua Tree, CA and has been involved in the music business for over fifteen years, working as producer, studio engineer, live sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and publisher.

Beginning with home recordings and climbing his way to professional studio sessions, Stew has worked in depth with Chris Unck of HighLonesome Productions, Telstar (Eva Gardner and Chris Unck, Los Angeles), Jacuzzis (Eric Niccolau, Los Angeles), The Adobe Collective (Joshua Tree), Lisa Loeb and fellow Toronto natives: Parkas, Doctor Ew, The Golden Dogs, Zeus and José Miguel Contreras of By Divine Right.

You can find Stewart performing live every Sunday night at the legendary Pappy and Harriets Pioneer Town Palace.

Links:

Mutant Message

Organized Accidents

I Want Light

theadobecollective.bandcamp.com

Jacuzzis

Gadzooks

themusicofzeus.com

bydivineright.ca

Cyndi Lauper Music Video – Drums

Start Your Own Country – Lead vocals and guitar

Stew Heyduk San Fransisco – Vocals and multi-instruments

andy rose

Andy Rose

Engineer & Sound Supervisor

  • Hails from:  United Kingdom (London)
  • Approach:  Band playing live in the room, usually more magic happens
  • Sound:  Full fat and creamy - old school
  • Influences:  Al Schmitt, Bill Halvorson, Bob Clearmountain

Influences: Al Schmitt, Bill Halvorson, Bob Clearmountain

Genres:  Rock, Pop and Classical

Favorite piece of equipment:  Neve 1073 pre-amp and EQ

What interests him as an engineer:  Working with great musicians

Recent clients:  BBC, Rocky Horror Show, Pete Townsend. The RSC

Some engineers & producers he’s worked with:  Mutt Lange, Phil Ramone, George Martin, Giles Martin, Roy Halee, Terry Brown, Bob Clearmountain, Bruce Jackson

 

BIO

Multi Bafta and Emmy award winning engineer and sound supervisor, Andy Rose is recognised as one of the best ‘location music recording’ sound engineers in the business, specialising in recording and mixing bands live – be it in the studio, or on tour.  Andy started his career in the UK in 1977 and until 1984 worked as engineer with “Mobile One” recording truck in the UK and from 1985 to 1993 was engineer and owner of “Fleetwood Mobiles.  In May 1993, he went freelance and estimates to have recorded something in excess of 4500 bands and artists.   A couple of his most notable albums include AC/DC “For Those About To Rock” and “Peter Gabriel 4”.  Other artists he’s recorded live to date include Bruce Springsteen – Live shows for video and broadcast and CD, Billy Joel – Live shows for video and CD, Paul McCartney – Live TV broadcast, Genesis / Phil Collins – Live shows video and CD, Status Quo – Live Shows – TV Broadcast , Madness – Live shows TV Broadcast Video & CD, Barry Manilow – Live Shows – TV Broadcast – Video & CD, U2 & Keith Richards – Live TV show and video, Rod Stewart and The Faces – Live TV, Eric Clapton – Albert Hall recordings – CD, Eric Clapton with The LSO – TV Special , Lou Reed – TV Special & Live TV, Stevie Wonder – Live Album / Film & Live TV broadcast, INXS – Film, Gun ‘n’ Roses – Film, Yanni – Live Video & CD, Suede – MTV Live broadcast & video, Blur – Live Video & Broadcast,  U2 – POP MART live broadcast post production – Rotterdam, Canada, San Francisco and Italy, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince – Live concert – London, Roxy Music – DVD Remix, Oasis – Live Concert & DVD Remix.  To see other artists he’s worked with go to: www.andyrose.tv/artists

In addition to his extensive experience working with some of the biggest names in Rock and Pop history, Andy has also received numerous awards for his work in the world of classical music and has worked alongside classical recording engineer greats such as Barry Ainsworth, Ray Prickett, Roy Emerson and Graham Haynes.  In addition, he has also worked with the likes of Zubin Mehta, Sir Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Placido Domingo, Pavarotti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and many others in more than 100 operas.  He recorded and mixed more than thirty operas and ballets in the former Soviet Union alone during the mid eighties to mid nineties, as well as has recorded operas in Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Cape Town, London, Milan and Los Angeles.

www.andyrosemusic.com

robbi rob

Robbi Robb

Engineer, Producer & Video Director

  • Hails from:  South Africa
  • AKA:  The Psychedelic Sorcerer
  • Sound:  Like the Milky Way; filled with infinite points of interest with infinite space between them

Influences:  Kevin Shirley, Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno

Genres:  Psychedelic Rock and World Music

Favorite piece of equipment:  Anything vintage made by NEVE

What interests him as an engineer:  Sculpting in sound to create atmospheres to make changes in consciousness.

Recent Clients:  3rd Ear Experience, Trevor Green, Rock Art

Engineers and producers he’s worked with include:  Bob Johnson (Bob Dylan, WaterBoys), Jim Scott (Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Geza X (Dead Kennedys, Germs, Black Flag)

 

BIO

Robbi Robb started his career as an artist in one of South Africa’s first successful punk outfits, Asylum Kids, before forming Tribe After Tribe in 1984.  A year later he emigrated to the USA, still releasing his somewhat psychedelic brand of rock under various names and has been described as “one of the greatest mystics ever to appear in the history of rock”.  He appeared under the name ‘Robbie Robb’ for the track ‘In Time’ on the soundtrack to the 1980s movie ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ and once in the States form the band Three Fishes with Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament and released their debut album “Three Fish” with drummer Richard Stuverud in 1996  through Epic Records. The album combined rock music with mystical-style Eastern music and received critical recognition by Rolling Stone magazine for it’s weird mix of folky self-obsession, crackling pop and heavy, metallic sighing.  The band reformed and on June 1, 1999 released its second album, The Quiet Table, said to be an ambitious project that paid off in intriguing songs and evocative sonic textures. Robb’s most recent project for 3rd Ear Experience has been voted in the top 10 Best Albums of 2016 in its genre –  artistecard.com/3rdearexperience.

Robbi has also edited over 300 documentaries and countless music videos.  Some examples include:

Laced

Tribe Euro Tour

Holy City Warrior

Ice Below

Tools

Star Children

For further info go to:  www.robbirobb.com and his Making Love Blog – www.robbirobb.com/blog

Photographers & Directors

glen wexler

Glen Wexler

Photographer, Creative Director & Director

  • Hails from:  Palm Springs
  • How he describes his work:  Visual music
  • AKA:  Alchemist
  • Style:  Classic to fantastical

Signature work is improbable realities

Influences:  Kubrick, Hipgnosis

Favorite piece of equipment:  Brain

What he looks for in a shot:  Originality and authenticity

Clients & Artists have included:  Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Rush, Yes, Michael Jackson and ZZ Top, to name a select few

Most memorable shoot:  All of them…

 

BIO

According to Eric Idle of Monty Python, “Glen is a seven-foot Scotsman with a wooden leg whom I met Frog Rolling on an Eskimo trip in Northern Greenland.” Believe what you will. That’s the point. Glen Wexler’s pictures have taken the viewer deep into make-believe worlds that look real.

At 22 years old Wexler photographed his first album cover for Quincy Jones Productions while a student at Art Center College of Design. He quickly gained a reputation for his imaginative photo illustrations for Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Rush, Black Sabbath, Yes, ZZ Top and many others and has created over 300 album covers and 1000 advertising campaigns to date.

Advertising clients include Epson, Acura, Sony, Jeep, Maxell, Adobe, Intel, Coca-Cola, Capital One, Toyota, Pepsi, Warner Brothers Pictures and hundreds of others. Wexler’s editorial work includes featured photo illustrations for TIME and Fast Company.

Wexler also created iconic photographic logos for The Star Wars Trilogy, Batman Forever, Universal Pictures and Geffen Records.

Internationally recognized as one of the original artists to incorporate digital imaging technology into the creative process, Wexler is widely regarded as a leader in the field. His work has been profiled in many publications including Communication Arts, French PHOTO, Creativity, Los Angeles Times, Apple Pro Stories, and Adobe Photoshop Innovator’s Spotlight.

www.glenwexlerstudio.com

diana gomez

Diana Gomez

Photographer & Director

  • Hails from:  Caracas, Venezuela, via London UK
  • How she describes her work:  Vibrant, passionate and punk
  • AKA:  Go Go Gomez
  • Years in the business:  20 years

Style:  Colourful, rock ‘n roll, punk and sexy

Influences:  Tarantino, Almodovar, Steven Klein, Tom Waits, Picasso, Nick Cave, Diane Arbus, the list is endless

Favourite piece of equipment:  Her eye

What she looks for in a shot:  An image you will never get bored of

Recent Clients/Artists include:  Sshh, Chloe Black, Amy MacDonald, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Caroline Vreeland, Chelsea Tyler.

 

BIO

Diana Gomez is an internationally established photographer and director. The Venezuelan-born, who lives between London and LA, is recognized and sought after for her passionate portraits, strong use of colours, fun narratives, and her vibrant shoots.

Diana has collaborated with world-wide renowned celebrities such as Rihanna, Will.I.Am, Courtney Love, Jade Jagger, Rosario Dawson, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson and other important personalities in the fashion, art, music, and film world.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Harpers Bazaar, L’Officiel, The Sunday Times Style, Marie Claire, GQ, amongst others.

Her clients include Nike, Adidas, Coca Cola,  EMI, Virgin, Universal Records, Warner Brothers, Atlantic Records, and many more.

www.dianagomez.com