Writers: Duran Duran
Publisher: Gloucester Place Music Limited c/o Biot Music Ltd (ASCAP)
Track 1 – Original Radio Mix
Track 2 – Remix – J Scott G Electro Dub
Produced by Frank Shofner
Basic Tracks Recorded at Studio Bopnique Musique, North Chelmsford MA http://www.bopnique.com
Additional Recording, Mixdown and Executive Producer: Scott Giaquinta
Mastered by Paul Tavenner at Big City Recording
Vocals – Ceyanna Blu
Live Drums, Synthesizers, Electronic drums, Percussion, Electric Bass, Guitar – Anthony J. Resta
Strings – Arranged by Frank Shofner; Recorded at Big City Recording, Studio City, CA
Recording Engineer for String session: Paul Tavenner
After his college days in Texas, Frank relocated to Southern California, where he quickly found work as an arranger with Horace Heidt Jr. His primary role was to arrange radio hits for the orchestra. He parlayed the skill into arranging top 40 music for Clark Keene, a “society” bandleader who furnished live music for upscale client events in Beverly Hills, West LA, and the west San Fernando Valley.
Frank was leading a double life – arranging music for big bands by day, and rocking out by night. After playing in some cover bands, he joined Midas Touch, a group that had some local success leading to a label deal with a Florida indie. After the band went their separate ways, Frank hooked up with Producer Robb Vallier (R. Kelley, Jon B., Gin Blossoms) and put out an EP called “ReHitz Vol. 1,” which captured Frank’s inspired idea to re-make Top 40 hits with a unique spin. By utilizing his arranging skills, he was able to put a fresh twist to songs, including Hall & Oates “I Can’t Go For That,” which reached # 8 on the FMQB charts.
His success re-making hits led Frank to superstar producer Anthony J. Resta, who had a suggestion to cover Duran Duran’s iconic track, “New Moon on Monday.” Anthony brought in one of his favorite vocalists, and for contractual reasons, her identity must remain behind the nom de plume of “Ceyanna Blu.” Several versions of the track were produced. On this version, AJ magnanimously insisted that Frank take producer credit. “That is the kind of guy AJ is, just a phenomenal talent, and an amazing human being,” Frank said. For the remix track, Frank brought in electronica guru Scott Giaquinta (J Scott G), who also assisted with executive producer chores on the main radio track.
Producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony J. Resta (a.k.a. performance artist Ajax Ray-O-Vaque) spends most of his days in his Boston based Studio Bopnique making melodious magic. Seventy-hour weeks are the norm in the studio’s 3700 square foot rustic loft, which houses an incredible array of instruments, particularly keyboards. Anthony and his right arm engineer Karyadi Sutedja are the ringmasters of this musical circus.
Anthony began his celebrated livelihood as a session drummer, moving into programming in the late 80’s through expertise with the Linn Drum. Working with luminaries such as Prince, Kiss’ Vinnie Vincent and Elton John solidified Anthony’s status as a force to be reckoned with, even if that force refused to move his studio outside of New England. Moving in to music production was a natural progression for an ear as enthusiastic as Anthony’s, and a chance encounter with Duran Duran has led to one of the most enduring associations in his luminous career, having worked with them on 30 songs, including remixes, one Platinum and two Gold. Other artists to get the Bopnique treatment include Collective Soul (one Platinum and two Gold) Shawn Mullins (one Platinum and one Gold), Sir Elton John, Perry Ferrell, Megadeth, Guster, Sarah Mclaughlin/DMC, Blondie, Nuno Bettencourt, Letters to Cleo, Missing Persons, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and more.
Scott Giaquinta (aka J Scott G) has been involved with electronic and dance music since founding the seminal group Deepsky with Jason Blum at the University of New Mexico in 1992. Their first hit single was “Stargazer” in 1997 on Fragrant Music. Their song “Tempest” was used as the theme music to the MTV electronica show Amp from 1997 to 2001. In 2003, Scott and Jason did remixes of Madonna hits “Die Another Day” and “Hollywood” both of which got to #1 on the Billboard Dance Singles chart. Scott left Deepsky in Nov. 2006 to pursue new projects including film scoring. He recently relocated to San Francisco.