Music Link Productions
Produces New DVD Titles
for Ringo, Bad Company, etc.
Ringos DVD cover
Bad Company DVD cover
Barry Simons and Mike Drumm
Music Link Productions is a Denver-based full service video production house , which primarily serves the entertainment industry. Over the course of the last twenty years, the company, and its owner-operator, Mike Drumm have established itself as one of the industrys leading producers of concert videos, having produced longform videos for purpose of home video release, cable specials, pay per view, webcasts, and most recently in the area of dvd production.
In the past year, the Music Link team has produced several produced several high profile longform dvd releases, as well as nationally aired television specials that have aired on MTV, M2, Direct TV, Music Choice, and PBS, including recent concert shoots with artists as diverse as Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Jewell, David Gray, Nelly Furtado, Brandy, Ben Harper, Gomez, Ani DiFranco,
and the list goes on. Most recently they have been responsible for overseeing the production for dvd titles from the Indigo Girls, Ringo Starrs All-Starr Band, and Bad Company. Current projects include dvds for Widespread Panic, and Reverend Horton Heat.
Music Links dvd production services are comprehensive; they are capable of designing, shooting, editing, and authoring a completed dvd efficiently, and in most instances far more economically than their larger and more cumbersome competition based mostly in L.A., N.Y., and other major entertainment markets. The fact that they are a relatively small operation, and that Mike Drumm acts as both director and producer of their productions keeps things streamlined and well managed. Being based in Denver, while unique, has not been a problem; in the past few years, the company has produced videos in SanFrancisco, L.A., New York, Chicago, Boston, Austin, Cleveland, and London. They have developed excellent relations with video and audio companies throughout the country, and are ready and willing to go wherever a tour or event requires.
"San Francisco has become somewhat of a home away from home", says Mike Drumm, "due largely to it being home to some of the countrys best music venues such as the Fillmore and the Greek Theatre, and a place that is far more likely to find an artist giving their best performances". "It also helps that our, attorney, Barry Simons, is based there, and is able to assist us in innumerable ways" (picking them up at the airport, and running for coffee).
Music Links background as the home of an hour-long Denver based television show since 1987, has given them the opportunity to record concert and in-studio performances, interviews, and guest host segments with hundreds of artists through the years. The relationships formed have been invaluable, and the experience of working with so many diverse artists have prepared Mike and his team for the work that would soon dominate their business, including the recent emphasis on the dvd format.
"Our first DVD was with the Indigo Girls, for Epic Records. We worked closely with the band, label, and management to produce a concert video, with interviews and b-roll footage that really helped establish our direction as a full service company that produces dvds from start to finish".
It was, however, the Ringo project that really put Music Link on the map. They were provided the opportunity to edit and compile video footage taken over the course of four different All-Starr tours, each with a completely different lineup, including performances by Dr. John, Levon Helm, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh, Jack Bruce and Peter Frampton. They worked closely with Ringo in the studio produce segments in which Ringo hosts the concert segments, which were embellished by the 5.1 surround sound mix (by Joel Jaffe at Studio D in Sausalito). It was a really great musical experience, and one that has led to a working relationship with a rock icon that fulfilled a lifelong dream for Mike and his staff.
The Bad Company project for Sanctuary Records was a chance to document a classic rock band recently reformed with legendary rock singer, Paul Rodgers. The band rehearsed and played its first shows of the tour at the Konocti Harbor in Northern California, and key shows were shot in Anaheim and Denver. The musical performances were sensational, and the results were used both in the dvd as well as a concert special on Directv. The relationship with Sanctuary now well established, led directly to a dvd production project with Widespread Panic, being shot in Austin this July.