Lala Mansion was designed by Tom Morris for the songwriter, producer and singer of the band miggs, Don Miggs. Once a mini outback steakhouse (formerly owned by a principal of the famous steakhouse), and built on his South Tampa property, the studio began as a boutique writing and recording facility that quickly grew into much more: a full-service, world-class studio that feels like “home.”
BJ Ramone (Chief Engineer/Producer) - BJ Ramone was born in New York City during one of the worst blizzards of 1983 to Karen Ramone and Phil Ramone. Starting at the age of twelve, BJ recorded whatever he could onto his Yamaha 4-track cassette machine. He went on to Skidmore College earning a Bachelor's degree in music. Skidmore exposed BJ to classical guitar instruction, sketch comedy, recording live performances, and the physics of sound. Once out of school, BJ began narrowing his focus to becoming an audio engineer. Grateful to his father for providing a door to opportunities, producer/engineer Frank Filipetti welcomed BJ to sit in and extended assisting jobs when available. From there, BJ took advantage of a mentor-ship with Eric Schilling down in Miami, FL. After a year, Eric introduced and provided a recommendation for him to work with Morrisound Recording in Tampa, FL where BJ continued to develop for 3 years.
JC Convertino (Engineer/Producer) - JC was born and raised in Connecticut before setting out to New York City to pursue a career in recording. Reaching New York, he dove into the recording industry head first, assisting at Sound Ideas and The Hit Factory, before becoming a recording and mixing engineer at Sigma Sound Studios working for Joe Tarsia. His early projects as an engineer/mixer included Madonna’s “Holiday”, Talking Heads’ “Speaking in Tongues”, and Miles Davis’ “Siesta”. JC’s work has become recognized widely, earning several Emmy awards, a Peabody award, several gold and platinum records – two of which going on to win Grammy awards – and a seat on the Grammy Nominating Committee for Engineering Excellence, to name a few of his merits. Brad Paisley, Country Music Award's three times "Best Entertainer of the Year," says of JC, "Nobody gets a better television mix of my band than JC." JC was also the man behind the board when Lady Antebellum, winner of five 2010 Grammy awards, performed "Need You Now" during the GMA Summer Concert Series.
Peter Klett (Writer/Producer) - If you were listening to rock music in the mid '90s, you undoubtedly have some familiarity with Candlebox, the group that became a household name with such hits as "Far Behind" and "You," Candlebox sold well over five million copies of its self-titled debut, on the strength of extensive radio airplay and high-profile tours opening for Living Colour, Rush, Metallica, and Aerosmith.
He is still making music with Candlebox and his other group, Lotus Crush (featuring 2012 "The Voice" runner up Terry McDermott). He has started a new passion behind the desk, recording and producing the Lotus Crush album (Half Light Morning), as well as another side project he co-produced and sang on, redlightmusic. Peter is looking for artists that need an experienced ear to help them create the best music they can.
Michael Lombardo (Engineer/Tech) - Michael began with audio engineering at the age of 16 as an intern at Island Media Recording Studios, Long Island, NY in 1989. Shortly after graduation, he attended The Institute of Audio Research to learn the art of record production. Once he completed his education, he then moved on to work at Soundtrack Recording Studios, NYC for 3 years as assistant engineer woking under engineers like Ray Bardani, Heavy-D, Andy Wallace, and Butch Vig, to name a few. From there, he further developed his skills in audio production, MIDI sequencing, and recording studio maintenance/wiring that carried over to his musical projects where he worked with Dino Danelli (drummer-The Rascals) developing and performing with artists in NYC. Currently, he plays in the rock band miggs, and toured all around the country sharing the stage with acts like Maroon 5, Plain White T's, Parachute, Candlebox, KT Tunstall, and Scott Weiland. When he is not touring, he is in the studio writing and recording.
Andrew Boullianne (Studio Manager/Assistant Engineer) - Andrew is a lifelong music lover and a gear fiend, loving nothing better than spending his days testing the limits of some vintage piece of equipment. Call Andrew 813.658.5747 to set up an appointment to visit Lala Mansion or discuss booking.
Rob Meigel (Guitar/Amp Technician) - A lifelong strummer, Rob spends his days tending to over 70 string instruments and many amplifiers. Stop in and find him making sure every piece of gear looks and plays as the manufacturer intended! To hire Rob to set up your guitar, call 813.658.5747.