THE Masterlink SessionsWe invite selected guests to film and record original songs 100% live in the studio with the house band (aka Redtenbacher's Funkestra)
The Masterlink Sessions are a joint venture of Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher’s Funkestra), James Welch (Masterlink Productions) and Leo Mansell (Shoot And Splice Films) to strengthen the community of creative and like-minded musicians who love music with timeless values, played live and for real. The sessions initially became most known for featuring noted international artists in the genres of funk, soul, blues and jazz, but more recently this has been extended to include a wider, more unbounded remit that features rock, ‘Americana’, singer-songwriters and more. The studio house band (a.k.a. Redtenbacher’s Funkestra) generally runs as a small collective of international, yet UK-based world-class musicians (with CV’s to prove it – think Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson, Herbie Hancock & more).
The intention is always to record 100% live in the studio, nodding towards the great studio bands of the 60s like The Funk Brothers (Motown), The Swampers (Muscle Shoals) and The Mar-key (Staxs). Capturing the energy and chemistry between the artist and the ‘crack’ studio band is at the heart of all their recordings.So far, over 50 videos have been produced featuring artists such as Hamish Stuart (AWB, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), Sarah Jane Morris, US Grammy award winning Mike Farris, Jo Harman, Orphy Robinson MBE, Louise Clare Marshall (Jools Holland) and many more. The Masterlink Sessions aim to not only feature some of the most established and respected names in the business, but also give a platform for emerging artists who truly have the talent to perform at the required level. Its ‘A&R’ advisory team includes BiGiAM Artist Services and other Management organisations geared to supporting credible artists with like-minded values. The studio band (aka Redtenbacher’s Funkestra) comprises this collective of musicians:
Stefan Redtenbacher – bass, bandleader, producer
Mike Sturgis – drums
Karl Vanden Bossche – percussion
Mike Outram | Tony Remy | Simon Johnson – guitars
Ross Stanley | Liam Dunachie | Joe Glossop – Hammond organ, Rhodes, Piano