When Eric Scheda moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1988 he began working as a sound engineer at world famous RUSK studios on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, CA.
Eric worked under the tutelage of music producer Elton Farokh Ahi, who is credited with music for over 100 Hollywood major motion pictures including: xXx, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 27 Dresses, and The Last of the Mohicans, which won an Oscar for sound.
Elton owns Rusk studios in Los Angeles, recording house for artists such as Donna Summer, Billy Idol, Laura Branigan, and Elton John. He co-produced Engelbert Humperdinck and the Patsy Cline “Duets” album with record producer Michael Blakey Ahi adopted the moniker “Elton” during a radio station interview in Iran, when a D.J. dubbed him “Elton Joon” (after recording songs by Elton John).
When Eric was my roommate in the house on Berendo Street in Los Angeles, he was able to get us free recording time in RUSK studio. Mostly because he wanted to polish up on his technique of using live drum tracks to trigger digital drum sounds.
I laid down the entire drum track for the Parousia’s song “I’m Not Having Fun” in one day. Eric separated each drum onto its own track and then triggered digital drum sounds with it.
He had one hell of a time doing that and I’ll never forget when late one night he knocked on my door and said, “Congratulations on those drum tracks man, it sounds ‘tight’”. In the song I used poly-rhythmic syncopated drum beats all through the beginning, ending and through each chorus. I varied each section slightly so that no two sections would be alike yet sound cohesive as a whole. I felt as though my mission was accomplished when Eric said that to me because he’s not the type to give out music compliments capriciously.
It was cool to have the opportunity to record in such a prestigious studio. Rusk was well known in the industry for churning out the pop hits.