A New York City native, Michael Frondelli began his illustrious career at Manhattan's Broadway Recording Studios where he served an 18-month stint that launched his music career as a professional Recording Engineer.
One year later, Michael joined Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios (1975-1984) . At Electric Lady he worked on the classic album The Song Remains The Same with Led Zeppelin, as well as a handful of albums with Kiss and recordings by the Rolling Stones, Hall & Oates and jazz fusion artists such as Chick Corea and Earl Klugh. He gained notice as a producer, starting with I Wish I Had A Girl by Henry Lee Summer. After engineering and mixing Billy Idol's smash album Rebel Yell, Michael became an independent engineer / producer making his way to L.A.
Living the bi-coastal experience, he worked with the likes of Keith Forsey, Giorgio Moroder and Richie Zito on projects ranging from Pictures for Pleasure with Charlie Sexton, The Motels, to the hit soundtrack from the film The Breakfast Club. With Danny Elfman, he mixed and/or engineered Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party & Boin-Go, with Joe Jackson his live to stereo, Big World, with Neil Geraldo, Pat Benatar's Seven The Hard Way, as well as the live Red Hot Chili Peppers' hit Higher Ground. Other credits include the film Hail, Hail Rock 'n Roll with Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, Jumpin' Jack Flash with Aretha Franklin, and Crowded House's debut album which featured their massive hit Don't Dream It's Over. He then produced former Hanoi Rocks front-man Michael Monroe's album Not Fakin' It .
It was after mixing Eric Johnson's Grammy Award winning Cliffs Of Dover from his album, Ah Via Musicom, that Michael was approached to revitalize the famous CAPITOL RECORDS STUDIOS.
Michael formed the audio network foundation for Frank Sinatra's critically acclaimed Duets I & II globally linking artists live from international studios to Capitol. Following this Multi-Platinum debut, Capitol Studios was recognized as a world leader in Global Fiber-Optic Digital Recording, adding a new creative technology dimension to the record making process, setting the studio standard for artist and technology integration requirements. Michael launched EMI into the business of mixing and producing 5.1 Surround DVD Audio titles with major artists including The Eagles's When Hell Freezes Over, The Buena Vista Social Club, Diana Krall's The Look Of Love, Quincy Jones Basie and Beyond and Queen's Night At the Opera.
While continuing as Vice President of Capitol Studios, Michael moved his production career to the next level achieving success as a founding and managing partner of the Coolsville / Interscope label. Coolsville's first artist BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY became the premier band of the Neo-Swing Movement with their first album following their appearance in the hit movie Swingers. In the fall 2001, Michael departed Capitol to pursue record production and mixing projects.
Michael is currently a producer for the 13 show, HDNet series On Stage at The World Cafe Live for HD Broadcast and DVD release, which includes artists, Living Color, The Rhett Miller Band, The Knack and Rita Coolidge. Michael most recently recorded Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire (PLATINUM), The Gram Parsons Tribute and was a Technical Consultant for the Ray Charles biopic, Ray directed by Taylor Hackford and has also mixed Grammy 2002 Lifetime Achievement recipient Al Green's Greatest Hits in 5.1 Surround for DVD-Audio.
As stated in a featured article about Michael in Billboard magazine, “…Michael Frondelli is one of the leading lights of the industry's quest toward high-resolution digital sound, Internet distribution, catalog digitization, multi-channel production, and other high-tech areas; and as a seasoned engineer / producer in his own right, Frondelli is a creative force in the music making world.”… Billboard Magazine, May 20, 2000