Skip to main content

Tuesday evening shimmered as the recording industry’s most prolific and potent cultural leaders gathered for a red carpet evening at Capitol Studios. The night marked AKG’s 70th anniversary in the music business with acclaimed figures from a decorated and rich history as well as what looks to be a shining future. 

The event was peppered with genius from the upper echelons of greatness hailing from music production and recording industries. The theme for the evening was aptly titled "A History of Making History." It was a banner true to the AKG brand, which in everything it does proves that greatness happens when music is appreciated so strongly that your contribution to it both defines the now as much as it invests the future. 

AKG welcomes Quincy Jones on the red carpet.

AKG welcomes Quincy Jones on the red carpet.

The event thematically connected the colossal weight of greatness from the venerable and unparalleled Quincy Jones, who in the most humble and endearing way accepted AKG’s lifetime achievement award. “Thank you from the bottom of my soul. This is as good as it gets for an 86-year old bald-headed, bow-legged bebop hound,” Jones said upon receiving the award. “Seven kids. Eight grandkids. Life is great. I wish everyone out there a long, long, long, long life filled with love to share, health to spare, and most importantly friends who care. That’s what’s most important in life.” 

Kita Klane performs at Capitol Studios.

Kita Klane performs at Capitol Studios.

By working tirelessly from a state of poverty at a young age all the way to where he is today, Quincy built his career courageously. As a producer, he often was the first to try something new, while giving people behind him the confidence to do better. It’s a legacy that mirrors the impact AKG makes for rising artists. 

“Throughout his legendary career, Quincy Jones has created some of the most iconic records in the history of the recording industry and we are honored to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” HARMAN Professional Solutions Vice President of Global Marketing Erik Tarkiainen said in a press release. “For 70 years, AKG has been creating headphones and microphones that empower the spirit of creativity and innovation, and no one embodies that spirit more than Quincy.” 

Austin Millz performs at the 70th Anniversary of AKG.

Austin Millz performs at the 70th Anniversary of AKG.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles


The Results Are In: Here Are the Winners of the 2022 Electronic Dance Music Awards

Electronic dance music fans from around the world made their voices heard in deciding who is best-in-class across over two dozen categories.

moore kismet

Listen to Moore Kismet's Debut Album, a Vulnerable Window Into an Elusive Journey to Self-Love

The effervescent "UNIVERSE" showcases the incomparable talents of a dyed-in-the-wool EDM flag-bearer.


Opiuo Drops First Single In Over a Year: Listen to the Stunning "Gravitate"

"Gravitate" marks the first track from Opiuo's highly-anticipated forthcoming album.

To sample that spirit of creativity and innovation that Tarkiainen described, a mixing station was arranged so guests could sample deep soul and pristine clarity on the new AKG K371 studio headphones, where Quincy Jones’ original stems to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson were available. It was here guests could isolate individual instrument and vocal tracks. Coincidentally, it was also the same room where some of the most phenomenal tracks over the last decade were captured. There was even a panel on the gargantuan mixer full of signatures where producers and artists left a literal mark just like the one their music made internationally. The central mic also balanced a miniature Darth Vader helmet, left behind during a recording session with John Mayer.  

The AKG Lyra USB Microphone was a centerpiece in the celebration of AKG's 70th Anniversary.

The AKG Lyra USB Microphone was a centerpiece in the celebration of AKG's 70th Anniversary.

Much of Jones’ immense collection of work, which spans more than half a century, was also available for listening on AKG studio headphones in the exact ISO booths where the music was originally recorded. Several party-goers also created their own unique mixes of the song live. In another room, Radio tastemaker Nic Harcourt hosted a friendly chat with acclaimed acoustics expert Dr. Sean Olive about the art of listening - a skill that makes all the difference in the recording business. The talk covered a variety of pivotal studio gear products from AKG, highlighting the difference it makes having the highest caliber tools available when you need the best work from a sophisticated audio specialist. 

There was a particular buzz surrounding the new AKG Lyra USB microphone. For those unfamiliar with the Lyra, it symbolizes the next generation in state-of-the-art audio listening devices with an aim to reset the standard for quality and the accessibility that the everyday recording professional has to it. 

Jacob Collier performs the music of Quincy Jones.

Jacob Collier performs the music of Quincy Jones.

While Jones’ appearance onstage represented a living monument of still unfolding music history, his protégé and multi-Grammy Award winner Jacob Collier commemorated the occasion with a casual but intimate piano performance in Capitol Records historic Studio A. Collier’s performance pointed ahead towards a rich and vibrant future for the recording industry. The breathtaking set effortlessly served three of the most challenging and memorable songs from Jones’ extensive body of work. Collier’s selections included Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,“ “Fly Me to the Moon“ by Frank Sinatra, and George Benson’s “Give Me The Night.” 

Like AKG’s impact in the music industry, the elegant set was both laid back and refined like a delightful icing on the cake of a perfect evening. It was exactly what one would expect from a technical trendsetter dedicated to fine studio gear who also is excited that "studios" themselves are moving into living rooms and bathrooms all over the world. 

Follow AKG




Android Jones, Psychedelics and the Dawn of the Visionary Arts Movement [Interview]

How a pioneer of trippy visuals found his place among the heroes of a counterculture phenomenon.

NAMM_2022 - Josh Gill 3

All the DJ Gear We Wanted to Take Home at NAMM 2022

From cutting-edge gear to gadgets that’ll make you rubberneck, here’s what made DJs and electronic music producers geek out all weekend.

Best Headphones for Working Out

Top 5 Workout Headphones

The Top 5 Best Headphones for Working Out

ANNA_horizontal_face cover

Understanding the Enigmatic Techno of ANNA [INTERVIEW]

Get to know the Brazilian techno producer befuddling producers and fans all over the world.


ZHU Drops Three Exclusive Remixes to Celebrate Pokémon's 25th Anniversary: Listen

ZHU has remixed Vince Staples, Cyn, and Mabel for the "Pokémon 25: The Blue EP."

ZHU Pokemon Press Photo - Credit Joey Vitalari

ZHU Is Releasing Three New Tracks to Celebrate Pokémon's 25th Anniversary

The Grammy-nominated electronic music star will release remixes of tracks by Vince Staples, Mabel, and Cyn.