ICONIC MAGAZINE has interviewed over 80 people who worked with Michael Jackson (Closely or on projects). We are very proud of the amount of information we have collected throughout the years to allow the fans to know more about the artist, the dancer, the musician, the entertainer and the man himself! We are even more thankful for every single person below who took the time and energy to speak to us and tell us all those amazing stories.
ICONIC MAGAZINE is also available at the British Library, if you miss an issue, you can still review it there. Here the list of interviews you can find in each issue of ICONIC MAGAZINE:
SIEDAH GARRETT INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #2
Siedah Garrett is most known for her duet with Michael Jackson on the first single of the album BAD: ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’. Siedah is also the one behind ‘Man in The Mirror’ also on the BAD album and ‘Keep The Faith’ from the DANGEROUS album.
CHRISTOPHE BOULME INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #2
Noticed by Michael Jackson himself for his artwork, Christophe Boulme is a French Photographer responsible for the ‘Stranger In Moscow’, ‘HIStory’ single covers and also for designing the ‘GHOSTS’ box set. Christophe was present at the DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR, HISTORY WORLD TOUR and ‘Stranger in Moscow’ video set. His images and photos are well loved in the fan community. Christophe was also present in London for his ‘Making HIStory Exhibition‘ in 2013 sponsored my MJVibe.
JENNIFER BATTEN INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #3
Say Crazy hair! You know who is Jennifer Batten by her massive hair extensions on the BAD WORLD TOUR, DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR and the HISTORY WORLD TOUR. The Guitarist was also on the set of ‘Come Together’ and ‘Give In To Me’ and also performed at the Super Bowl in 1993.
TRAVIS PAYNE INTERVIEW (part 1.) IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #4
Travis’ first gig was on the Janet Jackson’s RHYTHM NATION 1814 WORLD TOUR and was noticed by Michael Jackson on got straight to the DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR. He also choreographed ‘Scream’ and the 1995 MTV Video Awards with the ‘Dangerous’ section…
DAVID GEST INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #5
David Gest produced the highest rated musical television special in history with ‘Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years’ in 2001. He also produced a documentary about Michael Jackson called “Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon” which was released in 2011.
TRAVIS PAYNE INTERVIEW (part 2.) IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #5
Travis also choreographed for ‘GHOSTS’ which he plays a ghost in the short film. Most recently, Travis was the one of the Choreographer for ‘THIS IS IT’ which would have taken place in London in 2009/2010.
ALBERT WATSON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE ISSUE #5
Albert Watson is a Scottish Photographer well known for his celebrity and fashion photos. He is responsible for the inside pictures of the ‘INVINCIBLE’ album booklet and of course the album cover!
TERON BEAL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #6
Teron Beal is an American singer/songwriter and he is well known in the fan community for having written ‘Heaven Can Wait’ for Michael Jackson’s ‘INVINCIBLE’ album.
THRILLER LIVE CAST INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #6
The Thriller Live Cast in London West End met us for a whole afternoon chat and of course the show.
WILL WILSON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #7
Will Wilson is an American painter who created the cover of ‘BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR: HISTORY IN THE MIX’ which was commissioned by Michael Jackson through Sony Music for the new album back in 1997.
VINCENT PATERSON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #7
Where to start with Vincent? Dancer, Choreographer and Director. Vincent was first seen on ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller’ but he choreographed amazing pieces such as ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘Black or White’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘Speed Demon’. He also directed with Michael Jackson the video ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’.
TOM MESEREAU INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #7
Tom Mesereau is an American Attorney at law best known for defending Michael Jackson in his 2005 trial. Ever since, Tom has been supporting Michael Jackson in all aspects.
DAVID NORDAHL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #8
David Nordahl is an American painter most notable for serving as music Icon Michael Jackson’s personal portraitist from 1988 to 2005. He is responsible for the ‘Heal The World’ single cover.
WILL VINTON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #8
Will Vinton is an American Director and Producer of animated films. He worked on the TV ad for the California Raisin creating the ‘Michael Raisin’. He was then called by Disney to work on ‘Captain Eo’ in 1986. After the huge success, Michael Jackson called him to do the section ‘Speed Demon’ in the movie “Moonwalker”.
BERNARD MOUILLON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #8
Bernard is a French Photographer who took numerous celibrities on film for the first teen Magazine in France. He also photographed Michael Jackson on Tours and in public.
MICHAEL BUSH INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #9
No need to present Michael Bush! Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were the creators of most of Michael Jackson’s personal and concert tour wardrobes with over tens of thousands of pieces! Dennis met Michael Jackson on the set of ‘Captain Eo’ and their relationship never ended. Bush was also touring with Michael Jackson and on sets of videos.
PHILIP TREACY INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #9
Well-known hat designer who has the Queen, Madonna and Lady Gaga for customers. In 2012, for the launch of his new collection, teamed up with Julian’s Auction and Michael Bush to have the real Michael Jackson costumes on the models for his catwalk.
JONATHAN MOFFATT INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #9
aka ‘Sugarfoot’, Musician, songwriter and producer, Jonathan was the drummer for the VICTORY TOUR, HISTORY WORLD TOUR and the 30th Anniversary Specials in New York. He was called back for THIS IS IT and also performed on the IMMORTAL TOUR.
THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR CAST INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #9
Iconic Magazine met most of the Tour cast from the Michael Jackson’s Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal World Tour on their trip to London at the O2! From dancers, performers and musician, they talk about how Michael Jackson gave them inspiration for the show.
JENNIFER BATTEN INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #10
You know who is Jennifer Batten by her massive hair extensions on the BAD WORLD TOUR, DANGEROUS WORLD TOUR and the HISTORY WORLD TOUR. The Guitarist was also on the set of ‘Come Together’ and ‘Give In To Me’ and also performed at the Super Bowl in 1993.
STACY WALKER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #10
First noticed as a Dancer on the ‘GHOSTS’ short film, Stacey then went on tour with Michael Jackson on the HISTORY WORLD TOUR. She was called back on THIS IS IT which she worked on as a choreographer along with Travis Payne.
JOSEPH YACOE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #11
Joseph Yacoe is the Director of Photography for Michael Jackson’s video ‘Stranger in Moscow’ which he won the 1997 British Advertising Awards as Best Cinematography.
KRISTIAN KACHITIS INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #11
Kristian Kachitis was responsible for the lighting on the set of ‘Stranger in Moscow’ – Which was one of the biggest job he never had in terms of lighting.
ERIC ZIMMERMAN INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #11
Eric Zimmerman was a focus technician back in the day on the set of ‘Stranger in Moscow’.
DIANA WALCZAK & JEFF KLEISER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #12
Diana and Jeff are responsible for the creation of the HIStory album cover with Diana who sculpted the statue to be digitalised and then the rest is HIStory! Diana was also revealing publicly for the first time the HIStory Statue at KINGVENTION 2015
ALEX TOPALLER & DAN SHAPIRO INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #12
Alex and Dan are Aggressive – not the mood but the production company that have released the ‘Behind The Mask’ Video that was never used. The Estate of Michael Jackson employed them to do an amazing video and they did! Shame it was never released!
APHRODITES JONES INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE SPECIAL #1
Aphrodites is a jounalist and author who wrote ‘Michael Jackson Conspiracy’ which was a best seller among the fans.
JONATHAN MORRISH INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #13
Former Sony Music Executive, Jonathan is one of the nicest people in the world. He worked for Michael Jackson for over 25 years and he is responsible for the huge success of ‘HIStory’ and ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ – not to mention he was present at KINGVENTION 2015!
SCOTT CHRISTOPHER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #13
Artist, Painter, Photographer… Scott Christopher took some pictures of Michael Jackson -Exclusive premiere on Iconic Magazine Issue #13.
CRAIG WILLIAMS INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #13
Film director, Craig Williams has footage of Michael Jackson during his last photoshoot taken at the Brooklyn Museum of Art for Ebony Magazine. A film was going to be released but was stopped by the Michael Jackson Estate.
MATT FORGER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #14
Thriller, Victory, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory, Free Willy, Blood On The Dance Floor, King of Pop, The Essential, Xscape… You name it, Matt is on it! The Engineer, Technical Director has been with Michael Jackson since the early 80s!
ROB HOFFMAN INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #14
The Sound Engineer Rob Hoffman was on all the ‘HIStory’ album Studio sessions and also on the sound for the world tour of the same label. Rob was also at KINGVENTION 2015.
JOE VOGEL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE SPECIAL #2
Joe Vogel is an author who have released few books about Michael Jackson: ‘Man in the Music’, ‘Earth Song’ and ‘Featuring Michael Jackson’. Joe’s work is supported by Michael Jackson Estate and was present at few official events.
VITTORIO STORANO INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #15
Vittorio is an Italian Cinematographer mainly known for ‘Apocalypse Now’ by Francis Ford Coppola and was called on the set of ‘Captain Eo’ as visual, lighting and photographic consultant.
KEVIN PIKE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #15
The special Effect Supervisor is responsible for the DeLorean in ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. He was brought on the set of ‘Moonwalker’ to supervise the Special effects and also to find one special car for Michael Jackson!
RUSTY LEMORANDE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #15
Most know for creating the 1989 version of ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, Rusty was brought on the set of Michael Jackson’s ‘Captain Eo’ by Francis Ford Coppola. Rusty is responsible for proposing adding physical effects such as smoke, strobe lights and fiber optic stars to the film. For this reason, Rusty is often refereed to as the Father of 4D!
ROB SWINSON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #16
The ‘Maker of Dreams’ Rob Swinson is responsible for putting together the rides on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Park.
DAVID NORDAHL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #16
David Nordahl is also responsible for all the painting on the Neverland Ranch including the logo of the property and other decoration across the property. He also designed few part of the ranch on paper for future development.
BRICK PRICE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #16
Brick Price was friends with Michael for over 10 years working on numerous projects including ‘Moonwalker’ and the creation of Neverland.
LARRY NIMMER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #16
Larry Nimmer was brought by Tom Mesereau to capture on video every aspect of Neverland Ranch during the trial of 2005. This well detailed video helped to show that Neverland was safe. His video is still a must to see for all Neverland lovers!
SPIKE LEE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #17
No need to introduce the man! Spike Lee first worked with Michael Jackson on the videos ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. He also released 2 Documentary about the King of Pop: “Bad25” and “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall”.
JOHN ISAAC INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #17
John Isaac is an amazing UN photographer that took very special pictures of Michael Jackson during the HISTORY WORLD TOUR but also in personal moment like the birth of Prince Jackson. A Man with a Big Heart and no surprise Michael Jackson liked him very much!
NICHOLAS PIKE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #18
Nicholas is a music composer that worked mainly on scary movies like ‘Critters’ so it is no surprise to find him composing the music for ‘GHOSTS’.
THOMAS YEATES INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #18
Once upon a time, the Comic books were booming and Thomas Yates is the illustrator of ‘Captain Eo Comic Book’ in 3D. A rare item that is now impossible to find!
EDDIE WOLFL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #19
The German Photographer is one of the rare photographers allowed on the set of ‘Scream’. Eddie was invited by Janet Jackson and took amazing photos of the both artists. Eddie was also present at KINGVENTION 2015.
MARTIN MERVEL INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #19
Martin Mervel along with Richard Berg, is an Architect and Designer of the set on the Michael Jackson Video ‘Sceam’ – The most expensive music video of all time.
RICHARD BERG INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #19
Richard Berg along with Martin Mervel, is an Architect and Designer of the set on the Michael Jackson Video ‘Sceam’ – The most expensive music video of all time.
BRUCE SWEDIEN INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #20
Bruce is a Grammy Award-winning audio engineer and music producer who worked with Michael Jackson since ‘THE WIZ’. From ‘OFF THE WALL’ to ‘INVINCIBLE’, Bruce is a masterpiece in Michael Jackson music world. Bruce is also behind the massive beat in ‘JAM’!
STEVEN-PAUL WHITSITT INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #20
Steven-Paul is an American photographer who photographed Michael Jackson at numerous time: The Teaser, ‘Childhood’ Video Set, ‘You are Not Alone’ Video Set, ‘Scream’ Video Set, and also responsible for the never released single cover ‘Smile’.
RUPERT WAINWRIGHT INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #20
The ‘Stigmata’ director has also directed the Michael Jackson’s HIStory Teaser filmed in Budapest! Rupert talks about his idea on the teaser and Michael Jackson decided to do the trip seeing the early footages.
SYBIL AZUR INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #20
Sybil Azur is actually ‘Susie’ in the Michael Jackson’s video ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’. She got your number so BEWARE!
LORRAINE FIELDS INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #21
One of the most famous zombie on the planet! Yes, Lorraine was one of the dancers on the side of Michael Jackson for the timeless video ‘Thriller’. She also appeared on ‘Smooth Criminal’ – Watch your pockets guy!
BARRY LATHER INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #21
Barry met Michael Jackson on the set of ‘Captain Eo’ as a dancer. He then return on the set of ‘GHOSTS’ and choreographed few parts of the HBO Special: ‘Michael Jackson: One Night Only’ which never happened.
KEVIN STEA INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #21
Kevin is an American Dancer who met Vincent Paterson on the Madonna’s BLOND AMBITION TOUR. He then was called on the filming of ‘Black or White’ and performed ‘Will You Be there’. In 1997, Kevin was on the ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ Video.
CAROL LAMERE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #22
Carol is known as “the Pioneer of Hair Extensions”! Carol worked with an array of major celebrities including Michael and Janet Jackson. She worked for Michael Jackson for over a decade for professional and personal matters. She is the Michael Jackson hairdresser!
YUKO SUMIDA JACKSON INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #22
Yuko was first introduced to the Michael Jackson Fan Community in the 1991 ‘Black or White’ short film and then was a dancer on the Dangerous World Tour and numerous award shows and live performances. She also a ghoul in Michael Jackson’s GHOSTS.
TIMOTHY WHITE INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #23
Timothy white was hired to photograph Michael Jackson for the creation of the upcoming album called History. Michael dressed back in his Dangerous Tour costume and done a very specific photoshoot detailing all for Diana Walczak to create the so famous statue.
THOM RUSSO INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #23
Thom is one of the rare Engineer who worked on the Dangerous album! Thom Russo is multi-award winning engineer, record producer, mixer and songwriter who got his break working on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album in 1991. Russo was responsible for mixing vocals on the album and was credited as Technical Director for being a part of the project for 18 months and experiencing life in the studio next to the world’s biggest artist. Thom was present at KINGVENTION 2016
DAN BECK INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #23
Dan Beck is the former SVP Marketing & Sales Manager at EPIC/SONY who worked directly with Michael Jackson from the 70s (he can briefly be seen in Spike Lee’s Off the Wall documentary) but most prominently during the DANGEROUS and History eras. As product manager for the Dangerous Short Films, Beck was tasked with the 18 month challenge of bringing the project to live, working to meet Michael’s vision. Following its completion, Beck was instrumental in the creation of the History album Project from commissioning a range of concept arts to naming the final release. Leaving Sony in 1996, Beck joined Richard Branson to launch V2 Records in North America. Dan was also present at KINGVENTION 2016
LAVELLE SMITH JR INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #24
Lavelle does not need any introduction! The man himself was on all the Michael Jackson’s Tours from Bad to HIStory and also Choreograph many fan loved pieces like GHOSTS. Lavelle has many stories, professional and personal, about Michael! A must to read Interview! Not to miss!
JEAN-MARIE HORVAT INTERVIEW IN ICONIC MAGAZINE #24
When Michael created magic in the studio, many faces behind the scenes helped him achieve his vision. Jean-Marie Horvat was one of those incredible people who brought his wisdom and skill to two of Michael’s albums: Dangerous and Invincible.
AND MORE TO COME…
- Hector Barjot & the 7″ Picture Discs
- Sony Music and Estate of Michael Jackson Renew Their Landmark Deal
- Blood on the Dance Floor 2017 Video
- “Lip Sync Battle” will pay tribute to Michael Jackson
- Leon Kompowsky returns to sing Happy Birthday to Lisa
- Michael Jackson at the New Madame Tussauds’ New Delhi
- Fuzzball for sale!
- Japan gets a pin ball slot machine this December
- Michael Jackson voted #1 Best Male Icon by blog Pop Icon
- Moonwalking While Slacklining
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