The second of four excerpts from a Q&A I conducted with Butch Vig at Musicians Institute in 2008. In this part, I talk to Butch about how he gets great performances out of singers, reading and adjusting to new artists in the studio, and why the hell the drums kick so much ass on Nirvana’s Nevermind.
The first of four excerpts from a Q&A I conducted with Butch Vig at Musicians Institute in 2008. Butch discusses how he’s grown as a producer over the years, what makes a great song, and how he came to work with some of the biggest artists of the last two decades.
Blane Fonda. Best description I can cook up is a cross between M83 and Tears For Fears with a sense of humor. And a lot of Miller High Life. Late last year I helped them finish up their recently released LP Foolish Croon, but apparently they're not … Continue Reading ››
Spent the last couple weeks with the incredible Leslie Hunt recording nine new tunes. I'm usually anxious to get into the producer's chair but it was a real honor to watch veteran producer Rick Chudacoff (Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle) and musical genius Christian Cullen team up to produce this one with Leslie.
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Proving that music is, if only on occasion, still recorded like it used to be, I was asked by bassist Greg Geary to help him cut a four-song demo with he and versatile UK-based vocalist Natalie DePaul before she left for England the next day. They had no songs worked out, and they … Continue Reading ››