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 ››