Richard Marx Produces Emerson Drive

Aug 8, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Richard Marx has just finished producing for the country band Emerson Drive, including the single, "Fall Into Me," with engineer Davide Cole.

All of the vocals, guitars and keyboards for the new album (which will be released later this year) were tracked at Renegade Studios, a 5,000-foot facility that Marx built several years ago on his 5.5-acre Chicago lakeside property. Marx relied on a Mackie HUI, which he uses as a front end to his Pro Tools|HD system.

Emerson Drive's Danik Dupelle plays guitar and sings high harmonies. Tracking his vocals at Renegade Studios was a bit of a challenge, according to Marx. "Danik, like all of the guys in the band, is a phenomenal musician. He's also a very good singer, but he's got a very bright voice that tends to sound a little brittle. We've got to be very careful with the signal path when we track his parts. We experimented with Avalon and Manley before deciding to bring him into Pro Tools with the Daking mic pre. I'm not sure I can give you a precise explanation as to why, but the Daking just gave us a warmer sound than the others we played around with. As a producer, you're using your ears to answer questions most of the time: Why choose that amp head or one plug-in reverb instead of another? At any given moment, you go with what sounds best."

While producing other bands, Marx is also working on his own work; in fact, Marx said that he is about 80% done on his new solo album. "I'm really excited about this project, for several reasons. For one thing, it reunites me with Bruce Lundvall, who signed me to my first deal. Bruce is the president of EMI and Blue Note, and the new record will be released on EMI. I'd describe the style as being somewhere between Coldplay and Avril Lavigne. It's edgier than my last several albums. I tend to write in a style that reflects whatever's on my CD player at that time. I love Coldplay, and the sounds on Avril's record are fantastic. Of course, all of the melodies are mine, and hopefully, there's a constant in what I bring to my performances that my fans will want to share."

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