10 Things We Learned From Producer Matt Wallace
"On our upcoming record, we were able to work with one of the finest producers (and human beings) on this planet, Matt Wallace... He walks the walk in a way I have rarely seen... We learned a ton... Our live show improved immediately by all the fat that was cut out around the heart of the songs. Thanks to Matt for teaching us a ton about songs, recording and mixing, but also that you can be at the top of your game and not for a second have to stop treating everyone around you like they are every bit as important as you are. 'Cause they are."
Classic Tracks: The Replacements
We talk a lot about "paying your dues" in the music business. Producer/engineer Matt Wallace paid his back in 1988 when he produced The Replacements' raw, charming and clever album Don't Tell a Soul. "I was basically hazed for most of that record," he says. [www.mixonline.com]
"The writing and recording process was everything we could have hoped for. Matt challenged us and brought out different aspects of what we love about making music." [www.blabbermouth.net]
The Adam Levine-led band first reached the chart on April 5, 2003, with the eventual No. 15-peaking "Harder to Breathe." The group would follow with its first two No. 1s, "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved," each of which ruled for 13 weeks in 2004. [www.billboard.com]
3 Doors Down
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Faith No More
"I'm happy that Matt Wallace came on at the end, who comes from all the way back in our family tree. He did everything that we ever did up until Angel Dust."
R5 "The most important thing was to work with someone who understood that what we created in the garage was so authentic to us, and who wouldn't try to steer away from that," Riker notes. The band found just that in Matt Wallace." [www.r5rocks.com]
Faith No More In early 1989, Matt Wallace almost quit being an engineer/producer. Nearly in tears, he called his mom to ask how to get into real estate. Wallace's "failure" was producing, engineering and mixing Faith No More's third album, The Real Thing, which went on to hit Number 11 in the U.S. and sell more than 4 million copies worldwide. [www.mixonline.com]
MD: Did you have negative experience in the past
with producers? You were able to put out some pretty weird music
on major labels. Mike: Well, the answer is no, because Matt Wallace,
a family member of ours, did the records with us and he was always
on board with what we were doing. [www.moderndrummer.com]
Faith No More A quiet, pervasive
influence on the new material was Matt Wallace. An old friend
of the band's, he was brought on board for the final mixdown but
his input can be felt across Faith No More's new songs. "It was
similar to having one of us one board, he speaks the language
that we speak. He knows the band so well so bringing him on board
was a real shortcut it enabled us to all move forward a lot quicker.
If we'd brought someone that we didn't know on it would have just
bogged it down. We were lucky to pretty much work amongst ourselves,
or with people who we know and feel comfortable with." [www.clashmusic.com]
Maroon 5 "That was one of the best
contributions our original producer, Matt Wallace, made," says
guitarist James Valentine. "When we went into the studio to make
'Songs About Jane,' our debut, we had all of these verses and
choruses. He'd say to us, 'Hey, come up with a bridge for that.'
"Matt Wallace produced the record and we must thank him for seeing our vision and allowing us to be ourselves. That's really what this experience was all about. Getting on tape what we love to do in the most honest way we know how. And Matt provided the perfect atmosphere for us to create." [www.oarsa.org]