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Producer's Corner with Pete Droge

Posted on July 22, 2011 by Nicholas There have been 0 comments

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From the time that he signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings in 1993, Pete Droge has enjoyed a successful, multifaceted career as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and composer. Beginning with his breakout hit “If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself),” which was featured in the blockbuster Dumb and Dumber, Pete Droge has gone on to compose and license original music for television and film.

In addition to composing and licensing music, Pete Droge has led a successful career as a recording artist, having released five full-length albums under his own moniker. Over the years, Droge has joined forces with a number of artists, both as a producer and co-writer, including fruitful collaborations with long-time friend Stone Gossard, of Pearl Jam. In 2003, Droge teamed up with Matthew Sweet and Shawn Mullins to form their side-project harmony band, The Thorns, releasing a rootsy self-titled album on Columbia.

In addition, Droge co-wrote the single, “Beautiful Wreck,” from Shawn Mullins' 2006 release, 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, which garnered a #1 AAA radio hit. Pete Droge has since mounted tours with the likes of Tom Petty and Neil Young, and appeared on numerous television and radio shows in Europe and the U.S.

Gear Favorites

1. Empirical Labs Distressor
One simply can’t have too many Distressors.

2. Empirical Labs Fatso Jr.
A recent purchase, after hearing it on a drum submix, I thought, “Where have you been all my life?”

3. ADAM S3A
It has been a blast listening to all of my favorite records from when i was a kid on these speakers.

4. API 525
My pal Russ Fowler hipped me to these. He told me that it was instant "Kinks" sound on acoustic guitar.

5. API 560
I have rarely found a kick drum that was not improved with the right dose 560 graphic love.

6. Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo
Tape echo with XLR balanced ins and out? What’s not to love?

7. Summit MPC-100A
I rarely plug my bass into anything else. Also, an old Telecaster direct through a Hilton volume pedal sounds very cool.

8. Manley Variable Mu
Sounds as great as it looks. I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for anything that glows.

9. DBX 160 VU
I love it for tracking vocals with an SM7. It’s good to have a singer who can hear compression and will know to back off when it starts squeezing too much.

10. Apogee Big Ben
Do not ask me to explain "jitter." All I know is when I got this, I liked the way it sounded. Also, Apogee folks answer their phones and are cool.


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