5 Things You Should Know About Me and Music
1. My goals in making music are cultivating great working relationships and simply making great music. My tools include analytical ears, a trusty instinct, a healthy sense of humor, and a dual music education in the classroom and in the real world.
2. I love producing, orchestrating, and mixing music. I also dig playing bass, guitar, and keys -- but only if you want me to on your recording and if we agree that it helps you achieve what you set out to do.
3. I’m not about ego or weird Machiavellian studio politics. I’m wildly serious about music but I also find it way too much fun to be bothered with all that weird stuff.
4. I love The Raveonettes, The Beach Boys, Starflyer 59, The Zombies, Velvet Underground, Bruce Springsteen, and several more pages/books/tomes full of band names.
5. Otis Redding and Roy Orbison are probably my favorite vocalists ever.
6. And I won’t be all hipster smug if you haven’t heard or don’t dig the music that I dig.
If any of this rings your bell, if you noticed I put 6 things in a 5-things list, if you want to quote lines from That Thing You Do! together, if you too are an aficionado of the bizarre-yet-profound writings of Lester Bangs, if you’ve even heard of The Raveonettes(!) ... then we should talk.
Contact: allan (at) allandouglas (dot) net
When I joined a university music school graduating class ___ years ago, I didn’t realize that I’d just received two totally different and completely complementary educations.
One was five days a week in fabled(?) halls and storied(?) classrooms, learning truly amazing things like “tritone substitution,” “Neapolitan chords,” and how Bartok’s Mikrokosmos may not have been my favorite lineup of sweet lullaby melodies…but it was nothing short of mind-blowing mathematical genius.
The other was each Saturday in a semi-legendary/semi-dingy neighborhood guitar shop that was half an inch thick with dust and always brimming with the most colorful/bizarre bag of talented characters I had yet encountered, none of whom read sheet music at all, yet who taught me how to truly think like a musician – (possibly unintentionally) applying all of my book learnings into the nuts and bolts of how to play, think, and write like a real rock ‘n roll player.
So after those two musical languages were bridged time and time again, I came to the thrilling revelation that this combination had helped me tons throughout thousands of hours spent in prestigious Nashville recording studios as a producer and arranger for a major publishing company -- I found I was able to speak the language of (almost) any musician or creative person that I had encountered. I was able to inject a little grease ‘n grit into the orchestral world, while also helping to draw out indie artists’ grandest creative visions.Plus I've had a lot of fun writing some relevant string and brass arrangements along the way for rockers who might not know or care about things like how the viola typically plays in the (cursed) alto clef.
And so on this site, I’ve collected some examples of how I’ve put those dual educations to good use in producing and arranging, mixing and orchestrating.I’m all about taking great songs by great artists and capturing their finest performances on tape/DAW -- or even expanding what they thought their song or project could be by digging deeper into the creative process, dialoguing and brainstorming about how a song might evolve, and/or adding some sweet orchestral ear candy to it.
Some Folks I’ve Worked With in the Studio or on Stage
Allan Douglas (but of course)
The Rough Drafts
The Summer Dolls
The Mistletones (sorry, NOT the ones from the holiday TV movie)
The Legendary Rich Gilbert
(members of) Everyone Moves Away
(members of) The Nobility