har produceret album for Gasolin', Queen, Smashing Pumpkins og The Storm.. Eksterne henvisninger. That was at a time when rock bands were so intent on being heavy. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. While keeping Los Angeles his home base, he has built a beautiful studio complex of his own, complete with tennis court and olympic swim spa. It was done live. People will not go out and buy a nice drum sound if the song isn’t there. We never stopped laughing. I subsidized my pay by being a race car mechanic, which I actually thought was great fun anyway. They came at a time when rock radio really needed some freshening up. Then, in early 1969, Baker joined the newly-opened Trident Studios as a staff engineer -- … [Laughs] Even now, they are still playing the segues. Roy Thomas Baker produced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, if nothing else, deserves his place in history merely based on that brilliant, pristine, and utterly perfect track. [Laughs] So even when I did a straight rap record, it wouldn’t be someone merely rapping into a mic; it would have to be something totally unusual and different. Roy Thomas Baker på Allmusic; Roy Thomas Baker på Discogs; Roy Thomas Baker på MusicBrainz For the technical people, who may want to know, the end of the song was much heavier because it was one of the first mixes to be done with automation. Baker began career at Decca in England aged 14. His elegant facility is a three-and-a-half hour drive from L.A. in the foothills of the Mojave mountains, above the shores of Lake Havasu. I’m not one of these, “Oh, we’ll cut this and leave the effect for the mix.” I actually record the effects. Your records have always sounded like they were practically exploding out of the radio. Oh yeah! From what I understand, you’ve startled more than a few “proper” engineers with your methodology. He is currently the governor of As long as you know up front that a certain song is destined for radio and MTV, you should come at it straight out of the gate from the beginning in pre-production. For example, the part about the “laser beam” was printed to tape with the effects during recording. Roy Thomas baker - official site. Where did they get it from?” That’s how I learned about it. While keeping Los Angeles his home base, he has built a beautiful studio complex of his own, complete with tennis court and olympic swim spa. If the DJ isn’t mentioning who it is, then nobody will know who it is. We drove past a billboard for the Cars’ record, and he said, “If someone had told me a year ago that I would be driving along Sunset Boulevard with Roy Thomas Baker looking up at a billboard of my record that is Number One, I wouldn’t have believed him.” On T’Pau’s “Heart and Soul,” your approach to the rap portions of the song was unique. Roy Thomas Baker produced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, if nothing else, deserves his place in history merely based on that brilliant, pristine, and utterly perfect track. By the mid-’80s he’d become a senior VP of A&R for Elektra; during his tenure there the label signed 10,000 Maniacs, Simply Red, Yello, Peter Schilling and Metallica. Roy Thomas Baker Sr. October 29, 1940 – November 28, 2020. At this time under his new CBS deal RTB produced Journey, Starcastle, Reggie Knighton (The Grass Roots), Ian Hunter and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones). Especially when I’m mixing the drum rides-I would whack them up so loud that they would saturate the mixing board and then they would saturate the tape machine. He then proceeded to move to the US and set up The RTB Audio Visual Productions' Offices in New York and Los Angeles. It gave me Saturdays making sure there were great fuel injectors on these race cars. Roy Thomas Baker produced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, if nothing else, deserves his place in history merely based on that brilliant, pristine, and utterly perfect track. “Killer Queen” was done that way. The only difference is it was in and then it was gone. “Good Times Roll” is a classic one for that. www.roythomasbaker.com A few years before Roy Thomas Baker gained fame as the producer for some of the greatest albums by Queen and the Cars, he was one of several engineers to … When your song is being played on the radio, people should hear who that is, even without the DJ mentioning who it is. When Ric Ocasek does his own records, he doesn’t always produce himself. En­cour­aged by music pro­ducer Gus Dud­geon he soon moved to Tri­dent Stu­dios, where he worked with Dud­geon, Tony Vis­conti, Mick Jag­ger and Keith Richards, Frank Zappa as well as record­ing artists like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Gasolin', Nazareth, San­tana, The Moth­ers of In­ven­tion, Be Bop Deluxe, Free and T.Rex. No, I think I always wanted to be a producer from the age of 11 or 12. It wasn’t done on computers. So far we have seen rain showerheads and the hand showers, designer Thomas baker wants to give you the benefit of both [Laughs]. We make sure that the sound is together from day one. We run the consoles in the red, especially the tube ones like the Summit and TLA tube mixers and the Neve. I remember Carol Decker [the singer] walking out of the studio, bursting into tears, and saying to my wife, Tere, “I hate your f–ing husband,” but when the record hit the charts everywhere, it was all fun. Even projects I did when I was going from second engineer to engineer, like T-Rex’s “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” or Free’s “All Right Now,” had a different twist on what was basically the same thing. I always visualize the overall sound of the album at the beginning. When Scott, the singer, sang with the effect in his headphones, he could work with it and make the effect work a million times better. [Laughs]. What would you say is a primary guiding philosophy behind your production work? Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Roy Thomas Baker. He began a working relationship that lasted for five albums (Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera and Jazz) and a number of awards – including Grammy Awards and The Guinness World Records for the best single, "Bohemian Rhapsody". If you listen to the multitrack, all the effects are on the tape. I loved the stuff that was being done by Bob Crewe and Phil Spector. His elegant facility is a three-and-a-half hour drive from L.A. in the foothills of the Mojave mountains, above the shores of Lake Havasu. Renowned multi platnum and award winning music producer. The only thing different is the end of “Killer Queen” is actually real tape phasing. Moved to Trident Studios. After co-found­ing Nep­tune (Tri­dent's record com­pany), Baker met the rock band Queen. But in the same way that we had the alterna-music thing in the early ’90s, the end of the ’70s had the punk era. Record producer Roy Thomas Baker talks about working with Queen, Jet, ,Lonestar, Ian Hunter, Dusty Springfield, Cars, Journey and Foreigner. It was very left of center. It makes it grind and pump out on the radio more. [Laughs] It was really funny. Visit our corporate site. I just whack those faders up. I never just leave it up to the mix and just hope. The middle part started off being just a couple of seconds, but Freddie kept coming in with more “Galileos” and we kept on adding to the opera section, and it just got bigger and bigger. Roy Thomas Baker is an English record producer, songwriter, arranger, and Recording Academy governor, who has produced pop and rock songs since the 1970s. The whole idea is to make you sound louder, so that it jumps out in your face. Roy Thomas Baker (born on 10 November 1946, in Hampstead, London, England) is an English record and music producer, songwriter, arranger and Recording Academy governor, who has produced pop and rock records since the 1970s. Obviously, after a certain level, they don’t get any louder on tape. With Queen, the whole idea of big vocals were taken to outrageous, operatic levels. You can still hear this on the CD. It will just be another band, and nothing is worse than being anonymous. Roy Thomas Baker (Born in Hampstead, London, UK) is an English record and music producer, songwriter, arranger and Recording Academy governor, who has produced pop and rock records since the 1970s. © 2020 MIX is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Baker began his ca­reer at Decca Records in Eng­land at the age of 14. When they sing those words, it’s huge and then it’s gone, and everything is back to sparse again. So they would be looking after their little bits, and I would actually be using their fingers as automation. Except for just basic echo, I tend to also use the effects as we go, when we record vocals. Roy Thomas Baker - official site. That was a post-production decision. They were saying the usual, “All you bands are going to be gone because you’re over-produced and you’re all fags,” and all that. Doing it this way adds a tremendous value to the bass end. Dual Shower Is So Fantastic! For the really effected vocals on the new Local H record, we did the effects live with the performance. We had a big Trident board in the control room, and every one of the guys would have to look after their own little parts. That’s true with all the great bands, even ones that have been around for hundreds of years, like the Stones. One characteristic found on many of your records is the artful segue. Roy Thomas Baker served his 'audio apprenticeship' at Decca Records in the heady mid-1960s, starting as a tea boy-cum-second engineer and quickly progressing to an engineer's role. They forget that there’s more to a production than getting a nice, polished sound. You’ve got to make these decisions up front. So an alternative copy for radio with these big five-second spacings between each song would be made, as in the case of Journey’s Infinity. Instead of just going out to a mic and just talking, I did 12 tracks of talking vocal for one speaker, 12 tracks for the other speaker, 12 for the middle, and then 12 tracks that were put out of phase to wrap around you, and that was just for the rap section, before any singing started. We did the whole beginning bit, then the whole middle bit and then the whole end. Summary. Renowned multi platnum and award winning music producer. Over the years, I’ve always hearkened back to that philosophy. It didn’t matter whether it was Tamla/Motown or Stax or the early blues, which I loved. It was scary and was hard work, and it took a couple of days to do it. We had the plans on how one song would go into another and make the whole album a non-stopping entity. We run the machines in the red, right down to the tape. I don’t look at meters. You may leave a message for the family by clicking here. Take a listen below. You have to work very hard and eventually, if you are given that opportunity, and you succeed at that opportunity, then there are big bucks to be made. Then we would take all of the outputs from the Trident down to a separate mixer, and I would control all of the drum fills and bass fills and do all of the stuff that I’m good at. Today, Roy Thomas Baker spends most of his time in the U.S. He got his start at Decca Records in England at the age of 14 and later at Trident Studios, where he was fortunate enough to work under such producers as Gus Dudgeon, Peter Sullivan, Tony Visconti and Ken Scott. During the last half of the ’70s, RTB relocated to Los Angeles and scored huge successes with Journey, Foreigner and The Cars, among others. Roy Thomas Baker is an English record producer who helped create a number of extremely popular pop and rock records from the 1970s to the present. Following his successes with Queen and other artists Baker signed a multi album production deal with CBS Music (Columbia Records, Sony Music, Epic Records, etc.). That’s why some people’s mixes will actually sound quieter than the song previous and the song being played after. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Discover all Roy Thomas Baker's music connections, watch videos, listen to music, discuss and download. We have all the machines lined up in such a way that we have everything hitting the end stops. Even though they have had a lot of different changes of sound, you can hear who it is instantly. They put it in with the old Allison computer. One common element found on many of your records is huge, thick harmony vocal parts. What music helped form your tastes growing up, and what elements of that have carried over into your work? Today, Roy Thomas Baker spends most of his time in the U.S. That’s what I do. That to me is a bit like someone wanting to be their own lawyer in court, and even if you are a lawyer, you shouldn’t represent yourself in court. Roy Thomas Baker. See, the radio station’s compressors will react to actual volume and turn the music down. I was able to put big vocals on a sparse, punkish background, sort of inventing post-punk pop. Was there a pivotal moment where a light went off and you thought, “I want to be a producer”? Roy Thomas Baker - Samples, Covers and Remixes on WhoSampled. Yet, Ric is a very good producer and has produced some hits himself, like Weezer. I also loved American pop. People need an identifiable sound. Kaufen Sie Platten, CDs und mehr von Roy Thomas Baker auf dem Discogs-Marktplatz. Every artist would like to produce their own records. The first Cars record was totally unique. Overview ↓ Biography ↓ Songs ↓ Credits ↓ That’s right, at 14 years old. Sometimes the record company initially didn’t like them, not for artistic reasons, but because they thought that disc jockeys would have a problem taking the record off at that point. And we mixed the whole of the end section by hand. Then we went out to eat dinner." Trivia: Has produced albums for Queen, Cars, Journey, Starcastle, T'Pau, Gasolin', and the Darkness. There are thousands and thousands of bands out there with these really smooth, great, generic-sounding records that nobody gives a toss about. Then I basically had the main mix in front of me. What are your thoughts on that? With The Cars, you had this band with a sparse rhythm section and a unique singer in Ric Ocasek, but when the harmonies kicked in, it was a wall of sound. Yet Baker, who made his name with Queen and the Cars, is nowhere near a one-trick pony and his flawless production has also helped the likes of Journey, Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osbourne, and countless others. Profile: Producer, active 1970's to the present. Although born in London, England, he now splits his time between his homes in L.A., Europe, and his recording studio in Arizona. Page 1 of 4 - About 32 essays. Roy Thomas Baker (London, 1946. november 10. Wikipedia Source: Roy Thomas Baker Roy Thomas Baker (born on 10 November 1946, in Hampstead, London, England) is an English record and music producer, songwriter, arranger and Recording Academy governor, who has produced pop and rock records since the 1970s. Secondly, it makes it so much easier to mix, because the effects are already there. We had already visualized what we needed, so we did that as we went along. When I think of the Four Seasons, The Ronettes and the Beach Boys wafting away with their four- and five-part harmony vocals-those kinds of great vocals were not coming out of England at the time, except in opera. My opportunity came with my internship at Decca. They were turning on tom-toms and riding bass runs and Brian [May] was turning on and off all of his guitar parts. Roy Thomas Baker produced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, if nothing else, deserves his place in history merely based on that brilliant, pristine, and utterly perfect track. Listen to music from Roy Thomas Baker like Gotta Get Out Of This City, Fingers & more. It started off as a ballad, but the end was heavy. After co-founding Trident's record company Neptune, Baker began working with Queen whom he produced for five albums including the song "Bohemian Rhapsody". The main feed from my mixer was going to the 2-track. Fans of his work will want to look for upcoming releases by Local H, Other Star People and Caroline’s Spine. Roy Thomas Baker was born on October 29, 1940 and passed away on November 28, 2020 and is under the care of Gilliland Howe Funeral Home. What happened was we had VCAs built into a Trident board over at Sarm Studios in London. Leghíresebb együttműködése a Queen együttessel volt, első négy albumukat és a híres Bohemian Rhapsody dalukat is az ő producersége alatt vették fel. I had been doing Queen, which was kitchen sink over-production, which I loved. It was basically a joke, but a successful joke. His credits include a staggering number of bona fide superstars, including Queen, The Cars, Foreigner, Journey, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osbourne, the Rolling Stones, Free, Alice Cooper, Devo, Santana, Ten Years After, T-Rex, The Who, Yes and Frank Zappa. Roy Thomas Baker, Category: Artist, Top Tracks: Lighthouse, Gotta Get Out Of This City, Identity Theft, Fingers, Plans, Biography: Roy Thomas Baker produced Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, if nothing else, deserves his place in history merely based on that brilliant, pristine, and utterly perfect track., Monthly Listeners: 19, Where People Listen: San Francisco, Chicago, Oceanside, Oviedo, Girard If you don’t have that identifiable sound, you are getting merged in. Nor should it change. You still need somebody else around to make sure you get the best out of yourself, because you can’t be in two places at once. We check back to the tape to make sure that we’re not over-saturating. Bloody hell, the man’s had a truly remarkable career as an audio engineer & producer and A&R guy. I think I was paid the equivalent of 12 pounds a week; no overtime, nothing. They played the first three or four songs of The Cars’ first album together, too. It is hard work up to that point. Roy Thomas Baker is a British music producer and songwriter, famously known for his work on some of the biggest records dating back to the 1970’s. The trick to this has to do with creating apparent volume, as opposed to actual volume. They are clearly distorted. So we got them to disconnect the computer and literally take all of the VCAs out of the faders and give us a direct feed for the faders to the mixer. Many other less vaunted artists have benefited from his creative touch, too. [Laughs]. We called it apprenticeship over there; you call it internship in America. I would run into the Sex Pistols, because they were working over at Wessex. Bohemian Rhapsody-Wikipedia It is technically distortion, but it is also bringing out those nice third and fifth harmonics that you want to hear. That is exactly what you don’t want. The Mothers 1970 collects over four hours of previously unreleased performances from the group – within it, an early version of Sharleena as mixed by famed Queen producer, Roy Thomas Baker from early in his career. You can’t make a quick buck in that route. Roy Thomas Baker (født 10. november 1946 i London) er en britisk producer, der bl.a. T’Pau’s “Heart and Soul” was a Top Five hit in the U.S. as well. I run everything in the red all of the time. Instead of simply giving rock fans more of the same, Roy Thomas Baker has managed throughout his long and distinguished career to produce audacious and distinctive projects while successfully reading the pulse of the mainstream rock audience. Roy Thomas Baker. We did “Heart and Soul,” and there was this rap vocal for the first verse; total rap. It was this continual bouncing back and forth between the two places that all started off with Southern blues players. The way we used to mix Queen was very odd, and it evolved over time. What made it funnier was disc jockeys played the segues even more on that album. Roy Thomas Baker, Soundtrack: Speed 2: Cruise Control. I suddenly realized, “These guys are great. I thought, “Maybe there is a point where I should be a bit more sparse.” So when I did the first Cars record, we purposely did it very sparse, but when the harmony vocals come in, there are as many vocals there as there were in a Queen record. A lot of artists will go to an engineer, who is probably a great engineer, but as of that stage has not seriously produced anything. Roy Thomas Baker (Born Hampstead, London, England) is a multiple award-winning English music producer, songwriter, arranger and Recording Academy Governor, who has produced Platinum and Gold certified pop and rock records from the 1970s to the present. It was complete madness. Roy Thomas Baker. The information is not available. If you really listen to it, the ballad starts off clean, and as the opera section gets louder and louder, the vocals get more and more distorted. All the time. I loved it! With Other Star People, which I recently finished, we’re inventing post alterna-pop. [Laughs] And who cares? I think, even if you’re a great producer who happens to be an artist, and you’re great at working with other artists, you should never produce yourself. This was not exactly a cool idea. In fact, I didn’t know that the early blues existed until I heard the Stones and Clapton as a kid. I was going through my own little demons at the time. Much of your production work draws from the best of American and British popular music idioms. One of my main inspirations was black music. But late-’80s American rock and pop held little interest for him, so he found himself spending most of his time back in Europe, where he produced a number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed releases, including discs by The Stranglers, Chris De Burgh and T’Pau, whose chart topping album and singles remained on the European charts for over a year. Select from premium Roy Thomas Baker of the highest quality. He lets other people produce him. After co-founding Neptune (Trident's record company), Baker met a band that would eventually be known as Queen. RTB became one of the founders of Trident’s in-house production company, Neptune, where he signed Queen and other acts. https://queen.fandom.com/wiki/Roy_Thomas_Baker?oldid=4328. Now I can see the connection with the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons. When we first record, we’re always saturating. When we got to the end section, the part in Wayne’s World where they start doing this [he bobs his head up and down], there was no headroom on the VCAs, yet there was loads of headroom on the Trident mixer. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was totally insane, but we enjoyed every minute of it. It’s apparent volume, as opposed to actual volume. I love segues, because I like records to be continuous and it gives me a good excuse not to turn off the music and put on something else. Back when I did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” who would’ve ever thought of having a single with an opera section in the middle? The thing that I loved was the way American blues went over to England and got bastardized with artists like Clapton and the Stones, and then went back to America. There is the artistic reason: People play differently when they hear the effect and are playing to it. His fabulously appointed and well-equipped studio contains hard-wired TLA, Summit and Neve mixers; a rare Stephens 40-track (fine-tuned and maintained by John Stephens) with Dolby SR; and six Tascam DA-88s. Roy Thomas Baker, produttore dei primi 4 album dei Queen, ci illustra le varie tracce che compongono il leggendario pezzo "Bohemian Rhapsody" tratto dall'album "A Night at … We had to record it in three separate units. The Knight Of Light By The Greenest Grass 3272 Words | 14 Pages. So that was the way we would mix a record. roy thomas baker (rtb) multi platinum and award winning music and film producer - +1 (310) 598 5349--rtbmusic2@aol.com--twitter roythomasbaker Find the perfect Roy Thomas Baker stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. –) angol zenei producer, aki az 1970-es évek népszerű rockalbumait segített elkészíteni. It’s a great way to sort out the people who are really genuine and the people who are in it for a quick buck. It’s basically where you do all the dull work for 24 hours for no pay. My whole thing is, the more different you can sound from anything else around but still be commercially successful is great!
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