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for singing and singers has been a constant in Dave Carlock's life
and work. Dave began singing to audiences at age 5 in his hometown
in Michigan and later fronted local bands. By his late teens, Dave
was giving guitar, keyboard and bass lessons and producing bands
to satisfy his growing appetite for synths and studio gear.
In 1990, Dave attended the legendary New Music Seminar in New York
as an artist in search of a record deal. John Coppola, founder of
Coku Music (then promotion at Columbia, later VP of Promotion at
The Work Group, Capitol and MCA), heard Dave's tape and quickly
forwarded it to producers working on George LaMond's debut record.
Dave ultimately placed three songs with LaMond and contributed background
vocals and arrangements to the record. Soon after, Dave built his
first substantial home studio around a 1/2" 16 track machine
and started down the path of writing and producing professionally.
In '94, Carlock relocated to New York where he wrote and or engineered/mixed
for several NY bands, most notably, 'Coward', whose work with Dave
got the band signed to Elektra. He also wrote, produced and performed
with Grandfather Beat. Their collaboration can most recently be
heard in the film, "Hoboken Lou." It was during this time
that Dave also became a sought after Pro Tools tech/engineer in
NYC. This led to work as a consultant for Lenny Kravitz's 35th Street
studio and Daryl Hall's A-Pawling Studio.
In '97, Dave moved to Los Angeles where producers and artists such
as David Cole, Richard Marx, STYX, and Lisa Hayes & The Violets
quickly valued Dave's involvement in their records. His protective
instincts towards singers and non-Auto Tune vocal tuning techniques
won him gigs with such vocalists as Duncan Sheik, Hal Ketchum and
Dolly Parton, among others.
From fall 1999 to fall 2000, Dave partnered with Greg Ladanyi, one
of the pillars of the classic California Pop sound. In their year
together, they worked on a global group of artists including Spain's
Araque, Mexico's Jaquares, and America's own Jo Davidson, an underrated
singer/songwriter/pianist that helped open doors to the eventual
success of multi-platinum artist Vanessa Carlton.
to new artists, Dave and Greg worked with the Tubes, co-producing
the hybrid live/studio album "Tubes World Tour 2001",
a greatest hits collection featuring two new songs, including 'Loveline',
which the pair co-produced with David Foster. They also worked together
on an album for Buddy Holly's original Crickets, a project that
featured special guests like Eric Clapton, Rodney Crowell, Vince
Neil and others.
In 2001, Dave focused on mixing, and worked on several projects
with songwriter/producer Alex Cantrall of Soul Power Productions
(Soulshock Karlin & Cantrall), including B2K, Damon Sharpe,
Az Yet, Aja, and Lea. Other 2001 sessions included work with producer/mixer
Neal Pogue for artist Cherokee, Shaquille O'Neil, and several E/M
projects for Hellcat Records, including The Distillers, Lars Frederiksen
and The Bastards, the Gadjits, and the Rancid/NOFX split.
In 2002, Dave continued to focus on punk rock records, working with
Bad Religion, Strung Out and Matchbook Romance. During this time,
Dave produced, engineered and mixed the Transplants' debut record
with Tim Armstrong, which has become one of the most talked about
indie releases in 2003. Also notable was Dave's engineering credit
on the Ramones tribute record, "We're A Happy Family."
Current Credits: 2003 has
been a busy year, beginning in January with the pre-production phase
of the current Blink 182 record on Geffen. Dave was responsible
for setting up the band's recording environment in a rented private
estate in San Diego, based around the mobile recording studio Dave
designed for Travis Barker's new label, LaSalle Records. After six
weeks, the resulting pre-production work inspired an album that
some are calling Blink's best work to date. A true compliment was
given when Blink's manager Rick DeVoe nicknamed Dave "The Wizard",
which the band eventually changed to "Warlock". And much
to his surprise, a few vocal arrangements, sonic palates and unique
samples that Dave created on the original demos were used or recreated
on the final record--the ultimate compliment!
time with Blink 182, Dave began working with Rancid on "Indestructible",
their current release on Hellcat/Warner. Aside from his Pro Tools
work, Dave's musical contributions on the record included co-writing
"Spirit Of '87" and BGVs on "Red Hot Moon".
In April, Dave
was also asked to join the Transplants on a national tour with the
Foo Fighters as their keyboard/loop/sample guru. The success of
the Transplants record has also led to TV appearances for Dave on
Jimmy Kimmel Live, and MTV's Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. And if you
don't mute your TV during commercials, you can hear his piano playing
and "woo woos" on the new Garnier shampoo spots, which
feature the Transplants' runaway KROQ hit, "Diamonds &
tour, Dave was busy engineering and performing on nine tracks for
Pink's current release, "Try This." He was also hired
on as her keyboard player for various TV dates to promote "Feel
Good Time" from Charlie's Angels II, but when the recording
schedule extended, he was asked by Pink to stay on as her engineer.
co-wrote "maddness" and mixed "I want it all"
on Transplants's new release, Haunted
Cities on La
Salle Records . He also Played key, bass, lead gtr and back
vox. "We charted #28 on Billboard during our release week late
June 05," says the producer.
Contact: Carlock Productions