I Performer I Engineer I Mixer I Songwriter I Arranger
front of his modular symthesizers at his private studio in Los Angeles
History: Michael Beinhorn's work has had an indelible
imprint on popular music. His production has played a primary role
in creating career-defining rock records for a diverse list of legendary
artists to include: Herbie Hancock, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden,
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hole.
Beinhorn began his music career playing synthesizer in the seminal
New York band Material which he founded with Bill Laswell in 1979.
Together Beinhorn and Laswell built an impressive resume, working
with Nona Hendryx, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, and
Nile Rodgers. It was Herbie Hancocks multiplatinum album Future
Shock with hit song Rockit co-written by Beinhorn
that made Hancock Sony Musics most successful 12 single
artist, selling over 3 million copies. In 1987 Beinhorn met with
a struggling Los Angeles band called The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
This collaboration produced 2 records- 1987s The Uplift
Mofo Party Plan and 1989s Mothers Milk.
Beinhorn developed a reputation for producing
career records for artists, which was exemplified by
his work on Grave Dancers Union by Soul Asylum,
Superunknown by Soundgarden, Celebrity Skin
by Hole and Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.
His approach to pushing creative boundaries, creating unique sounds
and getting the absolute best out of performers became legendary.
"Conformity is a survival skill. Keep
your head down and it probably wont get smacked by whoever
pays your salary," says producer Beinhorn who has a new book
out soon called: How To Save Popular Music
was contracted by Atlantic Records as a Vice-President of A&R.
While in this position, he helped develop Brent Smith of Shinedown
who became one of Atlantics most successful rock bands. During
this time Beinhorn also worked with Pharrell Williams and Outkast
on the soundtrack to Oliver Stones film, Any Given Sunday.
has produced records from Untouchables by Korn and
The Glass-Handed Kites by Mew to Nobodys Daughter
by Courtney Love.
of my primary aims is to intuit who each artist is and what they
require to make their project a uniquely personal expression,"
says Beinhorn who sees studios as "singular instruments with
an endless supply of tonal colorations." Beinhorn believs that
as creative and financial resources to properly develop popular
music are drying up, people are beginning to once again recognize
the need for high quality work.
has a new book out in 2015 published by Hal Leonard called: Unlocking
Creativity: A Producer's Guide to Making Music and Art." Beinhorn
reveals how to deal with interpersonal issues record producers face
when they work with artists one on one or in small groups. This
book is not about micing techniques or how to turn knobs. Instead
Beinhorn focuses on the collaborative effort and how it enables
record producers and artists to find solutions while working as
a creative team. This perspective is especially valuable as it is
transdisciplinary and can be applied to many occupations and modes
of creativity outside of record production. Available May 23 from
recently recorded with the iconic Danish band
Mew (due out end of May). "It is getting a lot of great
attention. They are an odd mix of prog-rock with some pop, electronic
and alternative. We recorded most of it under very unusual conditions-
that story, itself, could be a book," says Beinhorn. +- is
the first record to appear since the bands critically acclaimed
2009 release No More Stories.
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