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Old 7th June 2017
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Gear Maniac
 

Smoothing out vs leaving rough edges

Hi Jacquire! I'm really curious about how you handle the challenge of keeping an intriguing sonic landscape while maintaining a fat, huge, radio-friendly sound.

For example, the mix for Modest Mouse's "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" is so much thicker and more lush than their previous records - was achieving a more accessible sound an explicit goal of the band, or were they ever afraid of sounding too clean and had to be coaxed?
Were you dirtying it up & adding treatments, or was it more about finding space for (or discarding!) what they had recorded?

More broadly, I'm wondering what your approach is when either:
-an artist wants to follow a direction or empasize sounds that you think will be too distracting from the song itself
-the opposite problem, where you are trying to push the envelope to find exciting sounds but the artist isn't comfortable and feels like it's too over-the-top

Reconciling those two opposites is always one of the toughest parts of production, so I appreciate any insight you have on this topic!!