November 19, 2012
AC/DC ON ITUNES!!!
Mike flew to New York to oversee the mastering of the entire AC/DC catalog for iTunes...And it's available digitally for the first time TODAY!
From their 1976 debutHigh Voltage to seminal classic Back In Black and 2008 smash hit Black Ice, every one of AC/DC's 16 studio albums, along with four live albums and three compilation albums, are available for the first time ever on theiTunes Store. All tracks are Mastered for iTunes, and fans have the ability to download full albums or simply purchase their favorite individual songs.
Exclusively on the iTunes Storeworldwide.
November 19, 2012
AC/DC RELEASES "LIVE AT RIVER PLATE" TODAY - THEIR FIRST LIVE RECORD IN 20 YEARS!
Recorded by Mike in Buenos Aires, Argentina and mixed by Mike at The Warehouse in Vancouver, BC.
Read more on rollingstone.com!
October 30, 2012
ENTER SHIKARI WINS INDEPENDANT ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!
The second annual Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards was held last night in London and Enter Shikari were awarded one of the night's biggest awards.
Read all about it HERE.
June 4, 2012
"THE AVENGERS" IS OFFICIALLY THIRD BIGGEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!
Read more HERE.
May 16, 2012
MEET ALAN DOYLE, RUSSEL CROWE'S MUSICAL PARTNER IN CRIME
(Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Mike Fraser, sound engineer/mixer, and Russell Crowe at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver recording Boy on Bridge. Photo: Mike Fraser)
At first, it seems an unlikely duo. Russell Crowe, Oscar-award winning actor, and Alan Doyle, frontman for Canada's uber-popular folk rock band, Great Big Sea. Yet, it doesn't take much time to realize that the two artists have more in common than not. A passion for music (for those of you who don't know, Crowe has been a songwriter and fronting bands since he was a teenager), a penchant for giving audiences a hard-partying, memorable experience; and a sensitivity to the details in life that infuse their music with a crystal clarity that rings true to the human spirit.
The two have been writing music together for nearly a decade. But you won't hear either of them make a splash about it. They released the Crowe/Doyle Songbook, Volume III (ironically, there is no Volume I or II) last August in a MP3 file download format. The album verges hauntingly on poetry and gives a revealing take on a variety of subjects, including an honest account of the toll fame takes on the human soul – something we rarely hear discussed. Not only is the album beautiful musically, but the storytelling is raw and authentic. And it's that authenticity that makes it – and them – stand out.
Crowe is currently filming Les Miserables, the first time the acclaimed musical has been filmed as a movie, and declined to be interviewed for this article. Alan is in the midst of planning Great Big Sea's 20th Anniversary tour, releasing his first solo album and keeping pace with a myriad of tasks and tour dates. Despite their schedules, they manage to continue to capture the everyday stories of life in lyric and melody, often via email. With the Crowe/Doyle Songbook, they created a set of songs that goes back to the heart of songwriting, an album that reaches into the human heart, soothes, entertains, and makes us think. All while staying true to their own Story. Not an easy task in a world that adores image and conformity. Alan took some time between tour dates to talk with us.
Check out the full interview HERE.
Alan Doyle's solo album, Boy on Bridge has just been released. The Crowe/Doyle Songbook, Vol. III is available online via iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers.
May 15, 2012
Check out this interview with Ian Astbury from The Cult on their upcoming album "Choice of Weapon".
May 8, 2012
THE AVENGERS: BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND EVER
Marvel's The Avengers smashed domestic box office records this weekend, and now stands as having the biggest opening weekend of all time with a whopping $207.4 million. The previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 with $169 million. Mike Fraser mixed Buckcherry's "Wherever I Go" at The Warehouse in Vancouver.
April 8, 2012
MIKE MIXED THE DUDES NEW SINGLE "AMERICAN GIRL" ON THEIR NEWLY RELEASED ALBUM "BARBERS, THEIVES AND BARTENDERS"!
Listen to it HERE on CBC, then BUY IT!
April 2, 2012
ROOTS AND WINGS WINS TOP COUNTRY ALBUM!
Mike mixed country diva Terri Clark's "Roots and Wings" record which won a Juno Award for Country Record of the Year.
March 28, 2012
MARVEL AVENGERS SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE MAY 1ST!
Mike mixed the Buckcherry track - "Wherever I Go".
March 9, 2012
CITIZENS! ANNOUNCE FULL DETAILS OF DEBUT ALBUM 'HERE WE ARE'... MIXED BY MIKE!
Check out the article in NME HERE.
January 25, 2012
BEST SOUNDING PINBALL MACHINE EVER!
Mike did the audio for this AC/DC Pinball Machine which is currently in production by Stern Pinball.
Read more here...http://www.sternpinball.com.
December 5, 2011
CITIZENS! SINGLE AVAILABLE TODAY IN LIMITED EDITION VINYL!
CITIZENS! are from Scotland. This album was produced by Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand and mixed by Mike Fraser. Huge buzz about this band!
Check out this killer, dark video for their single "True Romance".
November 17, 2011
Enter Shikari hit the pub with Mike a day before their gig in Vancouver last weekend.
November 10, 2011
Alan Doyle of the band Great Big Sea, Vancouver's own legendary sound engineer/mixer Mike Fraser (AC/DC Metallica) and actor, co-writer/producer Russell Crowe recording 2 songs at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver for Alan's upcoming solo project.
November 7, 2011
CHECK OUT THIS INTERVIEW WITH MIKE ON ULTIMATE GUITAR.COM...THANKS TO JOURNALIST JOE MATERA!
November 3, 2011
DONATE TO THE RONNIE JAMES DIO CANCER FUND!
While in LA last week, Mike attended the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fundraiser at The Playboy Mansion. Fun was had and more importantly a hefty sum was raised for cancer research in Ronnie's name.
Please donate! http://diocancerfund.org
November 1, 2011
TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF SLIPKNOT'S 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF "IOWA" ON ROADRUNNER RECORDS!
Pictured below is Mike holding the new Iowa with Roadrunner's Monte Conner.
November 1, 2011
CONGRATS TO ACRES OF LIONS FOR MAKING TOP 5 IN THE PEAK PERFORMANCE PROJECT!!!!
October 14, 2011
Mike with the Cancer Bats in Vancouver on their Spring 2011 tour.
October 12, 2011
Mike Fraser, producer Jeff Dawson and assistant Brad Salter mixing The Dudes upcoming CD at The Warehouse in Vancouver.
September 21, 2011
STATE OF SHOCK'S NEW ALBUM "ROCK N' ROLL ROMANCE" (PRODUCED BY JEFF DAWSON / MIXED BY MIKE FRASER ) IS OUT TODAY!!!
September 21, 2011
VIDEO OF THE FIRST SINGLE "SSSNAKEPIT" BY THE UK'S ENTER SHAKIRI...
Mixed by Mike Fraser. CD release date is TBA.
August 3, 2011
PRODUCER / MIX ENGINEER MIKE FRASER: MY 10 CAREER DEFINING RECORDS
Not many former janitors get to tell Jimmy Page to redo a guitar part, but that's exactly what Mike Fraser, who worked his way up from cleaning the floors at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios to being one of the industry's A-list triple threats (engineer, mixer and producer), found he had to do one day. "We were recording the Coverdale/Page album, and Jimmy laid down a guitar part that was fine," says Fraser. "The only thing was, the way he played the part before was way better. So I thought for a second, ran the words through my head, got on the mic and said, 'Um, that was really good, Jimmy, but I kind of liked the way you played it earlier.'" So how did Page respond to Fraser's suggestion? "He was really cool. He said, 'Oh, well, that's no problem. I can just do it the other way if you think it was better.'" Over the years, the Canadian-born Fraser, whose big break came when he was able to put down the broom and assist Bob Rock on sessions, has had a hand (or two or three) in a trainload of gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases by rock's elite: from AC/DC to Metallica to Aerosmith to Joe Satriani, they've all come to rely on what Fraser likes to call "an honest, no b.s., friendly approach to making music. "I like high energy and a sense of realness," he continues. "I want to hear a band play me a song and sound like they really mean it. I think that's what audiences want, too. Pure raw emotion is always the ticket. So it's my job to go in there and capture that magic moment." That same philosophy holds true for mixing: "If the heart and soul of the performances are on the tape, I have to preserve those elements. Sure, there are times when I might do some edits and throw on some effects, but only if they enhance what's already there and what's great. I should be invisible. It's all about the artist and the songs." Fraser, who favors Neve or API boards for recording ("nice warm punch") and SSL consoles for mixing ("very crisp clarity, amazing automation"), says that he still feels like he's living out a dream when he walks into the studio and finds himself face-to-face with one of his heroes. "But you have to say to yourself, I've worked for this. I deserve to be here. And then you prove it all over again." Read on as Mike Fraser talks us through 10 of the most important and memorable albums of his brilliant career....
Check out the rest of this article HERE.
July 28, 2011
CHICKENFOOT'S NEW SINGLE "BIGFOOT" IS OUT NOW!!!
Check out a review of "Bigfoot" on ultimateclassicrock.com.
And for something kinda fun...Record a live online video of yourself screaming "Chickenfoot" or "Bigfoot" and the best videos will be used in a special Chickenfoot teaser.
April 21, 2011
FOR HOPE & RUIN, THE TREWS RELIED ON SOME TRAGICALLY HIP HELP
...After Sinclair put his stamp on Hope & Ruin's collection of anthemic rockers and yearning ballads, he sent the music west so that famed mixer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica) could do his thing at Warehouse Studio in Gastown. At that point, MacDonald wasn't sure how much of an effect Fraser's expert knob-twiddling would have on the finished product.
"Not taking anything away from Mike—he has amazing rock 'n' roll instincts, and his résumé reads like a playlist I would put together—but I just thought, 'The parts are all there, what more can change?' We thought it sounded pretty good already, so we weren't expecting much. "But an incredible sonic depth is what he added," continues MacDonald.
"It went from being two-dimensional to three-dimensional, is the only way I can describe it. He used some stuff that we had mixed way down and thought would never be heard from again, and he really brought the drum sound to life. It was like night and day."
CLICK HERE to read the full article by Steve Newton for The Georgia Straight.
April 12, 2011
THE TREWS "HOPE & RUIN" OUT TODAY!
The wait is finally over as "Hope and Ruin" is released online and in stores today! The album was mixed by Mike at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. Hope & Ruin is available online at:
March 18, 2011
CHICKENFOOT FINISHES RECORDING NEW TRACKS WITH API 1608 CONSOLE AT RED ROCKER STUDIO
Article by Pro Sound Web
Mix engineer Mike Fraser says thanks to the 1608's flexibility, he was able to deliver the inputs to his DAW, but still mix the sessions on the API console
Working on a follow-up album to its 2009 debut, Chickenfoot has recently finished recording new tracks on a 16-channel API 1608 console.
The band, comprised of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and solo musician Joe Satriani, worked at Hagar's Red Rocker Sound studio – an annex to the lead singer's house that was once a rehearsal space.
According to veteran recording and mixing engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Guns 'N Roses, Metallica), the 1608 played a pivotal role in capturing Chickenfoot's music. "I absolutely love the sound of the 1608," says Fraser. "It's classic API. The 1608 shares the reliability of other API gear. In fact, it works so well and so transparently that I seldom had to think about the mechanics of what I was doing on the board. It was like an extension of my hands."
John Cuniberti, who helped convert Red Rocker Sound into a "proper" recording facility, installed the 1608. "I wasn't comfortable with the thought of installing a 'control surface' at Sammy's studio," he explains. "The band, and more of the folks they work with, grew up with traditional analog consoles. By [integrating the console into the studio], we have the power of digital editing with the sound of classic American rock. That's the best of both worlds for Sammy and Chickenfoot."
Fraser recorded the band in the time-tested way of cutting drum and bass tracks and then overdubbing guitars and vocals. For the initial take, he used all of the console inputs to permeate Smith's drums with a classic American rock sound before sending them to the studio's Pro Tools system. Fraser recorded the remaining instruments with external hardware that included a rack of API 550b four-band equalizers. He said that thanks to the 1608's flexibility, he was able to deliver the inputs to his DAW, but still mix the sessions on the API console. "Because we typically had more than 16 tracks, I submixed stems in Pro Tools to output to the 1608," said Fraser. "We could have done the whole thing digitally, but the sound is just way better when it comes out of the box. The sound has a lot more punch, a lot more air and a lot more dimensionality. A pure, in-the-box mix sounds flat and narrow. Because everything was sounding so awesome through the 1608 as we were going forward, the guys were inspired. "[And that] is what makes the biggest difference between an average recording and a great recording."
March 15, 2011
AC/DC LIVE AT RIVER PLATE, RECORDED AND MIXED BY MIKE FRASER, HITS SHELVES MAY 10TH, 2011. AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER!
AC/DC Live At River Plate is the definitive live concert DVD documenting AC/DC's massive Black Ice World Tour. Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC's triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina's Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying "no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock 'n Roll."
CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy with exclusive t-shirt and poster today.
February 15, 2011
THE TREWS "HOPE AND RUIN" (MIXED BY MIKE) DROPS APRIL 12, 2011!
Here's a new video of "Hope & Ruin" by The Trews. The video was directed by Drew Lightfoot for Revolver Film Company, andwas shot over 4 days on location in Toronto and rural Nova Scotia.
CLICK HERE for more info.
January 27, 2011
JOE SATRIANI SPEAKS ON BLACK SWANS AND WORMHOLE WIZARDS - CO-PRODUCED, ENGINEERED & MIXED BY MIKE.
..."In the studio with the band, Joe tries to keep the organic vibe alive with the assistance of Mike Fraser. “We move into the second phase when the band starts to hear the music,” he goes on to say, “and we start to add their tracks to previously recorded guitar stuff that was done at my house. That’s where engineer and co-producer Mike Fraser really has a great, positive influence over us as a band. He helps us to achieve our goal of keeping that organic feel and making sure that all the tones evolve in the best possible way for each of the players.” With drummer Jeff Campitelli, bassist Allan Whitman, and the multi-instrumental mastery of former Zappa band member Mike Keneally on keyboards, Satriani has recruited the most phenomenal sidemen out there for his current band."...
-Ric Hickey for Crawdaddy Magazine
CLICK HERE to read the full article on Crawdaddy.com
January 18, 2011
MIKE AND TERRI CLARK IN THE STUDIO finishing up the mix of "Northern Girl" and a few other tracks for Terri's upcoming album. Slated for a Spring release.
December 22, 2010
JOE SATRIANI CAN'T STOP RAVING ABOUT LOCAL PRODUCER MIKE FRASER
..."He's an incredible human being, first of all," said Satriani. "If we didn't love him dearly we wouldn't call him back. But he's just a really cool person to be around, and that's maybe 75 percent of making a good record. A lotta guys out there know how to turn the knobs and all that kinda stuff, but synergy happens when you're around the right kinda person."
"I made lots of records with Mike over the years, dating back to '96—solo records, live records, Chickenfoot records—and he's got fantastic ears and great talent as a nurturer in the studio, and producers have to know how to do that. Sometimes they've gotta push and shove and sometimes they've gotta walk very lightly, 'cause they're trying to manage not just one but maybe a whole handful of volatile, creative, sensitive people, who run around like chickens without heads.
"So he knows how to keep it together and keep a band focused, and he just elevates everything that I bring him—he makes it sound bettter. He makes it happen, which is his main job: make it happen, get it done, you know."...
-By Steve Newton for The Georgia Straight
CLICK HERE to read the full article on Straight.com
December 10, 2010
CHART ATTACK'S 2010 READER'S POLL AWARDS HAIL THE VILLAIN "THE GOLDEN TOQUE" (Best Canadian Album) for Population: Declining (mixed by Mike)!
CLICK HERE to visit the Hail The Villain's website.
December 9, 2010
Congrats to THE VIRGINMARY'S - NAMED ITUNES REWIND 2010 "BEST NEW ROCK ARTIST"!CLICK HERE to check out 'Cast The First Stone EP' mixed by Mike Fraser.
December 7, 2010
We're excited to announce the much anticipated new MOTHER MOTHER LP "EUREKA" (Last Gang Records), MIXED BY MIKE IS SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 15, 2011.
CLICK HERE to read more...
December 7, 2010
Mike recently wrapped up MIXING FOR CANADIAN ROCKERS THE TREWS. The album is expected to drop early in the new year (Bumstead Records). During a recent visit to The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, John-Angus MacDonald and Mike pose for a picture.
October 5, 2010
HWY-99 - "LET THE SUNRISE SAY GOODBYE"
"The one-off project Hwy-99 is currently bubbling under the Canada Rock chart and the Canadian Emerging Artist chart with “Let The Sunrise Say Goodbye.” The band is side project of vocalist Cam Melnyk and guitarist Jesse Wainwright, members of former Emerging Artist chart- toppers State Of Shock. They have teamed up with State Of Shock and Daniel Powter producer Jeff Dawson, veteran mixer Mike Fraser and co-writer Jordan Thorsteinson to record “Let The Sunrise Say Goodbye.” The track was released to radio in early September and is a straight ahead rock song inspired by legendary bands like Van Halen and Bon Jovi. The song has received strong early support from stations like Sirius Iceberg, CKLZ Kelowna, CFDV Red Deer and CKGE Oshawa. It has also received in-game play during hockey games in stadiums in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Chicago, and has been mentioned in the official blog of the Vancouver Canucks."
Article from Nielsen Soundscan Canadian Billboard Update - By Paul Tuch email@example.com
July 29, 2010
VANCOUVER MUSIC INDUSTRY'S ANNUAL CHARITY GALA & GOLF TOURNAMENT wrapped up it's 5th year raising funds towards supporting the Sarah McLachlan Music Out Reach and Music BC, two well deserving charities that support the growth of the local music scene in Vancouver. VMI founders Mike Fraser and Jeff Dawson would like to thank the hard working VMI board members, event volunteers, local media, sponsors and all the guests of this years event for their hard work, dedication and support. With your help we delivered the best VMI event to date and it was a good time had by all! Photos of the event will be up-loaded shortly to the VMI Facebook page and website so be sure to check back soon!
July 27, 2010
BILLY RAY CYRUS' NEW PROJECT BROTHER CLYDE TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 10TH, 2010
Mike recently completed 4 mixes including the single "Lately" off Billy Ray Cyrus's new project, 'Brother Clyde'.
May 16, 2010
RONNIE JAMES DIO (JULY 10, 1942 – MAY 16, 2010)
The rock world just lost an Icon Ronnie ... You were loved and we will miss you.
To make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, please go to www.ronniejamesdio.com and in the lower left corner of the main page is a donate button.
April 30, 2010
IRON MAN 2 ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 IN 6 COUNTRIES!
The new AC/DC album "Iron Man 2" (mixed by Mike Fraser) claims #1 chart position in 6 countries in its first week of release! The album charted at #1 in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and New Zealand.
Visit www.acdc.com for more...
March 18, 2010
MELISSA AUF DER MAUR'S "OUT OF OUR MINDS" SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 30, 2010
Here's a picture of one of our favorite people and SXSW darling Melissa Auf Der Maur (Courtesy of Spin.com - Photo by Kathryn Yu).
Mike mixed several tracks for MAdM's newest release "Out Of Our Minds" - set for release March 30th 2010.
Visit Melissa's website at http://xmadmx.com/ for more info and to Download the song Out Of Our Minds for free!
March 12, 2010
YOUNG ARTISTS WAVE FLAG FOR HAITI
Recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Produced by Bob Ezrin and Recorded by Mike Fraser; more than 50 of Canada's brightest, emerging young stars gathered to record a new rendition of K'Naan's single Wavin' Flag in an effort to help Haiti's earthquake releif efforts.
Participating soloists included (in order of appearance) K'naan, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Avril Lavigne, Pierre Bouvier, Tyler Connolly, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Lights, Deryck Whibley, Serena Ryder, Jacob Hoggard, Emily Haines, Hawksley Workman, Drake, Chin Injeti, Ima, Pierre Lapointe, Elisapie Isaac, Esthero, Corb Lund, Fefe Dobson, Nikki Yanofsky, Matt Mays, Justin Nozuka and Justin Bieber. Performing the chorus were Arkells, Lamar Ashe, Broken Social Scene, Torquil Campbell, Canadian Tenors, Aion Clarke, City and Colour, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Jim Creeggan, Kathleen Edwards, Dave Faber, Jessie Farrell, Colin James, Pat Kordyback, Brandon Lehti, Colin MacDonald, Jay Malinowski, Stacey McKitrick, Suzie McNeil, Stephan Moccio, Kevin Parent, Josh Ramsay, Red 1, Hayley Sales, James Shaw and Shiloh. Students from Vancouver high schools Lord Byng Secondary and Magee Secondary also voluntarily participated by playing together as an orchestra.
This music video was shot at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
March 8, 2010
AIRBOURNE'S SOPHOMORE ALBUM "NO GUTS, NO GLORY" SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 9th, 2010
Australian rockers Airbourne's sophomore album "No Guts, No Glory" is set for release March 9th, 2010 - UK, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia & New Zealand and April 20th, 2010 - USA via Roadrunner Records.
Recorded in Chicago and mixed by Fraze at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, the album will be released in a special digipack edition that comes with five bonus tracks and a custom Airbourne bottle opener. Airbourne recently shot a video for the first single from the set, called "No Way But The Hard Way." (Blabbermouth) It's currently #28 on CFOX.
Visit www.airbournerock.com for more info...
During Airbourne's recent jaunt through Vancouver (on tour with Motley Crue and The Joe Perry Project,) Mike, Joel & Ryan O'Keeffe hang out and take a ride - 'rocker style' - in a Rickshaw.
Mike Fraser, Joel O'Keeffe, Ryan O'Keeffe
January 26, 2010
AC/DC IRON MAN 2 ALBUM MIXED BY MIKE FRASER
Band to Release AC/DC: Iron Man 2 Album on Monday April 19, 2010
Through a unique collaboration between Marvel Studios and Columbia Records, AC/DC's music will be featured in Marvel Studios' "IRON MAN 2," the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster film. In addition, Columbia Records will release the album AC/DC: Iron Man 2 on Monday, April 19, 2010.
AC/DC: Iron Man 2, features 15 classic AC/DC songs selected from ten of the band's studio albums, ranging from 1976 to 2008. The complete track listing can be found below (follow link to www.ac/dc.com). Pre-orders begin today, January 26th at Amazon.com for the deluxe version of AC/DC: Iron Man 2 - CD+DVD and two LP vinyl packages - and at Walmart.com for the AC/DC: Iron Man 2 CD.
The film opens internationally beginning on April 28, 2010. In the U.S., the film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and is scheduled for release on May 7, 2010. The debut video from AC/DC: Iron Man 2 is AC/DC's classic album cut "Shoot To Thrill," which was filmed live last month in Buenos Aires during the band's highly acclaimed Black Ice World Tour, the second highest grossing world tour of 2009 according to concert industry trade publication Pollstar. The video also incorporates exclusive footage from "IRON MAN 2" and debuts worldwide today. Check www.acdc.com and www.marvel.com for more information. "Shoot To Thrill" was originally recorded for the band's 50-million selling album Back In Black, one of the best selling albums of all time.
October 19, 2009
One of Fraze's favourite mix projects in the last couple years, Calgary's The Fast Romantics were selected as one of three finalists from across the globe in Spin Magazine and John Varvatos's "Free the Noise" contest... CHECK OUT THIS GREAT INTERVIEW!
Fast Romantics' Honesty Gets Them Drinks With Perry Farrell
Calgary's The Fast Romantics' first foray into the American music market was definitely a memorable one.
"To be perfectly honest, once we entered it, we forgot all about it," admits guitarist Matthew Kliewer. "There are so many of these contests out there for indie bands and we've entered many of them, almost always hearing that we didn't make the final cut."
This time was obviously different. After their plane landed, their driver (who had just dropped off Jay-Z at the airport) took them to their posh hotel. They checked in and then headed out for a night of food and drink with Perry Farrell, music photographer Mick Rock and Varvatos.
The Free The Noise showcase gig took place at John Varvatos 315 Bowery (the former space for famed live venue CBGB). A trailer stocked with beverages was placed outside the boutique for the groups to use to prepare for their live performances.
"The band played incredible that night," says Kliewer. "When they introduced us, they claimed that we were one of the 'top three' unsigned bands in the world, so immediately we felt good.
Although Reckless Sons were awarded the grand prize of a development deal with Island Records and involvement in Varvatos' next international advertising campaign, The Fast Romantics didn't leave totally empty handed.
"It wasn't really about winning this contest for us," explains Kliewer. "It was about the experience and just playing a good set to a good crowd in a great city.
"I didn't realize that they were going to set it up like American Idol with a judging panel right off the side of the stage prepared to give feedback. Thankfully, they were all pretty into our set and for the most part we were praised. John Varvatos said, 'Now I know why there is so much buzz north of the border about you guys. Now you have to bring it down south.' Mick Rock's microphone wasn't working so he stood up and gave us two thumbs up."
The Fast Romantics issued their debut eponymous full-length at the end of the summer. The album is filled with post-punk accented indie pop and was mixed by Mike Fraser (Sam Roberts, AC/DC, Franz Ferdinand) and mastered by Adam Ayan (Sarah McLachlan, Foo Fighters).
"I think my most favourite thing about this record is that it's honest," offers vocalist Matthew Angus. "In our past bands, or I think most bands in general, it's often about posturing. People want to sound like this, or look like that, or fill this role.
"On this record, we let loose. So no matter what happens, we win. Four million people could buy it, or maybe just 1,000, but either way, we've got this thing on our shelf now, and every time we look at it, we get to smile."
January 26, 2009
FRANZ FERDINAND'S NEW ALBUM TONIGHT (MIXED BY MIKE) RELEASED JANUARY 26TH, 2009
Here's a review, courtesy of Stuart Derdeyn, The Province:
"Album No. 3 from Scotland's top-rated indie dance/rock quartet does a number of things to the band's pulsing pop.
First, the tracks -- mostly mixed right here in Vancouver at the Warehouse Studios -- sound absolutely pristine. This is by far the cleanest and most produced disc the group has ever released and kudos to sonic magician Mike Fraser for his part in bringing every aspect of the combo's style to the forefront. Those who preferred the jagged edges of "Take Me Out" may have some reservations about how razor-sharp the guitars are, or how much greater part the keyboards play in actually developing the hooks in the songs. But it is a dance band and the robotic and bubbling bass runs in a funked-up track such as "What She Came For" strike my ears as the right fit.
The parts of the earlier sound that stick are the rave-up choruses and angular licks that drive them. But this is a band that can groove with a lot more feel than it could at the onset. If you preferred the awkwardness of the earlier albums' changes, something as tight as the first single and album opener, "Ulysses," probably won't work. But give it another few spins before deciding for sure.
Because what exists in this dozen-track disc are some very catchy and mature songs from a band that has finally brought all of its strengths together in one recording session. Particularly refreshing is that Alex Kaprano's vocals have grown assured to the point that he goes beyond the whole jaded but eager thing into nuanced performances such as the cheeky and sexy "No You Girls," perhaps the most Bowie-esque track the band has recorded. All in all, it's a winning third effort.
Download this: "Katherine Kiss Me" is unlike anything the band has ever released."
October 29, 2008
AC/DC'S BLACK ICE DEBUTS AT #1 IN 29 COUNTRIES!
Engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, and released globally on Monday October 20th 2008, Black Ice has topped the Canadian charts with the biggest sales week for any album in five years with 119,000 units sold, marking the band's first ever debut entry at #1 on the album charts. In the US, Wal-Mart had reported 193,000 units sold its first day of release, while first US week sales are estimated in the range of 700,000 to 800,000 units. Black Ice has topped sales charts in over 29 countries including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Argentina, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more.Black Ice was recorded and mixed at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia and is Mike Fraser's 4th album with AC/DC. Black Ice is available for purchase everywhere in Canada, in the US - exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and at http://www.acdc.com. Also mixed by Mike Fraser is AC/DC Live: Rockband Track Pack, an expansion to the popular music game that will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
September 5th, 2008
EXCLUSIVE: PRODUCER MIKE FRASER TALKS TO BW&BK ABOUT NEW AC/DC ALBUM
Read the full article HERE.
July 3, 2008
HIGH POWERED HELP GIVES MATT MAYES A BOOST ON ROCKING TERMINAL ROMANCE
"When it came time for Matt Mays + El Torpedo to record Terminal Romance, the follow-up to their self-titled debut of 2005, the Nova Scotia–spawned quartet didn't mess around. Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest) was hired to produce and engineer, Mike Fraser (Joe Satriani, AC/DC, Van Halen) to mix, and Bob Ludwig (most every rock band in the world) to master."...
Read the full artcle HERE.
April 22, 2008
AC/DC RECORDING NEW ALBUM AT ADAMS' WAREHOUSE (by David, FYI Music)
"AC/DC hasn't had a new album in eight years but the Aussie band's website is reporting that the brothers Young are laying down tracks at Bryan Adams' Vancouver studio complex with a stated expectation of a new album completed for release this year. Recording at The Warehouse Studio in the red brick boutiqued Gastown district with engineer Mike Fraser and producer Brendan O'Brien, the sessions follow a number of flawed starts since 2000′s Upper Lip album. That 2000 album was also recorded at Adams Vancouver studio with Fraser and the band's original producer, and former Easybeats member George Young – brother to AC/DC band members' Angus and Malcolm. The Warehouse Studio complex is a hugely popular recording facility, used by a Who's Who of chart-topping pop and rock stars-from Avril Lavigne and Elvis Costello to Metallica and Chris Isaak...Last year's Plug Me In was also a success. It went 5x platinum in the US. The band, whose only remaining original members are founding brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, has sold more than 150million albums worldwide. As a sidebar, engineer Mike Fraser, who works almost exclusively out of The Warehouse Studio, has one of his mixes of "Money Honey" by Juno winning band State Of Shock cresting the top of a Sirius Radio chart in the US this week. The song is a digital platinum hit for the Cordova Bay Ent. company here in Canada."
August 18, 2008
VANCOUVER MUSIC INDUSTRY RAISES 60K FOR SARAH MCLACHLAN FOUNDATION
The Vancouver Music Industry held it's 3rd annual non-profit gala and golf event at the Canvas Lounge on July 29th and the UBC Golf Course on July 30th. The goal of this annual event is to raise money for several charitable organizations including the Sarah McLachlan Foundation's Music Outreach Program, while bringing together members from the local music industry. Thanks to the dedication of the Vancouver Music Industry Committee, and this year's fabulous turn out, $60,000 was raised, surpassing last year's total by $10,000. Live and silent auctions were held at the gala, bringing in a pretty penny with items such as a signed Avril Lavigne guitar, a signed Alanis Morissette acoustic guitar, and a signed telecaster from Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen. The evening was hosted by Terry David Mulligan, and featured the Bruce Allen / Sam Feldman Legend Award, which was presented by Bruce Allen to Red Robinson for being an individual who has significantly contributed to the local music industry for many years. Several local artists performed live in the intimate setting of the Canvas Lounge including Art of Dying, Aliqua, Ryan McMahon, Christina Maria, and Sherry St Germain. Founded in 2005 by producer Jeff Dawson (State of Shock, Daniel Powter, Kelly Rowland), the Vancouver Music Industry Committee focuses on creating unity, and ensuring continued growth among members of Vancouver's local industry. Also on the committee are mix engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica , Aerosmith), and from Hipjoint Productions, Mike James, Troy Samson, and Jordan Thorsteinson.
Left to Right: Terry David Mulligan, Jeff Dawson, Red Robinson, Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Allen, Mike Fraser
FEATURE IN DEPTH PROFILE OF MIKE FRASER ON RECORDPRODUCTION.COM
"Three unique video features with one of the World's greatest engineers...We are delighted to present this unique record producer video feature with Mike Fraser shot at Warehouse Studios, Canada...Watch the latest Mike Fraser video recorded at Sphere Studios in November 2008 - Mike talks about the recording of AC/DC's latest album, Black Ice. Mike also talks in depth about his mixing techniques. A follow up video covering Mike's drum recording tips is here."