RSR095 – Brad Wood – Producing Liz Phair, Veruca Salt & Smashing Pumpkins

Brad Wood

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Brad talks about defining the indi rock sound of the 90s in Chicago with Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, and Smashing Pumpkins.

My guest today is Brad Wood, a producer originally from Chicago now in Los Angeles, who is known for making some of the coolest indi and rock albums since the late 80s. Brad also owned Idful Music Corporation- a small but mighty recording studio in Wicker Park, where he recorded albums by bands like Seam, Tar, Shrimp Boat and Eleventh Dream Day.

In 1993 he produced what I consider to be one of the greatest records ever, Exile In Guyville, for Liz Phair. This was a record that really struck a chord with me because it was so honest, didn’t seem to care what anybody else was doing. It somehow discarded everything that I thought I was supposed to know about songwriting and musicianship, and ended up with a collection of amazing hit songs. Exile In Guyville opened the door for my understanding of what made a great record, and for Brad and his career as a producer.

He has and continues to produce many important artists like Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Thrill Jockey, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn, mewithoutYou, Touché Amoré, and Ben Lee among others.

“I like to help people make records that are inspiring, lyrically and musically. For me, rock music works best when there's intensity- a burning desire to bash out a message. It doesn't have to be loud (although that helps). Thank you, Joe Strummer.”

Brad Wood
Idful Music Corporation

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Links:
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Twitter: @BradWood3

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