Brad Wood

Record Producer, Musician

Brad Wood is a critically acclaimed record producer and musician.  Born and raised in Rockford, IL (the home of Cheap Trick), he started his production career in Chicago at the Idful Music Corporation.  He has produced countless influential and acclaimed records including Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville, Sunny Day Real Estate's Diary and LP2, Red Red Meat's Bunny Gets Paid, The Smashing Pumpkins' Adore, Veruca Salt's American Thighs, Seam's The Problem With Me, Placebo's eponymous debut and more.  In 2000 he relocated to Los Angeles and established his Seagrass Studio in Valley Village and has continued to produce stellar records by Pete Yorn, Ben Lee, mewithoutYou, Say Anything, Touche' Amore, Dar Williams and many more.  Last year he produced Veruca Salt's excellent Ghost Notes, the first album featuring their original lineup in 18 years.  This is Brad's Fidelity High:  R.E.M. // Life's Rich Pageant // IRS Records // 1986.  Brad says, "This record arrived just when I needed it: I was pretty obsessed with the band & having seen them maybe a dozen times already, I was wondering if they were going to make an album that was as muscular as they were live.  I loved the previous albums’ dreamy sounds & obscured lyrics- no complaints- but there was a tougher version of R.E.M. I wanted to hear.  This album was it. Don Gehman had a drums-forward approach that he showed off on Mellencamp records & the band brought just massive choruses & piles of 60’s-style backing vocals & it all combined to great effect.  I played the crap out of this album & seeing the progression on vinyl of a band I loved made something click in my head— I wanted to be that guy bands would hire to make albums like this, to help find the sweet spot for a band: not too polished, not too sloppy, rhythmically aggressive, big songs that dare you not to sing along, lyrics that move you without being too obvious… R.E.M. were in their sweet spot & they held it for a long time.  30 years later, I know just how hard that is.  Well done, guys."