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On producing Paramore

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by matijove, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. matijove

    matijove

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    Hi Justin, I've been listening to the new Paramore album for this last few weeks.
    I love what you have done producing this band. I feel you took them on a new direction.

    I was wondering how did you approach the bass lines through out the album. They are much more elaborated than on the previous band albums.
    Is Jeremy Davis responsible for them all, or did you have an important part in that area, you being such an original and creative bassist.

    Thanks!
    regards from Argentina!
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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    Thank you for your complements.

    Jeremy definitely came up with most of his parts. During the pre-production phase, we were able to try all kinds of permutations of his main ideas. I acted as the filter, and would make suggestions and changes as needed. My philosophy with Jeremy was to try anything, and not do what was easy or convenient for the sake of it. I believe that doing it that way really gave him a lot of confidence and satisfaction to "own" this record from the standpoint of the bass, more than any other previously.

    J
  3. matijove

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    Thanks for the quick answer!
    Still listening, my favorite line so far is the one in "Ain't it funny".
    Did you guys use a 5 string bass for that one o is it just a low tunning?

    Matias.
  4. volker

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    I am currently totally OCD-ing on that Paramore album!! My wife's already told me off for constantly listening to it (although the CD's hers)! :D

    I have to admit: After those brothers had left the band, I really thought they'd break up and Hayley'd go solo. Like, "They're never going to be able to write something as great as 'Brick By Boring Brick' again now!"

    Sure enough, when this latest album was released and the wife and I were listening to it for the first time, we both were like, "What the heck is this!? Ukulele sounds? Gospel choirs?? This is not Paramore anymore!!" - Rather disappointed, though not a 'bad' album per se.

    ...Until some time later, when we were watching a Paramore live gig online (BBC 'Big Weekend', I think), and suddenly those new songs started connecting with me - Even the 'Gospel' song ;) Guess I had just needed to open up to the new Paramore!

    Now, I actually regard 'Paramore' as their best album yet! Great how they've broadened their musical horizon by getting influenced by a variety of music styles, Hayley sings beautifully and doesn't always try to go as high as her voice can handle (Au contraire, there are some rather low notes in one of the slower numbers), and Jeremy's bass is wayyy more present than on any of the previous albums. Nice choice of different bass sounds, too! In fact the whole album's a superb production, and the playing's real 'tight' - That drummer is awesome!! Congratulations on a job more than well done, Justin! :)

    By the way, I've been wondering about the following: In song #1, 'Fast In My Car', in the bit before the 2nd chorus, the 'stutter' in the bass line; Was that done post-recording, or did Jeremy use the old Pete-Townshend-trick on his bass' toggle switch?

    Cheers, and all the best

    V :)
  5. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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    Interesting take on the record. I could see previous Paramore fans balking on the album at first. I do also agree that it's their best work thus far.

    That effect on Jeremy's bass right there was something I did in post, with some diligent edits and F/X. Just an idea I had that I ran with.

    J

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