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Interview with Marti Frederiksen: Producer and Songwriter

Aug 24, 2012
Markos Papadatos

Acclaimed producer and songwriter Marti Frederiksen talks to Suite101 about his upcoming project with Aerosmith entitled "Music From Another Dimension!"

Behind every major band or artist, there is an even stronger producer. One of the most prolific producers, songwriters, mixers and engineers that contemporary music has to offer is Marti Frederiksen. On Friday, August 24, 2012, Marti chatted via telephone with Suite101 about Aerosmith’s forthcoming album Music From Another Dimension! which will be released in November of 2012.

In the past, Marti was in a band himself, but now focuses on producing, writing, mixing and engineering albums for some of the biggest musicians in the business. He has worked with such artists as Sheryl Crow, Pink, Rascal Flatts, 3 Doors Down, Def Leppard, Daniel Powter and multiple American Idol alums including James Durbin, Clay Aiken, David Cook, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Lee DeWyze, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. Particularly impressive about Marti is that he has worked with the iconic rock band Aerosmith for over a decade.

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In Aerosmith’s newest record, Marti co-penned five songs and he produced three tracks, which include the singles “What Could Have Been Love” and “Love Her a Lot.” “Both songs just went to radio. ‘What Could Have Been Love’ went to adult contemporary station and ‘Love Her a Lot’ is mainstream and active rock. They are completely different songs, but that’s the wonderful thing about songwriting since you can sit down and write a fast up-tempo rock song with heavy riffs and the next day you could write a nice beautiful song with piano. That’s where they are both coming from,” he says.

Although he has yet to win a Grammy award, he hopes that the new Aerosmith CD will be the one to take him down that path. He notes that he would also love to work with U2 someday, since he is a fan of classic rock bands. "I wouldn't mind trying to write with them. That would be fun. I don't think they are into co-writing but whenever they are ready, I have a couple of ideas," he says with a laugh.

In 2012, Marti also had a track called “Great Big Love” on the newest Rascal Flatts album Changed, as well as three songs on the forthcoming 3 Doors Down “Greatest Hits” CD; moreover, he co-wrote Julian Lennon’s “Someday” from his upcoming album. “I was able to get together with Julian for the first time and Steven Tyler and I wrote a song with him. It was wonderful,” he says.

During his songwriting process, Marti notes that the songs’ melodies come instantaneously and that the lyrics take a while longer, anywhere from half an hour to half a day. “It’s tough sometimes trying to figure out what song somebody might actually want to hear or what you want to say in it,” he says