to Marti Frederikson
with Marti Frederiksen: Producer and Songwriter
Aug 24, 2012
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