LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2022 — A Bad Think, a musical project led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Marquart, recently held an exclusive listening event at Apogee Studio in Los Angeles on the evening of September 22, playing through the entirety of the immersive mix of X, the artist’s latest LP, in the Dolby Atmos® mix created by multi-platinum award-winning producer/engineer Bob Clearmountain.
The event was attended by top professionals and journalists in the worlds of recording and immersive audio, including the artist Michael Marquart as well as the album’s co-producer/engineer Dave Way, mixer Bob Clearmountain, Dolby Atmos mastering engineer Brian Lucey, musicians Kirk Hellie and Phil Shenale, and industry notables Val Garay, Rafa Sardina, Dave Reitzas, Lenise Bent, Dean Parks, Paul David Hager, Neil Avron, Derrick Borte, Bobby Owsinski, Candace Stewart, Rita Wilson, David Helfant, Rory Kaplan, Paula Salvatore, Phil Wagner, Carl Tatz and others. All enjoyed beverages and hors d’oeuvres while the Dolby Atmos mix of the album played in the control room. Additionally, attendees who gathered in the tracking room/event space were simultaneously listening to a stereo version of X through the studio’s PA.
The evening kicked off with co-producer/engineer Dave Way welcoming the crowd and thanking Michael Marquart and Bob Clearmountain for their work on the album. “This is my fifth record that Michael and I have worked on and the third with Bob,” stated Way. “And it’s always a pleasure and a joy to work with both of you, along with the musicians that we get to have on these records.” Marquart then took the mic and thanked Dave, Bob and everyone who attended the listening event. “I want to thank everyone for joining us tonight, and a special thanks goes out to Bob and Betty at Apogee for hosting this great event,” said Marquart. “This is my tenth album, and I am always trying to grow and move things forward musically, so each album is better than the last one. I figure as long as we keep on that trajectory, we’re going in the right direction! [laughs]. But seriously, I cannot thank Dave, Bob and the musicians enough for their individual and unique contributions to this record.”
The final thoughts before attendees were treated to the Atmos playback in the control room came from Bob Clearmountain. “Michael, I want to thank you for getting me involved in your career beginning three albums ago,” stated Clearmountain. “I’ve just enjoyed mixing these records so much. There’s so much to them, and there’s so much in there to listen to. I could listen to them over and over again, even though I’ve mixed them all. And the musicianship on these records is just outstanding, with great guitar sounds. I still listen to them, because your music is just absolutely fascinating. And thank you all for coming. I really appreciate that so many people turned out for this event. Thanks, everybody.”
As the evening progressed, small groups of attendees took turns going into the control room to listen to A Bad Think’s X in Dolby Atmos, while others spent time in the tracking room/event space catching up with friends and associates that they have not seen in months due to the pandemic.
The album is available as a Blu-ray and as a high-resolution digital download from immersiveaudioalbum.com, as well as in CD and Blu-ray from the A Bad Think website (www.abadthink.com).
More about the album:
X, the tenth album by A Bad Think, was produced and engineered by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Michael Marquart and multi-GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Echo In The Canyon, Ringo Starr, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray) at The Barn in Malibu, CA; Waystation Studio in Los Angeles, CA; Cyclops Sound, L.A. (Matt Chamberlain, drums); and Studio Mezzanotte, L.A. (Phil Shenale keyboards). The album was mixed in both stereo and Dolby Atmos by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, INXS, Joe Bonamassa, David Bowie, Bryan Adams) and mastered in stereo by multi-GRAMMY-winner Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix) and in Dolby Atmos by multi-GRAMMY-winner Brian Lucey (Lizzo, Post Malone, The Greatest Showman soundtrack).
“X is A Bad Think’s tenth studio album, and simplicity was a concept that I was returning to. X is the Roman numeral for ten, and choosing a simple title made sense to me, because most of the songs are very simple,” stated Michael Marquart, who wrote all the material on the album. “There is a consistent approach to chord structure throughout the album, as the songs are very melody-driven. I wanted to stick to the old adage ‘three chords and the truth’ – I love that concept!”
Unlike A Bad Think’s GRAMMY-nominated eighth album The Savior, which was more cinematic in scope with a narrative through-line, the tracks on X present a more impressionistic whole, with the album touching on a range of emotional approaches while cohering into a cohesive structure. “It’s not a concept album, but it’s not a compilation of random songs I’ve written; these songs really go together,” commented Marquart. “Dave and I had a lot of songs to choose from for this album. We chose the ones that made sense sonically, and they really work well together. I think that listening to the songs in sequence, like we did at the event at Apogee Studio, really illuminates what we were going for.”
Dave Way has been involved with A Bad Think for the past five albums, including this latest release X. Over the years, Way has developed a strong working relationship with Marquart, with the goal of making Marquart’s creative vision a reality. As co-producer/engineer, Way continues to wear a number of hats, including helping to choose the right musicians for the various tracks. “On this record we had Matt Chamberlain on drums, Kirk Hellie and Rusty Anderson on guitars, Whynot Jansveld on bass and Phil Shenale on keys, and needless to say, they nailed it,” stated Way. “And once again, we were able to get Bob Clearmountain to do the mix. It is both an honor and a dream come true for me to work with Bob and to have him turn our tracks into glorious music, which is something that he does like nobody else.”
Clearmountain added, “When working on the mix in Dolby Atmos, there were so many fascinating elements to use, as Michael’s music really lends itself to the immersive format, and the arrangements were very open with lots of space for me to add some effects and reverbs. All these elements together create a feeling of depth and width in stereo, and in Atmos, where it’s spread out, it’s simply stunning. The mix is very musical, not theatrical.”
About A Bad Think
A Bad Think is a one-man project driven by Michael Marquart, record producer and multi-instrumentalist who writes and performs all of his tracks with help from the industry’s top studio musicians. His latest release, X, is a beautifully Dolby Atmos mastered album consisting of 11 songs of modern progressive rock. Engineered and produced by Marquart with Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Michael Jackson), and mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi), the album was recorded in Los Angeles and is available as a Blu-ray and as a high-resolution digital download from immersiveaudioalbum.com, as well as in CD and Blu-ray from the A Bad Think website (www.abadthink.com).
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Photo Caption 1: Leading members of the audio community gathered at Apogee Studio on September 22, 2022, for an exclusive Dolby Atmos listening event of the artist A Bad Think’s latest LP X. Shown L-R are Michael Marquart (A Bad Think/producer/engineer), Bob Clearmountain (mixer) and Dave Way (producer/engineer). Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2022
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Photo Caption 2: On September 22, 2022, Apogee Studio was the place to be as the artist A Bad Think held an exclusive Dolby Atmos listening event for his latest LP release X. Shown L-R are members involved in the production of the album X, including Kirk Hellie (guitars), Phil Shenale (keyboards), Michael Marquart (A Bad Think/producer/engineer), Brian Lucey (Dolby Atmos Mastering Engineer), Bob Clearmountain (mixer), and Dave Way (producer/engineer).
Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2022
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Photo Caption 3: On September 22, 2022, Apogee Studio was the place to be as the artist A Bad Think held an exclusive Dolby Atmos listening event for his latest LP release X. Shown are attendees in Apogee’s tracking room/event space. Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2022
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Photo Caption 4: On September 22, 2022, Apogee Studio was the place to be as the artist A Bad Think held an exclusive immersive listening event for his latest LP release X. Shown are attendees in the Apogee control room listening to the album X by A Bad Think in Dolby Atmos. Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2022
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Photo Caption 5: L-R are Michael Marquart (A Bad Think/producer/engineer), Dave Way (producer/engineer) and Bob Clearmountain (mixer) as they address the attendees at Apogee Studio on September 22, 2022, for an exclusive Dolby Atmos listening event of the artist A Bad Think’s latest immersive LP X. Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2022