LOS ANGELES, CA, November 21, 2019 — A Bad Think, a musical project led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Marquart, has been honored with a GRAMMY® nomination for its album The Savior in the category Best Immersive Audio Album, to be awarded at the upcoming 62nd GRAMMY Awards, taking place Sunday, January 26, 2020, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination for The Savior specifically cites the following individuals: Bob Clearmountain, immersive audio engineer; Bob Ludwig, immersive audio mastering engineer; and Michael Marquart & Dave Way, immersive audio producers.
“I’m thrilled to be honored by my peers in the category Best Immersive Audio Album at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards,” stated Marquart. “It was a collaborative project with Dave, Bob, and Bob, each of them contributing their expertise to make my musical vision a reality.”
The Savior, the acclaimed double-LP available in a 5.1 mix by Bob Clearmountain, is the latest album by A Bad Think. It is a cinematic masterpiece composed of modern alternative songs featuring rich melodic textures and sincere, emotional lyrics. “The album tells a story of the rise and fall of a reluctant king,” states Michael Marquart, the lead singer, songwriter and sole member of A Bad Think. The album was produced by Marquart and GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer Dave Way at The Barn in Malibu, CA and Waystation Studio in Hollywood. The album was mixed by legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. More cinematic than ever, the album’s style shifts from classical to country, from lo-fi acoustic to hard rock, all depending on what is happening in the story.
More about the immersive mix of The Savior:
The surround mix was actually Clearmountain’s idea. Marquart recalls, “When Bob Clearmountain began work on the stereo mixes, he called and asked, ‘Do you want a 5.1 mix?’ It hadn’t been part of the plan at first, but he called Dave Way and me down to the studio to show us something, and we were sold immediately. I thought, ‘This is an album that needs to be listened to in an immersive setup!’ It’s encouraging that someone like Bob Clearmountain is a fan of this project, to the point where he goes out of his way to propose a 5.1 mix. He has some of the greatest ears in the business, and he’s a very deep listener. I’m blessed that he decided to really dig in with the mixing process for The Savior.”
Clearmountain added, “When working on the 5.1 mix, there were so many fascinating elements to use, and the arrangements were very open with lots of space for me to add environmental effects and reverbs. All these elements together create a feeling of depth and width in stereo, and in 5.1, where it’s spread out in all directions, it’s simply stunning.”
Read a review and breakdown of The Savior by Ben Jacklin on the IAA Immersive Audio Album site here: https://immersiveaudioalbum.com/2019/08/a-bad-think-is-entirely-good-with-its-latest-surround-sound-album/.
“The palette for this melodic raconteur blends virtual and surreal worlds, with dark and moody tapestries and colors.” – Eric Harabadian, Music Connection
“The Savior showcases true craft and artistry in its use of 5.1 surround sound.” – Ben Jacklin, ImmersiveAudioAlbum.com
“The atmospheric and moody nature of the music really lends itself well to 5.1 surround mix, and Bob Clearmountain did such a wonderful job.” – The Savior co-producer Dave Way
The album is available as a 5.1 Blu-ray from CDBaby.com, as well as in lossless 5.1 digital files from online immersive audio stores.
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, The Savior, is a beautifully 5.1 mastered double album consisting of 18 songs of modern progressive rock. 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 distributed by The Orchard.
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Photo caption 1: Pictured L-R: Dave Way, Bob Clearmountain, and Michael Marquart
Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2019
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Photo caption 2: Album cover art for A Bad Think’s The Savior
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Photo caption 3: Shown L-R are members involved in the production of the album The Savior, including Bob Clearmountain (mixer), Dave Way (co-producer), Michael Marquart (A Bad Think/co-producer), Craig Eastman, Phil Shenale, Jacob Bunton (guitars) and Fernando Perdomo (guitars). Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2019