LOS ANGELES, CA, January 2, 2020 — Michael Marquart, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the GRAMMY®-nominated musical project A Bad Think, will be appearing as part of an all-star panel on immersive audio at the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Anaheim, California Ballroom B. The panel, titled “The Anatomy of Immersive & Surround Sound Audio,” will serve as a keynote for the convention’s TEC Tracks series. Focusing on the current and future state of multi-channel and immersive audio production, the panel will feature the music of A Bad Think as well as select tracks from the Universal Music Group’s catalog.
A Bad Think 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.
On the TEC Tracks panel, Marquart will be joined by GRAMMY-winning engineer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Echo In The Canyon, Ringo Starr, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray), who co-produced the project with Marquart; multi-platinum award-winning producer/engineer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Bryan Adams, The Cure, INXS), who mixed the double-album project in both stereo and 5.1 surround; and Steve Genewick, staff engineer at Capitol Studios and three-time GRAMMY nominee, who will contribute his perspective on the numerous immersive projects he’s worked on over the years. The panel will be moderated by renowned engineer and producer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Prince, The Mavericks).
Marquart recounted the first time he heard Clearmountain’s 5.1 mixes: “I said, it should only be listened to in this kind of environment.” For his part, Clearmountain explained his approach to mixing each track in stereo then 5.1 and offered insights into his use of processing, particularly reverbs, delays and harmonizers, to create an atmosphere appropriate to each song’s character.
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.
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/.
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.
Photo file 1: Dave_Bob_Michael.jpg
Photo caption 1: Pictured L-R: Dave Way, Bob Clearmountain, and Michael Marquart
Photo by Chris Schmitt Photography. © 2019
Photo file 2: ABadThink_Savior_AlbumArt.jpg
Photo caption 2: Album cover art for A Bad Think’s The Savior