Doug Grean

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Doug Grean
Background information
Origin United States United States
Occupations Music Producer
Audio Engineer
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Scott Weiland, Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow, Stone Temple Pilots, The Crystal Method, John Taylor
Notable instruments

Doug Grean is an American record producer, audio engineer, and guitarist based in Los Angeles. He has worked with many major artists, including Sheryl Crow, Ricki Lee Jones, Glen Campbell, Scott Weiland, Slash, Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, The Crystal Method, Tim McGraw, Cyndi Lauper, Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Corey Glover (Living Color), Camp Freddy, DJ Hurricane, and John Taylor, (Duran Duran). In 2005, Grean appeared on the 47th annual Grammy awards with Velvet Revolver as keyboardist, performing "All Across the Universe" with Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Bono, Steven Tyler, Brian Wilson, and Alison Krauss.

Grean's latest project is the culmination of his ten-year creative partnership with Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland. Together, Grean and Weiland collaborated on nearly every aspect of Weiland's newest solo album, Happy in Galoshes.

One of the first songs Grean and Weiland wrote together in 1998 is "Big Black Monster." This track appears on Happy in Galoshes, and is one of 16 songs on the album that Grean co-wrote, co-produced, engineered, and mixed. Grean is also a talented multi-instrumentalist; he plays guitar, bass, lap steel, banjo, and keyboards on the album. On the road, he's not only a member in Weiland's solo band, but he also acts as musical director. Grean's television appearances with Weiland include: VH1 Legends, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Grean and Weiland are also partners in the independent label Softdrive Records, where Grean has produced and engineered five of the six albums for Softdrive artists. Also, the two own Lavish recording studio in Burbank.

Grean's distinctive sound utilizes musical instruments that might be considered "out of context" in a mainstream rock n' roll project: banjo, hammer dulcimer, horns. Beyond producing diverse and textured results, his reverence for each instrument's unique musicality is readily apparent. Grean spent his twenties in New Orleans, where he studied the local styles of jazz, blues, and funk, and honed his guitar chops playing four sets a night in some of the city's grittiest blues clubs. As a guitarist, morphing electric guitar sounds is another of his musical hallmarks. "I’m constantly trying to wring new and exciting voices from the sometimes-mundane electric guitar,” Grean explains. “Results are unique and highly stylized. Some end up sounding very ambient, but others sound like synthesizers, or like string sections.”

Grean was born April 12, 1966, in Portchester, New York. He discovered guitar and mandolin at age 13, and quickly formed a band with his friends which developed into a popular Grateful Dead-influenced jam band. The band, Crimson Rose, drew standing-room-only crowds throughout the Tri-State area…at clubs where the band members were officially too young to enter. “At that point in my life,” Grean muses, “my biggest goal was to pass the license test so I could drive myself to the gig.”

At the age of 18, Grean moved to New Orleans to study music at Tulane University. Within a year he had dropped out, and was instead playing the club scene around town. That’s when he became a devoted student of New Orleans’ stylized brand of jazz, blues and funk. He proceeded to hone his guitar chops by performing extensively, as many as four sets a night, in the city’s most authentic venues. During that period, he jammed alongside George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville, Willie Green (The Neville Brothers), and Russell Batiste.

Grean ultimately moved to Los Angeles in 1992, where he immediately found work in studios and playing in local bands. Working as an assistant engineer at the Clubhouse studios (Burbank, CA) and Artisan studios (Hollywood, CA) led to Grean’s becoming a First Engineer. He eventually built his own studio in his home in Culver City, CA.


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