Chris "Frenchie" Smith

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Chris "Frenchie" Smith
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Background information
Origin Durant, Oklahoma
Associated acts Sixteen Deluxe, Young Heart Attack
Website Discography

Chris "Frenchie" Smith (born in Durant, Oklahoma), is a Grammy-nominated American record producer, guitarist, rock 'n' roll musician, and songwriter.


Chris "Frenchie" Smith first began as a guitar player in the influential Austin noise-pop band Sixteen Deluxe in 1994. The band signed with Warner Bros in 1996. After Sixteen Deluxe disbanded in 2000, Frenchie formed Young Heart Attack in 2001 with Steven Hall and Joey Shuffield from Fastball. Young Heart Attack signed with XL Recordings in 2003 and released their debut album Mouthful of Love in 2004. The band did several high profile tours throughout the world with Motörhead, The Darkness, and Peaches.

Production became more of his focus as time went on and currently co-owns The Bubble Recording studio in Austin, Texas.

He has produced well over a hundred records, including: And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Meat Puppets, The Toadies, Gregg Rolie of Santana & Journey, The Answer, Built to Spill, Jet,and many more. Mixing credits for bands such as The Darkness, The Datsuns, The Dandy Warhols, etc. As a successful indie-producer, Frenchie has achieved a Grammy nomination, has gotten to work with many foreign musicians, recorded at many notable studios all over the world, and was also chosen to speak at the 2009 SXSW Producer Panel convention. Frenchie is managed by Worlds End Management based out of L.A. and is also a governor for the Grammy's.

Productions and Mixing[edit]