|Origin||Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, audio engineer, musician|
|Instruments||Bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals|
|Years active||1989 to present|
|Associated acts||Mercury Rev|
The Flaming Lips
David Lawrence "The Cauldron" Fridmann is an American record producer and musician.
From 1990 onwards he co-produced most releases by Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips. Other bands he has worked with include Weezer, Saxon Shore, Neon Indian, Wolf Gang, Ammonia, Ed Harcourt, Sparklehorse, Café Tacuba, Creaming Jesus, Elf Power, Mogwai, Thursday, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, The Delgados, Low, Phantom Planet, Gemma Hayes, Goldrush, Tapes 'n Tapes, Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Number Girl, Jed Davis, Zazen Boys, Sleater-Kinney and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He has recently worked on new recordings with MGMT, Neil Finn, The Cribs, OK Go, Tame Impala, Lord Huron, Baroness, Spoon, and Interpol.
As a musician, Fridmann was the bassist and a founding member of Mercury Rev. He gave up his role as a touring member of the band in 1993 to concentrate on producing other artists. In 2001, Fridmann was included on MOJO's 100 Sonic Visionaries list and was described as "the Phil Spector of the Alt-Rock era". In 2007, he received a Grammy for The Flaming Lips' At War With The Mystics at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical). In 2010, three Fridmann-produced albums were listed on the Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums of The Decade: MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, and Sleater-Kinney's The Woods.
Fridmann often brings a distinctive, expansive, open sound to the albums he produces, which has much in common with that used by Mercury Rev.
Fridmann is an occasional faculty member of SUNY Fredonia, teaching sound recording techniques in the Fredonia School of Music.
In 2017, Fridmann became the director for the Western New York Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, where he plays the bass drum.
- "News: New Record". TapesNTapes.com. 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- "Sound On Sound: Mercury Rising".
- "MOJO: 100 Sonic Visionaries" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08.
- Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
- "Rolling Stone News Story: 100 Best Albums of the Decade".
- "Dave Fridmann: Discography".
- Murphy, Sarah (January 16, 2018). "MGMT Detail 'Little Dark Age' Album". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- Gil Green (June 7, 2018). "Interpol – "The Rover" (Prod. Dave Fridmann)". Stereogum. Retrieved June 8, 2018.