Mark Saunders (record producer)
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|Birth name||Mark Saunders|
|Born||20 March 1959|
|Genres||Pop, trip hop, electronica, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||The Cure, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Bomb the Bass, Erasure, Shiny Toy Guns|
Saunders's professional music career started as a drummer playing with Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash's stepdaughter, in 1982. The first time he went into a recording studio with her to record some demos, he was excited by the whole recording process and after the stint with Carlene finished in 1984, he landed a job as an assistant at West Side Studios, London working with production pair Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley who produced Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, Elvis Costello and later Bush.
In 1985, Saunders engineered the hit record "Dancing in the Street" by David Bowie and Mick Jagger. A year later, he became a freelance engineer and was discovered by Rhythm King, a label at the forefront of the British dance music. Working on a couple of Bomb The Bass mixes led to co-producing Neneh Cherry’s no.2 US billboard smash "Buffalo Stance" & the subsequent seminal multi-platinum album Raw Like Sushi. Following this he worked on a flood of pop/dance work for acts including Erasure, Depeche Mode, Lisa Stansfield & Yazoo as well as Ian McCulloch, The Mission UK, The Farm, The Heart Throbs, Texas and The Sugarcubes. Robert Smith of The Cure employed Saunders's radio friendly skills to mix all singles from the album Disintegration. "Lovesong" became The Cure's highest charting single, peaking #2 in the Billboard Top 100. Saunders went on to work on further Cure albums - UK #1 Wish, Mixed Up and Wild Mood Swings.
Tricky, a big fan of Saunders's work for the Cure, asked him to program, co-produce and mix his critically acclaimed 1995 debut album Maxinquaye, one of the definitive trip hop releases of the time. This, in turn, led to Tricky fans John Lydon, David Byrne, Cathy Dennis and Cyndi Lauper hiring Saunders to work on their albums.
In 1996 Saunders moved his studio to Hell's Kitchen, NYC and side-stepped into writing and producing music for big brand campaigns for companies such as Nike, Inc., Lowe's, Reebok and Motorola although he continued to work on select artist projects for Erasure, Femi Kuti and Marilyn Manson (From Hell film soundtrack). While diversifying into TV/film work Saunders became an early adopter of the surround sound format and has been brought on board to consult, record and mix surround projects for PBS, EMI, David Byrne, film director Luc Besson as well as an exclusive project for Apple as part of a their major product release of Logic 8.
|1985||David Bowie and Mick Jagger||"Dancing in the Street"||Engineer|
|1986||David Bowie||"Absolute Beginners"||Engineer (title track of the Absolute Beginners soundtrack)|
|1986||David Bowie||"That's Motivation"||Engineer (from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack)|
|1986||The Chameleons||Strange Times||Engineer (album)|
|1988||Depeche Mode||"Strangelove '88"||Remixer (with Tim Simenon from Bomb the Bass)|
|1989||Depeche Mode||"Everything Counts" (Remixed by Tim Simenon & Mark Saunders)||Remixer|
|1989||Lloyd Cole & The Commotions||"Her Last Fling"||Mixer (from the album '1984-1989')|
|1989||Neneh Cherry||Raw Like Sushi||Producer |
|1990||The Cure||Mixed Up||Remixer, Producer|
|1992||The Cure||Wish||Mixer |
|1995||Tricky||Maxinquaye||Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Mixer [not in citation given]|
|2006||Shiny Toy Guns||We Are Pilots||Producer|
- Erasureinfo.com Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Tannenbaum, Rob (1989-10-08). "Neneh Cherry 'Raw like Sushi' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02.
- Hunter, James (1992-05-14). "The Cure 'Wish' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01.
- Fadele, Dele (1995-02-18). "Tricky 'Maxinequaye' Album Review". The NME.
- "CLASSIC TRACKS: Tricky 'Black Steel'". SoundOnSound. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
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