Mark Saunders (record producer)

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Mark Saunders
Birth name Mark Saunders
Born (1959-03-20) 20 March 1959 (age 59)
Genres Pop, trip hop, electronica, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Record producer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts The Cure, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Bomb the Bass, Erasure, Shiny Toy Guns
Website marksaunders.com

Mark Saunders (born 1959) is a British record producer and audio engineer who has worked on a number of albums since the 80s, with artists including The Cure, David Byrne, Erasure, and Tricky.

Career[edit]

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.

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Record Credit
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 Erasure Wild! Producer [1]
1989 Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi Producer [2]
1990 The Cure Mixed Up Remixer, Producer
1992 The Mission "Masque" Producer
1992 The Cure Wish Mixer [3]
1995 Tricky Maxinquaye Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Mixer [4][not in citation given][5]
1997 Gravity Kills Manipulated Remix
2006 Shiny Toy Guns We Are Pilots Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erasureinfo.com Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (1989-10-08). "Neneh Cherry 'Raw like Sushi' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. 
  3. ^ Hunter, James (1992-05-14). "The Cure 'Wish' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. 
  4. ^ Fadele, Dele (1995-02-18). "Tricky 'Maxinequaye' Album Review". The NME. 
  5. ^ "CLASSIC TRACKS: Tricky 'Black Steel'". SoundOnSound. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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