6 Things We Learned About Kanye/Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne,' Via Engineer Mike Dean
We're on a Kanye West kick. Can you blame us after his epic performance at Coachella last night? Ye's set included vintage to virgin hits, from 'College Dropout' to 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'
On last week's 14th episode of Pensado's Place, Kanye West's engineer, Mike Dean, discussed spearheading the "Dirty South" movement, Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative album, "Watch the Throne," and engineering do's and don'ts. (If you're a bit anxious, skip to the 23 minute mark where the "Watch the Throne" talk starts.)
Video: Mike Dean Talks Kanye and Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne"
Here are the top 6 things we learned:
1. First and foremost, the album "is almost done." No "Detox" situation going on here.
2. Dean has co-produced four to five songs on "Watch the Throne."
3. Dean is mastering the entire album after someone else tried and failed. Ye' "had someone try to mix the stuff and it didn't work out."
4. We'll more than likely see the magic of ProTools and ML4000 on "Watch the Throne." Dean uses both, mostly ProTools to master. He used ML4000 when working with Scarface.
5. Samples sparks creativity. No surprise there: Kanye West is a genius when it comes to revamping. "For him I'm the house keeper," Dean says. "Take all the stuff that comes through and make it good enough to make the cut."
6. Ye' has brought on engineer Noah Goldstein (Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lloyd Banks). Dean didn't mention for which of Ye's projects, just that he is in good company: "We [Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer, Goldstein, and himself] hand stuff around till it passes Kanye's approval."
Bonus: Mike Dean is a fan of Lil B: "They're [Lil B and Odd Future] killing it with USB mics and laptops... swag."