The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" album, will be doing some production work on David Bowie's upcoming album. Matrix member Lauren Christy tells Billboard.com tha
The Matrix, co-writers and producers of much of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" album, will be doing some production work on David Bowie's upcoming album. Matrix member Lauren Christy tells Billboard.com that the trio -- which also includes Graham Edwards and Scott Spock -- will remix a handful of tracks on a forthcoming Bowie release.
"We're big fans of the man," Christy says. "In 'Rolling Stone,' we wrote a dream list of people we'd like to work with. On it was David Bowie and [No Doubt singer] Gwen Stefani. Consequently, we're working with David, but Gwen is still on our dream list."
Christy stressed that the team will not be writing any songs with Bowie. The Matrix was hired for some final mixing on an unspecified number of tracks. A spokesperson for Bowie says the new set should be out by the end of the year. Bowie's most recent effort, "Heathen," was released last June by ISO/Columbia and peaked at No. 14 on The Billboard 200.
The Matrix is known for working with more pop-oriented singers, and has become sought-after producers since scoring three top-10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 with Lavigne. "We like writing hit songs," Christy says. "We're not into writing album cuts."
The latest high-profile artist to receive the Matrix treatment is longtime independent voice Liz Phair. As previously reported , the team co-wrote and co-produced four songs on Phair's self-titled Capitol set, due June 24, including the single "Why Can't I?" Says Spock, "She's the sexiest, most intelligent, potty-mouthed rock goddess that we've ever had in the studio."
Adds Christy, "I think Liz Phair has the most amazing voice. People focus on her lyrics, but she doesn't sound like anyone else. We work with singers all the time, and it's so hard to find a voice that's original. On these songs, she's really singing, and isn't just narrating a story anymore."
The Matrix has also wrapped production on an upcoming Ricky Martin album, but it's unknown how many of their collaborations will make the final cut. Additionally, the Matrix has recently written songs for the debut album from ex-98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, due in June from Universal, as well as Canadian group Lillix, which will release debut this month on Maverick/Warner Bros. Next up is production with U.K. pop sensations Ronan Keating and the Sugababes.
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