from the ever-stunning
: Mark Plati is a New York-based musician, record producer, and songwriter, widely acclaimed for his work in the 1990s with David Bowie. An in-demand producer, Plati also has worked with The Cure, Duncan Sheik, Hooverphonic, Robbie Williams, Joe McIntyre, and Natalie Imbruglia. As of 2005, Mark Plati balances his professional time with signed artists and notable unsigned acts, largely from New York (Brazilian Girls, Eden Ants, Hey Gravity, Abie Toiber). When not producing or recording, Plati is an avid bicyclist. Wikipedia.org
This past week, we mixed in the private studio of NYC music legend Mark Plati. This is the same East Village studio that
recorded and mixed many of his albums; (Earthling, Hours, Toy, LiveandWell, etc.) and of course, Mr. P played guitar, bass, and other instruments both on album and on stage with Bowie. The Cure's “Bloodflowers”, even a former member of New Kids On The Block.. yeah, MP has worked with them all. Here we see Yael contemplating whether or not she should add input. (she did. proud of you, Yael.) David Bowie
MP at work- on our songs. I've worked with Mark the past few years, in my previous band, and on this new, as-of-yet-secret-project, and I am never not amazed. I didn't want to take too many photographs, as it's a work atmosphere, and I grew up watching this man on rhythm guitar in Bowie's band when I was in high school…
This is a cool little snap I took; there are many interesting trinkets in the studio and I didn't feel free to take shots and share them, but this one I did, it's an actual set-list given to the band in 1997 for Bowie's appearance at the GQ Festival (Awards?), complete with the notes for each song's mixing details at certain parts. I remember watching this as a kid and being delighted when a fat drunk guy made it on stage to sing ‘Moonage Daydream’ with Bowie, who handled it fairly well, before security dragged him away. That one is worth looking up on YouTube, actually.
In the place where dreams are woven…. taken at the end of the evening, with Yael exhibiting more patience than I, as we finished up the first three songs. In recent years, MP has also been producing notable artists like Charlie Winston, Brazillian Girls, and is honestly an unsung hero of new independent artists, whether they come out of the East Village or Paris. So with today's post, a big and sincere ‘thank you’ to Mark Plati, whom I have been privileged to work with since 2003.