dave madden, record producer

An accomplished record producer, Dave Madden is at home in the recording studio environment. The breadth and depth of his skill sets makes him a valuable asset on any project.

Check out the recordings below for examples of the many styles and genres that Dave has produced. 

Artist: Amy McSpadden 

Project Title: “Tip-Toe” 

Dave Madden: "I co-wrote and produced this track with Amy McSpadden, a fantastic Austin singer. Eldridge Goins came in to play the drums; I played almost everything else: bass, guitars, Wurly, piano. Amy and I sang the background vocals. The drums carry the track forward. Eldridge has this way of adding the “special sauce” to a recording. It’s hard to explain, impossible to quantify. As we got closer to finishing this track, we all began to realize that we had something really special.

“Tip-Toe” is one of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever produced. I love the chord changes in the chorus. Halfway through the chorus, it shifts from minor to major, just for a few bars, and then back to minor. It just adds this really cool “lift” to the song.

Artist: Mr Linen

Project Title: "Mr. Linen"

Famous Austin radio DJ John Aielli says some really amazing shit. One fateful day, Dave Madden was playing live in KUTX 98.9 FM’s Studio 1A, when John improvised this verbal gem:

“In his linen outfit, he’s wearing linen pants, linen vest, linen scarf — he’s Mr. Linen.”

This set in motion a chain of events that certainly helped to "Keep Austin Weird". John's words led to a song; the song led to a video starring dancing girls and a puppy; the video led to a rooftop white linen party sponsored by KUTX at the beautiful Hotel Van Zandt; and all of it led to the permanent formation of Mr. Linen, a music production team of Dave Madden, David Messier and Andre Cantave. 

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Artist: Rebus Cornpone 

Project Title: “Wolf Water” 

Greasy, bluesy Southern-rock band Rebus Cornpone hired Dave Madden to produce their sophomore record Wolf Water. Singer Mark Iberg howls and growls through clever lyrics that are half poetry, half prose and half riddle. Recorded at EAR (East Austin Recording) Studio in 2015.

Artist: Concordia Lutheran Church

Project Title: “Here I Stand” 

Commissioned by Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio Texas to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation (1517–2017), this 10-track record contains a wide variety of genres, styles and textures. From contemporary Christian pop rock anthems “Here I Stand” and “Christ Alone”, to soulful tracks “Let Me Count The Ways” and “Sola”, to epic orchestral treatments of classic hymns “Thy Strong Word” and “A Mighty Fortress”, this multimedia resource has something for everyone. 

Dave Madden co-produced this project with Adam Countryman.

Artist: Siri Bahadur Khalsa 

Project Title: “Awakening” 

Siri Bahadur began teaching Kundalini Yoga in the 1970s when he was in residence at the Dallas Kundalini Yoga ashram. He is a graduate of the first Kundalini Yoga Masters Touch teacher training program and has been teaching at Yoga Yoga since its inception. He brings music to his classes with his original guitar compositions and through the sound of the gong. 

Dave Madden produced this soothing, peaceful record of meditative music, playing many of the instruments and arranging the songs.

"Berklee capabilities, Austin sensibilities, and just the right amount of irreverence to marry the two. Dave is my first call whether I've written the part or not."
Corey Witt, Los Angeles, CA

"Dave Madden has been a joy to work with at our studio, EAR. He plays with confidence, versatility, and musicality. In other words, Dave plays like he means it!"
Stephen Doster, Owner/Producer, East Austin Recording (http://earstudioaustin.com/)

 "As a professional musician since I was 9 years old, I have worked with a long list of players, from all over the US, Europe, the South Pacific. Dave Madden has impressed me musically and professionally beyond my expectations. He has an incredible keen sense of style, skill and direction. Working with Dave is efficient, timely, and he is deeply dedicated to delivering the highest quality performance around!"
Ginger Leigh, Recording Artist

"I called Dave to help me add some tracks to my new record with his melodica and keys.  Dave always impresses me with his wonderful ability to improvise and adapt to the very thing that the song needs.  He has a knack and ear for that sort of thing.  I would recommend him to anyone that needs accompaniment, production tips, or just about anything to do with the creation of music."
Andy Barham, Recording Artist