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: David Messier

Project Title: Television Is Better Than Love

Dave Madden produced David Messier's expansive, captivating album "Time Bomb", including "Television Is Better Than Love", the record's first single. 

Paste Magazine premiered the video, lauding its "catchy, generally carefree rhythm" that "creates a quirky and infectious track." 

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. 

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.