Interview With Joe Mardin
He is a music producer,
Grammy nominated filmmaker and the son of legendary music producer, composer,
arranger, musician, conductor and genius, Arif Mardin. Joe Mardin not only continues music in the
tradition and to the high standards his father set for the industry
internationally, but has completed a remarkable documentary biography on his
father entitled The Greatest Ears In Town,
which we recently covered and is easily one of the best music releases of the
year. Now we get a chance to talk to him
about music, family, industry, legacy, his late father Arif and completing a
massive album his father was in progress on working on up to his passing.
1) Thank you for joining us. Most of these questions will only scratch the surface of your father Arif
Mardin's work and legacy in making
unforgettable, enduing, lasting music, but it is important for our readers to understand the massive extent of his success and what a giant in music he
really was. I wanted to start with his arrival at Atlantic
Records, where he at first joined in a
bureaucratic capacity in 1963 until record label co- founder Ahmet Ertegun found out what a music talent he was. This led to the pairing of your father Arif
Mardin and groundbreaking producer/engineer
Tom Dowd becoming this dynamite team
of music makers, often joined by or joining Jerry
Wexler. When were you first aware of
this teaming and its groundbreaking
I was aware from a very
young age but it was not Ahmet but Nesuhi Ertegun who
hired my father and it was Jerry Wexler who eventually added Arif to the team
of Wexler and Tom Dowd.
2) Your father's first big production,
The Young Rascals' Good Lovin' in 1966 was a big #1 hit across the board and
put him and the group in the map, while
keeping Atlantic Records one of
the most important records labels around.
Any interesting untold stories
about the song and its success you can share with
The only thing that comes to
mind immediately is that when the Young Rascals signed to Atlantic, they
insisted their contract stipulate that they would self-produce.
When Tom Dowd and my father
were brought in to work with them, even though they were acting as producers,
if you look on the records, they are credited with supervision.
3) After years at Columbia Records, Aretha
Franklin moved to Atlantic hoping for
success that had eluded her, then she met Mr.
Wexler & your father, started to work with them and her reign as The Queen Of Soul began in what
become more landmark music and
some of the most important music this country
ever produced, including socially and politically. This included
an amazing combination of talent and chemistry.
Why do you think this worked so
Credit must first go to Mr.
Wexler. He had the vision and really, the chutzpah to think he
and Atlantic could provide more success for Aretha than she had managed to
achieve with the great John Hammond [who discovered Miss Franklin and...
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Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List
‘Around the World’ appears on the 56th
Grammy Entry List in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year,
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song.
15, 2013 - The Recording Academy has selected the original version of Around
the World, the rap/sung collaboration by Art featuring Ike C, for inclusion
on the 56th Grammy Entry List in four categories. Around the World appears in the entry categories of
Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap
Song. Members of the Recording Academy
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Click here to listen to a clip of Around the
Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the tracking, mix
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Chaz Peacock tracked Around the World.
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Constantino production of Around the World.
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a division of Core Media House L.L.C., released the song.
Core Media House cofounder and chief creative officer Charles
Constantino produced and co-wrote the Somerhill
recordings of Free Your Mind (Tara Na) and Today or Tomorrow.
Both of the Somerhill recordings appeared on
the 52nd Grammy Entry List in the categories of Best Rock Performance by a Duo
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original version of Around the World is available at Amazon, Google
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MP3 file types at CD Baby.
On March 17, 2013, Around the World reached number two on the
list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo soul at Amazon.
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PDF version of the preceding press release,
“Art, Ike C,
Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”
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