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 nature?
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 us?
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.
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 brilliantly?
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
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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.
selected the original version of Around the World, the rap/sung
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Rap Song. Members of the Recording
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here to listen to a clip of Around the World.
Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the tracking, mix
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Chaz Peacock tracked Around the World. Charles Constantino and Chaz Peacock mixed
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Charles Constantino production of Around the World.
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the World. Isaac "Ike C" Cummings and Charles
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original version of Around the World is available at Amazon, Google
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number two on the list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo soul at Amazon.
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Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”
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