Among the companies that will doubtless be approaching this year’s GRAMMY Awards – which take place in Los Angeles tomorrow (13 Feb) – with a considerable sense of excitement is Dangerous Music, whose equipment is used by a number of the nominees.
Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals nominee ‘Radioactive’ by the Kings of Leon was produced and mixed by Jacquire King, a user of the Dangerous 2-bus summing amps and Monitor ST controller. In the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s Live In Chicago was engineered by Eric ‘ET’ Thorngren and produced by Jerry Harrison, who have used the Dangerous 2-Bus for all their mixes at Harrison’s Sausalito Sound facility over the last five years.
“We even bought two more so that we could have six channels for the 5.1 mixes of Talking Heads,” said Harrison, who was keyboardist in the legendary US art-rock combo. “We feel the Dangerous 2-Bus provides a clean and transparent path. If we want a colour, we prefer to get it earlier in the mix chain as we don’t want the master bus to limit us to only one colour.”
Mastering engineer Dave Kutch – whose NY Mastering palace studio features a complete suite of Dangerous Music mastering gear – has three projects in contention for seven different Grammys this year: Jazmine Sillivan for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance; The Roots for Best Rap Album, and John Legend for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Elsewhere, Dangerous 2-Bus LT and ST monitor controller user Dweezeil Zappa is nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for his recording of ‘The Deathless Horsie’ from his album Return of the Son of…, while Dangerous D-Box fan Morgan Page is nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for ‘Fantasy’ Remix from Nadia Ali. Also in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category, The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’ was remixed by another Dangerous user, Dirty South (aka: Dragan Roganovic), while Count (aka Michael Count) used his Dangerous D-box to mix Trombone Shorty’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album-nominated release Backtown.
Finally, Fab Dupont mixed Kirk Whalum’s album, Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway, which is nominated for both Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.
“The Dangerous Music equipment is the centrepiece of my mixing rig,” said Dupont. “Everything I do goes through a Dangerous Monitor, 2-Bus, Master and BAX EQ. Everything.”
For more coverage of this year’s GRAMMY Awards, keep an eye on www.prosoundnewseurope.com next week.