Albums That Changed the World: Producer Jake Rye’s Picks

Today’s episode of the series features albums that influenced and shaped Michigan-based producer and musician Jake Rye, who has been turning dials on some impressive projects. Listen to the songs of his choice.

Jake Rye: Surrounded by some of the albums that influenced him the most. (Courtesy picture)

EDITOR’S NOTE: All musicians and producers can draw inspiration from the key recordings that captivated them and influenced their careers. Writer Ross Boissoneau presents world-changing recordings today for Michigan midfielder producer Jake Rye of Social Recording Co. Scroll down for a Spotify playlist of his picks.

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Perhaps best known for his production work with artists like Michigander, Leland Blue, Brother Elsey and many more at his studio Adrian, Jake Rye started like so many others: in a band. As a bassist, he played a number of gigs, including with Grammy-nominated rock band Sanctus Real. Rye got off the tour bus in 2016, deciding he had had enough of life on the road, and started his own studio, Social Recording Co.

He says the choice to record in the studio over home comes down to what an artist wants out of a recording. “If your value system is all about playing local shows, it makes sense to tackle it on your own, especially if the revenue is what it is. If you’re a band that travels and sells tickets (for shows) then you might want mentorship with a producer and an engineer” that a studio can provide.

1. The Beatles, “Abbey Road” (1969), “The White Album” (1968) “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) – When I started learning bass and guitar, my father and I had a small recording studio. I would go listen to the Beatles and listen to Paul McCartney. Paul is a brilliant bassist. He knows how to play the melody and leave space around it. It’s like someone having a conversation, it’s effortless. It’s always linked to the melody, easy to spot and also clever. With “Sgt. Pepper,” they were really experimental. My dad’s vinyl sounded pretty awful, but there was something so fun about it. They gave in to their whim. They were competing with the Beach Boys and ” Pet Sounds”. I started hearing things in space.
Listen: “Sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

2. Radiohead, “OK Computer” (1997) – I was a teenager. That’s where I found people were getting darker and more serious in a way that was super interesting. Thom Yorke goes where no one else can. It attracts you as a listener. In my teens, I was trying to figure out where I was. The drums still sound big, the bass lines are scary with fuzz and distortion.
Listen: “Airbag”

3. Coldplay, “Parachutes” (2000) – It was when I started recording and mixing. I was at school. It was like Dave Matthews with Beatles power chords and nuances. The voices were brilliant. I was a big grunge kid, but that’s when I really started to take an interest in my field. I grew up listening to a lot of rock radio. My father and my uncles listened to rock. I was not exposed to pop. Then it was grunge: Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine.
Listen: ” Do not panic “

Loving Now: The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding” – I was a fan of The War On Drugs. I listened to “A Deeper Understanding” over and over. It was released in 2017. It is one of the most comprehensive American alternative rock albums of all time. It’s bright, smooth and warm. “Thinking of a place” calms me down right away. The vocals are super forward. It’s Dylanesque, but it sometimes sounds like Phil Collins.
Listen: “Up All Night”

ALBUMS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: Jake Rye’s playlist on Spotify

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