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David Barrett talks Alex Lifeson in new RocketHub interview

Tue, Sep 27, 2011@7:51PM | comments

[The David Barrett Trio Rocks Out, With a Little Help From Rush's Alex Lifeson]

Last year Alex Lifeson produced 3 tracks for Toronto band the David Barrett Trio that were released digitally over the past several months; Hollowbody (iTunes, Amazon), Sonar (iTunes, Amazon) and Disappearance (iTunes, Amazon). All three of these Lifeson-produced tracks can also be heard on SoundCloud at this link. The band is using RocketHub to fund their next project and are nearly half way to their goal of $10,000. Barrett was recently interviewed for the RocketHub blog and spoke a bit about how he hooked up with Lifeson:

... In Jan. 2010, Alex listened to my latest acoustic album The Dead Arm and had some constructive criticism, but also offered to produce with the idea that I'd benefit from such an experience. Alex really insisted I use a band because he felt the music would develop more fully that way. I'm truly inspired because I'm working with a great rhythm section as a power trio, and my favorite guitar player is producing. I have Alex to thank not only for the production team, but also for renewing my interest in loud electric guitar, which is what I do best. ... I met Alex Lifeson's son Justin back in the early 1990's when I was recording with Mark Holmes at Jeff Healey's studio in Toronto. Justin's a great guy and an old Platinum Blonde fan, so he knew Mark from back in the day and dropped by the studio one evening to say hi. We became friends, and I got to know Alex sometime later. Over the years Alex has helped me out with gear, recording projects, and we've even jammed in his basement a couple times. The engineer on this project is Rich Chycki, and coincidentally, Rich was the house engineer at the Healey studio on all the sessions I did with Amanda Marshall and Mark Holmes. Rich also produced my first solo guitar record in 1995 called, Staring Into The Sun. I recommended Rich to Alex, ten years before he actually became Rush's main recording and mixing engineer! ...