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Sevendust’s Morgan Rose Talks About Producing Candlelight Red’s Upcoming EP

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We recently reported that Sevendust will be heading into the studio in September to record a brand new album. Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, who just released the debut album by his side project Call Me No One with guitarist Clint Lowery, also recently produced Candlelight Red’s forthcoming EP.

When we talked with Rose about Call Me No One, he also spoke all about the experience of recording Candlelight Red’s EP, which is due out Aug. 14, and his enthusiasm about working with the band. He discussed the gratification he gets from being a producer and how working with big name producers as a musician helped him learn more about working with other artists. Below is our Q&A related to Rose’s producing efforts:

Tell us about producing Candlelight Red’s upcoming EP.

It came out unreal. It was so fun to do that thing, I really like the guys – I felt it would be good and I thought that I could add and offer something to them but the way that it came out it was just awesome. So now it looks like I might be able to do the whole record if time permits, maybe in the fall – I’ll be able to do the whole record ‘cause we had a great time doing the EP.

How did this opportunity come about?

I’ve had my hand on producing on a few occasions and I’ve done a few of the Sevendust records with John [Connolly] — we did a few of the records while Clint was gone, so that was kind of the intro to me doing that and then I’d done a few other bands. I wasn’t trying to get all crazy and turn this into a second career or anything, I wasn’t really pushing for it but I did put it out there that I was gonna play drums on some stuff while we were off just to do something with the drums since I never play. I got a bunch of calls for that then out of nowhere Jamie [Morral], the bass player, just called me up and said, “We’re getting ready to do an EP and we heard you did some producing, didn’t know if you might want to listen to some songs to see if you’re into it.” I just happened to be off, total fluke, so it was just meant to be.

How would you describe the difference of recording as a musician and stepping into the role of a producer working with other musicians?

I’m still learning a few of the things. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some big name, great producers and learning a lot of things from them. The producer can turn into to be a shrink very easily there’s a lot to being able to balance the personalities within the band, I learned that early on — not everybody gets treated the same, find out who has the thicker skin and how to get somebody motivated, if you can push them that way or you might have to handle somebody more gently — I guess it’s a better way of saying manipulation.

It is what it is you just try and make it the best you can get out of somebody and I’m good at that, it’s a lot easier to do that on the production end because I can’t do that with my own band — we known each other too long. I don’t know, to be honest I have a much better time producing than being in my own band. It’s very gratifying to have a bunch of people respect you for what you do and get excited about giving them your ideas and then when it’s done everybody’s high-fivin’ and you’re like damn you feel like the quarterback. I have a really good time doing that.

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