David Bendeth, born in London, England, has had a multifaceted career in the music industry as a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and A&R executive. Initially self-taught on the guitar, he later studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Bendeth’s early years involved traveling between London and Toronto, and he performed with renowned drummers like Billy Cobham and Lenny White. In 1980, he reached the top of the UK charts as a blue-eyed soul crooner with the single “Feel the Real” and released three albums before joining CBS/Sony Canada as a staff producer.
Bendeth’s career continued to flourish as he became a songwriter with Chrysalis Music, penning tracks for artists like Joe Cocker and Jeff Beck. His A&R roles at BMG Canada and RCA Records in the late ’80s and early ’90s resulted in signing acts such as Cowboy Junkies and Crash Test Dummies. In 2002, he oversaw the production of Elvis Presley’s “30 #1 Hits,” which became a massive success, selling nearly 14 million records worldwide.
In 2003, Bendeth transitioned to an independent role as a producer, mixer, and writer. His extensive discography includes working with artists like SR-71, Bruce Hornsby, Vertical Horizon, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Breaking Benjamin, and Paramore, with several records achieving platinum status. Over the years, he has maintained a diverse musical palette, drawing inspiration from artists like Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, and Jeff Beck. Bendeth’s impact on the industry is evident through his involvement in over 60 million records sold and his continuous contributions to the evolving music landscape.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- The hustle of working as a musician turned producer
- The world of A&R and what it takes to become a major artist
- How to differentiate every project
- How to adapt to the changing landscape of the music industry
- David’s new adventures in creating hip-hop loops and dipping into new genres
- Dealing with criticism and turning it into encouragement
- How to achieve drums that slam hard and cut through a mix
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