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About Chemical Fred
Chemical Fred is a singer songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. An OC native, Chemical Fred grew up surfing Newport Beach and Trestles and has since traveled to Hawaii, Baja Mexico, Northern California, and Cabo San Lucas in search of good waves. Chemical Fred wrote his first song at 12 years old and has been writing lyrics and conjuring up melodies ever since. After sending lyrics to music publishers, Chemical Fred mastered Appleâs GarageBand and became intrigued by new cable TV programs like Weeds and Entourage.
Chemical Fred became motivated to self-record and distribute his songs. Chemical Fred has a degree in Marketing with a minor in chemistry, although it took seven years due to all the partying in college. Chemical Fred has written over a dozen songs which are mostly about eccentric characters and friends. Stay tuned for more tunes in the works. Chemical Fred uses M-Audio gear at his home studio including Midi keyboard, MobilePre USB preamp, BX5 Studio speakers, Nova condenser mic. all connected to an Apple G5 iMac running GarageBand.
About âOn a Plane With Mary Janeâ, by Chemical Fred:
Everybody knows and loves a pothead. This song was inspired by a good friend of mine who at one point at the height of his cannabis years, spent hours a day getting stoned. Since I was a kid Iâve been writing songs about people I know, mostly interesting, some crazy, and eccentric characters.
I hope that when you hear this song youâll say âyeah I remember whenâ or âthis totally reminds of so & so in high school or college.â Years ago, I first recorded a demo of âOn a Plane With Mary Janeâ with a buddy of mine playing guitar using a basic four-track recorder. After getting some laughs from my friends, it was suggested a couple of times that I send this song to Adam Sandler. So if youâre listening Adam letâs add this to your next soundtrack! (lol)
At first I didnât do anything with the song. But after getting to know Garageband recently (Appleâs Music creation software), I started to experiment with new base lines, melodies and effects. This got me fired up again. I refined some of the lyrics and came up with a new stoney concept for the bridge. Then another person brought up Sandler and then came Weeds on Showtime. Pot is SO mainstream! It seemed the song was destined to be recorded. So I said thatâs it-- I decided to publish and release this song on 4/20, 2007.
The music for On a Plane With Mary Jane was recorded at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica. The vocals were taped in my bathroom. Gotta love the acoustics of a bathroom. 4th Street Recording is the same place No Doubt, Weird Al, Alice Cooper, Incubus, Hoobastank, and a long list of bands recorded their tracks. Across the street from the 3rd street promenade, this facility has the coolest vibe inside. Part of the appeal of this place is its location but also the engineers tell me that itâs the perfect set-up for music recording. The old school quality mic on this tune was the same kind of mic Jimi Hendrix used.
Special thanks to engineer âSejoâ (pronounced SAY-ho) for laying the tracks, and playing guitars for the song. Sejoâs buddy ripped on drums for this track. Got âer done in three takes. Check out Sejoâs band Vicious Licks (myspace.com/viciouslicks)
Once the music tracks were completed, I sang and recorded the vocals at home. Special thanks to âStooleyâ Mike for bringing your killer bong over for special effects. Were we âon a planeâ or what?! Then I brought the vocals back to the studio for final mixing before getting mastered by legendary Dave Collins (www.davecollinsmastering.com) Thanks Dave! I was stoked to discover that Dave has mastered tunes for some of my favâs including Motley Crue and Black Sabbath.
If your name is Fred Jabbar well thereâs no relation to you real or implied. Itâs just a fictitious name I conjured up. Just be glad people âround the world will be thinking of you every time a âcannabis cloudâ goes by.
Iâd love to hear from you-- Leave a comment. Whatâs your favorite lyric on this song? Thanks for listening. www.myspace.com/chemicalfred
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