Mike Dean on working on the Rebel Heart Tour
Warning: this article contains Rebel Heart Tour spoilers
Legendary producer and sound engineer Mike Dean talked to The Fader revealing he’s currently working on remastering Madonna stems for her upcoming tour, and mentioning one classic song they are working on right now.
I’m working on Madonna’s tour right now, helping her put her show together. It’s cool: taking old songs and making the old stuff match the new stuff. I try to use all the same sounds I use on music now. Drums. Replace bass lines with 808s. Trap snares, hi-hats—all that shit. It’s kind of cool. We’re working on Holiday right now.
Mike also explained what’s to him the most important part of translating songs for a live performance:
With Kanye, we don’t do that much. We just add stuff on top of the tracks-add new stuff. It’s different every day, depending on how you feel; there’s nothing written in stone with how we play. Madonna‘s more locked in with all her performances, but she has surprises every night-a big giant production.