Production team The Matrix get the call from the Thin White Duke...
The production and songwriting outfit – Scott Spock, Graham Edwards and his wife, Lauren Christy – were drafted in by Avril Lavigne‘s label Arista two years ago, when they were on the verge of dropping her. In one of the most spectacular turn-arounds in recent pop history, they presided over songwiting and production on Avril Lavigne‘ss 12 million selling debut album ‘Let Go’, earning themselves a monster pay-packet and becoming the hottest producers in town overnight.
Matrix maestro Scott Spock said: “She came over and we played her some stuff in the Faith Hill vein and she said, ‘I don’t wanna do that, I wanna rock!’ She played us a CD of this screaming punk rock, ‘I hate you’-type stuff. We said, ‘Come back tomorrow and we’ll go over some stuff.’ She left and the three of us knew exactly what she wanted, a pop song with a rock edge. We wrote ‘Complicated’ that day.”
They also had a hand in ‘Sk8r Boi’ and ‘I’m With You’, and played on the album. Since then have taken the helm on Britney’s next album, and been called on by Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams , David Bowie, Mariah Carey, and somewhat less illustriously, ’Pop Idol’ loser Darius.
And now the production team, who have been working together since 1999, are bracing themselves to work with rock legend [/a].
“We’re big fans of the man,” Christy said. “In ‘Rolling Stone’ we wrote a dream list of people we’d like to work with. On it was [a] and Gwen Stefani. Consequently, we’re working with [/a], but Gwen is still on our dream list.”
Edwards said that his dream would be to “sit down and make a concept album” with [a], but that won’t be happening just yet. The Matrix will do final mixing on some new [a][/a] tracks for the follow-up to last year’s ‘Heathen’, which is due by the end of the year, but will not be taking a hand in songwriting.