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April 29, 1992 (Miami)
by Sublime, programmed by Dave Aron, with Field Marshall
CATCH-UP: Dave Aron (1964 to 2019) was an American music producer/engineer. David Royce Aron was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, on August 29th 1964, and raised there. The son of 1950s 'be-bop' trumpeter Al Aron and band director Dotte Marshall, he attended Asbury Park High School, where he played the clarinet in his school's marching and 'jazz' bands. In 1982, after attending Rutgers University for a year, he enrolled in the University of Memphis' recording programme, where he split his time between the studios and the football field (as a walk-on tight end). After seeing out an internship at 'WHBQ' radio and 'Ardent Studios' in Memphis, Tennessee, Aron landed his first professional job at 'Sun Studios' in 1987. There, he worked as studio manager and chief engineer, eventually collaborating with the Irish band 'U2' when they recorded some songs there for the "Rattle and Hum" album. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles to work at 'Music Grinder Recording', and later landed a staff engineer position at 'Larrabee Sound Studios'. That new position gave him the chance to work with multiple artistes and producers, including 'Dr Dre' and Prince - he specifically mixed for the latter musician on "My Name is Prince", "Sexy MF", and an acoustic version of his song "7" which was released as a single. In 1993 however, he began a long affiliation with 'Death Row Records', serving as engineer/mixer for Tupac Shakur's album "All Eyez on Me", as well as with 'K-Ci & JoJo' and also 'DeVante Swing' (of the group 'Jodeci'). Aron was also responsible for mixing all Snoop Dogg's albums from "Doggystyle" to "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment". He remained Dogg's exclusive 'live sound' engineer until health problems intervened - this made extensive touring with the star impossible. In 1996, the featured 'rock' band 'Sublime' hired him to produce their self-titled debut album, and his influence is said to be most obvious on their single "What I Got", which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. He helped to sell over five million copies of the album, and also collaborated on a 'Snoop Dogg'/'Sublime' remix of "Doin' Time", released in 2005. In 2011, Aron had his own studio built in Burbank, California, calling it 'Hollywood Way Studios' - there, he mixed and laid down tracks made by such national recording artists as the 'rap' artist 'YG' (included on his "My Krazy Life" album). He later hosted another rapper, 'DJ Quik', at his studio to self-produce his ninth studio album "The Midnight Life". Despite the mentioned health issues, he still managed to hold educational seminars for aspiring students worldwide - these covered music-making, mixing, engineering and the music industry in general. He also created a series of instructional mixing tutorial videos entitled "Platinum Hip Hop Mixing". Dave Aron died from his long-standing health problems at his home in Las Vegas on March 11th 2019, aged 54. He is survived by his fiancee Kaya Goldberg and their three-year-old son.
Posted: 26th April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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