2006/02 Billboard


Although it may not have the tawdry tinge of excitement surrounding the alleged dance-off between a post-breakup Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chill Peppers had a little competition of their own when it came to working on “Stadium Arcadium,” their first album since 2002’s ‘By the Way.’

The two-CO set, produced by Rick Rubin, comes out May 9 on Warner Bros. With a whopping 25 tongs to mix, the band decided the task was beyond one engineer’s abilities.  So, as frontman Anthony Kiedis tells it,  “We had a mix-off with five engineers: three very well-known and two completely unknown. We gave them the same three songs each. Much to everybody’s surprise, the two complete unknowns won the battle by a long shot.”

Kiedis says the two engineers are taking the group’s music “to a new level and it’s sounding like no other record of ours has ever sounded. It’s a bonus to like the music so much and to have It improved in the mixing process.”

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