SXSW 2012 Profile: Interview with Producer Danny Reisch
Austin-based producer extraordinaire Danny Reisch has worked with a long list of talented people, so long that it’s difficult to name them all in one setting without forgetting at least a couple of names. That’s why he can never name them all at once. There are too many. And they’re all great: Okkervil River, Shearwater, White Denim, Bright Light Social Hour, Mr. Lewis and The Funeral Five, Suzanna Choffel, Golden Bear, Dana Falconberry…well, you get the idea. You’ll need to visit the Good Danny’s website to get all the names.
For the past three years, Reisch has put together a little gem called the Good Danny’s Good Friends compilation, a sampler’s delight of songs from many of the artists he’s worked with. Artist, musician and radio host Deidre Gott encouraged Reisch to pursue the idea, and pair it with a musical showcase for its release. Each compilation is an intricate labor of love, featuring a painstakingly hand-picked selection of tracks and intriguing cover art by graphic designers Allison Bohl and Peter Dehart, the latter of whom is the drummer of a band that’s on all three Good Friends collections, Brass Bed. “Peter’s just got a really great, funny sense of humor,” Reisch says. “And each one of these compilations has some sort of animal with some sort of prop.” There’s the ram with a dunce hat on the first compilation; a woolly bison wearing a captain’s hat with a balloon tied around him on the second; and for the third, a goat sporting a Napoleon hat with a pile of confetti on his back. Must’ve been one heck of a party.
You can get your copy of the Vol. 3 Good Danny’s Good Friends compilation today at the Good Danny’s & The Navigational Society Day Party, happening throughout the day at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. It’s an incredible line-up that includes Shearwater, What Made Milwaukee Famous, The Frontier Brothers, Marmalakes, Crooks and many more.
Reisch recently spoke with KUT‘s Laurie Gallardo about the inspiration behind making the compilations.