Marti Frederiksen: Songwriter Behind Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Carrie Underwood Hits Can’t Slow Down
“Yeah, I guess most people don’t know who I am, but I’m glad they like my songs,” laughs Marti Frederiksen.
The songwriter/producer is on the horn with Noisecreep discussing his career as one of the music industry’s go-to hitmakers.
Since the late ’80s, Frederiksen has collaborated with the likes of Def Leppard, Sheryl Crow, Mötley Crüe, Carrie Underwood, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink, Scorpions and many others. But it’s his work with Aerosmith that truly put the Hawthorne, Calif. native on the map.
First co-writing with the Boston Bad Boys on their 1997 Nine Lives album, Frederiksen has formed a special bond with Aerosmith. He’s worked on every studio album Aerosmith have recorded since then, and co-wrote 2000’s hit single “Jaded,” which ranked #86 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 00’s special.
“That song was my first pop hit. I don’t know what happened that day, but it all came to me and Steven in a few hours. We were at his house and I remember he was on the phone. Anyway, I started playing the main riff and singing the melody. I didn’t have the word “jaded” yet — that was his thing. But what I really thought was genius was the stutter when he sings, ‘ja-ja-ja-jaded.’ Steven came up with that. We tried doing something similar to ‘Jaded’ with a song called ‘Girls of Summer.’ It’s on one of their hits albums [2002’s O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits], but lyrically it just didn’t hit home,” Frederiksen admits.
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Frederiksen says even though he’s been in the collaboration game for quite some time now, he doesn’t really have a set way of working other artists. “I wrote this song with Gavin Rossdale (Bush) called ‘Love Remains the Same’ that ended up being a hit. For that one, I just played him some chords, melodies and phrasing ideas, I had. He wrote the lyrics to that on his own based off of what I played him. But with Aerosmith, in the past, I’ve laid down programmed drums and guitar parts onto a demo to show them what I was thinking, but once Steven [Tyler] and Joe [Perry] come into the picture, they add their own thing to it.”
This week is huge for Frederiksen as Aerosmith’s 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension!, hit stores. Not only did he co-produce three tracks on the record, he’s got 5 co-writes on there as well, including “Can’t Stop Loving You,” a duet featuring country siren Carrie Underwood and the album’s current single, “What Could Have Been Love.”
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Noisecreep remembers watching footage of Steven Tyler working on Aerosmith’s Pump album some years back where the passionate singer goes toe-to-toe with his bandmates during the record process. We ask Frederiksen if he’s had any similar issues working with Tyler through the years.
“Steven is very emotional,” laughs Frederiksen. “He’s intense most of the time when we’re working. He definitely has a lot to say, but he respects what I bring to the table. We get along really well.”
Never one to rest on his laurels, Frederiksen tells Noisecreep some more of his work will hit store shelves before the end of the year. “I have three tracks I co-wrote with Three Doors Down for their upcoming hits album. I’m really happy about the way those turned out. I’ve got a lot of stuff planned for 2013. I’m always busy, but I love that.”
So you see, the guy just can’t slow down.
Watch a Video Playlist of Songs Co-Written by Marti Frederiksen