Gerard Way Discusses Recording With Doug McKean In Interview With ‘Umbrella Academy’ Star

In the first episode of Aiden Gallagher‘s new YouTube interview series, “The Umbrella Academy” star discussed with Gerard Way the process of recording with Doug McKean under lockdown.

“I guess everything we’ve done in a way, it like starts kind of like a demo,” Way told Gallagher. “But it’s amazing how much of that original tracking carries over to the final track. I think the reason for that is [because] Doug has a really great ear. Even if you’re just doing a demo he takes it super seriously from a sonic perspective, you know?”

“We don’t take ourselves super seriously, but if we’re getting a guitar sound, he wants to make sure it’s a great guitar sound that fits the vibe of what we’re working on. So, he’ll dial that in [and] a lot of times in the past when we’ve tried to re-track things, it doesn’t beat the original,” the My Chemical Romance lead singer added.

McKean, who is long-time friend of Way, engineered his solo album Hesitant Alien. McKean also worked on MCR’s 2006 song “Welcome To The Black Parade” and 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys.

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