Mike Dean Explains “Grueling” Kanye “DONDA” Sessions!
Oh did you think it was easy working with Kanye West on his DONDA album? Wait until you see what Mike Dean had to say…
CelebnMuic247.com reports that Mike Dean opens up about his role on “DONDA,” explaining how the listening parties impacted the album.
Mike Dean has been Kanye’s trusted producer and audio engineer for years now, but (you know there was a but) the DONDA sessions were taking a toll on his mental health.
Dean has been with Ye since the days of The College Dropout. The real tea is things became so “toxic” for Dean left the stadium where they were working non-stop on the album. He later address reports stating claims were false.
This leads us to now, DONDA has finally arrived, as has Dean’s new album ECHOPLEX (LIVE 2021), a visual project with songs from his synth-fueled studio drop 4:22.
In support of his recent run, Mike Dean sat down with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 to discuss some of his recent endeavors.
Naturally, his role on DONDA was addressed, and this is what he had to say about the full experience.
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Dean expressed it was “grueling,” “interesting,” and it involved long hours and tons of changes.
Here is what he said:
It was interesting. It was grueling, lots of hours, lots of changes. Yeah. Came out great though. Kanye had three listening parties. So each listening party was like a test kind of. And after each one, I think he wanted… I can’t talk too much about his process. He took all the information he got from everyone, including online reviews, personal friends’ reviews, and he just kind of digest it all and adjust the album the way he wants.
I definitely looked at how the crowd moved to different songs. I was just up on a house, maybe four layers up, next to the top layer, running the songs off my computer.