Bonzai Beat with Billy Bush
In this episode of Bonzai Beat, Mr. Bonzai chats with engineer, mixer, and producer Billy Bush. The pair talk about Bush’s work with artists like Garbage, Sir Paul McCartney, and Silversun Pickups and even talk about the new Garbage album that is in the works.
Billy Bush has produced, engineered, and mixed for artists including Angus and Julia Stone, Fink, Garbage, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul McCartney, Neon Trees, Silversun Pickups, Snow Patrol, The Boxer Rebellion, The Naked and Famous, and more. Beyond his extensive work with Garbage, Bush also joins the band on tour to facilitate the band’s technological needs during their live performances, where Bush pushes the boundaries and blurs the lines between the band’s live performances and recorded music.
As a mixer, Bush’s credits include Angus Stone’s self-titled album, Jake Bugg’s Shangri La, The Naked & Famous’s Passive Me, Snow Patrol’s single “In The End,” and Neon Trees’ Picture Show, which includes the hit “Everybody Talks.” He also engineered and mixed The Naked and Famous’s song “Following Morning,” which appeared on the soundtrack for the film, The Dallas Buyers Club.
As an accomplished producer, Bush produced, engineered, and mixed both Fink’s Perfect Darkness and Hard Believer and The Boxer Rebellion’s Promises and Ocean By Ocean. He produced and mixed L7’s comeback singles “I Came Back To Bitch” and “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago.”
Bush continues to be an instrumental right hand to Butch Vig, engineering, mixing, and contributing additional production to Garbage’s 2016 album, Strange Little Birds, and engineering and mixing Silversun Pickups’ Widow’s Weeds. Bush produced, engineered, and mixed Slothrust’s album The Pact and became the go-to mixer for producer Linda Perry, including work with Willa Amai, Billy Raffoul, and Dolly Parton. Most recently, he engineered Sir Paul McCartney’s album Egypt Station.
Mr. Bonzai is an award-winning photographer, author, and interviewer. He has written more than 1,000 articles for outlets in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has published numerous books, including Studio Life (Mix, 1984), Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew (Mix, 1992), The Sound of Money (Focal, 2000), Faces of Music (Cengage, 2006), Music Smarts (Berklee Press, 2009), and John Lennon’s Tooth (BookBaby, 2012). His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, Disney Channel Magazine, Sound & Recording, and Relix, among others. http://www.mrbonzai.com