Doug McKean, the talented Grammy-winning engineer and music producer, has died at the age of 54. According to his obituary, McKean died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 29.
My chemical romancewho most recently worked with the producer on their new single “The basis of decay,” shared an online tribute to their producer, saying, “My Chemical Romance lost Doug McKean, a dear friend, a collaborator, a partner, a brother, a problem solver, a genius, an integral part of our music. Doug was someone who made us laugh, made us better, understood and always came to the rescue. He is deeply missed. He always will be.
McKean was a key player in many of rock’s greatest albums in recent years. His collaboration with My Chemical Romance started when he was an engineer on the band’s 2006 effort Welcome to the Black Paradea role he also maintained in 2010 Danger days follow up. McKean maintained her relationship with the singer Gerard Way intact after the band’s split, stepping up to the producer role while also developing Way’s Hesitant foreigner solo debut.
According to McKean’s obituaryMcKean got his start with Reel Hits Recording Studio, where he eventually launched his music career, working with Jerry Harrison, Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth on their live shows in 1990. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles and began working with the producer Rob Cavallo and their collaboration spanned several albums, including Green Day‘s Grammy-winning American idiot and the Grammy nominee Dave Matthews Band release Big Whiskey & GrooGrux King.
McKean also earned credits working with Shinedown, Paramore, Weezer, Live, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Meat Loaf, Foxy Shazam, Gary Clark Jr., Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, Less Than Jake, Jewel, Avril Lavigne, Adelitas Way, Jack’s Mannequin, Mutemath, Tegan and Sara, Echosmith, Beth Hart, Sublime with Rome, Josh Groban and more.
McKean was survived by his wife Michele and two children Gavin and Colette.
Loudwire sends our condolences to the McKean family as well as the extended family of musicians and collaborators he has worked with over the years.
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