Few guitarists can boast of the resume Marc Ribler has, From writing hit songs across genres to producing band to acting as Musical Director for the likes of Darlene Love, the Rolling Stones’ Bernard Fowler, and Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, chances are you know his work. He is about to release his latest solo record, The Whole World Awaits You, on July 9 and his single “Shattered” is currently out everywhere.
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On the dynamic of working with Steven Van Zandt on his songs rather than on Steven’s – Steven is extremely hands-on with his own music. I played on Darlene Love’s record that Steven produced, when it’s music that he’s producing solely, he has very strong ideas about what the arrangement should be with the instrumentation should be. So my job, when working on Steven’s songs is making sure we have the right musicians to have his vision come across as good as possible. Just kind of really organize the sessions. I did coproduce Summer of Sorcery and Soulfire with Steven but more so Steven’s really like the sole arranger with his music. I sent him some music just before the pandemic, just as the pandemic started, he asked me what I was doing and I said I was finishing up my record. We were on the phone we hadn’t spoken in a few weeks. I sent them to music and he said, “I have some good news and I got some bad news”, I go, “Ok, give me the bad news”. He says, “Well, let me give you the good news. So the good news is I love a lot of these songs”, and he says the bad news is, “I think I like to work on something with you and maybe strengthen a few things here and there”. I said. “The bad news is the great news”. It’s all sensational news. Plus, I know how brilliant Steven is, and he is such a historian. A lot of my music is has a retro throwback sense to it, the music that I grew up listening to. There’s so much common ground and we’ve worked together so much in the last seven years. That it was just the medicine I needed for the pandemic, for his input on my record and finishing it. 4:33