Fall Out Boy Makes Hits With Garageband

Fall Out Boy Makes Hits With GaragebandApple’s site has an interesting profile of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, looking at the way he uses Garageband.

Fall Out Boy isn’t a synth band and Stump’s a guitarist, so this post may bring out the haters. But Stump’s story showcases how Garageband has developed into an app with the flexibility and the quality to crank out commercial-quality music:

Fall Out Boy cooks up multi-platinum hits with GarageBand and a few MacBook Pros. The band’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Patrick Stump, composes and records his demos almost exclusively with GarageBand. In fact, most of the band’s chart-smashing hits were written on his MacBook Pro using a combination of GarageBand software instruments and live recordings. And if that wasn’t enough, Stump also uses GarageBand to compose for other groups, including Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes. In every case, his tracks only hit pro studios for finishing touches and polishing. GarageBand is Stump’s main means for making music.

“I jokingly say that GarageBand is my main instrument,” he says, “but honestly GarageBand is pretty all-consuming for me. I can’t remember the last time I watched a really good movie or played a video game. I pretty much play with GarageBand.” It’s an obsession that has spawned a gaggle of mega hits and has made Stump one of the most prolific composers in the business. “The beauty of GarageBand is that it’s only limited by what you want to do with it,” he says. “Ultimately, you can do anything. It’s a sequencer and you can record and edit audio. And it runs on my laptop. I’ve composed and recorded on the plane, on the bullet train in Japan. It’s made me so much more prolific because I don’t have to think about where and when I can record or write music. I can do it anywhere.”

Anybody know of any popular electronica artists using Garageband to sketch out tracks?

6 thoughts on “Fall Out Boy Makes Hits With Garageband

  1. GarageBand is basically for people who haven’t discovered Pro Tools yet… or other hipsters that are starting synth pop bands cuz they’re all the rage now.

    Whatever happened to just using a 4-track?

  2. ovlet – I can’t deny your comments about Fall Out Boy – they’re not my cup of tea – but GarageBand is a great tool for getting ideas down quickly, without any distractions or hoops to jump through. It’s also surprisingly capable for a freebie,

  3. Garageband IS the new 4-track. It IS what kids in their bedrooms use to record their demos or ideas. Protools=$$$. If your laptop comes with built in condenser mics, audio i/o, and a sequencing/multitracking program that even a 6 year old can get, it’s an obvious choice. However, upon graduating from this(if you feel the need to), there’s awesome stuff like ProTools, Logic, Cubase, etc.

    I’m so legit/street/hardcore, though, that I have a boombox with dual cassettes and I just keep recording, and overdubbing stuff, continually cranking out masterpieces in a decidedly lo-fi manner.


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