On August 14, Seattle producer Rick Parashar died of natural causes at age 50. A mainstay at London Bridge Studios, Parashar enjoyed phenomenal success at the controls of records by popular grunge acts like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Temple of the Dog, as well as with releases by Dinosaur Jr., Brandi Carlile, and many others. One of Parashar’s more recent projects was Shiver + Shake by up-and-coming Seattle blues-rock band My Goodness. We asked the group's guitarist/vocalist Joel Schneider what it was like to work with Parashar.
Making a record with Rick the past couple years was not only an honor and a privilege, but also a great musical learning experience. He was a walking factory of musical ideas. Sometimes he'd have so many it was almost overwhelming. We'd have to pick and choose which we liked and which we could do without, sometimes combining some of our own ideas. I can honestly say that it was one of the most creative working environments I've been a part of. We quickly realized he was pushing us to be our very best and to go outside our musical comfort zone. At the end of the day, he was a kind and gentle person who cared deeply about not only our music, but for us as humans. He will be greatly missed by all of us in My Goodness as well as by countless others.
RIP, Rick Parashar.