Conversation with Desmond Child – Ep195


In the 4+ years Aaron and Chris have been doing this podcast, they never expected to meet today’s guest. We’re thrilled to share this talk with you.

Desmond Child
Episode 195

Legendary songwriter/producer Desmond Child welcomes Chris and Aaron into his studio for an in-depth discussion about his life in music. In this hour-plus talk, Desmond looks back on his early days as a performer in the NY-based disco group Desmond Child and Rouge. This band was a favorite of KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, who used to frequent the band’s live shows. A friendship was struck as well as gold when the two collaborated on ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You‘, a Top 10 smash that spanned the globe. Desmond’s career in writing/producing took off from there.

In this conversation, Desmond shares his memories of working with some hard rock and metal legends. From his time working with Stanley and KISS on albums such as Animalize, Asylum, Crazy Nights, and Hot in the Shade, Desmond shares his memories of Paul Stanley‘s songwriting process as well as a strained relationship with Gene Simmons over some words said in an interview during the buildup to 1992’s ‘Revenge‘ album.

Desmond Child helped propel Bon Jovi to superstardom due to his collaboration with band on songs such as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer‘ and ‘You Give Love a Bad Name‘ from 1986’s Slippery When Wet album. In this discussion, Desmond sets the scene of a trip to a suburban New Jersey home and the process in which two of the biggest anthems in rock history were born. The songs carry a very personal meaning to Desmond and he explains how the stories in these songs related to his real life.

Also notable in the hard rock world is Desmond Child‘s work with Boston rockers Aerosmith. Once again, his contributions would make a massive difference in a band’s career; this time in the resurrection of a band that had been long-thought finished. Desmond’s contributions in the form  of, most notably, ‘(Dude) Looks Like a Lady‘ and ‘Angel‘ would help 1987’s Permanent Vacation album go on to sell over 5 million copies in the US alone. His collaboration with Aerosmith has lasted ever since with the writing partnership being evident on subsequent albums such as Pump, Get a Grip, Nine Lives, and Music from Another Dimension.

During this in-depth talk, Desmond shares his passion in protecting music creator’s rights and his thoughts on the decline of sales in music and how this trend is negatively affecting the industry and its impact on future generations of musicians. In this discussion, he shares information about the Songwriters Equity Act and the Fair Trade Music Initiative, a wholly independent advocacy network for music creators. Its goal is the championing of a set of Fair Trade Music Principles designed to ensure transparency, fair compensation, and autonomy for music creators in an increasingly complex and non-transparent music business landscape. More information on the Songwriters Equity Act can be found HERE. More information on the Fair Trade Music Initiative is available HERE.

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