Michael Franti has a discography that numbers nine studio albums with his current band, Spearhead, as well as one album with his first group, the Beatnigs, and a pair of titles with the influential group that preceded his solo career, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
But he’s never had a recording experience quite like the one he had in making his 2016 album with Spearhead, “Soulrocker,” with producers Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin Quee.
“It was actually the most fun that we’ve ever had making a record,” Franti says during a telephone interview.
“Every day, when I would come into the studio, there would be something that was so cool that I would just wouldn’t expect. It would be outside of my sort of natural way of thinking about the song and they’d (McGregor or Chin Quee) come up with something that was just really amazing and different from what I would normally do.”
Bringing in outside producers was a new twist for Franti, who had always handled those duties himself on the previous albums. But the idea of working with McGregor and Chin Quee seemed too good to pass up.