Avril Lavigne first appeared in summer 2002, touting an addictive debut single (the spunky pop/rock gem “Complicated”) and a skatepunk image that purposely clashed with the polished glamour of mainstream pop. Lavigne, who was 17 at the time, quickly rose to teen idol status, selling several million copies of her debut album, Let Go (the best-selling album by a female artist in 2002), while inspiring a genuine fashion craze with her penchant for tank tops and neckties.

As soon as the Complicated single started burning up the charts, Avril performed a ‘fans only’ show at the Faboulous Commodore and 3 tracks emerged which were featured by Z-95FM. I was called in to record the show and work with Mark LeCorre who did the final mixing for these tracks. I also did some Pro Tools editing and final mastering on the songs which apparently made their way to a B-Side of an Australian version of the Sk8ter Boi single.

Yanni Fyssas • Recording Engineer, ProTools Operator, Pro-Tools Editing, Mastering