Monthly archive for August2013

Space, new sounds & the moment of strike: Daniel Lanois and Pharrel Williams

Daniel Lanois is one of my favourite producers. Most talk about his work with Bob Dylan, the landmark Peter Gabriel album ‘So’ and of course his career with U2, but his solo work – dominated by his lap steel guitar playing, or lately with his…

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Adele, Dan Wilson and Someone like you

Someone like you is a simple song. In an age producers obsess over compression ratios and songwriters spend years on a track, it’s a reminder to get the basics right. Written and recorded in two days, featuring piano and a vocal, it earned Adele a…

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The Ghost of Hendrix & the Soul of Ray Mann

Hendrix didn’t just play backwards, he flipped the tape and made us re-think music. His ingenuity on guitar bled over to the studio, and under the guidance of Chas Chandler and Eddie Kramer he cut sides at Olympic Studios and The Record Plant that were…

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A few things I’m learning from Rick Rubin & Kanye West

There’s a lot to learn when one of the highest selling and most awarded artists of all time teams up with one of the most influential producers. Kanye West started work on Yeezus in mid 2012, calling in stellar guests, producers, writers and collaborators. After a year…

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