The first time was when I had just started as a very new assistant engineer at the Townhouse studios in London, which back then belonged to Virgin (PIL's Label) They came in to work on a song "Home is where the heart is" None of the other assistant engineers wanted to work with PIL because of John's reputation for throwing up, walking all over the mixing console, and being verbally abusive. Being the youngest and newest assistant, I got put on the session.... I couldn't believe my luck, I had been a fan since they started, and had also bought tickets to see the sex pistols three times, only to find they had been canceled.
Science and rock'n'roll make for awkward bedfellows. In fact if Science tried to hop into bed with Rock'n'roll it'd probably find itself kneed in the groin and sent to sleep on the couch. Sure, inside the studio it's easy to baffle the unitiated with science - 'Gee there's so many dials and buttons' - but in the recording of rock'n'roll you're not going to call on the men in lab coats, no, you're far more likely to call Nick Launay.
For Nick Launay making a rock'n'roll record is about attitude.
I was born one.
Toni Visconti, David Bowie (The Producer), Steve Lillywhite, Eno
I would assume they had heard some of my work, so they know what they are getting into. For the most part I think they expect me to get the best out of their performance, and represent their current songs in a way that will hopefully get through to people out there in big wide world, I think they also expect me to add a certain amount of the unexpected Audio madness.
When I was 9 years old, on my dads 2 track Grundig reel to reel tape Recorder. I dubbed the vocals from a Beatles song onto one channel (taken from an early stereo vinyl release, where the all vocals were on their own,panned to the Left hand channel only), and a repetitive tape loop of the rhythm track from a Rolling Stones song called "Satanic majesties request" on the other channel. When played back together hey created an interesting Beatlesk tribal 'REMIX'
Before you were born!