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Matt Johnson In Conversation
publication: In Conversation/the The website
posted: 07/09/2008  by sigggy
category: Lists, snippets, tangents
link to original article online
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The Lloyd Cole Part of the Interview.

MJ: Well, one of the ideas Iím now seriously considering, and which has been suggested to me by both Jim and Lloyd Cole, is doing a solo tour, not under my own name but just without any backing musicians. Itís something Iíve never, ever done in all the years Iíve been playing concerts. Since I was ... what is it ... about 11 or 12 years old, Iíve never really been on stage alone ... and itís a strange thought but it really excites me. Just an electric guitar, a bare lightbulb and myself in an intimate venue ... alone with my audience. But will there even be a tour or not? I honestly donít know at this moment. Thatís a long conversation Iíll be having with myself and my family over the summer.

HB: That sounds like it could be very, very exciting. Itíll be interesting to see how your audience react to that one. You just mentioned Lloyd Cole. You sang some backing vocals on his last album didnít you? How did that come about?

MJ: Lloyd and I used to have small studios/offices down the corridor from each other at Harold Dessau studios in downtown New York. It was like a sort of miniature, funky Brill building really. They had a main studio, which is where I recorded much of NakedSelf, and a nice rehearsal space, plus also a bunch of rooms that people would rent for their own use over the long term. It was a great place with a wonderful atmosphere. Lots of wooden floors, high ceilings, dusty velvet curtains and slow moving ceiling fans. Totally unsuited to being a studio in a technical way but with a really warm and inspiring atmosphere. It was my favourite studio outside my own place in London. We all really, really loved it down there, but sadly itís since been demolished. There were quite a few people in there at itís height from the mid to late 90ís and many of us would often pop into each otherís rooms to borrow equipment or just have a chat and a cup of tea. Lloyd and myself would often do that of a morning, bitching and moaning about the state of the industry or Britain or raving about some new piece of equipment or whatever. I sang on his album first I think and then he returned the favour by singing on GlobalEyes on NakedSelf, although his album came out quite a bit after mine.

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Title: Harold Dessau

Iíll be interested to know what other tracks were recorded at Dessau when the ĎBí sides and later demos disks come out. It seems to have a great sound and as described in the above article; perhaps it was the mood of the place, and the various reflective surfaces that added to the sessions recorded in Dessau. Itís a little hard to place all the tracks as to where they were recorded from sleeve notes; however, Lloydís site at the music links provides these details. It is good to know that in a new age where reflective surfaces and real reflections are minimised in modern studios aiming to be replaced with digital algorithms, the warmth of the sounds on these recordings proves there still is a place for studios with character. Perhaps not in high rent areas however. Iíd love to know more about how the acoustic guitar was recorded on Etc at this studio, ribbon mics? The tracks LLoyd recorded himself such as he instrumentals are a very good sound.

Posted by: sigggy @ 08/09/2008