The kooky chanteuse wanted Katche so badly that she postponed her third album until he was back from holiday. When the drummer did arrive in Cork, he found it was a tougher gig than he expected.
Manu Katche says:
“She called me at home and said, ‘I’d like you to record with me in July’. I said, ‘I always take July off with my family and I can’t let them down’. Later on I get a call from her management and they say Tori has found a solution – she’ll use click tracks and I can come in August. So I was, like, ‘Wow, she really wants me’.”
“So in August I went to Cork, and everyone was there but not playing. But the way Tori plays her piano is her way, and I’d love to have recorded with her, but this was harder because she’d already recorded the songs to a click, which meant I had to fit that while getting across the sensation that we were all together when we recorded them.”
“I really had to analyse every bar, and I remember that with some songs it took me a whole day just to feel it right, and then bring some creative parts into it.”