Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman may have shocked everyone by proving they could actually sing, but behind the scenes of this soundtrack Mr Miller was quietly powering hits and inventing new percussion.
Russ Miller says:
“I did a lot of the compositions. One of them was a re-record of the Patti LaBelle song Lady Marmalade. We ended up doing a live drum track, but they also sampled parts, so it’s stuff like me playing the cowbell groove sampled on top of me playing the regular drum track!”
“They wanted a 12" snare drum, super dead sounding. At the beginning of the session they wanted a cross-stick in the verse, but it’s a 12" snare drum so I couldn’t get to the sweet part of the stick. I tried to mount the drum by the hi-hat but that didn’t work, so we ended up putting the 12" on a stand where the tom would be and another down for the cross-stick, with a wood hoop on it.”
“I was thinking, ‘I really want a piece of this wooden hoop that I can put on this 12" snare drum’ – and that’s how I came up with the initial Yamaha Groove Wedge design.”