And what impact did working with Nick have on your drum parts and the recording of them?
“We’ve worked with some great producers over the years, I’ve always trusted Terry [Date - Adrenaline, Around The Fur, White Pony, deftones], Bob [Ezrin - Saturday Night Wrist] and Nick to do their thing. One thing that made these sessions with Nick so enjoyable is that I love gear and Nick has so much, it’s cool, I really dig that!
“Terry is a complete minimalist - an Sm57 on the snare, one mic on the kick, a couple of overheads and that’s it. Nick’s totally different. We had three mics on the snare, toms were miked top and bottom, the kick was miked back and front, every cymbal had a mic, and then there were overheads. It gave a huge amount to work with when we came to mix and the record sounds huge as a result.
“It doesn’t sound over-produced though, everything’s subtle. Nick’s amazing in that respect. He’s worked with so many great drummers and I knew that I was in good hands - he’s funny as hell and very relaxed.
“I don’t really change much between live and studio and he allowed me very much to be myself. There was no pressure to be anything different, he just wants to encourage you to give the best natural performance you can give.”