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“The band was signed to Sire Records in America at the time. The record went gold in the States – the first time that a band from Finland had achieved that. They became heroes in their country.
“I had worked with them before on Love Metal, so when it came time to produce Dark Light, we had already gotten past the teething stage of figuring out how we worked best together. The album was made during a period when bands would rent out big houses in exotic locations to record their albums, so we decided to rent this huge Gothic house up in Silverlake. It was the place where they shot all of the Scream movies, so the vibe seemed perfect.
“I remember it was bloody cold most of the time, and they had dogs running around that would leave gifts for us to step in. Oh, and Playboy decided to shoot some videos up there while we were recording, so that was a distraction, albeit a nice one.
“The album featured a lot of textured guitars and keyboards. We really had fun with the 3D aspect and cinematic quality of the music. Originally, the record company wanted somebody else to mix the album. I will mention no names, but I said, ‘Why would you do that? I mixed the band's last record, and it was a big success. Let me mix the album, and if you don’t like it, maybe at that point you should get somebody else.’ They disagreed.
“So they went ahead, wasted a ton of money and tried it, but it didn’t work out. I ended up mixing it myself at Electric Lady. I’m very happy with how that album finally came out.”