How was working with Roy on Audio Secrecy?
Nick Raskulinecz: "Roy is amazing. He’s a great guy and a super-talented musician. I can’t say enough good stuff about him. He’s one of the best drummers I’ve ever recorded. He’s probably in the top five. He’s super-creative, he plays great for the songs, he knows when to go off and when to hold it down. He sets such a high bar with his performances.
"He’s also a songwriter which is great, that really helps a lot in the studio because he’s able to step back and realise it’s more about the song than what he’s doing personally. Some songs he’s not doing much, but the beautiful thing about Roy is that even when he is not doing much it sounds like he’s doing a lot."
Does Roy’s songwriting and production experience help when it comes to recording in the studio?
"Absolutely. Without question that is an asset. Roy is a great producer and engineer. At the beginning of the record we had a talk about me wanting him to just play and not worry about engineering and producing. Give me everything you’ve got, basically, and that’s what he did. We tracked two or three songs a day and he gave me everything he had on every take. That’s why his drum tracks are so killer."
Is he hands-on in the studio with nailing his sound?
"Yeah, to a certain point. We’ve got a great relationship in that he trusts me. If he heard something he didn’t like we would address it and tweak it and make it better. But he wasn’t over-involved, it was the perfect amount. He’s easy to work with if he trusts you. He knows I’m not going to make his drums sound like s**t. He knows that I am just as into his drums as he is.
"Recording drums is kinda my favourite part of making an album."