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“It was a brave move for them to have an atheist as a producer, but It worked out very well. They were a wonderful bunch of guys. They’re a bit like U2 – extremely hard workers. They would say to me, ‘We’ve got a basic idea for a song. Let's work on the arrangement together.’ That really appealed to me because I love trying to figure things out with really talented people in situations where I can contribute and feel like I'm part of the band.
“We all worked closely together on the album. I was recording in Carlsbad, CA, with the band for quite an extended period of time, which was a bonus. It was a Pro Tools record, and I must say that, at that time, the band were more efficient with Pro Tools than I was.
“It was fascinating for me to watch the way they worked. For example, Tim, the bass player, would say to me, ‘Send me those three bass tracks we just recorded.’ He’d upload them to his computer, disappear for a while and then send me back a single file. ‘I just compiled the bass track for you. There it is.’ I thought that was impressive.
“John Foreman, the singer, a total star, said to me, ‘I really like singing in my closet at home. Do you mind if I do that?’ And I said, ‘You can do whatever you want, mate.’ He’d go and sing and at home, and then he’d bring back what he’d done, which was usually great. We would compile all the best parts the next morning at the studio. It was fascinating – everybody was using technology to its fullest.”