Kings Of Leon write songs in GarageBand

Matthew (left) and Caleb (third from left) use GarageBand at the start of the creative process.
Matthew (left) and Caleb (third from left) use GarageBand at the start of the creative process.

Kings Of Leon are no strangers to high-end recording studios, but in their recent interviews with MusicRadar, band members Matthew and Caleb Followill revealed that many of their songs begin their lives in Apple's GarageBand.

Speaking about the process of coming up with new guitar licks, lead guitarist Matthew said: "If it's really good I'll pull up GarageBand on my computer. It's awesome for musicians.

"If you're in a hotel room and you have your computer it's got an internal mic. You just press record and do whatever you want - you can cut it up and put it into pieces. It's great - I love everything about it."

The star also recognises GarageBand's potential as a full-on production tool, saying: "It's just so easy to work - and if you really get into it you can even make a whole song, even a whole album if you have to."

Matthew's cousin Caleb seems to be equally keen on Apple's software, telling MusicRadar that he uses it to come up with songs ideas to play to the rest of the band.

Kings Of Leon are just the latest act to reveal that they demo new material in GarageBand, with the likes of Oasis, Fall Out Boy and Justice confirming their use of it in the past.

You can listen to the complete interviews with Matthew and Caleb by clicking here.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.