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Re: The Music Man
We drove the record company crazy with [it]. It just didn’t sound the way we wanted it to. We mastered the record three different times with three different people to get it right. The first guy compressed it to sound like a heavy metal album. We wanted it to feel like a jazz record. It needed those ups and downs. Once we heard it, we were like, ’No way. We’re doing it again.’
We’d made a record that sounded so different compared to other bands. A lot of people forgot how to make classic-sounding records. Everything has to be on 10, raise it to the ceiling, that’s not what we wanted. It’s hard when there’s this big dude who’s done a million records and you’re telling him that he’s not got it right. He understood what we were trying to achieve though, ’cause we spent a lot of time trying to get the finer points in there.
Hey, it worked and people get it. Every time someone says to me, ’The drums sound like cannons!’ I’m like, ’No !@#$, !@#$, we didn’t compress the drums!’ We knew we were onto something.
Q: What do you listen to for enjoyment?
PEP: Silence! I read, if I want to do anything.
Q: Do you still enjoy listening to music when you aren't playing?
PEP: Hell yeah! I've got all my Zeppelin, Skynyrd, Sabbath, ZZ Top. That's all cool stuff.
Q: You mentioned Buddy Guy as being your favorite guitarist, but who is your favorite band of all time?
Pep: ZZ Top! The first three ZZ Top albums are just devastating!
Q: Do you enjoy listening to your own records?
Pep: Yeah, all of them!
INTERVIEWER: From other interviews I've read I've gotten the impression that you think those artists should spend less time on their image and more time on their art. Has anyone in the music industry ever tried to make you conform to an image?
PEPPER: No, I've pretty much been what I am since I was fifteen. Which I guess is an image in itself, you know?
--- Fuck me gently with a chainsaw
The Pepper Keenan Board
1/20/2006, 9:43 am
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