artists say about working with John Fields...
the production side, you had a little assistance from Mr. John
"Yeah, John is great... John is incredibly
musical in a way that he can just pick up a bass or a keyboard
and the whole time he's doing it, he's doing the recording,
sitting at the console. He's really great at multitasking,
so between me, John and Michael, we can really get a lot done."
was it like in the studio with [John Fields]?
"One of the reasons why I loved working with him is because he is spontaneous
to a degree, and it was the right amount of spontaneity. I've never made a record
like that. We were making mixing decisions before we even recorded certain instruments.
Somehow on every track, we always maintained that bird's eye view and it formed
in an interesting way... It was as if we were
throwing it against a wall and there was no formula. That's the way he works
and I loved recording
was it like working with John Fields?
"It was amazing. He was such a great producer and exactly what we wanted
in a producer. He understood our vision but didn't stomp on it but made it
better. He was exactly what we needed at the time, which was someone who could
we wanted to do and make it reality for us... He's always been someone we
respected as a producer and loved the bands he's worked with. So the chance to
do a whole
album with him was a dream come true."
think [Fields] is just really unbelievably musically talented," Anderson
said. "To have somebody who knows so much and can play
every instrument that we're playing was great. He has brought
a lot of detail and understanding of what works and what doesn't."
finished the record with [Palmer], he mixed it, and then we
sat down and really analyzed it. Something wasn't fitting right
in my stomach about it. I was lucky enough to have the luxury
to go back in the studio and redo a bunch of stuff that I really
wanted to work on. I wrote a couple more songs and recut a
bunch of tracks... Also there was John Fields -- a monster
talent. My money is on that guy becoming humongous. He's pretty
I will say that John Fields, who I did my record with, is
a genius. Guys like that will always have a place, because
they add something
that artists can't do themselves. He actually provides something
that's unattainable without him-- and there are a lot of producers
out there who also do that. But the ones who don't, the ones
who are basically leeches with an overinflated salary, they're
gonna be fucked."