Leo Abrahams

Leo Abrahams is an artist and record producer whose career path has seen him collaborate with Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, David Holmes and Ed Harcourt amongst others. In January 2010 Leo teamed up with Brett Anderson and Chris Difford of Suede and Squeeze fame respectively, to track new material for both men’s forthcoming albums, and although Leo achieved 41 tracks in around 9 days, he still found five minutes to answer a few questions for the Miloco site in the latest of our series of interviews with great record producers, the Leo Abrahams Producer Interview.

You’ve come to Miloco to work on new material with Brett Anderson and Chris Difford. How have the sessions gone generally?

Unbelievably well. I’ve worked on 41 pieces of music here in the last 9 days and most of them i still love.

You’ve been working in our newly-rebuilt Pool studio. We hope you’ve enjoyed using the brand new control room.

It’s kept all the atmosphere of the old setup but given an opportunity to work in a more traditional way. The live room still sounds amazing.

Have there been any bits and pieces of gear which have particularly caught your eyes and ears during the last couple of weeks?

The vintage set of vibes, the Chandler compressor – very useful.

One of the key factors that The Pool has succeeded in over the years, is creating a particular appeal to the artists themselves. How has the feedback from Brett and Chris fared?

They’ve both been delighted by how different it feels here. Both albums were something of a departure for them, and the atmosphere has helped them feel both excited and at home

Would you have any future recommendations for The Pool?

I’ll bring as many projects as I can here. Next one: Carl Barat.

We designated Matt Wiggins to assist on your session. How was he?

Perfect. May the banality of that word not detract from the sincerity with which it is chosen.

Besides these projects, what else have you been up to recently?

Mixing / Producing for Brian Eno, Larla O’Lionaird, Carl Barat; guitar with Trevor Horn, Duffy; co-wrote score to The Lovely Bones; David Holmes, produced Josephine Oniyama.

A few jovial ones to wrap things up!

What might one find at the top of your iPod’s ‘most played’ list at the moment?

The Books

Any personal tips for 2010?

Smoke Fairies.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to any young and aspiring bands, artists, engineers or producers who are just setting out in the industry?

Be honest.

Leo Abrahams was speaking to Miloco in January 2010.


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