Producer Don Gilmore has spent quite some time in the Studio recently with Duran Duran. Don was kind enough to let us ask some questions about what it's like to work with the band.
YOU'VE WORKED WITH GOOD CHARLOTTE, AVRIL LAVIGNE, LINKIN PARK, LIT AND ON A TON OF SOUNDTRACKS. HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK WITH DURAN DURAN?
I worked with David Massey at Sony, on Good Charlotte. When he called and asked if I was interested in working with Duran Duran, I almost fell out of my chair. A phone call was set up with the band, and the rest is history.
SINCE YOU'VE WORKED WITH MANY HARD ROCK ACTS, DO YOU FIND INTERESTING THAT ARTISTS SUCH AS LOST PROPHETS, KORN AND LIMP BIZKIT SITE DURAN DURAN AS AN INFLUENCE?
Not really. Duran Duran was the first band to blend two very different musical styles, disco and punk. Bands like the ones you mention do the same sort of thing.
WHAT IS THEIR STYLE LIKE IN THE STUDIO?
They really like to experiment. Not doing things the conventional way.
WHAT ROLE DOES EACH BAND MEMBER PLAY?
Each guy really has a strong sense of what's right for the song.
DO YOU WORK WITH EACH BAND MEMBER INDIVIDUALLY OR DO THEY ALL COME IN TO THE STUDIO TOGETHER?
At the start of each song we're all together. Then as the week goes by i would get each guy individually to touch up there parts. Simon at the end for vocals.
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THE BAND THAT SURPRISED YOU?
They are real historians of rock music. Names, dates, songs, the whole bit.
LOOKING OVER THE BAND'S VAST CATALOGUE, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SONG BY DURAN DURAN? AND WHICH SONG THAT YOU'VE WORKED ON WITH THEM DO YOU FEEL IS A STAND OUT TRACK?
I'm a sucker for the moodier stuff. Save a prayer, the chauffeur, etc. There's a new song called Still Breathing that's in that same vane and it's amazing.
[Photo of Don Gilmore and Nick Rhodes courtesey of Gavin Elder. Photo may not be used without permission from Duranduran.com]