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Interview with the legendary music producer Steve James!

Steve James joined A Sharp Recording Studio in Sydney some months ago and has worked on a number of fantastic projects at A Sharp including recording new material for Metal As Anything, Gail Page and 5 Way Addiction. We thought that we would sit this Iconic Grammy Nominee and Aria Producer and Engineer of the year down for 2 minutes and ask the Beautiful August to ask him a couple of questions about his career to date and his next plans. 

So why do you need a music producer?

THE QUOTE: Mate, I’m tellin’ you, I wrote the song, I sing the song, the Band’s been playing the song for a year, not only do we not need a producer, we’ll go into the studio and get it first take – I GUARANTEE IT..!!!!

THE FACT: the only “dud” album The Beatles recorded was the one without a Producer! “Let It Be” – they got it so wrong, they remixed it and re-released it 34 years later.

When Alannis Morisset recorded her “Jagged Little Pill” album that went on to sell 10 million copies or more, she basically lived with her producer for 3 months. Was it because she liked him? No, they had a job to do.

When the Bee Gees recorded an album they had a producer. This is the Band that Barry Gibb was in, the guy who has written and produced more hit songs than anyone EVER. That’s EVER. Not this year or since Kylie was in Neighbours but EVER.

Here’s a guy who produced an album for Barbra Streisand successfully. Think Barack Obama has a hard job? Forget it, try Producing a Barbra Streisand album!

When The Bee Gees do a record, they get a Producer, the man who is a Producers’ Producer gets a Producer.

Why is that do you say? Well I’m glad you asked.

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