Forget for just one tiny moment that Jon Bon Jovi is a plastic giant tw*t and listen for a bit. You can’t deny the exuberant charm of the song – any more than you can deny that a BK double-bacon-cheeseburger is bloody delicious. Yes, it’s a greasy piece of crap that will give you a coronary if you consume it too often (not sure we’re still talking burgers here), but – once in a while – it’s fun. Continue reading
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Band-members are like the ingredients of a cake: get it wrong, and the result is bland or sickly. It’s about getting people together who make each other feel comfortable, who can inspire the audience, and who can deflate the ego of an overindulgent songwriter. The producer is the mould. If you pour cake mix onto a baking tray, you’ll end up with a flat, sticky mess. Some producers are like old-fashioned round cake tins, providing a strong but subtle structure that simply allows the flavours to emerge. Others make fancy shapes, so vibrant and daring that its cakeness comes second to its art-form. Like the line-up, the right producer for your band is the one that fits your personal dynamic, and brings out the best in what you, uniquely, have to offer.