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Total Guitar - - FEATURE -

Con­creteAndGold fea­tures some weird and won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions. Chris Shi­flett talks us through them...

Inara Ge­orge (Bird And The Bee)

Bird And The Bee is Greg’s band, and Dave is a huge fan. That’s sort of how we wound up hav­ing Greg pro­duce the record. When he first met Greg that was the con­text they met, he just saw him in a restau­rant or some­thing and went up to him and said, ‘Dude I love your band.’ I don’t even think he knew he was a pro­ducer, this was quite a few years ago. Then they be­came pals, and when Greg wound up pro­duc­ing the record the Inara thing came about through him.

Paul Mc­Cart­ney

That was re­ally fun, we tracked it in the room to­gether. We only did a cou­ple of takes and then put it to­gether. And then he just wanted to hang out and jam. He played drums for a while and then he got up and moved over to the piano and we just kind of like jammed with Paul Mc­Cart­ney! It was to­tally fuck­ing amaz­ing. I was so blown away that a guy with that level of ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s played with ev­ery­body in all the sit­u­a­tions you could imag­ine – you get him in the stu­dio and he’s the least jaded guy in the room, you know? He just likes play­ing mu­sic.

Shawn Stock­man (Boyz II Men)

It’s in­ter­est­ing. There’s a bunch of dif­fer­ent rooms at EastWest and he was work­ing at the stu­dio on some­thing in one of the other rooms. I think him and Dave just struck up a con­ver­sa­tion on the back porch or some­thing and Dave had an idea for the song Con­crete

AndGold that he wanted a choir. So he asked Shawn if he’d sing some stuff on it, and that dude just came in and built this crazy huge lay­ered vo­cal thing. It was kind of an im­por­tant turn­ing point for the record be­cause from that point on, it opened up Dave want­ing to do that on a lot of the record. That was the turn­ing point that led to all the vo­cal lay­er­ing, which to me is prob­a­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween this record and older Foo Fighters records. There’s like a thou­sand vo­cal tracks on ev­ery song.

Inara Ge­orge from Bird And The Bee fea­tures on the track TheLine

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