The Killers and Jacknife Lee
The Irish Connection
“Lee’s attitude and demeanour were very exciting – he was a mixture of enabler, cheerleader and Navy Seal,” says Ronnie Vannucci Jr of the Irish producer. He’s a very smart, positive ball of energy, and quite creative.
“He’s opinionated, too, and you need that with a band. Also, as a producer, you try not to ruffle any feathers, but rather we’re putting a guy at the helm and he’s saying certain things about certain songs. It was good to have someone that had something to say on each song and who was familiar with our previous work. He’s also very encouraging, and his belief that anything is possible in the studio was crucial.
“Did we disagree with anything he had to say? Sometimes, but in doing so that created a give-and-take dynamic, and what that does – irrespective of who is right and who is wrong – is open up a conversation. That’s a good indication that you will arrive at the right place.”