The Killers and Jack­nife Lee

The Ir­ish Con­nec­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

“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.”

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