Miloco Interview, January 2010
Miloco: It's great to have you here at Miloco. What project are you doing here and how is everything going?
PB:The project here is my debut album as an artist, now four years in the making. My background is originally in Production, but this will be my second major release as an artist. The first is with Universal Music Canada, which is a collaboration with legendary classical guitarist Liona Boyd called Seven Journeys, Music for the Soul and the Imagination.
Miloco: You have been working in Musikbox and The Engine Room. How was your experience of working in these rooms?
PB: The experience has been fantastic. Musikbox is great because it is isolated in a way that really makes it feel like a personal space, not to mention the rest of it is like a nice flat. The extra perk of the room is the large collection of vintage synths. I'd have to say one of the best features of the room are the large ATC wall monitors, they're fantastic, and are actually really quite hi-fi. I'm also a big fan of the vintage 224 reverb, lexicon's original digital reverb that dates from 1980.
Miloco: How would you describe the material you are working on?
PB: It is a diverse record with a wide ranging stylistic palate but at the same time is consistently reflective of me as an artist. This is a hugely ambitious pop record covering and transcending diverse genres as rock, techno pop and even R&B.
The goal is that the record will be nothing short of a tour de force of performance and production, with a strong emotional root. This is my life's work, with many years of experience behind it.
Miloco: Who was your studio assistant, and how were they?
PB: My assistant was Dean Curtis. He was outstanding and arguably the most important part of my experience with Miloco. The project depended on him, and he always delivered. He allowed me to work creatively with absolute confidence.
A few other questions for fun...
Miloco: What's your favourite record of the last 12 months (give or take)?
PB: No Line on the Horizon
Miloco: You are placed in front of a time machine. Which year in the past or indeed the future would you travel to and why?
PB: No place but now, this is an exciting time creatively. Don't know what the future is and don't want to be in the past!
Miloco: If you could change one thing to benefit today's music industry, what would it be?
PB: To convince people the importance of buying the music they love. Recorded music is a great art form. "Keeping studios alive..." indeed.