What was the effect on the snare, especially, and bass drum in ‘Red Guitar’ or was that a machine? Would you say something similar was used on the snare of the Gary Numan track called ‘Replicas’ (assuming you’ve heard the track and assuming that it’s a drum kit there as well)?

Red Guitar snare was recorded in a stone stairwell at Hansa Studios, Berlin. The reverb created by the snare in the stairwell was then fed through a Leslie Hammond organ rotary speaker which spins, giving a stereo effect. This was added to the snare sound to create what you can hear, a sort of breathy modulation (the fact that the snare spring was not applied to the snare helps to create a more smooth, rounded sound). Listening to the GN track you mentioned (which I’ve not heard before and I can see why you would ask) I think the snare processing is different – perhaps a flanger of some kind which makes a more synthetic sound suitable for his material – (the snare spring applied gives it a more metallic edge too), and it does sound performed rather than a machine. But… ask him.

So there’s some news emerging from Sweden that you are involved in a new collaborative project with Thomas Feiner and others. How is it going? What role are you playing in the work?

News has been posted on my official facebook page. We are collaborating compositionally and as musicians. These guys are all very talented at what they do so I’m in great company. I have contributed lyrics for Thomas’ lead vocals and have also added some backing vocals. I’m sure we will explore one another’s ideas and contributions to the full over the coming months.

New Album ‘Tender Extinction’

The new album from Steve Jansen ‘Tender Extinction’  is being prepared for release. A Pre-Order page has been launched at Bandcamp whereby you can place your order and be in line for a limited edition signed copy or alternatively you may pre-order a digital download version that will be instantly available for download as soon as the album is released (you will be notified directly by email from Bandcamp as soon as the release date arrives). The release date is yet to be fully confirmed but is being aimed for early April.