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Interview with PHIL EK, producer for The Shins (US No.1), Modest Mouse (US No.1), Fleet Foxes (UK Top 5 & US Top 40), Band of Horses (US Top 40) - May 25, 2009
“It’s not the same mentality when you’re out in the sun, when you wanna go surfing, ride on bikes and just have fun. Here a lot of the year it rains, so it breeds a certain style of writing and artistic development.“
USA’s Pacific Northwest has become a gushing spring for successful alternative music, with The Shins (US No.1), Modest Mouse (US No.1), Band of Horses (US Top 40) and now Fleet Foxes (UK Top 5 & US Top 40) flooding the mainstream charts. But what is it about the music from this corner of the US that reverberates across the whole nation and beyond? As long-time producer, engineer and mixer for the aforementioned bands, as well as critical faves Built to Spill and Les Savy Fav, the much revered and sought-after Phil Ek is clearly a pivotal force in the success of the Northwest sound.
Aside from offering his own theories what makes the Pacific Northwest such a wellspring of music talent, sonic architect Ek talks about his studio apprenticeship working with Nirvana producer Jack Endino, and recording with major new stars the Fleet Foxes.
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