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Jerry Harrison
February 21, 1949 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I had previously been in the band the Modern Lovers with Jonathan Richman.


Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali - someone who actually creates a sound for them.


Music has become a bigger business, and with that there is more pressure to succeed; I think that it creates a negative pressure for being creative.


Normally when I work with bands I'm trying to refine and improve what's already there.


But when you're beginning, you should try to focus on something you love and your own way of doing things.


I think that technology has both introduced new sounds but also allowed an increasingly painterly approach to recording music as you can now paint over what you've done and more and more refine an existing performance.


The vocals are what immediately draw people in and sell the song.


I see myself as the buffer between the band and the record company.


I've become increasingly confidant in following intuitions ahead of thoughts as I produce more records.


For a young band about to make a record, make sure you get the vocals right.


I think my voice worked out fine, but it was a lot of work for me. And I was very self-conscious about it. I was a bit self-conscious about writing lyrics too.


My other advice is to start writing songs and singing right away.


That said, everything's important, and every musician who plays on the record is an integral part of it.


I think we could have done a lot more great music, so I was disappointed that we didn't continue making records and touring, but it's hard to argue with 10 good years.


Most bands have a sound that they're already identified with, so for the producer it becomes a process of helping them find their muse in the studio to make a record that will not only satisfy them artistically, but will also do something in the marketplace.


I think being eclectic is bad when you're just starting out.


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