I’ve mentioned that I’ve had this for a while. I’ll explain a little bit to set you up for how this all went down. So one day, I change management and go with this chic that was a real dominating force in marketing, selling artists and was just someone I felt good about. It’s 2008 at the time, and we’re ready to start touring and doing some cool stuff.
This chic managing me tells me that the new album I’m working on will be produced by Beau Hill. I stopped in my tracks and said “THE Beau Hill…as in the dude with over 90 million sales under his belt that worked with Winger, Warrant, Ratt, Alice Cooper, Dweezil Zappa, Europe and just about any 80’s band that had a killer guitar sound?!” She says “yep.” I didn’t buy into it at all. LOL!
One day she says he’s gonna call me. I play along. The phone rings and sure enough, caller ID read “Hill, Beau”. I nearly crapped myself because this guy was responsible for some killer productions in the 80’s and worked with some of my favorite players. Needless to say, I was as nervous as a kid going to a new school for the first time. But in 10 seconds, there was no need to be nervous. The guy was so unbelievably cool, I felt like I knew him. And then once we established that I had a clue, with two world wide releases and some decent production on my second album, he started asking ME questions.
At the time, Beau was just sort of getting into the whole digital recording thing. He was so used to tape machines, Neve’s and other goodies working for Atlantic and others that this was all new to him. From plugins to pro tools and all of the above. Solid analog guys can really have a learning curve…especially when they come from working with some of the top labels in the top studio’s. Then you try to transfer what you know to your new digital gear in your domain and well, you know how that can go.
Anyway, to make a long story short…errr…sort of…we began talking over the next few months and years like buds. I never expected to have a friend like this. But through him, others followed. He and others also shared some really great stories with me as well as tips and tricks from when they were in the spot light with the 80’s bands.
One day, I got this idea to interview Beau sometime in 2010. I wasn’t sure he’d go for it or ask for a fee etc. So I threw all caution to the wind and asked. He was as excited as I was to take part in it. I mean hell, how often can any of us interview a big name producer or just call them on the phone to shoot the breeze? I definitely feel gifted and quite lucky. Beau never did work with me on my album, but that wasn’t the fault of he or I. I sort of changed my direction a bit and decided to scrap that album and do something else.
So, here’s the interview in all of its glory…spelling and grammar errors…we even had some weird thing with html and his mac sending me weird text. LOL! So if you see a few anomalies, neither of us are stupid. I did just try to correct as many as I could because some stuff came out strange. Double " " and some weird characters. LOL!!! Enjoy.
Beau Hill Danny Interview.pdf (314.3 KB)