Stefan: Lillywhite ‘the perfect man’ for new DMB album
On the return of Steve Lillywhite as producer: “It just felt like the right time. … Destiny is the way it’s supposed to be, and we were supposed to work with Steve as this point of our career. … He was the perfect man for the music that Dave put in front of us.”
On how the new album came together: “I didn’t even know that Dave [Matthews] was writing on the side [last year], so I was actually pleasantly surprised when I got the call saying, ‘Hey, January, February, plan to be in the studio.’ … Dave came to us with pretty much a body of work that just needed to be cleaned up and a little bit of shine. Not much lyrics, but mostly guitar and melodies that he had, so it was real easy just to start working off of that.”
On the recording process: “I didn’t do any overdubs for this record, because everything was done live time, playing with Carter [Beauford] and Dave. The guitar, drums and bass are all pretty much from tracks that we were playing together.”
On the roles of Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross in the studio, because this album is the first completely without LeRoi Moore: “Jeff Coffin really tapped into what Roi had done on the previous recordings with Lillywhite. It was almost as if Jeff had gone back and studied Roi again. There’s things Jeff plays on this record where it could’ve been LeRoi. I thought he was very tasteful.”
“Rashawn’s an incredible writer when it comes to trumpet and horn sections. He wrote some really fun parts. … Him and Jeff will just come up with these sections on the fly.”
Stefan also said the new album will come out in September and be available on vinyl. In addition, he discussed the band’s past work with Lillywhite, how his style compares to other producers’ and more.
Photo by Jon Wilkins.