The Soul Miner

…He’s dressed all in black, his thinning hair covered with a watch cap that he never takes off.

No, it’s not a description of The Edge. It’s one of Canadian son Daniel Lanois, who is interviewed in the current issue of Maclean’s. In the interview, Lanois describes his method of recording and producing music, which he calls “soul-mining,” and comments on working with the Dublin Four.

“With U2, we’re always flying by the seat of our pants,” says Lanois. “They’re very spontaneous and inventive people. If the room is vibrating with music, Bono will grab a mike and come up with a melody. I keep my notes and try to spot every piece of magic that goes through the day. It’s up to me to keep things tidy.”

Over the last year, Lanois has focused on tidying his own songs. His album Shine, which includes the track “Falling at Your Feet” with Bono, is set for release on April 22.

12 thoughts on “The Soul Miner

  1. from what I’ve heard, this new Labois album sounds fantastic. Definitely worth picking up, and a good way to pass the time while we wait for the next U2 record. =)

  2. from what I’ve heard, this new Labois album sounds fantastic. Definitely worth picking up, and a good way to pass the time while we wait for the next U2 record. =)

  3. Lanois was on Dutch radio last week, playing live on at least two radio shows. He played Falling At Your Feet on one of them, which was very cool. Listened to it at work, which is about 100 meters from the radio studio he was in. See? Fame by proxy!

  4. Lanois was on Dutch radio last week, playing live on at least two radio shows. He played Falling At Your Feet on one of them, which was very cool. Listened to it at work, which is about 100 meters from the radio studio he was in. See? Fame by proxy!

  5. Dan you’re 100% right! Lanois’ new album “Shine” is a GREAT way to pass time while waiting for new the U2 CD to drop. Lanois’ fresh arrangement for “Falling at your Feet” is worth searching out for serious and casual fans alike.

  6. Dan you’re 100% right! Lanois’ new album “Shine” is a GREAT way to pass time while waiting for new the U2 CD to drop. Lanois’ fresh arrangement for “Falling at your Feet” is worth searching out for serious and casual fans alike.

  7. Daniel Lanois is great but, I keep finding myself listening to Brian Eno : Music For Airports. That is some of the best “chill music” ever. I sure hope the boys get there new album out fast. I am sick of what’s on the radio.

  8. Daniel Lanois is great but, I keep finding myself listening to Brian Eno : Music For Airports. That is some of the best “chill music” ever. I sure hope the boys get there new album out fast. I am sick of what’s on the radio.

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