…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.