Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Soulsavers' Rich Machin
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:31:04
Soulsavers released their new album The Light the Dead See through Mute (US/Canada) earlier this year. Featuring vocals and lyrics by David Gahan, the record is the follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed album Broken. Recorded at various locations and mastered at Abbey Road, the record is available now.
Soulsavers – the music and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover – have been a growing force since 2003. Gahan penned the lyrics for the music and recording his own vocals in New York, then Machin built up the results into fully-formed and arranged epics.
We nailed down Machin the breadmaker for a Take Aim. We hope he bakes us some fresh bread. Even though we are not feeling the carbs! So what's all this bread talk?
If you were not doing music, you would be...
A racing car driver.
Any non-music hobbies, skills or talents?
I make homemade bread every morning. I really enjoy the process, it's really therapeutic. I put some music on and get to work. It's a really creative process, your continually refining your method and trying new different ways. It's also a process that is well suited to someone very OCD like myself. I do everything by hand, no machines until it goes in the oven to bake.
Most bread I can get near me is supermarket-type bread; there's not a decent artisan bakery close enough for daily use.
Fresh bread is one of my favorite things, and it's a great way to know it's got no preservatives or chemicals in it.
It's a perk of my job to have the time to be able to do that every morning. Makes the house smell fucking great too.
Pick ONE song on The Light the Dead See and share a writing or recording story. Anything intimate or exclusive and colorful which puts us in the moment. Something we wouldn't know unless you told us!
This whole record was cursed by general ill health. Each track has a different ailment or bug for one person or another. When we were tracking the guitars for "Take Me Back Home," I was struck down with the Norovirus at the studio. That was both intimate and colorful. But unfortunately for everyone else, not exclusive.
Can you talk about working with Dave Gahan? Share an experience or a fun story?
For me working with Dave is really easy. Dave is a very focused writer. He has a routine and a method that i really respect. That whole thing just clicked straight away, without any work. We found a backwards and forwards process that worked perfectly for us. He has a strong vision for how his vocal should sound down to the harmony parts and the vocal fx. There just never was any creative difference of opinion which is such a rare thing.
What are two things you want people to know and understand about Soulsavers?
This project was set up to allow me to work in a different way to normal, to be able to work with a number of different friends as and when the opportunity presented itself. In was never meant to stay the same, more to be a constantly evolving project.