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Interview: Andy Chatterley
by Royce Haven: 01-25-2008

Tell us a little bit about your new Skylark album.

The new Skylark album was something Nic and I had been promising to do for a while. At last we got into the studio and started to write. The album kind of wrote itself really. It ended up exactly as it should, being an album of quality house music! So I guess house music was the inspiration.

It looks like 2007 was a year to remember. Congratulations on the Grammy nomination. Where you able to attend the festivities? What was it like?

Yes we did attend the Grammys. It was fantastic and a great honor. The day was one big blur but the performances that stood out for me where Mary J Blidge and Christina Aguilara.

Tell us a little bit about your studio set up. If you could only keep one thing in your studio what would it be?

Logic and my mac are my havens!

Your sound is very unique and fantastic. Would you be so kind and bless us with a production tip?

Thank you. That's is very kind of you. My production tip is to have trust in yourself and stick to an idea and go with it.

How did you get into this music thing? Where you born with a synthesizer in your arms?

HA! Yeah. - I got into it by playing keyboards in a band and you know one thing leads to another.

How was it working on the Kanye West project?

It was a great and a real honor to work with him. He is a great artist and producer. I’m happy that I was able to contribute.

How would you say your production style evolved over the years?

I think the more you work at something the better you get. I’m confident in being able to hear something and knowing how it’s done enabling me to make something similar quickly if required. At the end of the day production is secondary to the music. Ultimately the music is what heard in the club and that has to work.

I know you can humor us with at least one funny, "in studio" or " traveling" story. 

I am one of those people that can never remember a joke. I just go blank everytime even in email. There is that old adage “what happens on tour stays on  tour” same rules apply to the studio.

You broke a vertebrate. Ouch! How did that happen?

Yes, it was very painful and happened quickly. I was on a speedboat in my home island of Jersey, when suddenly we went over a modest wave and as the boat came back down WHAM! my back broke. It’s called a compression fracture. Although I did recover quickly, I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone.  

What are your plans for 2008?

DJ more!

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