Barnes took to social media earlier this week to remember Will, who engineered Cold Chisel‘s 1998 album ‘The Last Wave of Summer’. Will also worked on numerous solo albums by Barnes, including ‘Two Fires’, ‘Soul Deep’ and ‘Heat’.
“RIP Rick Will. We made beautiful records together,” Barnes wrote. “He was one of the best sound engineers and the most gentle, sweet guys you’d ever meet. Rest well my friend.”
RIP Rick Will. We made beautiful records together. Rick engineered on Heat, Two Fires, Last Wave of Summer. He was one of the best sound engineers and the most gentle, sweet guys you’d ever meet. Rest well my friend pic.twitter.com/VzLNekTIVw
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) January 24, 2021
Boy & Bear, whose 2010 debut EP ‘With Emperor Antarctica’ was produced and mixed by Will, also released a statement.
“We heard the sad news today that Rick Will passed away,” they wrote. “We’ll be forever great (sic) for the love, talent and humour he brought to the process.”
We heard the sad news today that Rick Will passed away. He produced and mixed our EP, With Emperor Antarctica, and we'll be forever great for the love, talent and humour he brought to the process. RIP Rick ❤️
Born in the United States, Will worked in recording studios across the world during his lengthy career, before eventually settling in Sydney.
Amassing over 350 credits, he worked on projects with international acts including No Doubt, Björk, Thom Yorke and Nine Inch Nails. Australian and New Zealand artists Will worked with included Diesel, Hunters & Collectors and Tim Finn.
In 2003, Will was nominated for a Grammy in the best-engineered non-classical album category for his work on Incubus‘ 2001 album ‘Morning View’. He also received nominations over the years for his work with Ziggy Marley and Foster & Lloyd.
In 2010, Will was nominated for an ARIA Award for his engineering work on Grinspoon‘s sixth studio album, ‘Six to Midnight’.