Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford on ‘AM’: ‘All bets are off’

The band wanted to "push things on and do something different" on this album, he says

Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford has said that the band decided on an “all bets are off” approach when they recorded their latest album, ‘AM’.

Ford, who is also one half of Simian Mobile Disco, has recorded all of the band’s material since 2006, as well as The Last Shadow Puppets’ album and Alex Turner’s soundtrack to the film Submarine. He co-produced the band’s fifth studio album at LA’s Sage & Sound Studios with Ross Orton. It will be released on September 9.

Speaking about the making of ‘AM’ to NME, Ford revealed: “On the last record we tried to do a ‘band in a room’ type thing, with barely any computers used. It was very much to tape. But this one was a case of ‘all bets are off’. The band wanted to push things on and do something different. So to move it on and make it sound different we were very open to using bits of keyboards or drum machines, or whatever worked for the song really.”

When asked if he had a brief for this album, Ford replied: “There was no brief other than to make an interesting album. Obviously I’d seen the songs as they were demos, and I think that around the time of ‘R U Mine?’ they struck upon this riffy, slow and heavy thing. But then with this slightly strange hip-hop, slightly R&B sense to some of the melodies and structures. There was a bit of that in there. Really, they just wanted to push it on and do something different, and keep moving forward. My job is to really try and help bring their ideas out and distil and crystallise what they want it to be, and help them achieve that. There’s a Sabbath-y thing in there too, but obviously it’s all filtered through Alex’s songwriting and the band’s playing.”

To read the full interview with James Ford, click here.

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