Strokes producer recalls how first meeting with Pete Doherty ‘melted his heart’

Gordon Raphael speaks ahead of Q&A tour of Britain

Gordon Raphael, the man who produced ‘Is This It?’ for The Strokes, has spoken to NME ahead of a Q&A style tour of England he will begin later this month.

Raphael, who also produced The Strokes’ second album ‘Room On Fire’ before moving to Berlin in 2005, will answer questions on his career at four dates across the country. See below for full dates.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Raphael recalls working with the band from their very earliest stages as well as the attention their success brought him.

One such incident involved The Libertines, who begged him to produce their debut album, only to have the move vetoed by their record label.

“I was at a Strokes aftershow in London, very stoned,” Raphael says of his first meeting with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat. “Pete aged about 19 and wearing a trilby hat and old English suit, got on his knee, flipped his hat down his arm into his hand and sung me and old English song. It melted my heart!”

Raphael is happy to admit that the Q&A will largely consist of questions about his time spent with The Strokes. “It just so happens I have a backlog of stories about my time with those guys,” he says.

Gordon Raphael will appear at:

Manchester, Night & Day (January 29)
Wakefield, Unity Works (30)
London, Dingwalls (February 5)
Leeds, Eiger Studios (8)

The Strokes have been announced as the headliners for Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, USA this year, on a bill that also includes Pixies, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tame Impala and James Blake.

The Strokes already have one confirmed live date in their calendar for 2015, a headline set at Spanish festival Primavera in May.

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas previously told NME that the band would record new music in 2015 “if the vibe is right”.