#176 – Lee Smith

One Day, After School’s first recordings at Greenmount Studios stem way back to the first EP but for certainly those first two EPs it was very much, turn up, record and get it out. But through that experience, and talking with the guys, speaking to other bands and learning about the studio did I come to realise and appreciate what good producers can do.

With the In Skeletal EP I decided to invest a little more time into bringing the songs to life and work with Lee and Jamie at Greenmount to help that come to life. Being the controlling person I am that wasn’t neccessarily an easy thing but it wasn’t hard to see that their skills and knowledge were immense and it would benefit me hugely to involve them.

This relationship continued into the making of the album. It’s kind of weird to list Lee and Jamie seperately as they come as a fully formed package. Lee himself plays drums on the closing of 21st Century Winters. He was also very involved in the structuring (or destructuring, really) of songs like Black Mesa, Becoming Dust and Deepsleep and his instinctive feel for when a song needed more or less was a direct input on the songwriting process.

Greenmount’s production on tracks like For Coca Cola was most impressive, as it is essentially a drum kit and a piano, but in their hands it becomes a huge and wonderous sound, and it was Lee who spent the hours mixing and chopping that to get it just right.

So, an invaluable member of One Day, After School!

Lee plays in Middleman, check them out!


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