Music producer James Ford recently recalled the time when he worked with Arctic Monkeys.
He explained that he still tries to push the frontman out of his comfort zone. Ford was talking in a new interview when he provided insight into his time in the industry, namely, his time working alongside iconic Sheffield-band, Arctic Monkeys.
James Ford talks about Arctic Monkeys
Working with the indie four-piece since 2007 – when he joined them during the production process for their second album, ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ Ford explained how his relationship with the members has developed, and how he consistently pushes frontman Alex Turner to venture into new territory.
“I’ve known them so long now. I’ve been working with quite a lot of new bands … But with the Monkeys, it’s a totally different thing where there’s this deep trust that we’ve grown up together,” he told The New Cue.
“Me and Alex, our music tastes have grown together, I’ve introduced him and he’s introduced me to so much different music … sometimes that’s good and bad.”
“It’s a funny thing, but I still definitely try and push him as hard as I can. I’m aware I don’t want him to settle into a comfort zone and it just become boring, you’re trying to keep finding ways to move forward and do new things.”
Ford also discussed what Turner’s writing process was like ahead of the band’s latest album, ‘The Car’, which was released in October. He explained how the album was recorded at a country house in Suffolk and Turner had taken a more hands-on approach to the songs than ever before.