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INTERVIEW WITH ANDY JACKSON
PULSE AND SPIRIT MAGAZINE

This interview with Andy Jackson was done by Werner Haider in January 2001. Andy Jackson has been the sound technician of Pink Floyd for a long time. He did two Fields albums - 'Elizium' and 'Earth Inferno.'

PULSE & SPIRIT: You produced 'Elizium,' which is a great album! With a wonderful atmosphere. For me one of the best albums, of all time, really! I was a Fields Fan for years, and was completely surprised as I saw your name in the booklet! Tell us how did you come in contact with them? And how was working with them?

ANDY JACKSON: They approached me (via their record company, Beggar's Banquet). We met up and got on well, I heard some songs & liked them and so we worked together. 'Elizium' was a very enjoyable experience. It is probably not something that would mean anything to anyone not involved in recording, but after doing Floyd albums (and a Dream Academy album) that take around a year to make, doing this album quickly made it very refreshing. It also took me to musical territory that I had not done before, I'd specifically pick the track 'Submission'. Oddly enough Carl (McCoy) has since become known for working very slowly, I worked on the 'Zoon' album with him and I just could not get him to finish it. In the end I had to leave the project to record ivision Bell' and it took Carl about another 2 years to finish his album.

P&S: You recorded also in the Astoria Studio. Did David Gilmour meet them at all?

ANDY JACKSON: Nothing too clever really, I just asked Jon (who I knew from MloR) and he was happy to do it. I like to say what a great job he did, he's one of the most inventive musicians I've ever worked with. He's mainly known as a keyboard player, but he's one of these guys that can play anything. It's good to see that he got the chance to sing lead vocal & play slide on Roger's live album.

P&S: Did you also go on tour with the Fields in 1990?

ANDY JACKSON: No, strangely enough I'd never seen them live, even having recorded a live album with them until their last gig ever (with the original line up). I was very impressed with them live. I've always thought that if things had worked out differently for them they could have been really big, they had the potential.

P&S: Will you work on the forthcoming new album of Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt? Are some of the other Fields members working with them?

ANDY JACKSON: I'm still in contact with the guys, I spoke to Carl & Tony fairly recently. I'd love to do another album with them, but only if it could be quick! I don't think any of the others are involved, I know Pete (Yates) is not involved with music at all any more. I don't know about Paul & Nod.

P&S: Apart from the Fields, which other bands also recorded in the Astoria Studio? I only know from Kula Shaker.

ANDY JACKSON: Lots really, as I said, it somewhat operates as a commercial studio. I try to do all my work there, I think it's the best studio in London (or maybe the world).