Nord students meet with star producer

– Listen to music that you do not like, says Radiohead producer John Leckie. He recently shared his knowledge and experiences when meeting with Nord University music students.

In addition to producing for Radiohead, John Leckie has produced albums for Simple Minds and The Stone Roses.

– Keep in mind that people shall listen for 20 and 30 years to the records you are making. You have to either do a good job or leave it all be, says John Leckie.

The award-winning British record producer recently met with students specializing in music production at Nord University’s Levanger campus.

For more than one hour, students received good advice on album production, stories from the industry as well as answers to an endless series of questions.

I have been doing this for some 40 years now and I want to share some of my experience. I want to show them how to make good albums, John Leckie says.

Record industry legend

Leckie started his career in Abbey Road Studios, operating tape recorders in 1970. He became an engineer and producer following his participation in productions with artists like George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Today, he is considered one of the legends of the industry.

John Leckie has been involved with defining the British rock sound since the end of the 1970s, with -bands like XTC, Simple Minds, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Kula Shaker and The Verve. He has been at the forefront of the classical guitar-rock band expression and is one of the true legends, says Assistant Professor Hans Jørgen Støp at Nord University.

These are the albums produced by John Leckie

Why is it useful for students to meet a person like Leckie?

He promotes the importance of the role of the producer. Students face a different world, of course, but many of the mechanisms and ideas around -music and production are the same, Støp says.

Klikk her for å endre bildetReceived advice from someone who worked with members of The Beatles. Nord University Student Maria Steinholt Fosnes found it very useful to meet with John Leckie. (Photo: Ole Johan Ramfjord)

Student Maria Steinholt Fosnes says it was a most useful meeting.

It was very exciting. He has tremendous experience, has met so many people in the industry, and knows incredibly much. I feel that I came away with quite a lot after the meeting.

Useful and valuable sessions

Why do you study music production?

I write a lot of songs myself and want to learn more about working in a studio. I am a singer and have received help from others to record songs, however, in today’s society it would come in quite handy if I were able to do much of the work myself, says Steinholt Fosnes.

Listen to a lot of music, including that which you do not like.
John Leckie has the following advice to young people who want to become record producers:

Keep at it and learn everything about making music. Listen to as diverse music as you can. It is actually good to listen to things that you do not like. If you do not like jazz or hip-hop, you should listen to it and try to understand why others like it. One day you may be asked to make an album with that particular kind of music.

Klikk her for å endre bildet Music that you like. Record producer Lohn Leckie (center) conversing with students of music production at Nord University. The meeting took place in Øra Studio in Trondheim, a collaboration partner of the university. (Photo: Ole Johan Ramfjord)

He also argues that not spending too much time at the computer is an advantage.

Go to as many concerts as you can. Meet musicians and try to find a band or an artist with whom you can work over time, John Leckie says.

New festival collaboration

John Leckie was in Norway in relation to Trondheim Calling, a large music festival and Norway’s largest national music conference.

Nord University cooperates with Trondheim Calling, and the university also facilitated conference participants’ meeting with Leckie.

We see that Trondheim Calling is a door opener into the music industry and want to expand our cooperation with the festival. We intend to establish a partnership extending across years and also want to organize more joint events, says Assistant Professor Hans Jørgen Støp.

Translated by Elisabeth Bergquist