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Bowie's Drummer Reveals Recording Routine

05 Feb 2013

Bowie's Drummer Reveals Recording Routine

Zachary Alford has spoken about what it was like working on Bowie's recently revealed album, The Next Day. The band, which also featured Gail Ann Dorsey, Gerry Leonard and David Torn, met at Magic Shop for the secret recording sessions, where Alford said they soon began to fall into a routine.

'I'd show up around 10:30 a.m. David was almost always already there, in the control room strumming away on something. Then he'd come back when we were all gathered and throw on a demo. After hearing it two or three times he'd say, "Everybody ready?" We'd only do two or three takes and he'd say, "Either we've got it or we don't." He'd rather keep the momentum going and keep the juices flowing than sit there and hammer out a tune until it's perfect.' - Zachary Alford, Rolling Stone Magazine

Geoff MacCormack gives an in depth view of what it was like recording with Bowie 40 years ago in his book, FROM STATION TO STATION. Geoff was a member of Bowie's band for six albums and five tours, which are relived through his personal photos and memories in this signed limited edition. Click here to find out more and order your copy today.

Left: An informal jam at Cherokee Studios in FROM STATION TO STATION

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