When recording Naked Nick or any other musician; do you tell them exactly what to play? Or do they just improvise over your WIP? On average, how far along are your tracks before recording anyone?

Ott responded on 07/02/2012

I wouldn't dream of telling anyone what to sing or play. That's the whole point of asking them to contribute. I want what's in them, not their interpretation of what's in me.

With Nick I just point a microphone at him and hit record. Generally the first thing which comes out of him is the best but I'll take as much as he can be bothered to do and edit it down to the very best parts.

The lead vocal to 'The Queen Of All Everything' came out nearly fully formed. It is just one take - his first attempt - and I just made it more concise and wobbled the sound up a bit with the MS20 filters.

It was the first time he'd ever heard the tune and we'd just got back to my house after a *particularly* good week-long Glastonbury Festival experience.

If you know what I mean.

In the breakdown you can hear him laughing and saying "Oh, that's so bizarre!" as I fed more and more ridiculous effects into his headphones while he was singing the part.

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