Steve Saks of LivingForMetal.com recently conducted an interview with acclaimed producer and former SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
LivingForMetal.com: The "Dreamweaver" era of SABBAT is opening several shows for CRADLE OF FILTH in the U.K. in December, How did the reunion shows for SABBAT come together? And how is it seeing the guys again and jamming with them? Any chance of more SABBAT shows or a live recording of these new ones?
Andy: It came about because Dani [Filth] and Paul [Allender] asked me, and it seemed like a fun thing to do, with no major out going. We are just doing it for the fun of it, they're good friends and we actually all get along really well now we've grown up a bit and there is no goal involved. We are talking about doing a few European festivals next year also, but with my schedule and the other guys are busy doing their own things also, it's only going to be the odd select gig.
LivingForMetal.com: You have really seemed to capture metal bands like no other. Not to kiss ass but your sounds really crush, Your guitar tone and loud drum mix are loud and live in feel. In my opinion you are one of, if not the top producer in metal today, everything you have worked on has sounded excellent. What are some of your favorite projects you worked on and favorite bands to work with? What is your finest recording so far in your opinion?
Andy: Thank you. I really don't know. I have a lot of friends through doing this line of work now so usually it’s a fun time throughout. If I had to say, ARCH ENEMY probably, Mike's [Amott] a real good friend and super talented guy and EXODUS also, Gary Holt still amazes me. Rich Ward [STUCK MOJO] is also someone I still think needs some recognition.
LivingForMetal.com: How do you pick which bands to work with? Is it bands you are a fan of usually? And if you could pick three bands that you haven't worked with yet in metal that you would love to work with... who would they be?
Andy: I have to hear something I can relate to, I may not like everything about them, but if it grabs by attention with one or two listens that’s a good sign. 3 bands I haven't worked with.... you could say the standard METALLICA, SLAYER, MAIDEN answer but would any of those band listen to an outside producer like me? I don't think so. After all, who's sold more records — me or them?
Read the entire interview at LivingForMetal.com.