Elbow's Craig Potter Puts The Korg SV-1 Through Its Paces
After a manically busy year, Elbow is back in the studio working on their next album, the follow up to the hugely successful The Seldom Seen Kid. We caught up with the band’s keyboard player and producer, Craig Potter, at their studios in Manchester where he was putting the Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage through its paces.
"We've done a lot of touring and it's nice to be back in the studio, working on the new album. We've already got quite a few tracks on the go so there's a lot of really strong stuff. We have already used quite a few sounds from the SV on there too. When I first saw it, I was really pleased at the simple layout. There are no screens so there wasn't that fear of having to learn where everything is on another new keyboard. It's just all there for you and really easy to get your head around. The classic sounds are there straight away. The multi amps feature is really useful on all of the sounds, not just the Organs and Electric Pianos. On top of all this, the Korg SV-1 has some of the best piano sounds I've ever heard. Love it."
Craig produced the award-winning The Seldom Seen Kid and says, “We’ve always produced our own b-sides and recorded and mixed them. On Leaders Of The Free World, the idea was to do it all on our own, but we got a little bit stuck. I've been learning mixing skills over the last couple of years while we were doing The Seldom Seen Kid and it's just come together. I finally had the confidence to take it all the way with that album and I’m more proud of the mixing side than the production, as it's something I really had to knuckle down to and get my head around. There are a lot of producers I admire and a lot I’d like to work with. Just because we did it ourselves last time doesn't mean we're not going to work with anyone again. One of my favorite producers that I've already worked with is Ben Hillier, who produced our first two albums and I’d like to work with him again. I also really love the stuff that Flood did on the last Sigur Rós album.
The SV-1 is set to become a permanent fixture in Elbow’s setup when they go back on the road, although Craig is not sure exactly when that will be. "Without a doubt, we will use it live on the next tour and the next tour will be when we finish the album. We are aiming to finish it mid next year, to release it in September time, but it’s a deadline that we’re not that great at hitting."
One thing is for sure though; Craig loves the SV-1 and says, "You'll definitely be hearing the SV-1 on the next Elbow album."
For more info on Craig and Elbow, go to www.myspace.com/elbowmusic