Max has worked with the great producers in Metal.....yes, he has been very happy to have been able to do so. One of these legends is the gangster, Terry Date! Terry has recorded Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones, Slayer, and many others, the list is long and heavy!!
When Max was preparing to record Savages, he decided to do the entire process with Terry, in Seattle, at Studio X. This is the famous location of Nirvana's recording and of course many other groups. We were excited to walk in their atmosphere and also to chill in Seattle for a month!!
Immediately, I was impressed by Terry! We had worked with him recording Head Up with the Deftones, and he also mixed Dark Ages, Conquer and Omen. But....I have never seen a producer tune the drums himself!!! That was a big surprise!! His drum tone is so sick!! He was a mentor to Zyon, more than words can say. At the end of recording he said Zyon would become one of the greatest Metal drummers of all time!
Terry also has the perfect studio temperament. He lets the artists develop themselves and flow free! For the first time ever, Max recorded vocals in the control room, sitting next to Terry. Terry helped with lyrics and vocal ideas. It was the perfect match! I also got to enjoy my hobby and cooked for him!!
There are many masters to choose from, to sit behind the board. This is an important factor in recording, the chemistry between artist and producer. Before heading to the studio, be certain this chemistry exists. You don't want a black cloud raining every day in the studio!!