David Bowie collaborator and producer Ken Scott tells Apple Music about his collaboration with the icon, why his legacy will continue


Strombo celebrates 75 years of David Bowie on Apple Music Hits and explores the collaborations, experiments, hits, covers and live tracks that have defined his career. He also chats with Bowie collaborator and producer Ken Scott about working with the icon, the collaboration, why his music will live on, and more.

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Apple Music Hits celebrates the 75th anniversary of legendary icon David Bowie with a full lineup including hours of music dedicated to its massive catalog, plus dedicated special episodes from Strombo, Jenn, Estelle, Jayde, Sabi and more. To agree HERE.

Ken Scott talks to Apple Music about Bowie’s artistic bravery …

“I compare him to the Beatles in one respect and that’s how brave they were in their ability not to care what people thought. If they suddenly wanted to change direction, they would do it no matter what. And there are a lot of artists who won’t do that.

Ken Scott talks to Apple Music about Bowie’s ability to bring teams together …

“The other big thing with David, in my opinion, was his ability to pick teams. Every recording, every good recording as far as I’m concerned, is made by a team. And David was amazing. Ronno’s team on guitar and arrangements and Woody on drums, Trevor on bass. For this particular album, Rick Wakeman on piano, and him and me together, were the perfect team for that period.

But then when he wanted the American sensation, Blue-Eyed Soul, or Plastic Soul, I think he called it, go with the Americans because they’ll have the feel he needed for that. So he formed a team like that. And so on throughout his career. It was forming a team to give him what he wanted. And he didn’t often tell you what he wanted. The way he put together a team was that he knew what each could bring to the project and what he needed from them that they would give automatically.

Ken Scott talks to Apple Music about Bowie’s vocal performance …

“Of the four albums I co-produced with David, about 90% of the vocals were from start to finish. I was running the take, getting his voice level, going back, recording on the take, and what he did once is what we hear even today. And this is not an automatic adjustment, it is not a copy and paste, no movement. It was a performance that came from his heart every time.

Ken Scott Tells Apple Music Why Bowie’s Work Will Live …

“Look, the only thing about when a movie star dies, a record star dies, we have the job that they did and we have to be so thankful for that because they give us so much. And it’s a shame that they left, but we didn’t have tea with them every day. I never really understand that, oh I’m going to miss a fan so much. How are they going to miss it? His work is still there. You can always listen to it whenever you want and enjoy what you listen to and what it gives you so much.

Ken Scott tells Apple Music that Bowie was “perfect in imperfection” …

“With all the great artists I’ve worked with and singers, I’ve never met someone like that. And look, a friend of mine said they’re perfect in their imperfection. And that’s what it is. They are not totally in phase. They are not totally in time, but they come from your soul. He pretends to be each of them. Ziggy’s first track, Five Years, at the end of the take he was screaming with his eyes, tears running down his face.

Now, unfortunately, when you mix, do a final mix, you try to be dramatic, we should say, and make it sound as good as you can. And when you do that sometimes those little bits get lost a bit. And you hear there’s emotion in his voice at the end there.

But now quite often my speeches, I will play the end of Five Years. It starts off with just the normal track, I put that down so it’s just David and the acoustic guitar, and I had audience members that heard that, they started screaming their eyes. It is so moving. And that’s what he gave every time.


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