recording with people

I never write volume or expression directions into the brass parts, but I stand there in the room and feel it and then perhaps change the parts, ask people to go up or down an octave in certain areas and give them emotional hints [to] what the song is about. Then we play it many times through, most often with me singing, until we’ve got it. I enjoy, with acoustic instruments, to be quite organic and feel it in the room hands-on so it can become as ‘live’ as possible. - 01.07.2007