TVO regulars and musical geniuses James Cook and Oly Ralfe have collaborated on an interview with seminal producer Tony Visconti for M-Audio.
It’s impossible to not adore Tony Visconti, and the output he’s been responsible for over the decades, including of course, the work of Marc Bolan and David Bowie. As well as ten albums for Bolan and thirteen for Bowie (most recently the sensational album ★ and follow up EP No Plan), Visconti has also been behind work by Strawbs, Badfinger, Ralph McTell, Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers, Adam Ant, The Moody Blues, Sparks, Kristeen Young, Manic Street Preachers, Morrissey, Anti-Flag, Kaiser Chiefs and Marc Almond to name but a few. Phew!
Now as part of promotion for M-Audio – a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals worldwide – Visconti recounts some of his memories of working with limited resources in his 70s work with Bowie, and how they helped break the mould of modern music production.
The video has been produced by Oly Ralfe, with James Cook interviewing Tony. Of course, TVO readers will recognise Ralfe as the frontman for The Ralfe Band, and Cook as both a solo artist and former front-man of Nemo, while both men were recurring presences across all three series of The Mighty Boosh for good measure. Cook even covered Ashes to Ashes – a song that Visconti produced – in a stripped down reinterpretation for his 2013 project Reverse Engineering.
It’s a nice little bit of extra-curricular activity that demonstrates even when our regular faces are seemingly quiet, they’re burrowing away at being creative in ways you may never spot. You can see the video interview below, and subscribe to M-Audio for more.