If you’ve every poured over liner notes on albums by U2, Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, 30 Seconds to Mars and dozens of others, you’ll have run into the name Steve Lillywhite. As record producers go, he’s legendary.
I also can testify that Steve is a good bloke. A couple of years ago, I spent a few days in a studio with him as he produced a Singaporean band called the Sam Willows who had won a contest to work with Steve. Over the course of a few days, he turned a song from this modest indie-folk band into something world class. It was amazing to watch.
I run into Steve from time to time, most recently today at yet another music conference. He’s up here from Jakarta (he’s lived there for two years) to talk about his work with a pop-rock-emo Thai band called Slot Machine. (I saw them live; they’re quite good.)
Someone quite correctly believed that Steve would be a worthy subject for a documentary. Here’s a taste.
Steve had better hang on tight to his phone while he’s here in Singapore. He told everyone during a keynote address that Bono had given him a ring and asked if he’d have a go at mixing the new U2 single. That mix is on his phone.