with Andy Richards
.. that is, the
producer of Alphaville 5th album!!!
Andy started playing
the Piano at the age of 6 and took Diplomas at The Royal Academy of Music
In 1983 he produced his first album for an independent record
label and it was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn... (do you remember Romeos?).
He has worked with Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson for Frankie goes to
Hollywood, Propaganda, Grace Jones, Godley & Cream; as a keyboard player
and programmer he worked, to name but a few, with Pet Shop Boys, George
Michael, Annie Lennox .. and with the italian artist Umberto Tozzi.
was so kind to accept an interview with Bertucchio.
We thank Bertucchio
to let us use this interview, too.
If you are
interested in visiting his web site, connect with http://www.andyrichards.com
You met Alphaville
in London: what about it?? Who did they get in touch with you??
manager was looking for a producer for their new album. He
approached my old manager, Paul Brown, and said that he was looking for
a producer for Alphaville
Paul didn't have
a producer on his books at the time who seemed to 'fit the bill' and so
he suggested to K.P. that I might be the person that they were looking
for. I met Alphaville at K.P.'s house in London and after meeting, we decided
to start working together on two tracks - 'New Horizons' & 'Flame'
to see how the collaboration would go. Well, it all went well and so we
continued to work together and ended up recording 12 tracks.
How long did you
collaborate with the band??
I suppose that it
was over a 6 month period, starting mid 1996 and finally ending early in
January '97. We did have a few weeks off in-between and so the total period
of work was probably something like 5 months.
Do you remember
nice events or moments of "incomprehesions?"
During the making
of any album there are always easy & difficult times - after all, this
is a creative process and we're all human. I general, I would say that
everything went smoothly and we had some very creative periods and some
delicious meals out in restaurants - don't they say that London has now
become the restaurant capital of the world????
How is producing
an album?? Are costs high??
is not an easy job. After all, there are many people to please: The band,
The Manager, The Record Company and, of course, Myself! And
the process isn't just one of being creative - the politics of life is
always involved in the process. The Cost? Well, it's never cheap
making a record but the cost of record production has to be considered
with respect to record sales and video vosts and promotion. I suppose that
the final cost of the album is about the same as making 3 or 4 promotional
videos. So I'll leave that to your imagination.
Did you know Alphaville
music before?? What do you think about it (be honest!) ??
Of course, I had
heard the singles. I think that probably not being an Alphaville fan made
it easier to work on the material. But I did enjoy my musical collaboration
with Alphaville - otherwise I'll wouldn't have done it. I think that it's
important that all the people involved in making a record learn something
in the process or it isn't worth doing. I certainly learnt a lot making
this album & I do hope that Marian & Bernard did as well.
What about the
single relationship with the members of the band?
I think that it
was good. On balance, I ended up working probably more with Marian than
with Bernard and so I probably got to know him a bit better as a result.
But I enjoyed both their company. If this had not been the case, then making
a record over six months would have been very difficult, but it wasn't
At the time Marian
Gold was recording United as well, did you listen to the record?? What
about your impressions?
I was aware that
Marian had made a solo album with Rupert Hine, but I deliberately didn't
want to listen to it before and during the making of the Alphaville album.
I wanted to feel that I was working with Alphaville & not just Marian.
I thought that listening to his solo album would alter my perspective of
the band, and I didn't want that. However, I've heard it since and enjoyed
it very much.
What are you doing
at the moment??
I'm just finishing
off three tracks with a very talented young artist from Denmark called
Alistair Foster. It's gone very well. I'm taking a week off and then starting
work with a new Australian artist signed to a German record label.
Did you just have
collaboration with Umberto Tozzi as italian artist??
I worked with Umberto
just once. We re-recorded five of his singles, but in English. He is a
wonderful singer and a great person. A huge talent.