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Old 10th May 2007
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Susan Vega 99.9

Concerning the album by Suzanne Vega - 99.9

1. What was Susan's vocal chain for this album?

2. What type of deck and tape did you use to track?

3. What board was used for tracking and mix down?

4. What studio and room was used for tracking?

5. This is more of a broad question but how did you approach recording this album and what was your recording philosophy at the time?

Sorry for the lame 1,2,3,4 format for questions but that's the only way I could think to start things off...

I really love this album, I had no idea you engineered it till I read it in one of the posts on here. ANY stories that you could tell or things you remember about recording this album etc. would be greatly appreciated. This has been one of my favorite albums for a long time.

I think I got it in Christmas 1992 on tape and I remember playing it on a little Sony tape deck. My favorite song at the time was London. I love how in the song "Fat Man and Dancing Girl" the the sonic landscape just explodes with those strings, awesome stuff. I personally think this is some of your best work, one of the better albums of the 90's IMHO, classic!!!

Thanks for being so open and insighful Tchad!


I found this on Suzanne's website:

Nicky: And I love that little celestial bit of background chorus, that you were singing there.
Suzanne: Yeah, that was me singing "something cool against the skin".
Nicky: Yeah, like that. That was through some sort of strange sound system?
Suzanne: Yeah, Tchad, er...Tchad had come back from India...Tchad was the engineer and he came back from India carrying a PA system that they used to use to play from the rooftops in India, and so I was singing through it.
Nicky: Brilliant. [SV laughs] Talking of India, it's like sort of "Sergeant Pepper" starting all over again, all these studio experiments and seeing what sounds you can get. Was it like that, this album?
Suzanne: Yeah, we did a lot of, down to what we were using for the drum kit. We weren't using the normal sort of rock 'n' roll drum kit, and Jerry Marotta would...Jerry and Mitchell Froom and Tchad would come make up a new drum kit every day from different percussive instruments.