Before embarking to Amsterdam to assist in the production of Cat Stevens’ next LP, Ken sat in for this interview with RATW correspondent Chuck Marshall of sister station KWST in Los Angeles.
RATW: How did your career begin?
KEN: I started out in the tape library at EMI Studios booking tapes in, making sure that the tapes were at the right studio at the right time, keeping an eye on the tape machines; things like that. From there I went on to cutting masters, then to engineering and production.
RATW: How would you define your role as a producer?
KEN: Well, in the first place, I’m a bit different from most producers because I also engineer my own sessions. Generally though as a producer I try to get the best from the artist, making sure that they don’t become too introverted . . . just trying to keep an objective mind.
RATW: What are your first recollections of rock and roll?
KEN: At a music lesson at school at the age of nine or ten the teacher invited everyone to bring in records. I hadn’t been into records at all up to that point, and a friend of mine brought in an Elvis Presley record and a Bill Haley record and I immediately freaked and borrowed them.
RATW: Could you tell us a bit about your first day as a tape op for EMI?