The Magnificent 7

NICK RASKULINECZ, he of Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver fame, sits down with EQ for a brief seven-question chat about his experiences recording balls-to-the-wall, orthodox rock band Fireball Ministry on their latest ornery opus, Their Rock Is Not Our Rock. EQ‘s Jason Lally gets the straight dope, and then peddles it straight to yo

1: Why did you record Fireball Ministry the way you did?

Nick Raskulinecz: We wanted to get a real “live” feel on the record this time, so we tracked John’s drums and Jim’s rhythm guitars at the same time.

2: How’d recording Fireball Ministry differ from other projects you’re working on?

NR: There’s not nearly as much pressure as other projects because we’re all such good friends. We have a total blast when we’re recording. There’s no time spent getting to know each other and figuring out what the boundaries are. We all know what we are capable of.

3: Did any “happy accidents” happen on this record?

NR: Probably the coolest accident on the record was finding an old Marshall 100-watt head that hadn’t been used in about 100 years but sounded so good that it ended up being Jim’s sound for the whole record.

4: The future scares me a little, given the speed of the industry; where do you see “the professional” producer in say, roughly five years?

NR: Hopefully out of the house and back in the big, kick ass, old pro studios!

5: Yeah, not bloody likely, man, but that’s a conversation for another day. Any tricks you can share with us?

NR: Recently, I recorded through the electronics of a Studer 800, without using any tape, into Pro Tools HD. There’s something interesting about it. I’m gonna keep playing with it.

6: Are there any artists out there that you’d like a shot at producing?

NR: Rush. That would be my dream album to make. Nobody plays like those guys anymore.

7: No one ever tells me the truth, but in the studio with Fireball Ministry, were there any sex, drug, and rock ’n’ roll?

NR: There was all of the above. That’s all there was. That’s what FBM is all about. Except for one thing: You left out the motorcycles!