John Leckie

Record producer interview features

Animated interview recorded at Abbey Road in front of an invited audience

John Leckie is one of the most revered British record producers and it was amazing to have John give up his time to come over to chat with George Shilling about so many aspects of production covering subjects as diverse as how to make a living as a producer, vinyl and art work, virtuosity and so much more.

This video runs for a shade under 50 minutes but as we found it so interesting didn't want to cut much out. We hope that you enjoy and get something useful out of this.

Legendary record producer / recording engineer John Leckie talks at Abbey Road Studios, with an audience of 80 producers and engineers who were keen to see, chat with and hear the stories. Just some of the amazing projects that John Leckie has been involved with - Syd Barrett, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, Stone Roses, Mott The Hoople, XTC, Sammy Hagar, Simple Minds, Human League, The Fall, The Verve, Cast, Spiritualized, Dr John, Suede, Los Lobos, Starsailor, New Order, The Coral, Bellowhead, Yoko Ono... Just too may to list. John started his career here at Abbey Road, so Studio Three was a perfect location for George Shilling to bring out his mega list of questions, nearly as long as the 96 channel mixing console. This is the first time that we have taken a producer interview and done a 'Yellow Brick Road'..

Starting in black and white it opens up in to a novel and liberating animation which ace animator, Shane Howard, has brought the stories to life in a way that we'd never been able to do before. A huge amount of effort has gone in to arranging the filming and then the animation and hope that you enjoy it enough to subscribe to our channel and leave some comments.. Hopefully positive comments :-) A big thanks to everyone at Abbey Road and Abbey Road Institute for making this possible, to George Shilling and especially Shane Howard and everyone at Tape Community Music and Film in Colony Bay, Wales, for helping make this such a special feature. Please visit Tape's website: 


John Leckie talks with George Shilling about bands demos

When we recorded the interview with John Leckie some while back now, we only put up a short highly edited version up. So, we went back to the original footage and re-edited putting up a shorter section with John telling George Shilling his opinions on bands demos and some other related topics. We liked it so hope that you do too!

Music producer John Leckie

Some John Leckie career highlights include: Stone Roses, Radiohead, BeBop Deluxe, Cast, Doves, The Fall, The Human League, Muse, New Order, Simple Minds, Verve, XTc and a zillion more... The Wiki page here has all of the details.

Gallery of John's photographs here.

John Leckie with George Shilling at Abbey Road Studio 3

Many thanks to John and George for recording this feature!