Richard Dashut - Modern Recording (March 1979)

Richard Dashut: My first job at Sound City was to paint the control room. On the second day of the job there was a gentleman standing in the corner with his girlfriend smoking a joint, and because I like smoking joints myself, I went and joined them and we became instant friends. That couple was Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Music Recorder: You're kidding.

RD: No, I'm not. This was about a year before the Buckingham Nicks LP came out. They had been up north in a band called Fritz and had done a few demos with Keith when they decided to go off on their own. They were trying to cut a record deal. It took a year but it finally happened.

As it happened, I eventually moved in with Lindsey and Stevie and worked as Keith's second.

Lindsey had a Ampex 4-track and he set up a studio in my bedroom. It was delightful after spending all day in the studio to come home to more music. I had to sleep between the editing block and one of the empty reels.

All this time Lindsey spent co-writing and arranging the Buckingham Nicks album, most of which was dating back two years from the time when they were playing up north. That is the way Lindsey has always worked, at home on a 4-track. His music never came from magic - although he has lots of that - just a lot of hard work. He also gave me quite a bit of basic recording knowledge on such things as bouncing tracks and synching.

The Buckingham Nicks album was the first album that I ever seconded with Keith. I spent about two years as his second and another year with Mark Smith. Mark and I mixed the Bachman-Turner Overdrive Not Fragile album together. I only got the chance to work my own sessions on weekends when the studio wasn't booked and mostly worked for friends or people who could not afford to pay for the work. I was an easy touch.

MR: So, after Stevie and Lindsey dropped the second Buckingham-Nicks album to join Fleetwood Mac, how did you get into the picture?

RD: I got a call from Lindsey and he asked me if I wanted to go on the road to mix sounds for their concerts. So, I had this important decision to make - do I give up all of this or do I go on the road and eat? I made my decision before Lindsey was finished asking the question. And for a whole year, some ninety shows, I did the sound for the Fleetwood Mac tour in late '75 and through '76.

MR: On a social level, how are the members of Fleetwood Mac interacting?

RD: Most noticeably, Lindsey and Stevie no longer have to worry about survival. I think their prosperity has made each more of an individual.

Emotions are not running as high as they were during Rumours.