Making my first album, [I would go to the studio] from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day. While everybody else put together the arrangements, [I was] just sitting there being like, “When do I sing? When do I sing?” The difference between [then and now], me being like, “Oh, I think I’d like to play that thing on this. Okay, I can go do that right now.” It makes me feel like I wasn’t ever given a chance to be a musician before. Because you’d have to do everything in the studio, and I’m not good at doing things in front of people under pressure.
In addition to this being one of the longest in planning Records of the Month ever—we started the ball rolling on this more than two years ago—this presented us with a challenge: the album’s master tapes had been sitting in the vault at Sony without a vinyl release, so we had to dust them off and have them remastered.