Matt Chamberlain, the former drummer of the Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam, has reminisced about the times when he worked with some of the legends of the music industry, including the British icon David Bowie.
During his latest conversation with Eddie Trunk on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, the great session musician, producer and songwriter, Matt Chamberlain, has recalled the good old days when he hung out with the rock and roll giants such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Elton John.
Chamberlain recalled the recording sessions of the phenomenal Bowie albums, ‘Heathen‘ in 2002 and ‘Reality‘ in 2003, in which he took part with the producer Tony Visconti, who also played bass guitar for both albums.
The drummer said it was really interesting because there was just David, he, himself, and Tony in the studio at the Catskills, which he described as one of those residential studios where there’s nothing to do but just be there.
Matt revealed that every day, Bowie would wake up, he’d wake up his newborn baby, and start writing a song respectively. The drummer said he, himself, would get in around 11 and head to the drums to put his basic idea down.
‘Heathen,’ the 22nd studio album of the British legend, David Bowie, was released on June 11, 2002, by ISO Records label, in conjunction with Columbia Records. The album was considered as a great comeback for Bowie in the US market by becoming the highest-charting record of him since his 16th studio album.
Bowie’s next album, ‘Reality,’ was released on September 15, 2003, by the same record labels. The 23rd studio album was co-produced by the singer and his longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. David Bowie supported the album with ‘A Reality Tour,’ also known as his final concert tour, in 2003 and 2004.
Here’s what Matt Chamberlain said about the time he worked with David Bowie:
“The Bowie thing was really interesting because it was just him and I and Tony Visconti, the producer, and Tony was playing bass.
We were at a studio that was at the Catskills, so it was one of those residential studios where there’s nothing to do but just be there.
Every day, Bowie would wake up because his kid was there – a newborn baby at the time, this was 2001 – and then he’d wake up his kid, start writing a song.”
“I would get in around 11-ish and he’d have like a basic idea down, and then I’d put drums on it and Tony would play bass, and we just did that every day for like two weeks…
I’ve also done stuff with Elton John and he was the same way, like, Bernie Taupin would hand him some lyrics and within half an hour he’d have a song written, and then we’d start recording it – crazy.”
You can listen to the rest of the conversation here.