Pantera singer Phil Anselmo was the latest interview guest of Paulo Baron and Regis Tadeu’s YouTube channel this week to talk about many topics from joining the band in the ’80s as well as what he learned from the legendary producer Terry Date.
While Phil is known as one of the most popular figures of the heavy metal scene as the vocalist of Down and Superjoint Ritual, right after parting ways with Terry Glaze, he joined Pantera back in 1987 and became more and more popular worldwide. Anselmo recorded nine studio albums with the band including the recording he managed to work with Date.
In his conversation with ‘Inside With Paulo Baron’ this week, Anselmo was asked what kind of lesson did he learn from the iconic producer of many stars like Chris Cornell, Dream Theater, Metal Chruch, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, and of course Pantera, Terry Date. While likening Terry to an angel that came from the skies, he also revealed how he shared the story of Chris smashed chairs and stuff in the studio after getting upset with himself.
Phil shared his thoughts on Date saying:
“Oh lord, Terry Date, he was an angel that came from the skies, and he was the guy that made me completely relaxed on a lot of levels – because we didn’t know him right at first, you had to get comfortable with somebody.
So we met him when we were doing ‘Cowboys From Hell,‘ and he came in to produce, and Terry Date, he had me come into the studio sober. I couldn’t even smoke weed.
And just his methods of doing things… In the past, it was always, ‘Hurry up, hurry up!’ So we all had this little bit of time to record things. But this time, we had some time and he just told me to relax, sing the best I can, and then we’ll do it again. ‘Sing it again. Sing it again.'”
He continued sharing the story of late Soundgarden star:
“You got to remember, when we recorded these records, it was before the digital age – it was real, it was all on tape, so if there were three choruses, I had to sing all three of them and make them perfect. No flying anything anywhere, you got to sing every little part.
He’s shared with me some stories about, like, he worked with Chris Cornell, he produced ‘Louder Than Love’ by Soundgarden, and he was telling me stories about Chris Cornell getting upset with himself and smashing chairs and stuff.
So I didn’t feel so bad, man, I was like, ‘Oh, alright, well, it happens to the best of us, and the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and just enjoy it while you have the time.’
Being uptight, being angry, being on edge – I liked the ‘edge’ part of it, but I don’t like the other stuff because it’s a waste of time. Terry Date taught me that stuff.”
You can watch the full interview below.