Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Talks Producing Peter More Solo LP
One might assume someone with the studio studiousness of Donald Fagen – a man who infamously brought in seven session guitarists to attempt the solo on Steely Dan's "Peg" – would be approached to produce other people's albums every other week. "Not so much," the singer-keyboardist tells Rolling Stone. "And the manufacture – because that's what it is – of much contemporary music is a pretty boring job."
Naturally, Fagen only bothers with an outside collaboration if the chemistry is instantaneous. Enter Austin singer-songwriter Peter More, a previous member of Brooklyn folk-rock act Oh Whitney whom Fagen met (and later jammed with at a hotel restaurant) while vacationing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. After playing together a few times, an intrigued Fagen offered to produce More's debut solo LP, Beautiful Disrepair, set for release on June 29th.
"The guys in the band, aside from being fine players, each had a great sense of fun and a strong musical personality," he says. "Pete is mostly Texas with a Mexican twist; Jose and Diego come from Latin backgrounds; and drummer Adrien's parents are global expats. Although the Texican thing wasn't in the foreground of my experience, the music had a smart, savvy edge, and I got hooked. It's an American dish, but it's served with hot sauce."