Allthough I don't like this dude, because he's heavely into illegal drug use...he does have some intrestering points to make...
But McConnell says there were certainly people who wanted to create lasting art, no matter the financial onus or bonus. For him, Elliott Smith is the first name that comes to mind. |
Smith and McConnell were introduced through a mutual musician friend in 2000, Smith living in Los Angeles, 20 minutes away from McConnell, who ran a studio from a basement on a hill in Malibu. They had an 8 p.m. appointment, but Smith arrived sometime after 3 a.m., waking McConnell up and sitting in the studio with him until dawn, talking about gear, life and the inevitable next record. "Can we start right now?" asked Smith.
Smith walked outside and moved two cars worth of equipment (his girlfriend had also driven) into McConnell's space. Their three-year relationship formed the bulk of From a Basement on a Hill, the posthumous album from Smith, who was found dead on Oct. 21, 2003 in his Los Angeles apartment at age 34.
McConnell says Smith's death and the controversy around it, which ran counter to their relationship, almost killed him: It was a battle of who had the right versions of the right songs, more driven by manufacturing some ***ulative closing statement from Smith than properly releasing his vision. McConnell says entire chunks are missing from the album. When he listens to the record even now, he listens to the mixes he finished with Smith.
Now some of the songs have leaked and they can be found here: http://www.elliottsmithbsides.com/index2.html
...but the estate and McOnnell have the mixes of what smith was working on before he died...Now thats something I'd like to hear...