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Talkback: Dani Bennett Spragg

Engineer By William Stokes
Published March 2021

Talkback

Despite still being resident at London’s Hoxa HQ, 24 year‑old British‑American engineer Dani Bennett Spragg spends much time at Toast Studios as accomplice to legendary analogue obsessive Craig Silvey. Recipient of the 2019 MPG Breakthrough Engineer of the Year award, Bennett Spragg began her career as a teenager, assisting on records by Kurt Vile, Foals and Trent Reznor. She soon went on to work as a fully-fledged engineer with such artists as Baxter Dury, Blanco White and Malena Zavala, and most recently has lent her touch to albums by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Noel Gallagher, Ed O’Brien and Jarvis Cocker.

At the moment I can’t stop listening to

Probably Tell Me I’m Pretty, the Cage The Elephant record. ‘Trouble’ is up there in my favourite tracks of the last few years. The production is so good. Dan Auerbach at his finest. It sounds great. Tchad Blake has mixed all the Black Keys records, and anything outside of the Black Keys that Dan Auerbach produces, Tchad Blake will also mix, which is partly why it sounds so good! Also, the Raconteurs record that came out last year, Help Us Stranger. That Raconteurs record doesn’t really have much ‘production’ on it in the same way that Tell Me I’m Pretty does. Help Us Stranger is super‑live. Just Jack White being weird.

The project I’m most proud of

Definitely Malena Zavala’s record La Yarará. It was a slightly strange record to go into. I’d only met her once before we started it and now we’re super good friends. At the time I was working on the Blanco White record, On The Other Side, at Hoxa, and Malena had come in to do some backing vocals and lend her ears, essentially. It was about a month before she was due to...

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Published March 2021