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When I was starting out in music, one name kept popping up on all of my favorite albums. When I got my first label deal, he was the first person I asked to produce the record. It took me another 20 years to finally have the honor of working with him. He has more than lived up to my expectations on every project. I feel that he is always able to realize the sound that is in my head, purely instinctually. I have had the honor of working with the best in the industry and it does not get any better than Tim Palmer.
Richard Fortus ( Guns and Roses and Producer of The Psychedelic Furs ‘Made of Rain’)
Randy Rhodes was so patient with me, he didn’t push me, for instance, we’d be writing a song and he’d be, ‘Let’s try it in this key, because you’re having a problem with this note, this key will be better for you' Working with Tim Palmer on this album (Down to Earth) reminded me of that. If it hadn’t been for Tim there would be no album. Tim has incredible patience, just like Randy did.
Tin Machine was the best I could have done to solve my mid-forties crisis, or crises, haha. It has it’s own credo and strange cult following, bands like Helmet and Pearl Jam, immediately took our producer young Tim Palmer.
I can’t remember ever having cross words with Tim and that’s really not like me when I’m in the throes of working. As many will attest. With his attention to detail and texture, Tim mixes with the ear of an artisan as well as the master technician he is. A very good musician himself he can imbue a mix with brawn and muscle, or delicacy and finesse, or whatever is required to make the music work. His mixes are as broad as they are deep. And despite his allegiance to the Arsenal Tim is still a very good friend all these many years later (38 years and counting) and my first port of call when I have something that needs a critical ear or when I need some technical advice and, of course, when I have something that needs to be mixed by a top, top professional.
Wayne Hussey (The Mission)
Working with Tim on Elemental and Raoul and the Kings of Spain was an absolute joy. Tim creates a stress-free environment where no problem is insurmountable, he gets great guitar and drum sounds effortlessly and just makes everything sound bigger and better. He has a cracking sense of humour and is the ultimate professional, always positive, engaging and encouraging.
Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears)
Having met Tim a good few years back it was a great pleasure to finally get to work with him . Made of Rain was in some ways a complicated album to mix, there were a lot of moving parts, but Tim recognized what was essential, and helped us realize what in my mind is one of our finest records.
Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs)
Tim navigates the murky waters of album crafting with admirable ease and grace, seeing the forest for the trees every time I'm lost in the woods of my own making.
Ville Valo (HIM)
Tim is a rarity.
He is a combination of music fan & musician, both technically precise and protector of the vibe.
From the moment i heard tim’s production on Robert Plant’s ‘Shaken and Stirred' I wanted to work with him, and from the moment i met him, I knew i’d found a friend and cohort for life.
Always supportive, always ready to translate the abstractions of the artist into reality and always ready to catch you when the limb snaps…
Ladies and Gentleman, Tim Palmer.
Reeves Gabrels (Tin Machine, David Bowie, The Cure)
What I try to do is help artists reach their goal and fulfill their vision. It's their record, not mine.
Discussing Cutting Crew’s 'I Just died in your arms tonight' This was a big record for me because I got to mix it at the point when I was merely the studio house engineer. That rarely happens these days. The single, (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight, was a massive hit. It’s a great song. How can you go wrong with something so beautifully written? I’ve always said, ‘The best cure for a bad mix is a great song.’ But I think the mix is pretty good, too.
I feel that it is important to never stamp your sound on a group or artist, but to let them stamp theirs on you. I could waffle on for hours about dynamics and sounds, but in the end it really will be the choice of songs that will make or break an album. You can’t make mystery from Meccano and you can’t polish a turd. You will never replace the craft of songwriting with personality and sonic, they must go together.