My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: Kanye’s engineer and stylist speak out

(Photo taken from Complex’s making of Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy)

Though many would like to think otherwise the genius that is Kanye West is actually the end result of a collaborative effort. His latest album and fashion direction is no exception. The LA Times recently went onto further prove this theory by getting in touch with Kanye’s engineer, Andrew Dawson, for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While fashion boutique Opening Ceremony caught up with Ye’s current stylist, 19-year old Cassius Clay. (Props Al lindstrom & Aqua)

LA Times: How did you get involved with the “Fantasy” album, and what were some things you talked with Kanye about in terms of engineering and mixing it?

Andrew Dawson: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” pretty much started New Year’s Eve 2009. He flew everyone out to Hawaii the day before New Year’s Eve … and I remember on New Year’s Eve I was in the studio getting everything ready to go for the next day. And on Jan. 1, we were getting into the recording sessions and worked pretty much 24-7 for six months straight out of Hawaii. I literally would leave to go shower, change clothes and come back to the studio. There weren’t many beach days. But Kanye went through his process and worked on it solid for a good six to seven months. But as far as engineering, there are certain sounds and certain production aspects that he really likes. If there’s a sound or an idea he wants, he’ll take it to, like, an extreme, to where you start to wonder, “Why is this so far out there?” Then he’ll pull it back to a perfect amount. He’s the master of knowing how to push things almost too far. … I did some co-production on “Power.” I was the one who found that “21st Century Schizoid Man” sample and chopped it up.

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