A couple of 12 hour days in the studio and different parts of our personalities start to come to the fore. For example, Andy, who can be a bit of a worrier when preparing for the mixing , becomes horizontally laid back during the later phases of the studio sessions. He just ends up sitting there with a beatific grin on his face as if he hasn't a care in the world.
We are just finishing a second (and hopefully final) mix of Perfect Cosmic Storm and I'd recorded a new guitar section in our own studio after doing the first mix (we're still recording right up to the wire on this album.) This new part needed to be transferred onto the computer in Rob's studio so it could be included in the mix.
Just as the mix is nearing completion, Andy's voice pipes up from the sofa:
'I'm just wondering where that new guitar part is.'
I turn round. 'Where is it?'
'It's around somewhere.'
'Well, where? Have you left it in the other studio?' My voice suggests the suppression of a rising tide of panic.
Andy beckons towards a portable computer drive 'It's probably on that big hard drive.'
And he smiles the unflappable smile.