Nick Lowe Says He's Done Producing; Nervous About Touring with Wilco

Tribeca ASCAP Music Lounge At The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival Musician Nick Lowe performs during the Tribeca ASCAP Music Lounge at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival on April 29, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Nick Lowe (Getty Images) British singer / producer Nick Lowe is widely known for his 1979 hit "Cruel to Be Kind," but has struggled to propel his singing career into the kind of success he's gleaned as a producer (he was behind big-hitter albums for Rockpile, Elvis Costello, Richard Hell, and more.) This year, though, Lowe is taking another crack at his own singing career. He just released a new album "The Old Magic", re-released two albums from the '70s and 80s and will tour with Chicagoan rock band Wilco. He recently opened up to Spinner about his new tour mates and why he's done producing.

On touring with Wilco:
[Wilco are] playing slightly bigger rooms than I play -- well, quite a bit bigger rooms than I play! If I can get at least a proportion of their audience who might not have ever heard of me to get on my side, that would be really fantastic. The trick is to make it so that you don't bore people.The more worrying thing for me is the fact that everybody tells me what a fantastic time I'm gonna have with Wilco and what great guys they are! Have you ever been in that situation where you meet someone and you say to them, "I've got this friend. You're really gonna like him"? Then when they actually meet each other, they don't really hit it off that well!" And why he's finished with producing:
No, I'm through with producing, really. I do my own records and I really enjoy doing that. I'm really quite set in my ways now and I wouldn't want to sort of inflict that on somebody else. It's also quite expensive, the way I make records. I use real musicians and an expensive studio. In my opinion, [it's] the last really great studio in London, and it doesn't come cheap. And nowadays, there really isn't the money to spend on producing people like that."
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