Kurt Vile on the Process of Recording His Albums: "There Is Ultimately a Million Drafts"

Kurt Vile has to be one of the more down-to-earth musicians currently working the indie rock scene. From his Philadelphia home, tending to his 1-year-old baby girl, the youngest of his two daughters, he is a breeze to talk with.

The 33-year-old Vile has no problem entertaining questions about creative tricks he employs to produce the varied studio effects that elevate his music to something far more interesting than what most have come to expect from singer-songwriters. "Honestly, I do have a big pedal board with a lot of effects. I only have a few that I use constantly. I definitely use this Purple Line 6 filter pedal a lot. I definitely use delay a lot. On the last record [Wakin on a Pretty Daze], I definitely used a lot of Moog phaser."

He's also not above giving credit to producer John Agnello and fellow bandmates, past and present. "I can't take all the credit," he offers. "It could be John Agnello, and the way he mixed it."

See also: Kurt Vile on Pretty Daze: "Who Lately Has Opened an Album With a Nine-Minute Song?"

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