In a recent interview with The Sunday Guardian, guitarist for Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood said that he has been in a fort in India recording with Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli composer, and a dozen local artists.
“We’ve been living here for nearly three weeks and recording an album here, in the [Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur],” Greenwood said. “The Maharaja allowed us use of the fort, and we’ve basically been living here with 12 Indian musicians and we’ve made a record.” The guitarist had performed at the World Sacred Spirit Festival with the group, where they performed the new material live before recording the mix of “Arabic, Indian and western music.”
Greenwood also added: “It’s been amazing, actually, working with Indian musicians,” saying that the culture there makes making music a part of him “rather than just being an occupation. It’s different; there’s music everywhere. Like when we’re playing and recording or rehearsing with these musicians, when they take a break, they go and play more. That’s not true in England.” He also said: “some of the musicians are so young, it’s great. One of the dholak players, he’s 16, and I just sit and watch him play and learn so much from how he thinks about music. He’s amazing.”
Greenwood also commented later in the interview on the progress on Radiohead’s upcoming album. “We’ve done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well,” Greenwood said, saying he hasn’t listened yet to the sessions. “But we left it at a good place when we last stopped. We’ve certainly changed our method again. It’s too involved [to explain how]. We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens.”