GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Steve Lillywhite was among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter. During the event, Lillywhite participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing current projects, his recording process and creative influences, and being honored as Commander of the Order of the British Empire, among other topics.
"I have a theory that as long as I work with good artists, I'll make good records," said Lillywhite. "I don't want to work with average artists because I always say I can make a good artist great [but] I can't make a bad artist good."
Considered one of the most successful producers in British pop music, Lillywhite has collaborated with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, Talking Heads, and U2. He has earned five GRAMMY Awards with U2: Record Of The Year for "Beautiful Day" and "Walk On" in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb in 2005. That same year he also earned the prestigious Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical award. In 2011 Queen Elizabeth II designated Lillywhite Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his distinguished service to the arts and sciences and philanthropic work with charitable organizations.
Lillywhite's most recent projects include Dave Matthews Band's Away From The World, which this month debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and the Killers' new album, Battle Born. Lillywhite is currently working with 30 Seconds To Mars on their fourth studio album.