Title: My week: Trevor Horn, record producer
Author: Trevor Horn
Publish date: 01/11/2004
Inside the day-to-day life of Britainís cultural movers and shakers
Iím organising a show for the Princeís Trust at Wembley Arena in November, featuring a lot of the artists Iíve worked with over 25 years in the music business.
Weíve got some great acts - Buggles, Belle and Sebastian, Yes, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Seal - but itís a full-time occupation getting them to work together.
After lunch, cooked by Marco, our studio chef, I met up with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, whoíll be playing together for the first time in 20 years. I was reminded of how much I always liked their Scouse sense of humour.
In the morning, my wife, Jill, and I did an OK! magazine photo-shoot at Hook End, our residential studio in Oxfordshire. We live in St Johnís Wood in north-west London, but I love spending time at Hook End because itís right in the countryside. It was exactly how youíd imagine an OK! shoot to be - they put me in a pair of blue jeans and a white shirt, sitting on the bed and big smiles everywhere. I think Jill hated it more than I did.
We went on a recce to Wembley Arena. There are only just enough dressing rooms for the acts, so working out where to put everyone is a real logistical puzzle. Iíve told them to put me in the toilets if it gets tight. In the evening, I rehearsed with the Frankies. I had a go at singing Two Tribes, which was a laugh. They said, "Youíve always wanted to do that, havenít you?" I said, "Yeah, of course I have!"
The day began with a big technical meeting at my Notting Hill studio. I really wanted the show to feature explosions Ė I like those things that shoot out fairy-dust Ė but I was told "no pyrotechnics".
I love our bit of Notting Hill, it reminds me of New York in a strange sort of way. Itís changed a lot over the 20 years weíve been here: until about 1990 it was a no-go zone for traffic wardens, so you could park wherever you wanted. Then crack cocaine came down on the area like a ton of bricks and altered the whole atmosphere.
I always get in early on a Friday because I want to get everything done by about 6.30. I put up a great big noticeboard with a list of artists and the songs theyíre going to play, trying to work out which order they should go on stage. I work like a dog during the week, but on Friday evening Iíll go home and have a traditional Jewish Sabbath dinner with my wife and daughters. From then until Sunday we donít think or talk about work at all.