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- Posted on Nov 19th 2010 12:00PM by Linda Laban
"I was on a solo tour going through L.A. and I had two nights at the Troubadour," Arthur tells Spinner. "I was trying to figure out how I was going to make them different. I thought, 'I wonder if Ben wants to come and sit in.'" Harper obliged and when Arthur had a week in L.A. to spare, they extended their collaboration. "We thought we should try and get in the studio and record something, see what happens. We booked three days in the studio, got busy and tried to make a record."
To make things even more special, Harper contacted Harrison, whom he knew only from sharing the same L.A. skate park.
"The first day in the studio, Ben was late and we said hello. We'd never met each other [before]," Arthur says of meeting Harrison. "But we just started playing around and started writing. We wrote and recorded three songs in the first day."
Arthur admits that for a moment or two, meeting the son of a Beatle was a little awkward. "It's a lot like going out on date," he says. "Me and Dhani, we went to different schools to learn the same things. We are similar characters. We got on really well pretty quickly."
Besides musical compatibility, Arthur says the thing that helped the band gel was the time limitation. "We only had three days," he says. "We had this task at hand. The first song we wrote together was 'I Don't Want to Waste Your Time,' which I think is a theme for the record."