Legendary producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, DOKKEN, ACCEPT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, WHITE LION, EXTREME, POISON, MEGADETH, OVERKILL, TESTAMENT), was interviewed on the August 6 edition of the 99.1 CJAM-FM show "The Signals Of Intuition". Topics discussed include Michael's entry to the world of recording, growing up with Udo Dirkschneider from ACCEPT, working with DOKKEN, SKID ROW, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER, TESTAMENT, WHITE LION, and many others, his approach to recording and engineering, and some of his current and upcoming productions.
The interview can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Wagener was the original guitarist for the German band ACCEPT. When he turned 18, he was drafted into the German army and was stationed 350 miles away from home. This made it difficult for him to practice with the rest of the band and hence he quit. After completing his military service, Wagener began working as an audio engineer in Hamburg in 1972. Through a friendship with singer Don Dokken, Wagener moved to Los Angeles. In 1981 he produced the first DOKKEN album and would go on to work on such seminal albums as SKID ROW's self-titled debut, which sold five million copies in the U.S. alone, and OZZY OSBOURNE's "No More Tears", which sold seven million in the U.S. Wagener also mixed METALLICA's classic third album, 1986's "Master Of Puppets".