ANDY SNEAP (PRODUCER, HELL) / OCTOBER 2017

** Did you just get done in the recording studio with Judas Priest today?
I'm actually doing Saxon today believe it or not. I'm juggling Saxon and Priest at the same time.Priest is just about done, we've just got a couple of days maybe just one day tweaks left on it, a few things that Glenn will probably want sorted out, running orders and things so that's as good as done. Same with Saxon as well really. They're both aiming to have their albums out by next year so we got this deadline of the middle of October looming. Priest I think is probably a month later. Saxon is out first then Priest afterwards and then we'll see what happens then.
** Is it public knowledge then that Saxon is coming out with an album?
Yes, it's all out there. We've been doing Saxon for quite a while actually because they've been coming in and doing bits and pieces, and even at the end of last year we'd started work on that. Then I had to jump onto the Priest album while Saxon were out in America touring. So I've kind of been going between the two. I've been spinning my plates with both albums really, but it's worked out fine.
** Do we know the name of Saxon's album yet?
Yes, that's out there, it's Thunderbolt.
** Are we allowed to know the name of the Priest album yet? Any artwork made out yet?
They have a name and artwork but it hasn't been released, although I think it's going to be released in the next day or two.
** So, I was traveling through the metal universe and I saw Hell. It could have been a metal site, a webzine, a label site but I saw it and it just grabbed my attention. I looked it up and saw your name and I had heard your name mentioned somewhere before so I listen to the music and it's amazing. Dave Halliday started the band right?
It's all four guys really. Dave was in a band called Race Against Time, Kev was in a band called Paralex with Tony Speakman, the bass player. Tim was in a band called Overdrive, and they were all sort of local bands in the early eighties that were gigging around this area in the Nottingham, Derby area of the UK, so they all knew each other. So they got together and formed Hell. Dave's band Race Against Time had just split up and Kev really wanted to be in a band with Dave so that's how they formed. That was really around the time that I met Dave Halliday. I was only twelve and desperate to play guitar. I'd had a guitar for Christmas from my mum and dad. It was a cheap electric. When I say cheap , I looked it up, and today it's worth about nine hundred pounds but I haven't got it any more lol
** What happened to it?

I exchanged it for a Marshall years and years ago and it wouldn't be a guitar for me these days. It was a real old sixties type guitar. I got introduced to Dave by a friend of mine at school who I used to see walking around school with a guitar and that's how I met the guys from Hell. I got playing, had lessons from Dave for five years and followed the band and just took it all on board. I formed Sabbat when I was fifteen and we were signed by the time I was eighteen so that's kind of the way it went.

** Describe the friendship you had with Dave back then.

Dave was a very big influence on me as a teenager. I was very in awe of this band. Out of all the local bands they treated things very professionally. It made an impression on me on how to organize and how things should be done. Looking back now they weren't professional and didn't have the experience like I've had now but it was a good starting point and a good example to set really.

** How many times a day did he have you practicing with him?

Well, to be honest I was playing all the time as a kid. That's what you do, you're like a sponge whatever you're into when you're at that age. You're so focused on it, so I just sat in my bedroom for hours playing guitar when I was a kid and maybe I should do that now haha
** Do you give guitar lessons now?
For awhile when I was in my early twenties. When I first left home and I needed to make some money I taught a few people guitar. I did alright. I don't mind doing that, but I don't need to do it now.

** Dave committed suicide. How did that affect you? Did it happen because he was upset at the way things were going with the band?

The band had actually split up six months before that happened. It was personal things in Dave's life and a lot of other contributing factors to it. It wasn't all based around the band at all. I'm not going to go into it. It really was an awful time. I was seventeen years old when that happened so it made a very big impression on me. It made me look to music as a way out of that whole thing. I really just focused myself on music and really pushed Sabbat. I just stuck my head in the sand , focused on the band and really got into making Sabbat work which is why I think I drove it so hard in those early days.

** Was Hell formed yet when you were Dave's student?
Yes, they were formed in 1981

** Dave committed suicide. How did that affect you? Did it happen because he was upset at the way things were going with the band?

The band had actually split up six months before that happened. It was personal things in Dave's life and a lot of other contributing factors to it. It wasn't all based around the band at all. I'm not going to go into it. It really was an awful time. I was seventeen years old when that happened so it made a very big impression on me. It made me look to music as a way out of that whole thing. I really just focused myself on music and really pushed Sabbat. I just stuck my head in the sand , focused on the band and really got into making Sabbat work which is why I think I drove it so hard in those early days.

** Dave left all his songs to you. What were your thoughts when you found out he had left you his music. What did you do when you received it?

It was only a written thing he had put in his will. He left his guitars and amps to me as well. I'd always envisioned hearing the Hell songs, how I'd seen them live , the power of seeing it live and all I had was these cassettes that were recorded in the rehearsal room. I'd listened to his music for years and years and years and I got this idea to record Dave's songs and to do it properly and to try and get his songs out there because of everything that happened. It had always been hanging over me to do this , so when I got reintroduced to Kev, we had this way of doing this and it seemed the logical thing to do.