Producer Gordon Raphael told The Guardian
: "I recorded 'Is This It' with one microphone for the voice and one for the snare drum: everything minimal. It wasn't sonically perfect, but it had some magic and emotion that was missing in the big studio stuff other bands were doing. Julian had so many ideas – and a freakishly controlled concept of rhythm and timing. Even when he'd drunk 13 beers and was asleep on the couch, one eye would open and he'd go: 'The hi-hat's not right.' He was a master of the cryptic instruction. He'd say: 'This song, can you loosen its tie a little?' He wanted his voice to sound 'like your favourite blue jeans – not totally destroyed, but worn-in, comfortable.' While recording the album, we had a visit from the band's new US label. They said it was crappy-sounding and unprofessional, and I was ruining Julian's voice and killing any chance the band had of a career. It was very satisfying when the album became a modern classic."
Bertrand - Paris, France