Menu Sign up! News Press Store Tour Timeline Music Ask Katy Galleries Videos Writing JT's Vault


Welcome to ASK KATY. This is the place where you can Ask Katy stuff about Duran Duran. You can Ask Katy whatever you would like and she will try to answer you. Katy has worked for Duran Duran for many years now, and we like to think she knows a lot. Got a question about the band? Ask Katy. What is the B-side to Union of the Snake? Ask Katy. Trouble with remembering when the band last came to your town? Ask Katy. You get the picture. So don’t be shy…Ask Katy and she will answer a selection of questions each month. Here are the most Frequently Asked Katy Questions.

If your question isn’t answered, it may be because it has been answered before. Use the search feature and find out.

All Done!

May 16th, 2018

For Simon: What is one thing you are happy to have done once but will never try again. Julie Abraham

“Ocean Racing! It was very exciting but I was at sea for seven weeks. A lot of the time you’re just sitting there, in the weather, be it sunny-raining-snowing-windy. It’s a lot of time to sit there with a cold wet bottom. I did it once, it was wonderful and I never need to do it again!”

Maybe DJ?

April 16th, 2018

I was wondering if Roger was still doing the whole DJ thing. If so does he have any plans on spinning at Cielo anytime soon and I was wondering what type of unit he uses when he works if its digital or or if he goes all vinyl? Curious …only bc I’m working on picking up some gigs here in New York myself…its very competitive …but I enjoy the hobby. Sharon Curtis

“Hi Sharon, yes still dj’ing, but don’t currently have any plans to go back to the most lovely ‘Cielo’. I’m all digital these days, using Traktor software on my MacBook Pro with Traktor S2 hardware. I find that I can manipulate my music in a way that I never could with Vinyl/CD’s. I can hear all the vinyl purists shouting “noooooooooo”!!!!! i’m jumping off right now! Thanks for the question! Roger X “

“Of Crime and Passion” Counter Melody

March 14th, 2018

Hi Katy, I have a question about Of Crime and Passion that has been vexing me for some 30+ years now. I am hoping the band can chime in and clear this up for me.

There is a glorious counter melody being played during each of the pre-choruses, the parts where Simon sings “Clouds on the/Graze on the/Way down by the shoulder.” For the life of me I can’t tell if this line is being played on a guitar by Andy or if it’s Nick on a synthesizer. If it’s a guitar, it must be running through a few effects to give it this marvelous futuristic sound and if it’s a synthesizer, it seems to have some kind of organic guitar sound dialed in. Or maybe it’s Andy and Nick playing the line in unison. Can you or the band tell me what is making this sound? Thank you! Kevin Hilman

“Hi Kevin, That’s actually a tricky question because with many Duran Duran songs, we try to combine the sound of different instruments playing together to blur the edges so that it becomes unclear precisely what is happening musically. In this case, I don’t remember who played what but my guess is probably Fairlight, Roland Jupiter 8 and guitar with effects which forms the wall of sound. Nick”

Nick’s Japanese Photo Project

February 21st, 2018

Hi Katy, I have a question for Nick.Could you tell me as much as you can say about the Japanese photographer’s movie you are making? Thank you for coming to Japan! Yoshie_K

“Hello Yoshie, I am indeed making a documentary about post war Japanese photography. I filmed a series of interviews in September of this year while the band was in Japan. I still have more filming to do, and a lot of editing, so there is no specific timeline for a release date as of yet. No doubt I will be talking more about this as the project progresses. The subject mater is close to my heart and it has been a real thrill and a privilege to meet and interview some of Japan’s greatest photographers. Nick”

Crows in “Paper Gods” live

January 25th, 2018

Hello Katy and the Fellas! I loved the beautiful video/photo montage used for the live show on the Paper Gods tour. One image stands out to me though. My questions is; In the beginning of the song “Paper Gods,” there are crows/blackbirds in the trees – is there a symbolic meaning for the band with this? Thank you for reading. Reine’

“Hi Reine, Nick loves crows. He thinks they’re ‘majestic creatures’ and he is always happy to see one flying by. Then there are those who believe they are rather more ominous. The band says the image is all down to personal interpretation. Katy”

Possible Duran Duran EPs?

January 8th, 2018

Katy: Hello! Thank you for doing what you do – the community thanks you. PAPER GODS took a long time to create, and to me it sounded like 3 different albums (funky one, goth one and a Hudson one). Has Duran Duran ever considered creating a mini-album of 3-4 songs? Could this formula ever work with a record label? As a fan from the beginning, I alway want new music, but 2 years in a studio seems exhausting, for everyone! Thanks, Tony

“Hello Tony. I spoke to the guys in the band and this was the general consensus: In the current musical climate it is acceptable to put out individual tracks at any time, or even EPs. Certainly it’s a much faster process than recording an album. However, the band seem to like creating a body of new songs over a period of time. They feel they get a more cohesive record doing it this way, but on the few occasions that they have written just one song – like “Wild Boys” or “A View to a Kill,” it worked out ok… The band do plan to be back in the Studio early this year, so I guess time will tell. Katy”

Roger’s Drum Style

December 22nd, 2017

Katy, This one’s for Roger. I’ve been a fan for decades now and enjoy the live show and showmanship of all the band. As a drummer, I’m wondering if Roger would discuss how his style (and kit) has evolved over the years. Watching “Sing Blue Silver” then “Pressure Off”, as a younger drummer, there was much more physicality in the show. Was this actually hitting harder? Has mic and drum technology advanced to help make the live performance less physically demanding? Roger, you really seem to be wailing on that kit back in the day, from the Palladium concert videos right up to Live Aid. Thanks for your time and the gift of music. Steve

“Hi There Steve, Yes, my style has changed over the years, and I have become much more ‘economical’ in my playing style. I definitely do much less ‘wailing’ than I used to . After all, as they say ..the true power of the drummer is really in the hands and the forearms, this is definitely something I have developed and embraced over the years. Live mic’ing, compression and mixing have also come on ‘leaps and bounds’ over the decades, which is all power to the drummer!

Kit set up hasn’t really changed that much, altho ..the electronic part of the kit has become much more sophisticated, we can now lift samples from the album backing tracks & put them into my electronic pads, which means we can stay much closer to the sounds on the album. Thnx for the question, RT”

A Christmas Song

December 1st, 2017

Hi, Aside from Band Aid, have the band ever recorded a Christmas related song? If not, is there any particular reason for this? Thanks, Matthew

“It has been on the band’s to-do list for more than 35 years now. The simple answer is they just never got around to it… but I checked with three of four band members, and they would like to give it a go one day. Katy”

JT’s Acoustic Bass

November 16th, 2017

Hi John! I’m curious, do you own and or ever play an acoustic bass? What kind is it and do you play it often? Thanks for taking the time to read my question! Sarah

“Hi Sarah, I have one that Aria built for me in the early ’80s, it’s a real old warhorse, it’s been with me everywhere. I think.. think.. I may have used it on ‘Land’. I have two acoustic basses that Yamaha made around ’86. Beautiful creatures, one fretless, one fretted. That one appears on the ‘Decade’ cover (and in the ‘Come Undone’ video if I remember correctly).I always like to have an acoustic bass on hand, I actually have one in storage at our New York hotel. When we check in they send it to my room! John”

Ok, once and for all, who do you support for Football?

October 15th, 2017

Dear Katy, I am a big Duran Duran Fan and I love toread ASK KATY on the DD Website. My question for you is about Sports. I know that Simon is a Manchester United supporter, are the other members also Soccer supporters and if so what are their favorite Teams? Thank you for your answer, greetings from Austria! Dieter

“Hi Dieter, yes we are all football supporters in some way. JT bounces around between Aston Villa & Man Utd , Nick was brought up in a family of West Bromwich Albion supporters ..although I’m not sure how enthusiastic he is about ‘The Baggies’. I have to say that I’m somewhat of a ‘die hard’ Aston Villa supporter , still awaiting the return of the glory days..’Up the Villa!’RT”

Bass on “Face for Today” & “On Evil Beach”

September 13th, 2017

Hi! Is there a mix of synth bass and real bass in “Face for Today” and “On Evil Beach”? A friend of mine (professional bass player) is sure it’s all synth bass, but I (very modest bass playing skills) think there’s a mix in both songs. We bet a box of chocolate! Georgia Somenzari – Brazil

“Hi Georgia, I actually can’t remember for “On Evil Beach,” but on “Face for Today” I did a combo. Even the real bass on that track is processed and reversed. JT”

Inspiration for “What Happens Tomorrow”

August 15th, 2017

Hi Katy! I’m Dana and i’m 12 years old. I have been listening to Duran Duran for a pretty long time now even B.P.G. (Before Paper Gods) However, I have a question about “What Happens Tomorrow” one of my favorites (behind “The Reflex” & “Ordinary World”) I was wondering about the inspiration for the song. In the beginning it mentions a child growing up in the frightening world, and in the end it also mentions “these tiny lives matter.” Its seemed the whole song was faced toward children. I was just curious as to what the inspiration for this song was. Love, Dana :)

“Hi Dana! Thanks for being such a supportive fan! Your guess is actually rather close to the original inspiration for the song, say the band. Nick saw some news footage of a young child in a war torn city who said, “Nobody knows what happens tomorrow” – and the phrase very much stuck with him because, somehow, it summed up all of everyone’s life… but in this particular case, a far more frightening prospect of what the immediate future might bring. Katy”

Directing and Recording

July 15th, 2017

Hi Katy, I have two questions, one for the band and one for Nick, in particular. Does the band have a preferred method or order for recording each other’s part for a song? And for Nick, you’ve mentioned you would’ve gone on to make films if this whole rock star thing didn’t work out. Is there a film you would love to make? Thanks,Todd

“Hi Todd, I am still rather hoping that “would have” in the past tense is not how things will turn out for me regarding films. Although I’ve been saying it for far too long, and have yet to apply myself to making it happen, I do very much hope to direct a film over the coming years. I have no idea what genre it would end up in yet but I will keep you posted…

Our recording process always varies from song to song and album to album. Since we have been recording digitally, directly into the computer, it’s obviously much easier to edit parts, so we tend to play more individually than we used to. For the early albums we would often try to capture a performance where at least drums, bass and guitar were played simultaneously. Occasionally, we still try out songs by recording together but certainly is a different process now. Nick”

Score for “Mi Vida Loca”

June 28th, 2017

hi Katy this one is for Mr JT, I saw the movie “mi vida loca” by “accident” on the telly, and it was my first view, and my appreciation goes to Allison Anders, the director, but mostly it came up with two questions in my mind: the score is made by John, but there’s a supervisor due to Jellibean Benintez, did they work togheter at some point? did they know each other right before the movie? and the second one is about the graphic in the score wich is very nick eganESQUE in the drawings, but no clue in the credits about it, so is it correct? Thank you, Cami in Naples

“Hi Cami, No I never worked with Jellybean on the film, and no no knowledge about the graphic other than I can safely say it wasn’t Nick Egan … JT”

Does JT Use a Chorus Pedal?

May 11th, 2017

Hi Katy, I was one of the lucky attendants to the Lollapalooza Chile show the band did in April. First of all, congratulations on an excellent performance. Local press, fans and non fans alike were very impressed by you guys. This is a question for John. I noticed that you used a chorus pedal on most if not all of the performance. Since when are you using this effect and why the change? Also, what pedal do you use for this? Thanks and regards, Reynaldo.

JT: Hi Reynaldo. I don’t use a chorus pedal! You should talk to Bernie (John’s tech)

Bernie: Hi Reynaldo, John doesn’t use any Chorus in his live rig, it’s a clean signal from the amp. The only effects he uses are delay on certain songs, octave, and distortion on “Notorious.” Hope this helps.

“Kiss Goodbye” Extended version?

April 15th, 2017

Hello, I have a question for Nick, I would like to know if the Pop thrash song “Kiss Goodbye” has a long version because I think is an incredible and beautiful piece of music. Thanks in advance, Hernan from Buenos Aires

“Hello Hernan, From memory, I believe “Kiss Goodbye” was only ever created as a short piece, but I do agree, it would lend itself perfectly to an extended version. If I get a moment, when we remaster POP TRASH, I will take a look for you. Thanks, Nick”

“All She Wants Is” Guitar

March 15th, 2017

Hey Katy, I have a question for the band if they have time. Thanks for all you do.

One of my favorite songs by Duran Duran is “All She Wants Is”. One of the reasons it’s so special to me is that during the second verse this guitar comes in, I believe they call it the “lead vamp guitar” on the album credits. It seems to have a free flowing range to it, unlike other pop songs then or since, i have always love the aspect of riff guitar floating in and out of my sonic awareness, and not really having a “riff” but more like a sonic wind behind the vocals and melody. I wanted to ask was this designed by John, Nick and Simon or was Warren given free range to make the guitar his own thing? Thanks for writing/recording such a wonderful song I still listen to it often. – Kevin

“Hello Kevin. As a band, we have always collaborated on almost every level, often suggesting ideas for musical parts or lyrics to each other. In this specific instance, we think the guitar part you are referring to was entirely Warren’s idea for the song “All She Wants Is.” He is undoubtedly one of the most creative and innovative musicians that we have had the pleasure to work with and he never failed to surprise us with the notes he chose to play and the sound he always made. – Nick, Simon & John”

Strings on the bass

February 15th, 2017

Hi John! I want to start off by saying thank you! I’ve been a fan of you, and Duran Duran since I was a kid. I discovered the band when Come Undone was released. I was about ten years old. I was so inspired by you and the way you play the bass (still love it, never gets old). I took lessons when I was about fifteen. I’ve only ever played a four string bass. I’m curious, which do you like better, the four or five string?

“As a bassist of the old school variety I like basses like my cars – with four wheels (or strings) I’m not above the odd flirtation with a 5 now and again however. JT”

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

January 15th, 2017

Dear Nick, Back in early 1990, you curated the music for the play “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” by Corinne Jacker. I’ve always wondered if, in that specific role, you just selected music to go with the play or you actually wrote a soundtrack? In the latter case, what kind of music it was? If you look back to that particular venture, and in light of your current musical project with John, can you see a slight connection between the two experiences? Thanks always for your time, Salvo

“Hello Salvo!

Only you would have picked upon such a obscure musical moment. I actually wrote a couple of short instrumental for the show because i couldn’t find anything else that i thought would be specifically appropriate. the themes were used repeatedly throughout the production. I have no idea if any copies of that music even still exists. I probably a cassette of the master mix in the archive somewhere. I can assure you the sound couldn’t be further away than what John and I have been creating together but you will have to wait a little while before you hear that!


Numbers on John Taylor’s “Feelings Are Good”

December 15th, 2016

Due to my humble DD stuff has been organized recently I looked more closely this CD booklet from John Taylor’s solo album titled ‘Feelings are good and other lies’, so that question has been on my mind for long time came out: what could these numbers possibly mean beside each verse? Best wishes from far far away… Brazil! Diana da Cruz

“Hi Diana, I would imagine they are the engineers notes, referring to the tape on the reel and where those points in the song are. JT”