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John Deacon Talks

From an interview CD (MP3 file is HERE.
Many thanks BanK and Kurara for dectating!)
(2018.12.3: Thank you Wan for corrections)

We've always decided ourselves what we wanted to put out as our singles and that sort of things. We used to get involved in the art work. We used to have not really much outside influence when we were recording, you know. We've never even in the early days, we were never moulded by some sort of record company or management company. I mean, the image that the band had in the early days came from inside the group. So artistically, we sort of had our own direction and we were self-contained there, and then it was just really sort of the management/business side really. And at the time, we've been put together for five or six years, So we had a fair experience of the business with the two different managers - wefd been with EMI all the time. We thought we'd take the step and try and manage ourselves really.

There're two main campanies, one of which is "Queen Productions", which is really for our English services, every time we do something in England. And we have one called "Rain Cloud Productions", which is for all the overseas services which we do, which tends to the more active one now as we do most of our recordings overseas. The studio, well Jim Beach tends to take a very active interest in that 'cos there's actually only three staff there. And after that, it's mainly Roger and myself. That's the way it's gone and Brian and Freddie are quite happy for it to be like that. So that's the way it carries on, so that's the way that it's sort of happened naturally, so any sort of decisions on that, if Jim doesn't, if he wants to ask, he'd ask me and Roger, and that would be it probably. I am the only one who really keeps an eye on basically how much money is coming in, going out, and what sort of position we're in. And also that...the overall strategy of the business side is correct, you know. I did physics at school A-levels, 3 A-levels, I went on to do electronics in university (I did three years for that), which involved a lot of maths as well, (phew) quite a lot of maths.

Money is not the drive so much now. I mean there was a period when it was for a while, because, you know all those years when we had high tax in England, we actually didn't make that much out of it. So we had a period we went out and...we were more conscious about earning some money out of it. But now that's all settled down, that's all in the past. And because our records sell around the world, I mean, everybody should be reasonably financely secure for the rest of their lives... unless they chuck it away.

In England, we live in a semi-detached Victorian house, 'cos we like Victorian houses, you know. It's not quite big enough; we may move if we find somewhere over the next few years. But now, we live in West London, and fairly close in, and I quite like it really. The children go to a local catholic school that's just down the road. It's quite neighbourly really. I wouldn't...the difficult thing of living in a big house in London is that you get very isolated, you know. I mean it's quite nice just to walk around and go down to the High Street: going to Smiths and Boots, Woolworths, you know, have everything fairly handy. I quite like that.

But we actually, this last year, we bought a house in America as well, which is mainly at the moment a holiday home.

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