Lukas Nelson, aka leader of Neil Young’s group, was the man who worked closely with Bradley Cooper to create the award-winning masterpiece, A Star Is Born.
Speaking with NME, Nelson admitted that the pair bonded over their admiration of Young’s work and that he was the guy that “made sure Bradley Cooper was holding his guitar right.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Nelson went into detail about how the collaborative process worked in terms of songwriting.
“There were a lot of different processes; it wasn’t the same [from one day to the next],” he explained. “I would write a song that I felt spoke to the character and to my authentic self which the character was based on and that [method] kind of worked. When I would write a song, I would send it to Bradley and Gaga. You know, I must have wrote 20 songs and some of them made it, some of them didn’t. I just started writing because I write, that’s what I do. In the meantime, I was collaborating with Bradley on making sure that the singing was on key and that he was holding the guitar right.”
He continued: “Also, working on the guitar songs, all those guitar sounds that you hear are me through my Magnatone amps and the band [all of whom] played; that’s me [with them] there too. Bradley had a specific idea about that sound so production-wise we would get a lot of work as well.”
It will be announced on February 25 whether A Star Is Born will take home the award for Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars.