Interview: Darian Sahanaja on SMiLE

Darian Sahanaja and Brian Wilson, 2004 (photo by Amy Rodrigue)

Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview Wondermints founder and longtime Brian Wilson collaborator Darian Sahanaja at length about his involvement arranging and recording the Grammy-winning Brian Wilson Presents Smile in 2004 and the upcoming, long-awaited release of the Beach Boys’ original 1960s Smile Sessions, which in brief, includes some of the most brilliant symphonic pop music ever recorded.

Read the full Q&A at Aquarium Drunkard.

Special thanks goes to American Thrift friend Amy Rodrigue for introducing me to Darian and for her insight into all things SMiLE.

“Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations” (The Smile Sessions mix)

“Cabinessence” (limited edition Record Store Day 7-inch)



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