Howard Bilerman always dreamed of recording Leonard Cohen. He even pitched unsolicited proposals to the legendary poet-singer through the mail slot of his Montreal home in the 1990s, when he was just in his 20s.
So working on a Cohen album was an exciting experience for the 48-year-old engineer and co-owner of the hotel2tango recording studio in the city’s Mile-End neighbourhood.
“Imagine being in the position to be able to push the solo button on that,” he said about isolating Cohen’s intense, gravely voice on his studio mixing board. “That was me.”