VKG.REC

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a break in the weather/early october

Posted on October 8, 2019

This week we saw the temps in Richmond drop and I can finally wear a hoodie again. I’m home from vacation and ready to get back to work – I have several mastering jobs on deck and a few mixes happening.
There are some very nice records coming out or have already come out that I was involved with the production of, in one way or the other.
I’ll dig into the details below and ,for those interested, my facebook page has more frequent posts and may be more detailed as well. I try not to overlap too much.

Rabid Ears Recording

Rabid Ears has been my studio home as of late. It is a very comfortable space made available by Kevin Cornell of Glass Twin. I have been working on sessions over there for about a year – mostly overdubs and some mixing, but now starting to get some full band tracking sessions under our collective belts. The photo above was taken by Shannon Cleary, local scene spiritual leader and also, bass player for New Lion, during a recent session.




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New Lions

We have begun tracking for a new – something.
TBD. Is it an EP? an album? a single? who knows?
All I know is, I’m pretty psyched to be working with New Lions again. I mixed their last EP, ‘End Story‘ and am looking forward to building these songs from start to finish. We’re tracking at Rabid Ears and I am really happy with the sounds we have gotten down so far. Keep your ear to the ground as things start to come together for these recordings.

Sungazer

We have been working on this record for a while – technically years. We recorded it two years ago (I think). Lately, we have gone back to that session and have been shaping and polishing those recordings into new release. We have been trying out some different techniques to give the recording the right presence and space. Mixes are nearly done and then off to mastering it goes. I expect we’ll be seeing this record in the very near future.
Here’s a link to the first record we made together, ‘Another Face‘. Check it out if you would like a taste of something similar to what is on the horizon.

L.A. Dies

I am very excited about this record, ‘Drifting Still‘ from L.A. Dies. I had a fairly lengthy post about it on FB recently, so I will spare you the recording details. This is a great band that I met last summer while working on a compilation record for Harding Street Assembly Lab. I was just super impressed. Amazingly, HSAL and the band decided to work with me to make this full length and I was over the moon. We had a tight budget, but everyone brought their best to the process and the band just rocked the sessions.
I recommend you order yourself a copy on vinyl, because it sounds DOPE.
Here is a taste.




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There is always more coming, so keep an ear out! Follow me anywhere and everywhere and I will try to be not too redundant.
And, of course, give me an email or send a message if you are interested in having me be a part of your next record!

XOXOXO
VKG

summer heat/early july

Posted on July 8, 2019

Richmond has settled into the steamy summer and makes me want to hole up in the studio to try to stay cool.




Some latest releases:

David SchultzRain in to the Sea (vinyl reissue)

In 2011 David asked me to master his most recent record, Rain in to the Sea. Originally only available via CD/download. Fast-forward to 2019, WarHen Records and David decided to make this record available on vinyl and thus a re-master was in order. It was really nice to revisit these songs and prepare them for a second life on your turntable.

PsalmshipsKeep Your Words

Psalmships is a Philadelphia artist I’ve know for some time – one of the original The Listening Room artists. Sometimes solo, but this time with a band that we tracked over a cold weekend. That tracking session would be frame which we hung all the additional tracks upon. We cut the main vocals and some additional instruments in Richmond, but a lot of the overdubs we done in Philly and sent to me to marry up with main tracks. The songs continued to get molded and shaped and some got nixed completely. Ultimately, we made some fiery recordings of intimate songs for lovers and the brokenhearted.

New LionsEnd Story

I was thrilled to get tapped to mix End Story, Clair Morgan’s shift away from his previous indie math rock output to a new more rock n’ roll direction. We had lots of experimentation and sonic diversions while seeking for raw and powerful sounds. We got to a place with sharp elbows, a growl, and a shout – a reaction to the division of the country and families in Trump’s America.

Inside the studio:

I have gone drum crusher crazy. I bought every unit I could find and intend to do a super shoot-out with Kevin at Rabid Ears Studio. Units I determine are of quality and value I shall keep, the rest will be returned to the wilds of EBay. I have an original Shure M62 Level-loc, a Sherlock (Level-loc clone), Shure SE30, Shure FP42, Audimax 4450a, and the venerable Fostex MN-15 mixer (SOM classic). I am excited to finally settle this for myself at least!

I am also waist deep in a Urei 1176 repair. It was someone’s attempt at a clone and ultimately was gifted to me. It half worked but I decided to try and calibrate it appropriately and now I’ve torn the whole thing apart. Hopefully, I’ll be able to suss it out soon and get it back into the rotation.

I hope y’all are staying cool and I’ll be back in a bit to post some more goings-on. If you want more frequent looks into my life, follow me on Facebook/Instagram.

XOXO