Holy shit – we made it. So far it’s more of the same, but I am hopeful for the new year. In the past few weeks, I was able to get a tracking session in (with very liberal use of hand sanitizer and ALL the masks) and was reminded how much I love tracking – working with a band to sculpt a sound or a song. It’s just about as good as it gets. We were tracking the lead guitars through the AC30 and the unassuming TC Electronic “Spark” boost pedal really did a lot of the heavy lifting. The band wanted to keep the guitars fairly clean and that little push from the boost just really let the guitars sing. I was surprised by how much we were able to tailor the breakup and introduce harmonics. Just the right tool for the job. We (of course) also pulled out some fun fuzz and noise pedals to obliterate some sections, just loads of fun. Here’s to all the little things, and little pedals, that really bring things to life.
As always, I am beginning to book out for spring. I got remote mixing and mastering in full swing and tracking sessions can be accommodated with the right amount of preparation. Please feel free to get in touch about any and all projects. firstname.lastname@example.org
This year has both flown by and dragged on. It’s hard to be a ‘glass half full’ kinda guy sometimes. I have watched a lot of TV and movies (get at me if you wanna talk about that, I AM DOWN), really gotten into jigsaw puzzles, and of course, worked on some music.
Dead Men of Whiskey podcast just posted the last episode of Season One. I got brought in about half way through the season to do clean-up, editing, and mastering for the show. I had a lot of fun listening to these two crack eachother up and certainly inspired a few bottle purchases. Hopefully, we’ll be beginning production on Season Two before the end of the year.
Hewolf just released an EP (‘Into the Darkness …”) that I mastered for them. Reminiscent of Quicksand, to my ear. Tracked and mixed by Rusty Scott at The Ward. Give this Richmond supergroup a listen and let me know what you think.
Gnawing is wrapping up mixing very soon for their forthcoming full length. I first heard Gnawing when I mastered thier 7″ ‘Shaky’ and their jangly rock really hit a sweet spot for me. Lots of Dinosaur Jr vibes for me!
Otherwise, I’ve been doing a lot of little projects with friends. Jonathan Vassar has been hustling out a bunch of songs with the help of Duncan Adams that I have mastered and/or prepared for release. I have doing a bit of arranging/producing/cheerleading work for folks making their quarantine records at home. I love helping people get back to being creative and push them into new spaces or past writing hurdles. Sometimes it’s a nudge, sometimes it’s ‘let’s tear this thing apart and put it back together’.
I love y’all, I love music, and I hope you stay safe and healthy.