At the stage now where I am putting all the finishing touches on my new album. It’s a very exciting and even thought provoking time for me, as it helps give me ideas of what to pass on to you!
Certainly, it’s very important to keep an honest perspective on any recording project as it moves along, especially as it comes down to the wire. After all, we all want to have our projects turn out to be the best they can be, but sometimes we can get to caught up in all the details, and we can “nit-pick” a bit too much! This is a normal reaction as we get closer to the release of our beloved recordings, and I’ve learned, I think even more from this new album, how to really systematically get more down to the nitty-gritty when it comes to making decisions. The truth is, the complexity should really start to diminish as you keep going with more and more mixing and fixing, but what I have found is that as the time moves along, and I live with the music more, I discover more and more little tiny things that even though they bother me, used to be things that I’d end up living with! Now, I know how to recognize what irks me, whether it’s a lick, a drum sound, a wrong bass note or whatever else it could be, and to finally address this in the later processes of mixing and fine-tuning the project.
As I come home and listen to the new “fixes”, I can’t help but smile knowing that I didn’t “settle” for lesser performances on this album, when I can see that the sound or the arrangement is so much more improved, and that I really made the “right moves!”
In my early days of recording, and I’m sure yours too, all that recording equipment, the atmosphere and the basic vibe of being “under the microscope” can really be a bit scary and “off-putting” until you get enough experience so you feel that confidence you need in the studio. This is the only way you’ll really be able to stay “on top” of your music, and keep your ideas and decisions level-headed. With this all under your belt, you’ll surely have a better finished product in the end, and best of all, you’ll be truly pleased with yourself, knowing you never let yourself down by giving in to the wrong decisions, or even worse, getting into the habit of “settling” for lesser performances and sounds! After all this is your music, and it deserves having you put your best foot forward. I certainly feel that this time, I’m definitely doing that with my new album, and will be totally satisfied with the final product! Can’t wait for you to hear it! Summertime release!