Turning songs into records.
As fun and expressive as it is, recording music can be an expensive, time consuming, and stress inducing exercise. It really helps to have a partner with the right skills and experience walking alongside you. Planning well means only spending the time, effort and money you need to to, when and where you you need to. Direction in recording sessions means you can focus on making the best art you can while you can. Bringing together the right team of creative and professional support means you’re always free to be you.
Producing isn't sitting in a fancy leather chair calling all the shots, it's "getting things done" – Making sure a recording project gets finished and gets finished with depth, continuity and character. It can look like many different things:
- Vision work – Helping you decide exactly what you want your project to be and what you want it to do. More on 'vision work' here
- Co-composition – Helping you discover and refine the treasure in your songs.
- Pre-production – Planning a roadmap and preparing a budget to make the recording process as fun and stress-free as possible. Without a good plan and appropriate budget I've seen even the simplest of recording projects turn into massive headaches (and heartaches!)
- Arranging/ orchestration – "Dressing up" a song: Finding the right instruments, parts and players to deliver the song well. And then directing and guiding the recording sessions to make sure we get the most music for the least cost.
- Walking with you through all the creative (and necessary but not-so-creative) steps of the record making process.
The greatest strength of recorded music is also its weakness. A record (in any format) can be performing your music even when you can't be there in person: to someone on the other side of town, or the other side of the planet. Even while you're asleep! That said, every time someone listens to your recording they hear the exact same performance.
Songs performed in real life are often fluid and ever changing – existing purely in the moment. Alongside all of the exciting creative potential modern music production can give us, when a song or album is recorded it becomes a static statement: it sounds the way it sounds. So let's explore all the options, break new trails and make sure that your record delivers the great "definitive" version of your song it should.
I'd love to help you both refine and complete your vision whether it's an album, a demo, a single, or perhaps something entirely new and different!
Let's get in touch to talk about how I can help!
Albums I've enjoyed producing
The Winter Project - The Winter Project
Live in The Netherlands (DVD) - Sons of Korah
Joy to the World - Barrabool Hills Baptist Church
Fearless - Jess Maddock
More Than Words - PIPER
Anna Waters - Anna Waters
Fractures - Sons of Korah