PRODUCING A RECORD
Making a record, you have to think about the amount of work and studio time, the selection of equipment, instruments and location and how to have an uninterrupted creative process flow that injects life into the songs and lyrics, arrangements, beats and melodies. Production, mixing and arranging enhances not only the song and record and helps to push it’s success, it also focuses the artist and band both artistically and commercially. A collaboration starts with a meeting and exchanging ideas and then via writing and rehearsals moves on to recording, mixing, mastering and finally the release.
From the initial idea to a released album, the list of different work processes is long. And they are all quite different. There is a long list of technical, methodical and psychological tools a producer gathers over time to make a good record. To make good record needs experience, patience, diligence, oversight and good guidance. For me that means most and foremost: looking and finding a good idea and a specific performance, texture and “vibe”.
A song melody, lyrics, hook lines, whole instrumentals, a groove or beat, each forms part of the writing process. This can be fun or a concentrated effort – I can help out writing, or give you some ideas, or play you something to get you ispired. This creative part matters and therefore writing, arranging, production and mixing are always remunerated on an agreed percentage on the royalties and license fees.
THE MAGIC TOUCH
Engineering and setting up microphones with expertise is an essential part of recording. I am a true believer of recording material with the hindsight of the final record. To start on the right path and get the right sound from the very beginning can improve the way a record sounds vastly and speed up the production process and save time at the mixing and editing stage.