I was back over at Quad Studios Nashville today tracking some piano for the acoustic version of the new Five For Fighting single with Jamie Kenney. It’s a great song, and hearing that instantly recognizable voice come through the speakers was excellent. Both versions of the song should be hitting iTunes soon. Check it out!
I was over at Quad Studios Nashville for the past couple days tracking songs for soul artist Nathan Angelo’s new record.
The vibe was straight up Motown, so we tracked everything to Quad’s Studer A800 2″ 16-track machine in the Neve room. Drums, bass, keys, guitar and congas/tambo. Everybody going down live. We did 11 songs in 2 days and only had one reel of tape to work with, so we really had to make each take count, dump to Pro Tools and move on to the next one. It was really fun to go straight for the Motown sound. We only had 16 tracks, so everything was mono, which was actually really freeing. The bulk of the drum sound came from a mono U67 overhead and an RCA44 in front of the kick. Pretty hard to beat that.
The players were ridiculous. The always dapper James Gregory producing and playing bass, Dan Needham playing drums, Akil Thompson on guitar/congas/tambo, DeMarco Johnson on keys and of course Nathan on vocals and keys.
Jamie Kenney and I just came up for air after 3 weeks of tracking at the incredible Southern Ground Studios to wrap up the Niko Moon record. After 3 weeks of 14 hour days, there were many Pros and only a few Cons:
Beautifully updated historic studio with 30ft ceilings
Yazoo beer on tap
Great songs, great vibe
Analog tape…by way of C.L.A.S.P (or as I like to call it Complete Loss of Any Semblance of Productivity)
Rock band + cramped control room + 3 long weeks = Control room smells like a locker room
Too much coffee (Yes! It is possible!)
The live CD/DVD that I recorded for All Sons & Daughters at Ocean Way released last Tuesday. I just got a chance to see it, and it looks and sounds amazing. Fantastic job by producer/drummer Paul Mabury and mixer Shane Wilson, as well as the video company Rhetorik. Not to mention David and Leslie and all of the musicians. Incredible job all around.