Check out this 3 song sampler from Vienna Teng’s upcoming record “Aims” that I had the pleasure of engineering. This stuff will melt your brain…in a good way. Cason Cooley does it again. Genius work guys.
Also check out an interview in USA Today with Vienna about the songs: Here
I haven’t posted much lately, ’cause it has been non-stop. In the past month I’ve: wrapped up the Nico Moon record, tracked Audrey Assad’s new record “Fortunate Fall” due out August 13th, tracked stuff for Phil Wickham, Matthew West and Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf). This week it’s been 3 days of tracking for Jill Andrews’ new record at my and Will Sayles’ new studio The Trophy Room. Will’s producing Jill’s record, and it is turning out GREAT.
Next week is filled with more tracking for Katie Herzig’s new record and a Brandon Heath Christmas record. Let’s go.
Here’s a shot of the tracking room at my new studio The Trophy Room:
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.
I spent the last couple of days in my studio cutting songs for the brilliant Katie Herzig for her new record. Produced of course by Cason Cooley. The rhythm section was sick: Will Sayles on drums and Butterfly Boucher on bass. Can’t beat it.
Katie’s music relies heavily on programming and drum machines, so it was fun challenge to find sounds that blended well with what was already going on. I have a feeling it’s going to be a killer record.
Tech details: Will and I are loving his 20″ Slingerland kick for tighter sounds lately. A U67 placed in the kitchen of my studio (for drums) made an appearance on a few songs, and of course Master Room spring reverb…always.
I was in the studio for 3 days this week with Michigan-based and Rounder Records artist Vienna Teng, working on some ridiculously excellent songs. I got to work with frequent co-conspirators producer Cason Cooley, drummer Will Sayles and bass player Tony Lucido. The team was killer. Almost every song has crazy time signatures. Will got to be a one man drum line for one of the tunes. Lots of fun.
We worked at Sound Emporium A for this session, and made extensive use of both of the studio’s echo chambers as well as their stereo EMT plate. The MVP piece of gear on this session though was the wonderful AMS RMX16 reverb. Lots of that guy on this project. Nothing like it.
I’m REALLY excited about the way this record sounds. For a couple behind the scenes videos, check out Vienna’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ViennaTeng
I’m currently in the studio with fantastically talented singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb (also of Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors). We’re tracking some beautiful songs that can’t help but remind me of classic Fleetwood Mac. This one is being expertly led by Ben Shive and the legendary Brown Bannister. With my main man Will Sayles on drums and the 9-fingered wonder Matt Pierson on bass, we can’t go wrong. I love my job.