Recording an Album | Making a Record

Recording an Album | Making a Record

September 15, 2019 1 By Kailee Schamberger


For someone that’s maybe coming to a
studio for the very first time, is there any kind of recommendations you
can give to them? Preparation is always good you know because it gives you adaptability and you may encounter something you never thought about at rehearsal or even on stage that is actually consideration for making a record. So to
realize that it can be like your live show, but it could also be completely
different, and if you wanna make a really
interesting recording it’s great be open, and I think that people that are
more experienced tend to be more open because they’re just less worried. They don’t have to know everything, and they don’t have to be super hot musicians but I do think it helps a lot if they’ve just
thought about what kind of sounds they wanna make. And in that sense just for a band to listen to a whole lot of records
they like, and really think about them, is useful. So it’s really kind of a lot about
knowing who you are as an artist before you even get to the stage of plopping down some money to
come and record? Yeah I think that’s number one, know you are, know what you
want to do, we’ll figure out how much of that we can do and sometimes we can exceed
that, you know and I think if you go in with that good state of mind obviously you’re gonna do
the best. So when a new band comes to work with you are you planning things out in advance? Sometimes, I mean it’s great to have
that interview just to get comfortable with with every parameter, how much time we’ve got, what the people are like, what they’re looking for I don’t think I’m like a super
planner, I like to get a sense of what we gotta do, how much time we’ve got, and what they’re looking for. But as far as the way it really goes down, I feel like it
goes down when you have the instruments in your hands, the microphones on. So for you, what do you think the most important element of a session
is? Is it the performer? Is it the gear?
Is it the room? What should an artist focus
on making the most out of when they’re in a session? I think they should focus on a good
critical listen. You know where they don’t get hung up, but where they really know when they should do it again or not. You know that
kind of thing, because a great song with a great vocal and all that kinda stuff is a thousand times more interesting than a boring
song that’s meticulously recorded. You know, the
gear is so secondary. It’s the intellectual content that speaks to the
listener and that’s so much more important. You don’t hear whether the musicians had
a good time or not. We don’t really care if they did, you
know? If you’re a good musician you get across some kind of like vibe that the
person hears but it they could’ve had a headache while they were playing drums, they could’ve been hungover. We don’t give a shit if they’re
pissed off that they had to play the song again, we really don’t care. It should be fun. You should be open minded, but it shouldn’t be that much fun, it is work, and that’s where I
guess it gets back to that thing of the critical listen. When you get through cutting a take, you
should be willing to go back and go “Actually that sucked.” Unfortunately. What do you think is one of the biggest
mistakes you see a band coming here and making? I guess that thing of not really
knowing what you sound like can be a problem. Bands come in with good songs, sometimes that are kind of destroyed by the wrong kind of playing, and at the session there’s only so
much change you can expect people to make. Bands that come in and have that kind of
problem are typically inexperienced, and the more
experience you get usually the more you kind of just figure that out. How do you help an
artist get over the fact that maybe they might be scared to say to you like “Hey I don’t actually like the way you
mixed this song.” How do you help people feel comfortable about that? I think people need to just, sort of talk. They need to talk to me about what
they want, and they need to talk to themselves about what they want, and I just try to set up an environment where I let them know they can say anything ’cause I don’t agree with them, and
then if I don’t agree with them that gets a discussion going that might
be helpful, and in the end it’s not like I
care who wins. I just really want the good results.