Writing a Foster the People Song ft. Spire Studio

Writing a Foster the People Song ft. Spire Studio

September 11, 2019 29 By Kailee Schamberger


You never really know when inspiration is
gonna hit, so when you feel that spark, you can document your ideas in
a way that’s hi-fi and useable. When inspiration strikes you can kind of just
reach over and turn it on, and just go. I’m Mark Foster, I play in a band
called Foster the People. We’re gonna play around with a Spire today, kinda go through my process of writing
songs from the ground up. I’m gonna lay down some melodic stuff now. I Soundchecked the bass to the Spire already, and I found this other weird, kind of an effect-y thing called the Acoustic Shaper, and I’m gonna do something over that that’s like a little bit left of center for a bass sound. There’s something about demos that
have a magic to them. A lot of times you end up trying
to recreate when you’re making a record. A lot of times the accidents end up being
more interesting than if I were to actually sit down and try to compose something consciously. So I’ve got like a cool vibe now, we’ve got
some of the sounds from outside, layed down some bass, and this weird little guitar thing. And like so at this point I would pretty much
want to like lay vocals on it. It’s mobile. It’s small. It’s easy. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, and you
can multitrack with it. I think it might be fun to bring this into
the studio now, and share this which I can bounce it out as like a .wav, or I can bounce
out the individual tracks. Alright cool, so I’m going to take these tracks
now, and basically bring them into a session This part for me is just kind of exploring. Sometimes I know what I’m going for, and right
now I don’t. You guys have put a lot of work into making
this actually sound good, it sounds good. So vocally, guitar wise or bass or whatever
goes into it, it actually has a vibe, so I think that that’s really cool. Songwriting is all about that spark, that
initial spark. You can capture that, capture the spirit of
inspiration when inspiration hits, whether you’re on your couch just hanging out, or
if you’re on vacation, or if you’re somewhere kinda away from your gear, or if this is your
gear, if this is all you’re using to demo up songs or something more realized, it’s
nice to have the option to be able to capture something, you know, capture it well.