Painting and Recording Music
This week I finished producing a single for the band Divine Artistry - a new 3 piece pop/rock band professionally recording their first EP. They focused their resources and creativity around one song, deciding to get their feet wet tracking a single. Together we met in my studio and collaborated on song structure, genre, parts, and tonalities. We landed somewhere around Brian Eno meets Fray with the project moving quickly into full production mode. The picture is a screenshot of around 30 tracks. The secret I think to a good production is really taking the time to explore and refine parts. A lot of budget minded indie artists are looking these days for the cheapest (i.e. fastest) way to get their songs recorded. The downside to only toting cost is it generally conflicts with the time needed to develop an artist & develop their song. As I was bouncing tracks and uploading them to a server for mix down, I was thinking about how similar the recording process is to painting. A few years back my wife Lynsie and I had the privilege to live next to one of today's best known painters. It was amazing to watch this painter in action. Painting happened in layers over a great deal of time. Music, surprisingly is very similar. You have your basic pallet you are pulling from. The art, however, is in how you weave those basic elements together sonically. And this kind of art takes time. All in all I think this particular song took about 32 hours to put together. Does it sound good? You bet. I can't wait for the world to hear it.