Wow. Just, wow. I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple weeks, but I’ve been insanely busy mixing and mastering My Heart Beats and rehearsing for the release party. So now, the album is finally out, and Lily and I performed to a packed house last night at the launch party. It was incredible. It was one of the best nights of my life.
Remember in english class how you were told to keep your essays on-topic? They said to come up with a thesis, and everything in the essay had to somehow support or build up to it. You weren’t supposed to put in lots of “padding” or go off on a tangent. Well, believe it or not, the same concept applies to music production.
Like a strong essay, your song should grab people from the beginning and make them want to stick with it until the end to see how you resolve the “question.” The intensity of the song has to be constantly increasing through contrast and changes in instrumentation, tone, and dynamics.
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I gained a few extra hours today for mixing since classes got cancelled. Where I live, we have been fortunate so far because it has only been raining, and there has just been some mild wind. However, we need to keep those more directly in Sandy’s path in our thoughts and prayers.
Our packaging manufacturer for the album is located in New Jersey, which has been hit pretty hard. Because of this, Lily and I haven’t been able to order the packaging since the company’s web servers are down… Continue reading “Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 2: Hurricanes and High-Pass Filters”
I know I said I was going to make posts about everything that happened this summer, but right now, I’m in the middle of something big–I’m producing my first album. I’m producer, engineer, executive producer, and keyboardist on Singer/Songwriter Lily Garay‘s debut bilingual pop EP “My Heart Beats.” For the next few weeks, I’m going to be keeping a “Studio Diary” so you can have an insider’s look at the whole thing. I will also have some mixing and production tips interspersed here, too, to make it even more interesting. Continue reading “Studio Diaries – “My Heart Beats,” Part 1: Long Hours and Little Sleep”