Ok, folks, I really didn’t mean to take this long to post. A number of things were going on, and I think we just rounded the bend, so I’m going to talk about them here.
First, the main thing that held up my post is I wanted to post the songs I talked about recording on Mother’s Day. Way back in March. Way back. Well, one thing that didn’t turn out so well was the mix.
If you ever read Slash’s book, he talks about how Axle Rose refused to go into the studio, so they sent tapes back and forth – he would write down his comments and mail the tapes back, they’d work on them and send them back to him and the cycle starts again. Doesn’t sound like a very efficient way to make a hit record. Well it’s not a very effective way to make a demo tape either.
We must have passed those three songs back and forth 5 times to get the mix right. And each time it took longer and longer to get their attention to mix it and send it back. Most likely it’s because they were already paid (NOTE: No one gets paid in full until the job is done).
Then, about the 4th iteration of this, the mix came back very, very close. Just a few tweaks were needed. Maybe 6 things. Well, the songs came back and the guitar – my guitar – was awful – it was way too loud and too harsh sounding. Our singer went back to the engineer and he fixed one of the songs. So 2 out of 3 were ok, but the third still had a messed up guitar sound on it.
My son also went through a similar experience with a guy in Sacramento. The guy took his time on the mix and finally gave them some of the money back and cut them loose.
This is where all those music lessons you took don’t help you. You need to have a clear plan, a clear timeline, and keep them on it or they forget about you. I actually had something similar happen to me when we were putting a pool in the back yard. We paid the guy in installments and when he was 75% paid, we saw less and less of him – he was off to his next gig.
Our persistence paid off – we finally got the songs mixed. I will post links when I have them.
In the meantime, we played one heckuva private party in Livermore in June, then added a new guitar player into the mix. Frank has good rock and blues chops, which I guess makes me the country guy. How did I get that title?
On Labor Day we played at R place. It was one of our best shows yet. Frank was only in the band 2 weeks at that point, we used Kenny’s sound system and we rocked the joint for 3 hours. For a holiday, we had well over 50 people in that club.
Our next gig is at Downtown Ollies on Oct 11 in Livermore. I will provide pictures and links to our demo. Promise!