Coming soon…

Thought I’d mention some things I’m going to be doing in the near future!

Recording

Recently I’ve been recording with Dawn Coulshed in the studio. We originally recorded two of her tracks ‘The Door’ and ‘Paper Butterflies’ a couple of weeks ago, but went back and re-recorded all the parts with some expensive microphones that made a huge difference as they really suited her voice and guitar (Neumann > AKG). Dawn also added some really nice harmonies to ‘Paper Butterflies’ that added to the dynamic of the track. I’ve done a quick mix of these but need to polish them off over the next few days before going back into the studio on Thursday. Look out for some uploads soon!

I’ve also been in talks with guitarist Stephen Maxwell about possibly recording a tune we played back in our 3rd year performance exams. Since this tune has a lot of improvisation and indefinite lengths of sections, we’ve decided it would be best to play it together first rather than in separate takes. We would probably play it through together until I got a drum take I liked (could take a while with my solo…) and overdub bass, guitar, and horns on top. We have yet to sit down and discuss our method of recording properly, but will probably do so on Tuesday when we’ll be having a rehearsal.

We have also discussed a more stripped back recording of ‘Oh Darling!’ by The Beatles featuring Emily KellyMaxwell and Emily played this track together for Emily’s vocal exam and would be a great track to record!

Playing

I am now part of the Tinderbox Orchestra which rehearses every Sunday in Summerhall. It is a contemporary youth orchestra which plays modern styles of music, writes original music and collaborates with top local bands and artists. We play classics such as ‘Fire‘ by Jimi Hendrix and ‘Paranoid Android‘ by Radiohead, as well as songs by Edinburgh artists such as Mike Kearney and North Atlantic Oscilation.

Elsewhere, I will be playing with Stephen Maxwell and Ally McLachlan in the Jazz Bar on December 13th for the Napier Songwriter Showcase to raise money towards the singers booking venues for their exams next year. Stay tuned for updates…

 

David

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Doing things

In the Studio

Today I was in the studio with Paul McGowan and Sam Bidgood of Alternative / Progressive band In Mirrors laying down some bass tracks for their songs ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Photosynthesis’. Sam and myself had previously been in the studio working on mixing the drums tracks for these songs, having already been recorded by Producer and Sound Engineer Gav Wiltshire of Sound Cafe Records. The drums tracks were recorded in a stairway, with ambient mics reaching three floors above so as you can imagine, they sounded pretty big!

Sam had previously mentioned he wanted a drum sound similar to Kanga-Roo by Jeff Buckley. The drums on this track sound frankly amazing, Andy Wallace is one of my favourite producers, and Buckley’s album Grace is one of my favourite albums! We got the drums sounding pretty good after a few hours work, but we’re still a while away from achieving a sound as awesome as Kanga-Roo

Upcoming Activity

After being told I need two contrasting pieces to be assessed in my Production module, I set about offering my studio skills to some friends in the course. I asked quite a few people, a couple of which are:

Singer/Songwriter Dawn Coulshed got back to me today saying she would like some  things recorded. Her songs are mainly Vocals and Guitar, which is a great contrast to some of my previous projects, in which I have always tried to be ‘flashy’ and make it sound as big as possible.

House / Garage / Techno Producer Tenebriated (Fergus McClements) has offered me the chance to mix some stems from one of his tunes which will, again, be a good contrast to my usual stuff!

I am also lining up a few more bands and artists to lend my production skills to, stay tuned for updates!

Aside from engineering, next week I’ll be working with Singer/Songwriter Stevie Rose, recording some drums for his upcoming EP. Stevie describes his music as Alternative Folk/Country, with influence taken from such artists as Ryan Adams, Neil Young, and John Mayer. The EP is being engineered and produced by Martin Oswald (Oz).

David