Monday, November 15, 2010
My plan all along had been to play drums myself (like on the last CD), but after a couple of weeks of practice (and lots of stress), I decided it was best to just hire a pro. I know a number of players around town, but, as fate would have it, I ran into an old friend after a gig a few weeks ago...
Mike Hinton is an accomplished live and session drummer in the Atlanta music scene. I met him about 10 years ago when he was teaching lessons over at Atlanta Pro Percussion. I learned quite a bit from him and have enormous respect for his talent. Over the years, we lost track of each other, so it was great to run into him just when I needed the right person for this project!
Anyway, we met over at Groove Tunes Studios in Alpharetta and got to work. I was excited because I was able to focus all my energy into producing, while Mike used his talents to just kill the drum parts. Here's a quick video of Mike and I working together...
At the end of the session, we had drum parts for all three songs.
This stuff sounds really good.
I can't wait for you to hear it.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
During week 1, we worked on guide tracks for the band songs and recorded final versions of a couple songs that will be just me and the piano.
Week 2 was focused on getting piano and keyboard tracks down. We made some good progress, but there's plenty to do in future sessions.
Next week, we record drums with Mike Hinton. I can't wait!
I will once again be recording with Eric Tunison at Groove Tunes Studios in Alpharetta. Eric has a state-of-the-art environment and the skills to help me get the best possible sound for these songs. I also hear he plays a wicked cowbell :-)
Add to that some of the best musicians in Atlanta, and I think I have the right mix for a very successful project. Exciting stuff!
Stay tuned... I will be posting updates of my progress on this blog and on Facebook.