Re: [Harp-L] Some advice on going into a recording studio with a jazz singer please
On 4/22/2007 4:46:58 PM, dennis moriarty (dmoriarty@xxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
> If this singer was so enamored with that one Magnatone song should I
> bring the Magnatone and the delay with my mike or record clean and
> let the recording tech post-produce the tone coloring.
Absolutely. Your strength in this outing is what the singer liked about
your sound and style. If that's how you produced it, no matter 'how' you
produced it, don't risk denying her the exact quality she's looking
for. You can always stow it if it doesn't work and go with the
engineer's way of doing things. Also, bring whatever else you can manage
to haul, because you never know whether other gear and props will be
inspiring for the project. I don't play out, but my son recently got a
similar gig... for one tune. As he brought other options to the table,
they ended up using him for several cuts instead of just one.
Another idea is to schedule extra end time if possible. That way, if
they decide to use you further, you can avoid having to leave for another
gig or appointment. Not only that, as my son also found out on another
session call last week, if you have the time to stick around, there is a
wealth of information you can absorb just hanging about and observing the
process. New ideas may even surface from watching and listening as an
Also, did or will you get a contract? A receipt? May sound
cold-hearted, but it really matters. It also shows you're professional,
and rather than appearing difficult or arrogant, studios and other
artists will respect you for dealing in a business-like manner, AND as
one who values his own talents and contributions enough to be taken
seriously. Don't let flattery pay for anything.
BTW, I found your music on MySpace artful and intriguing. Lots of new
stuff floating about in there. Seems you have lots to offer and room to
grow, too. Very nice.
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