One thing I find with recording and mixing (that I imagine applies pretty well to musicians recording in the studio) are the various ways in which your mood, and other things surrounding the session, can affect the quality and productivity of the session. Working to a extremely tight deadline on some mixes recently I found that the quality was suffering because I felt I didna��t have as much time as

Today’s thought is a little different. I won’t be talking about recording, mixing or being in the studio but, instead, about applying for jobs in the music industry. The music industry is unbelievably competitive – which is how I ended up setting up independently, its very hard to get a job – and as someone who never managed to secure a job in a recording studio you might ask why

So today I has a group of young MCs and singers in the studio and while I was mixing one of the tracks, one of the singers asked if we could tune his vocal a bit. We fired up melodyne and got to work. I was working under his instruction, he wanted a very hard tuned sound – not a T-Pain style Auto Tune but he didn’t want any imperfections

Today I was working with a poet, recording some spoken word. She had just got back from Vienna, where she was making a TED talk, she’s been on TV and has 10s, maybe 100s of thousands of YouTube views but has NEVER watched or listened back to a single one of her poems, for fear that the reality would not live up to her expectation. It is not that she

Working on some mixes today I was really focussed on making sure the tracks “took the listener on a journey” and it got me thinking about where the storytelling factor of a song comes from. It could be the lyrics, if the band/instrumental/backing track stays fairly consistent throughout the song then the lyrics can often be the main narrative factor of the song (especially in rap music and similar). It