Well, I say “film” – it’s more a random selection of lo-fi clips. Still, hopefully it conveys some of the fun (and sheer hard work) of recording at The Animal Farm, as described before. Glamorous it isn’t, but as a brief insight it should slip down nicely. Take a look – 3 days in 2 minutes!
15 Jan ’14
Basic tracks – guide vocals and rhythm guitar, recorded in the control room. On playback I sound like a choirboy with a head-cold, but the producer assures me this’ll be wiped when we redo everything properly. Basslines laid down. God, I love bass guitar; especially a sweet solid instrument like this – cutting through the percussion and reverb, it’s like digging the Channel Tunnel barehanded.
The most demanding day of the three: lead vocals and main guitar parts. Now, things are getting interesting – chasing clarity, but keeping it spontaneous (while getting high off pulling in great gusts of oxygen, quickly depleted in the vocal booth: it’s a small foam-lined cabin like a sonic sauna. I love it, have to tear myself away). Getting across the feeling, the message, and by the end it’s clear we’ve nailed it. Now what do we do with it…?
Still running on pure adrenaline. Vocal harmonies and electric guitar overdubs – “ear candy”. I sing, sing some more, then some more. Pick a Telecaster from the wall of guitars and etch some burning arcs across the songs. And then it’s complete: rough mixes saved, beers cracked. It’s been hard, intense work – yet so smooth and effortless it’s almost unreal… That’s a paradox I can live with. Yes, I think the results will surprise people – might be the best songs (with the best sound) I’ve caught yet. Next time, some vids from the vocal booth.
Here are some pictures of The Animal Farm’s studio in Bermondsey. Sadly, there are no human beings featured, but that’s for later when I’ve edited the (super lo-fi) video footage I got of the recordings. Which went very well… More on this in a day or two.
Tomorrow (15th Jan ’14), I’m going into the studio for 3 days to record 3 singles. This is part of the deal signed with Animal Farm, and will be the most intensive bout of recording I’ve done so far. Am I ready? O yes.
Anyway, will try to remember to post shaky snippets of video, grainy selfies & other digital noodles, plus a stream of updates: it’ll be like a 24-hr news channel without the bullshit. Maybe. (to be continued)