Well, actually it’s been like a weeks’ work. Last week I went into Confetti studios in Nottingham, for what I saw as an opportunity to get some acoustic guitar tracks down for my next album.
Basically, as well as operating as a commercial recording studio, Confetti is also an educational institute for creative technologies. The whole recording thing came about by me being asked by one of the tutors there if I would mind being the guinea pig for some students there for 3 days. The idea was that they needed a singer songwriter to record for an assessment, and in return I would get some free studio time & also be paid for my work.
It was a win-win situation really, even though I understood that these were 1st year students, and so essentially the recordings might not turn out too great. But hey, I don’t usually record outside of my home studio, so it was an opportunity to potentially do some of the album tracking in a new environment with some creative input, and if not, well, I was getting paid 🙂
Yeah, did I mention I was getting paid? I like money 🙂
So in the end I did come up with, for the most part, some very useable acoustic guitar tracks, ones that I’m sure will make it onto the next album. Vocals? Not so much – although that was mainly due to me being very fussy over vocals – I have to be in an environment I feel totally comfortable in (which I did start to be nearer the end of the three days) and I have to not feel rushed or like people are waiting on me. That’s why I prefer doing vocals at home, so those will probably be re-recorded. See, each day I worked with up to four different groups, and each time we only had an hour – 2 hours to get something down, so it usually ended up being a case of enough time being spent on guitar, then vocals rushed in the last 20 minutes of the session.
I’m just really happy that I got some great sounding acoustic guitar tracks down though – being able to do those in a new environment was refreshing. I also did some tracks with my new baritone ukulele, which again were very well recorded. Overall I was very impressed with the standard of the students work – generally the recordings were of a high standard – but most impressive was the passion & enthusiasm for what they were doing – they obviously really wanted to be there, and wanted to learn, which was great to see.
During that week I also did two gigs – both out of town, one in Long Eaton, & one in Mansfield. The one in Mansfield was my second gig at the Intake Club – and once again I was impressed by the great crowd, good stage, friendly staff & the passion of the event organisers.
In other news, here’s a video of me performing a cover of ‘Teenager in Love’ on my new Kala KA-B baritone ukulele:
And here’s a video review of my new MXL R144 ribbon microphone, which I have found is excellent for recording electric guitars:
Oh and if you haven’t already, you can grab a copy of my new single, a cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Hot n Cold’, for just 70p from my online shop.
Farewell for now my friends!