18 EP

So the EP is complete. Yesterday, I presented it to an industry panel, and I won a Music Production Award. They really liked the tracks, and how I spoke about my role in producing this product.

The EP will be going up on soundcloud, but also Spotify. This would be a good thing to do,  in order to get Molly noticed in the transgressive indie pop scene, which could happen if her tracks appear in playlists or get noticed by radio stations such as XFM, BBC 6, or Radio 1.

Today I handed over the tracks to her, and she is very pleased with how they have been finished. I feel that I have lived and breathed this product, and I have strived to make it to an industry standard. 18 EP Artwork.png

Here is a review from Molly on working with me:

“When I first met Bert, it was with the intention of starting a pop-rock band. I wanted nothing more than to sing catfish and the bottlemen on stage and feel like a proper rebel, a real musician. Bert saw the fliers I’d hung up looking for band members and reached out to me as a drummer. The first time we ever played together I knew I wanted her to be in the band and that I didn’t have to look any further. She was talented and easy to work with, she was hard working and patient. Needless to say, the band didn’t really kick off, we were all a bit busy with college work to make time for a band, but I was glad that it happened, otherwise I may not have found Bert or worked with her on this EP.

It was probably three months later when I was halfway through writing my album that I came into contact with Bert again. I didn’t know if she’d like the work I was making because it was very different from the heavier, band music we played before. But I knew she was a producer and wanted to see if she had any advice for my me. I wasn’t looking for a full time producer, I thought I might dabble in working with a couple of different collaborators, but we hit it off pretty quickly and naturally started building momentum and working on all my tracks together.

We casually arranged to meet in a booth for me to show her some tracks and I sat her down and played her ‘6/10’. Her reaction really inspired me, she was very excited and that got me very excited and for the first time, I felt like I was working on something really cool, something bigger than myself. 

Over the following months, I played Bert everything I wrote, and everything I was working on. And week by week, we began laying down our favourite tracks. During the process, Bert has shown me how to use reverb and compress vocals, and working with her I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about mixing, and making a track sound really polished and clean. 

I was a complete beginner on logic at the start of making the album, but through experimentation, and working with Bert, I’ve gained a lot of new skills.

This has been a learning curve but also a lot of fun. After countless hours in the studio, we’ve helped each other through personal problems and formed a friendship. I really hope we can work together again some day as it has been a real pleasure.” 

It will be interesting to see what happens with Molly’s music, and I look forward to working with her in the future.

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Music is up!

I have put my remix of Feel Real Love up on band camp! I felt this was the best decision for now to get my music out there at the price of £1. It was free to upload it, and I get to keep 100% of profits. This is the best deal for now, and it’s only one track. It will be interesting to see if anyone buys it, but this is a solution while I look more into aggregators and getting my music on to Spotify or iTunes in the near future.

Check it out on band camp here: https://rwsounds.bandcamp.com/track/feel-real-love-remix

 

Social Media 10/5/17

I have posted four videos on my Instagram already this week to visually show what I’ve been doing in the studio. I found that this is an easy way to explain what I’ve done, and I’m getting a lot more interaction from followers. The last video has got 51 likes! Which is insane, it’s all due to hashtags and the content that I cover. I keep my videos concise, focusing on a couple of specific points.

The posts I’ve done on my Facebook this week have got a fair amount of views. The top post was promoting my client’s track that I produced, and it reached 30 people. I could boost the amount of people it reaches for £4, which would reach between 1000 and 4000 people. Other people I know have done this, and said that it really does work, so I could try it out.

Instagram and Facebook are definitely the best social media types for me to use, as they are providing a lot more interaction and engagement from followers. I’m pleased that I’ve been doing video updates and the quality/ content of my videos has improved as well.

Session

Today I had a 2 hour session with Molly working on one of her tracks. We are in the process of working through the arrangements and getting them solid. It’s exciting to work with Molly, as she’s not afraid to try new things, and she knows the sounds she wants to add by showing songs for inspiration. It’s also testing my skills as a producer to use my programming techniques, and how to achieve what my client wants.

We are hoping to continue working on the tracks over the break, and then start to lay down the vocals.

Studio Session 21/3/17

This afternoon I played drums in the studio for Danielle, and it was great to see her trying out different mic techniques. The first technique was Glynn Johns, the second one we created an original which we call DAB. This technique is putting the RE320 on the snare, and the SM57 in the kick, and the AKG C451BS low and at each side of the kit. This was purely experimental, and we found that it sounded better than the Glynn Johns technique. Then we tried one final technique of changing the wall to a reflective surface rather than absorptive, and positioning the C451Bs so one is behind the drum kit, and the other in front, but about two metres away. Danielle kept the RE320 on the snare, and switched the kick mic to a D112. This technique also worked, but the DAB technique was surprisingly the best.

Check out a clip of what we got up to in the session here