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.
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.